While there’s no doubt that buying gifts can be very rewarding and fun, it’s not uncommon for the task of gift-giving to come with some stress as well. This is especially true when you have to find the perfect gift for someone you’re not all that close to. And things can get even more complicated when you’re looking to surprise your business partner with a nice gift that they’ll be able to appreciate. You want to maintain a professional relationship yet find a gift that your partner will like. Not an ideal combination, but certainly not impossible to accomplish. Hopefully, the following ideas will prove to be a helpful guide.
1. A Self-Help Book
Books have always been and always will be an appropriate gift to give for any occasion. Fortunately, there’s a plethora of popular self-help books that have positive reviews. When you’re looking for the right book for your business partner, you can always focus on those that discuss professional as well as personal growth and development in detail.
2. A Gift of Ergonomic Design
The recent hyperbole that refers to sitting as the new smoking has a goal to raise awareness of the health damage that comes with a sedentary lifestyle. Unfortunately, working in an office doesn’t leave much room for improvement as the job requires sitting at the desk for a long period of time. In case you’re aware of the pain issues your business partner is dealing with due to prolonged sitting and bad posture, you can surprise them with an ergonomic chair or even a standing desk. Of course, if these gifts seem too much for your current relationship, a back-support pillow for the chair might be a good choice, too.
3. A Business Card Holder
If you want to stick to the professional image with your gift-giving yet add some stylishness to the concept, you definitely can’t go wrong with an elegant card holder wallet. You have different options to choose from as well, from the classy leather card wallet to the brass business card case. And you can be 100% sure that your business partner will put it to good use.
4. Wall Art for the Office
In case you find you can get a bit more personal with your gift, you can always surprise your business partner with nice and tasteful wall art for their office. Chances are you have some inclination about their preferences, at least when it comes to their ideal landscape or favorite place. You might also follow them on social media which would allow you to frame a picture of their family and/or pets. And even if you’re unsure about what they like, a contemporary piece is always welcome in an office environment.
5. Essential Oil Diffuser
It seems that our main priority today is to minimize stress. Your business partner might be trying to do the same, and you can help them with that. For instance, a set with an oil diffuser and popular essential oils may turn out to be an ideal gift for them, as they could easily keep it in their office. In general, the most effective essential oils aromatherapy-wise are considered to be orange, mint, and lavender. In case you’re looking for similar ideas, you can also create a tea set, with a couple of jars with tea leaves and a nice pot.
6. A Gift Card
In case you still find yourself overwhelmed with questions about what would be the best gift for your business partner, it might be best to stop troubling yourself and opt for the easy way out. A gift card may be viewed as impersonal, but within the professional sphere, it’s a perfectly acceptable and appropriate gift. You can get them a gift card from their favorite clothing store, food place, or even an Uber gift card if they tend to ride it a lot.
You can always seek help from people who might be more knowledgeable about your business partner if you yourself don’t have much information about their likes and interests. Get in touch with your mutual connections on social media, networking groups, or even ask their assistant for advice; this might point you in the right direction and chase away any doubts.