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Picking out the perfect gift for a colleague or client isn’t always easy. Sure, you know them well enough professionally, but what about on a personal level? What do they actually need? What would they like to receive?
When it comes to shopping for a colleague or a client, sometimes it’s best to go back to the basics to make sure you get it right. Think practical and useful in a day-to-day context. That doesn’t mean you can’t get creative or think outside of the box — everyone loves a well-timed gag gift — but we suggest shopping for a colleague the same way you’d shop for your personal business needs: with practicality in mind.
Here’s what the AskMen team recommends as some great gifts to give to colleagues and clients this year.
Best For: The avid reader
An excellent save for last-minute gifting, Kindle makes it easy to shop for a gift mere seconds before gifting it. Here’s how it’s done. Step one: Make sure they already have a Kindle or smartphone. Step two: Identify whether they prefer to read about the ventures of Kevin O’Leary or the adventures of Diane von Furstenberg. Step three: Send your choice of eBook directly to their device. It’s that easy. From $0.99 at Amazon.com
Bonsai Money Tree
Best For: The corner office
For the colleague with a window seat, a Bonsai tree adds a bit of life — and luck — to any setting. Translated as “potted tree”, these Japanese wonders aim to mimic a full grown tree in a diminutive scale. The best part? They’re insanely easy to maintain for such intricate little plants — just add water and sunlight. From $19.99 at Amazon.com
Best For: The smartphone obsessed
Does your colleague constantly steal your lightning cable? A subtle wink to their forgetful smartphone tendencies, a set of charging cables is equally a gift for them as it is for yourself. If your Secret Santa budget allows for it, a Mophie Powerstation ensures they’ll never be without cell juice — whether they’re plugged in at the office or off on a business lunch. $11.89 at Amazon.com (save 76 percent!)
Amazon Fire HD Tablet
Best For: The public transit commuter
Unquestionably the best tablet you’ll find for less than $50, the Amazon Fire HD will allow them to do anything from taking notes and prepping presentations in the office to reading eBooks and watching Netflix while on the subway home. Available in four colors. $49.99 at Amazon.com
Nomad 2017 Planner
Best For: The type-A personality
Sure, it’s almost 2017. Of course you can keep track of your day-to-day with your phone — but there’s just something about penning in appointments and deadlines with ink that feels much more organized and put together. The Nomad 2017 planner is sleek and understated — featuring a matte black exterior and top quality monthly and weekly calendars on the interior. It’s ideal for anyone who is looking to get organized in the New Year. $14.99 at Amazon.com (save 50 percent!)
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