01 Dec Your Holiday Gift Guide for the Marketing Professional You Know
It is nearing the end of 2016 and you know what that means…the holidays! Are you done with your holiday shopping yet?
Don’t worry, most people aren’t.
When it comes to gift-giving, some people are very easy to shop for while others will require a bit more ingenuity. You can always get the golfer some golf balls and the runner a cool outfit, but what about a marketing professional? What would really rock their socks off?
Sure, a nice Christmas basket of goodies or a bottle of wine will always be welcome, but you know you can do better. And since you don’t want to receive yet another generic or uninspired coffee mug or tie, you certainly won’t be gifting these, right?… Right?
You want to find something truly useful, creative, and thoughtful.
Let us help to get you headed in the right direction. Here is a holiday gift guide for the marketing professional in your life. Or, maybe you are the marketer so you can share this to help your loved ones choose a gift for you (hint, hint).
Music Service Subscription
Some people work better while listening to music, especially those who work for long periods of time on the computer. It just makes life better. Unfortunately, regular music streaming is restrictive and is always interrupted with commercials. If you have a marketing friend who loves music, regularly goes to concerts and music gigs, or always reads Pitchfork or Consequence of Sound, then what better way than to celebrate the holidays by giving them a Spotify or iTunes gift card? They’ll love it!
Noise Cancelling Headphones
If you feel that a music subscription isn’t enough, pair it with a set of fancy noise canceling headphones. There’s nothing like having all the peace and quiet in the world while crunching your brand’s social media numbers or pumping out a blog post that is near its deadline.
Bose QuietComfort headphones are a great option. This pair of headphones not only cancels sounds, but also provides rich, highly detailed audio because of their on-ear design. This multi-functional gift is a little on the expensive side but is sure to please.
Some Good Marketing Reads
Next up is a book with helpful insights into the marketing world. One of the challenging things about marketing is that it is never static. Marketers know how important it is to keep up to date with the latest news in the industry—and the best way to learn new stuff is to hit the books and consume more information. So get the marketing person in your life one of the latest and greatest books out now on the subject of marketing.
A Helpful Course
Another popular way to brush up on skills is to take a helpful online course. Check out some of the popular and reputable courses available and pay for your recipient to enroll. The Digital Marketing Institute offers a certification that can help any marketer advance in their career. They tout that 81% of graduates got a promotion after graduating. Coursera also offers some great courses.
Your gift will surely be appreciated if the marketer you know is one who always likes to stay at the forefront of the industry.
Hashtag Chalkboard Sign
Want something a little more fun? Social media is a huge part of digital marketing and what signifies it more than the good ol’ hashtag? A hashtag chalkboard is perfect for office decor and also allows your recipient to jot down messages if need be. They’ll love it!
Tickets to a Digital Marketing Conference
Another treat for a marketing professional would be to buy them tickets to a marketing conference. These often host guest speakers who can offer advice, tips, and updates. It also gives them the opportunity to network with others in the industry. Who knows what opportunities may arise? Check out this list of upcoming conferences for the next year.
Premium Subscription to Awesome Tools
Marketing professionals are often at a complete loss without the tools that they use at work. How can they quickly spruce up a photo to accompany their blog post without Canva? How can they make a file quickly accessible without Dropbox? How can they take note of a groundbreaking idea without Evernote? They can’t, at least they feel like they can’t. Trust me.
You can make it even easier on your digital marketers by gifting them with a premium subscription to their favorite tools. They’ll thank you for it all subscription long.
Starbucks Coffee Gift Basket
Last but not least, what do digital marketers like more than their work?
One word: coffee.
If you are running out of time and are on the lookout for some last-minute gift ideas, trust us when we say you can never go wrong with coffee.
We’ve all been there. Our workaholic selves always need a pick-me-up in the afternoon or something to keep us awake while doing overtime. For us marketers, coffee is the elixir of the gods. Do your recipient a favor by buying them a gift card if you’re on a tighter budget.
See? It’s not so hard to shop for the marketer in your life. You can opt for a simple gift card to get coffee or music, buy fun decor for their office, or help them to invest in themselves and their career with books, courses, or subscriptions to their favorite tools. You may want to subtly ask some questions to ensure you choose the right gift like, “What kind of tools do you recommend?” or, “Have you ever heard of the online courses, what do you think of them?” But with these ideas, you won’t be too far off.
Good luck and also please share if you have any great ideas for gifts for marketers. Have you given or got one in the past?