With the holidays fast approaching it’s time to start looking for gifts. And we all know how hard it can be to find the perfect gift for a business person, whether they are your office friend or your spouse.
To help you find the gifts easier, we’ve included bunch of items in each of the following categories.
Moreover, each category is diving into “budget”, “medium” and “luxury” items, based on their price, so you can easily browse according to the allocated budget. Plus, plenty of the items are currently on sale so it’s worth it to at least take a look and maybe even stock up for the upcoming festive days.
You can never go wrong with electronics. Everyone loves the gadgets and chances are your gift recipient has been on a lookout for a certain thing for a while. Their best assets are the practicality and portability.
Anyone who ever used a laptop knows that in some cases the mouse is a critical accessory. This small and compact high precision USB mouse can be used with any laptop and can be stashed away in any laptop case or backpack.
Using a hands-free when talking on your cell is very comfortable and elegant; I never leave home without mine especially when I go in crowded places or when I travel.
Since the majority of cells nowadays have Bluetooth so it makes sense to use a Mini Bluetooth Headsets Hands free. It works with Sony Ericsson, Nokia, Motorola, Samsung and other cells on the market. You can use it within 32 ft range.
It seems that we are surgically attached to our cell phones nowadays and when the battery dies on us, we are downright depressed. Help others avoid the depression with this Instant Cell Phone Charger , which gives 30 min talk time (and 15 hours stand-by time). It’s easily powered with AA batteries.
If the model above doesn’t please you, there’s another option: Energizer Energi To Go Instant Cell Phone Charger which works with cells charge via mini-USB port (including Blackberry) and works even when the cell’s battery is drained.
Backing up on a flash drive might not be the wisest option but you should always keep such an item with you (I’ve got one on my key chain). You never know when you need to move files between computers or maybe want to take some photos to be printed. The Kingston DataTraveler USB flash drive works great with any laptop (or desktop).
Nothing is more annoying than hearing the background noise when we listen to music or an audio book. So it’s time for the Noise Canceling Earphones which offer not only noise control but also really good quality sound.
The easiest way to keep your memories with you is with a Digital Photo Keychain. It is quite a universal gift and practical too.
The era of notebooks is passé and PDAs have become the norm whether we talk about a manager writing notes for an upcoming meeting or an office assistant taking notes for writing a letter. This Dell PDA is elegant and practical.
When we travel (or work out) the majority of us need music in the background. This MP3 Player plays audio and video files. It also has an FM tuner and voice recorder. It can be used for a variety of tasks, from taking audio notes, to listening to music, browsing photos or watching videos. It’s a great gift for any active corporate employee or someone who likes to travel.
Video conferences have become the norm in many companies so a web cam is useful. Plus, you can also keep in touch with the family while on the road.
If someone is used to a full keyboard, typing from the blackberry or a PDA is downright torture (add in some long finger nails, ladies, and you’ve got a nightmare!). But everything can be solved with this Ultra-Slim Bluetooth Keyboard. The stand supports most phones and works via Bluetooth. It’s light and you don’t need a PC to download the drivers (it takes them directly from the phone).
We all love the picture frames on the desks. But things have evolved in this department as well so surprise someone with this Kodak Digital Picture Frame , which can playback MP3 files and videos. It’s compatible with the majority of cards on the market so you can easily upload photos and music.
The Sony Digital Photo Frame has 512 MB memory and offers the possibility to choose between 9 slide shows (including calendar and clock mode). It also allows for auto image editing (such as removing the red-eyes).
Wireless Internet has become the norm in hotels, restaurants, airports, etc. Some of the older generation laptops might not have a built in wireless card but that’s not a problem at all. This Compact Wireless-G USB Adapter just needs to be plugged and it allows you to connect to the Internet.
The iPod has become a fashion statement and a great way to store music, photos and videos. While traveling, it’s excellent to keep you from getting bored.
The 32GB iPad could be the most coveted gift in recent years, in the business world and outside it.
The 32GB iPod Touch allows for up to 8,000 songs to be stored on it (or 40,000 photos or 40 hours of video) and you can listen to music for up to 40 hours when fully charged.
The 120 GB iPod allows for up to 30000 songs to be stored. It also comes with three games so you will never get bored (plus you can purchase more games for it).
While giving a printed book as a gift is elegant, the idea of hauling books on a vacation or business trip gives nightmares to everyone. The Portable Digital E-book Reader allows for up to 160 e-books to be stored on it (even more if you use the memory cards). The paper-like screen technology doesn’t tire your eyes. When fully charged it allows for up to 7,500 continuous page turns.
Another good option is the Amazon’s Wireless Reading Device, which uses the same paper-like screen technology and can hold up to 200 e-books. Additionally you can connect to the Kindle Store directly from your device, no matter where you are (uses the same technology as the cell phones). You can also download newspapers (American and international).
Nothing like the Acer Aspire Mini Laptop to allow anyone to stay connected to the office and family, while doing whatever work necessary when traveling. It weighs 5 lbs and comes with a 1.6 Ghz Processor, 512MB RAM (expendable) memory and integrated web cam.
One of the newest smart phones on the market, Samsung Omnia can easily double as your laptop and camera. You can edit and read MS Office documents, read & send emails and use the 3G video calls feature. It’s got integrated GPS navigation.
If you still need to stay connected but don’t care much for taking high resolution photos or doing your office work while on the move, then the BlackBerry Curve Smartphone is a good choice. Light and powerful, it allows for wi-fi based Internet browsing. It’s got a camera as well and you can also listen to music.
Driving a lot? Then the Portable GPS Navigator is a great choice. It comprises the maps of US, Canada, Puerto Rico and Europe so you won’t get lost when driving in these areas. The battery life is up to 5 hours.
If you know someone passionate about making movies wherever they go then this pocket size camcorder is the perfect gift for them. It can hold 60 minutes of HD video at a 640 x 480 resolution. It uses 2 AA batteries and the battery lifetime is between 2.5 hours and 6.5 hours, depending on the types of batteries used.
Whether you need to take photos for work or pleasure, a high resolution camera is the way to go. Sony Cybershot takes incredible photos with enough detail for photo-quality 14 x 19-inch prints.
Taking notes wherever you want is now really easy and you want have to haul a pile of notebooks with you, either. The Sony Digital Voice Recorder allows for up to 590 hours of recording time.
Backup the work or keep important files stored on this Portable Hard Drive. Anyone who ever had to deal with losing important work already knows how important it is to always be prepared for the unexpected. The 320GB hard disk weighs only 3.7 oz and can easily be easily stashed in your laptop’s case or backpack. It connects via USB and doesn’t need an additional power supply.
Music & Books
Bored on a long flight or in the hotel room? Problem fixed: download music , audio books or a book to read on your portable digital e-book reader.
Telling someone that you care and that they are in your mind is very easy with this Thinking of You gift basket. It includes chocolate covered raisins and pretzels, chocolate chip cookies, shortbread cookies, roasted garlic crackers, asiago cheese spread, as well as a cheese knife and bamboo cutting board. Very beautifully wrapped, this gift basket will please everyone.
Everyone enjoys a good chocolate, a famous coffee blend or a fine wine. The Gourmet Food Gift Basket includes wine flavored cheese, chocolate raspberry cake, salami, butter cookies, stone ground mustard, and a chocolate wafer cookie. You can even include a personalized gift message.
For the coffee addict, the Coffee Lovers Care Package Gift Box is a great way to make them smile. It includes premium coffee and coffee-related treats.
When you have no idea what else to give, this Bath and Body Works Gift Basket saves the day. It includes a $50 Bath and Body gift card so that the receiver can buy their favorite item. Also, the gift comprises 5 of the best high lather moisture washes, 5 of the best body splashes and 4 of the best bubble baths.
Sophisticated and stylish, jewelry compliments any attire, be it business or casual. You can never go wrong with these silver plated cuff links. The simple and elegant look allows them to be used with any suit.
If you want to please an avid traveler (or a flight attendant), then the Unisex Two Time Zone Watch is a great gift. It’s practical, elegant and matches any attire.
A lovely yellow gold chain, complimented by mosaic-opal makes an excellent gift for a sophisticated woman. The beautiful gem rich displays vivid shades of blue, green, and violet. The pendant is eye catching and matches many different outfits.
Sometimes it’s the little items that make traveling enjoyable. And sometimes, if we forget something small, yet important, it can ruin a perfect day on the road or flying.
Those who travel a lot need a very simple and effective way to carry around all their iPod accessories. The travel kit for iPod comprises a headphone splitter, a retractable ear bud, mini gel skins and a leather accessories holder.
A long flight or road trip means there’s always the necessity to nap. And we all know how a bad position can hurt us rather than help up. This Travel Pillow correctly aligns the neck and spine, while supporting the head.
Anyone who traveled at least once knows how important it is to keep the coffee or tea hot while on the road or in a train. I never leave home without one (filled with coffee)! So make a business traveler happy with this Thermos Stainless-Steel Insulated Travel Tumbler which can hold a drink cold or hot for hours. The capacity is 18 oz.
For many of those who fly a lot, getting a good rest while flying can be a bit tricky. This lovely Air Travel Silk Comfort Set comprises a silk blanket, a silk pillowcase and a silk eyeshades. All come in a small bag.
Although we all love to type and print, in many cases business persons need a good executive pen. They come in many forms and prices, depending on the materials used.
Simple and elegant, this small pen and pencil set is a good choice for anyone working in an office. Don’t worry about having to wrap it because they come in a gift box, ready for giving.
You can surprise someone by offering a slim Engraved Wooden Executive Pen. It fits in any briefcase, shirt or jacket pocket and you can even have it engraved with any name.
The desk looks too empty? Then choose this Mahogany Finish Single Desk Set, which is made of hand polished wood and contains a lovely black fountain pen.
If the gift recipient is a person who likes to make a statement or likes to collect elegant office items, then make sure to offer them this beautiful Lustrous Chrome Fountain Pen.
Or you can choose a Silver Ballpoint Pen by Mercedes Benz (to go with their car, of course).
Another good option is the Amber Fountain Pan, which writes nicely and looks luxurious.
Briefcases, Laptop Cases & other similar items
In the world of corporate employees, everyone needs something to hold their documents and laptops. There are plenty of briefcases, laptop cases and other similar items to choose from and it all comes down to fashion and price.
Simple, zipper organized and having a lot of room to hold your items, this leather handbag is great if you don’t need to haul piles of documents around. The side cell phone holder is practical as well.
Practical and elegant, the Camera Pouch blends in with the business attire while you can still play tourist during your business trip.
Carrying a laptop with you everywhere? Then this security friendly laptop briefcase is specially designed for those who fly a lot. It’s designed in compliance with TSA guidelines so your laptop does not need to be removed when passing through airport security. There’s also plenty of room for the accessories and other gadgets needed.
While away we all have to be careful with the valuable items such as money, cards, passport and drivers license. This Leather Travel Wallet has a pen holder, business card holder, passport holder and currency pocket.
Another good option is the Magnetic Money Clip / Card Case which can hold an ID card, business cards and has a money clip on the back.
For a sophisticated lady, this leather laptop case can hold everything form laptop to accessories and pens. While for a stylish businessman, this Premium briefcase is a great choice. It can hold laptops with up to 17 inch screens and offers enough space to accommodate PDAs, cell phones and other gadgets and accessories.
Top corporate personnel usually flies a lot for business purposes and we all want to avoid having to check in the luggage. This carry on wheeled tote is the excellent choice and fits in the overhead bin or under some airline seats. It’s elegant and very easy to carry around.
For the health conscious office worker, this lunch box is perfect for carrying all the items needed for a healthy meal. It’s got separate hot/cold sections and comes with stainless steel fork, spoon & knife set, salt & pepper shaker set, as well as a cotton napkin. It can be easily used on day trips and for a romantic picnic as well.
Being “green” is not only fashionable but also a necessity. The perpetual calendar is an elegant and interesting item on anyone’s desk. Plus it’s practical and replaces the need to use paper calendars.
Bring some life and luck on someone’s desk by offering this lovely Lucky Bamboo. Ideal for the office environment and very easy to take care of, the bamboo is supposed to bring luck to its owner.
This luxurious 7 piece desk set is a great choice for any office. It comprises a business card and memo holder, a pencil cup, a letter tray, a letter opener and letters. The gift is perfect for a rather rustic looking office but with a slightly modern accent.
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