Black Friday Buys… and Other Holiday Gift Ideas

PresentsIt’s holiday shopping season!  Stumped trying to figure out what to get that the person on your list “who has everything?”  Consider these fabulous NETWORKING-related gift ideas:

Personalized Stationery.  Everyone serious about building relationships should have a supply of personalized notecards in stock!  Prices run the gambit from very inexpensive to off the charts.  You pick whatever works for you.  There are many independent consultants in cities around the world who peddle beautiful papers you can customize – I always recommend working with these entrepreneurs and small business owners when possible.  Other options include stationery stores in your community and online sites such as Shutterfly, Vistaprint and Moo.com.

Writing Instruments.  In conjunction with personalized stationery, if your recipient still values the handwritten word, then he or she will love your special gift of a special pen.  My friend, Kimberly, told me about these little gems:  Disposable “VPen” fountain pens.  They write beautifully!

Books.  Everyone loves a good read!  Here are a few of my networking- and relationship-related favorites:

Café Gift Cards.  People always appreciate gift cards for coffee, tea and treats!  Pick a local café in your city or go with an old standard (e.g. Starbucks, McDonalds, Panera) which are plentiful with multiple locations.  Who knows… they may even invite you to join them!

And, if my recommendations are not enough for you, loved this piece from the Business Journal’s BizWomen, “17 holiday gift ideas for the businesswomen in your life.”  Not to be excluded, the guys will dig many of these cool gifts, too!

So, happy holiday shopping and, if you’re headed out to be among the throngs of bargain hunters on this Black Friday “holiday,” good luck, sharpen your elbows and enjoy!

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  1. Gave an hour to The Salvation Army today and loved it. Signed up for more and sons are going to do it as well. It is the Season of giving and giving to the community in any way is a great feel!

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