12 Holiday Gift Ideas for Leaders
Finding gifts for your co-workers is no easy task—maybe you don’t know them well, or maybe you simply can’t think of what to get them. But you can rest easy knowing that your fellow team members are likely in the same boat as you are: hoping to gift you with something but have no idea of where to begin.
We’re here to help. Whether you’re looking for ideas for yourself, a fellow leader, a boss or someone else on your list, here are 12 holiday gift ideas leaders will love.
New York Times best-selling author Tim Ferriss’ latest book compiles the tools, tactics and habits of more than 130 of the world’s top leaders, innovators and influencers. Learn the answers to some of the most challenging questions you may face as a leader from top entrepreneurs, athletes, artists, entertainers and more. | $18
A Custom Wall Decal
We all have those quotes that strike a chord in us and inspire us—so much so that maybe we’ve printed it out on a sheet of paper and tacked it near our desk to motivate us daily. Take the idea a step further by using Zazzle to design a custom wall decal of a favorite quote. Not only will it inspire someone’s day, it will add flair to their office walls. | From $15
*Friendly tip: If you’re discouraged from sticking anything on the walls, print the quote on cardstock and put it in a nice frame to hang or keep on a desk.
Taking time to reflect on your day-to-day achievements, challenges and failures is an essential part of the leadership journey. This five-year memory book is an easy way for leaders to track the highlights of each and every day. | $13
A Personalized Bobble Head
If humor is more your style, go for a custom bobblehead by bobbleheads.com that looks just like the person you’re gifting it to. If Dwight from The Office can have a bobblehead of himself on his desk, can’t we all? | From $79
A Traveler’s Emergency Kit
Travel is often a necessary and unavoidable part of leadership. For the jet-setting leader, a Minimergecy Kit by Pinch Provisions comes in his, hers and unisex options, and provides everything he or she may need when in a—ahem—pinch while traveling. The kit is filled with items like stain removers, deodorant, safety pins, a sewing kit, shoe shine and more, depending on which option you choose. | From $14
Released this year, Scott Galloway’s New York Times best-seller The Four considers today’s most influential organizations—Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google—and why the world can’t get enough of them. Read the book to discover why these companies continue to dominate their markets, and learn how to apply those reasons to your own organization. | $17
A Learning Opportunity
You can’t go wrong with gifting an educational experience. Show someone you value their pursuit of success by giving them a ticket to a leadership conference (like our own Leadercast Live coming up May 4 in Atlanta) or a year-round learning experience—like Leadercast NOW, the world’s largest private leadership library, where expert leaders share their solutions to daily leadership challenges.Through the end of December, get 30 percent off a Leadercast NOW annual membership using coupon code LCN30. | $199
These are useful for those times when productivity comes to a halt. Break out these cards the next time you’re in a slump and they’ll help you diagnose what has you stuck and get you moving forward again. The Unstuck Tip Cards come in four versions: Boost Your Productivity, Conjure Your Creativity, Stop Your Negative Thinking and Stop Your Procrastination. | $20
Ask any coach and they’ll agree that choosing the right team captain is an essential part of a team’s success. In his latest book, The Wall Street Journal’s Sam Walker looks at the one thing the world’s championing teams all have in common: They all have the same type of captain. Read it to learn what qualities make up this particular type of captain and how they lead their teams to victory. | From $12
A Donation to Charity
When in doubt, skip a tangible gift entirely and make a donation to the person’s favorite charity. If you aren’t sure what charities they’re passionate about, buy a GlobalGiving gift card and they’ll be able to give to a charity of their choice.
Etched Wine Glasses
The holidays can be a stressful time for a lot of people, but it’s especially true in the workplace as many people push themselves to get in a good place before taking time off. Gift your co-worker with a way to unwind by giving an etched wine glass from Personal Wine. Make it specially for them with their name or monogram, and of course, you’ll want to pair it with their favorite wine! Beer glasses are also available if a brewski is more their taste. | From $14
Items for the Office
Handwritten notetakers will love this one: Busy Bee Stationery is a monthly subscription box for people who love to journal. Each box contains anywhere from five to 10 items that will find daily use in the office: bullet journals, desk planners, pencils, bookmarks and more. | $40/month
*Photo credits: Wicker Paradise/Flickr; Bobbleheads.com; Pinch Provisions; Unstuck; GlobalGiving; Personal Wine; @busybeestationery.box/Instagram