Need a Workplace Gift? We’ve Got a Few Classic Ideas

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‘Tis the season of indecision. More specifically, the season of doubt concerning what to give your valued contacts and colleagues for the holidays. How often have you thought of someone you would like to thank — yet didn’t muster the motivation to follow through and actually find the right gift.

Sure, there is Oprah’s list. However, its contents are not always office friendly.

Well, we’ve been thinking about this holiday problem — and we are going a bit retro. We’ve settled on a few classic ideas which are not only nifty gifts, but are likely to be used.

Here we go.

The Coffee Table Book.
I received Ocean Worlds, by Jacque Cousteau as a holiday gift from my first employer. (All 160 of us received the same book. This was an anticipated yearly tradition.) The books still sit on my coffee table — offering hours of enjoyment. A suggestion is below, but you can also check out our running Book List for other worthy reads. (Click on the photo for more information*)

The Classic Notebook.
Ah… the notebook! Somehow when a notebook presents itself, it unequivocally calls out to our creative side. Offering one as a thoughtful gift, shares the promise of new ideas and keen observations. Da Vinci couldn’t have been wrong, and we are following suite. The variety of choices are endless. We’ve chosen a couple of options below.

Rhodia Lined Notebook* – 5.5 x 8.5 – Fountain-pen friendly. (Click on the photo for more information.)

Find this option from Etsy by clicking here.


The Not So Classic Pen.
Sooner or later you have to ditch the keyboard and actually hand write. These roller ball versions from Anthropoligie seemed a stylish alternative and made our wish list!
Find them here.


The Business Card Case.
We can’t count the number of times we’ve frantically searched for a business card. Enough said. Find these by Yarrow here:

The Gift of Organization.
It’s a Weekly Desk Planner — with 52 handy tear-off sheets. It’s just great!
(Click on the photo for more information*)

Yes, Oprah.
Ok, we aren’t daft. Here are a couple of office-friendly choices from Oprah’s list.
(Click on the photos for more information*)

Chai Tea Private Reserve Sampler. Relaxing during the holidays is priority for everyone — and everyone has time for a warm drink.

Martin’s Bar-B-Que Sauce Bucket. 5 Jars. A bucket. Who doesn’t grill? There’s your answer.

Let us know how they solve your gift-giving dilemmas. If you have more suggestions, please leave them in comments.

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