The holiday season is nearly upon us and with it comes the usual flurry of parties, tree decorating, tradition reliving, and gift-giving. Before you get stressed and start researching ways to avoid it all, I want to invite you to take a look at our gift guide. It just might be the perfect solution to all of your holiday stress—at least the gift-giving portion of it.
Although gifts by themselves aren’t what the holiday season is all about, giving and receiving them is a great way to practice generosity and reflect on the real reason for the season—the gift that we’ve all been given through the birth of Jesus Christ.
In this gift guide, you’ll find all kinds of ideas tailored to business professionals. You can use it to find the perfect gift for your friends and peers who work in business, or, if you yourself work in business, you can send this list to the loved ones in your life as a helpful hint of items that you’d like to find under the tree on Christmas morning.
A word to the wise, stay away from colognes and gym memberships—they send the wrong message.
Give the Gift of Education
Another great gift to give to your friends this holiday season is the gift of investing in their futures. If you know that your friend is thinking about returning to school for additional education, refer them to Concordia for one of our degree programs. You refer them, we reach out and take care of the rest. It’s that simple.
1. An Alternative to the Tie
Gifting a tie or a scarf is old news. Go for something unexpected and more useful like a sleek winter coat that not only keeps them warm but maintains professionalism while doing so.
2. A Tech Gadget
Alexa, Google Home, AirPods, you name it—find a gadget your friend doesn’t already have and stick it under the tree.
3. Desk Decor
Spending long hours at a desk can be draining in a mind-numbing kind of way. Lighten up your friend’s workday (and office!) with a sun lap or a few hardy plants, like a money tree.
4. A Networking Invitation
Building a career sometimes takes more than just skill or knowledge; being connected with the right people goes a long way. Find networking events near you and get a pair of tickets for you and your friend to attend together.
5. Easy Dinners for Busy Nights
Some days are just too busy or run too long at the office to try to meal plan, stop by the store, and then spend an hour or two prepping and cooking dinner. A HelloFresh subscription saves the day when takeout just doesn’t cut it any longer.
6. Resume Builder
Everyone needs a resume booster every now and then, and with the continued globalization of so many industries, a second language goes a long way. Give the gift of Rosetta Stone or, if you want to go simpler language learning route, gift a Duolingo plus account to the curious learner in your life.
7. A Creative Activity
Don’t knock adult coloring books until you’ve tried it. For those who still need to be doing something to unwind, opt for an adult coloring book and some colored pencils or a bullet journal with felt tip pens.