Corporate types are the worst to shop for because on the surface, they seem so impersonal and artificial. This is especially true when the individual in question is only an acquaintance and not someone you know well enough. This means that we usually get them a very generic gift like a tie or tie pin and cufflinks. But if you have the time and the energy, it is always better to give them something a little more personal. Here are some guidelines that will help you in choosing a present.
Think Overall Look
Most corporate entities wear suit and tie, pantsuit, skirt suit or some form of formal wear. This means that their accessories also have to be formal. There is no sense in giving them a bright yellow laptop case that they will not be able to use in office. So look for things that will fit in with their overall ‘look’ like a Bobby Compact office bag that come in the standard corporate colours of black, grey and blue as well as providing the protection needed for all the things needed inside.
Think Overall Utility
Corporate workers might compromise on look perhaps, but they will not compromise on utility and convenience. If your present is not something that they will use in their day to day lives, then there is a good chance that it will be relegated to a forgotten corner of the closet. If you don’t want your present to suffer the same fate then find something that is useful like the anti-theft bags that recently made a splash. These come with a range of features including a charging cable and water resistant material that make it the perfect match for a harried, busy corporate worker.
Think Overall Convenience
Since corporate workers are busy and lead rushed lives, whatever they receive need to make their lives easier not harder. So don’t give them Italian coffee if you know they don’t have a coffee maker. Choose things like high efficiency portable coffee mugs; a subscription to a healthy luncheon service that will deliver to their office; a wireless charger; a smart watch etc. Anything that makes their lives more convenient will be a key present.
So the next time you need to go shopping for a gift because it is someone’s birthday (and you don’t know what to get that will match their corporate career), look for something that will make their lives easier and more convenient, find something that is utilitarian and also improves the overall ‘look’ of that person. Tick these criteria and you will have the perfect present in your hands.