The 2023 LinkedInsider Gift GuideNov 21, 2023
The holidays always sneak up on me! You too? I promise, there’s no need to fret about what to get your newest hire, your brother-in-law in finance, or the coworker you drew in this year’s Secret Santa. Lucky for both of us, I did a little pre-holiday gift scouting.
Of course, I can’t take all the credit. I took my own advice and tapped my network to bring you the (drumroll please) 2023 LinkedInsider Gift Guide. Complete with a few things I’m currently loving as well as lots of thoughtful ideas from my great gift-giver colleagues and friends!
Before we dive in, just a reminder that “stuff” is not the reason for the season. Still, the holidays sure are a good time to let your people know you’re thinking of them! There’s no better moment than right now to show your partners or employees know you value their hard work.
For Clients and Partners
Client and partner gifts aren’t a must for every industry, but they can be a great way to say “thank you” and acknowledge the importance of your relationship. Strike just the right note with these gifts, available in a range from affordable to bougie.
From phones and headphones to laptops and webcams, we’re always charging one device or another. Give the gift of “extra juice” on the go with a branded charger. Last year, I ordered this substantial, multi-device power bank, customized with the McMillion Consulting logo, and I still love it. If you’re looking for a gift you can buy in bulk without breaking the bank, you can snag a lot of 50 or more of these smaller chargers for under $10.
In this digital world, writing things down with a pen and paper feels nostalgic and refreshing. A classy stationery set with a nice pen stands out in the sea of gadgets. A writer on my team recommends notebooks from Public-Supply, a brand that supports arts in public schools. Or, for something extra special, gift the gorgeous “Analog Kit” my friend Jay swears by.
My friend and Founder over at YoPro Know, Kamber Parker, told me that the number one thing young professionals want this year is flexible working options. Noted! If you’re not in a position to give the gift of time and remote work, try these go-to gifts instead.
Gym or Fitness Membership
More than previous generations, young professionals value experiences over things. Something like ClassPass is a great option because it allows the recipient to try out different fitness classes—from yoga and pilates to HIIT and more.
Treat the YoPros in your life to coffee with a membership or subscription. If you’re buying for your team, how about a month’s supply of coffee from a roaster near the office? For a digital option, Trade is a popular choice. It lets subscribers tailor shipments to their coffee preferences.
Professional Development Resources
Give the YoPros (heck, and the seasoned pros) in your life the gift of a leg up in their careers. Unlike a sweater they’ll never wear, digital learning tools will never end up shoved in the back of a closet. Just for our LinkedInsider readers, I’ve packaged together some of my most popular digital resources at a super special rate. This gift bundle is packed full of ways to make a strong first impression online.
I love gifting practical gifts that are easy to tote on the go. On the other hand, an upgraded necessity is also a good bet. Celebrate your favorite business owner with something they might not splurge on themselves.
Help an entrepreneur capture a customer testimonial, shoot a course, or grab a product shot a little easier with this must-have tool. There are tons out there, but the more portable the better in my book. One of my tech-savvy friends shared this sleek little gadget. You have to have an iPhone to use it, but it snaps right on, making photos in a pinch super easy.
For any entrepreneur, excellent headphones are a must. Look for something wireless with professional sound quality with investors, partners, and clients. A friend of mine loves AirPods Max because you can take calls on them, but the over-the-head design means people won’t bother you.
Burned out on White Elephant? I hear you. Don’t overthink it. For coworkers, simple and sweet is the name of the game. Think about items that will make their everyday work environment a little more pleasant.
Who couldn’t use a little pop of green at their desks? Support a local nursery and pick out one or a few succulents for a colleague. There’s really no right type—just choose whatever captures your attention. Alternatively, ship a succulent to a remote teammate with an online service. I love that this succulent brand gives a portion of its proceeds to support clean water in the developing world.
Great for working remotely, a laptop stand makes a great coworker gift. Even if they already have one, it’s nice to have one at the office and another at home. I’ve been eyeing this adjustable laptop stand made from sustainable materials. It packs away into a compact little pouch for easy stashing.
Whether you’re looking for a gift to share with the person one cubicle over or across the world, there are tons of ways to make someone feel appreciated. With a little patience and creativity, you can knock out your work gift list in a single afternoon. Go ahead and pour a cup of hot cocoa, turn some festive music on, and get shopping!
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