It’s that time of year again, a magical time when no one knows what to get each other for the holidays – but have no fear. Here to help you out is a list of great gift ideas for the PR person in your life. Even if you forget to get someone a gift, a couple of simple last minute ideas are here to save the day.
In the PR world, we usually use this time to reflect and see how we can accomplish more in the coming year. It’s hard to share what we find are the most challenging things in this industry, the disappointments, and the triumphs. This season does bring out the best in people, so brighten up a PR pro’s Christmas so they can start the new year on the right foot!
Below are nine options to give you the edge when playing Santa:
AP Style Online
- Starting at $26 (Depending on which version you are wanting to get.)
Give the gift of good punctuation with AP Style online. No more waiting for the next version of The AP Stylebook to come out. Get updates throughout the year, with email notifications as AP editors add or change entries, staying on top of the writing game. Now, last minute edits to a press release can be double-checked for grammar instantly.
Coffee – “Starbucks eGift Card”
Coffee is an essential item for all PR professionals, make sure they get exactly what they want by getting them an eGift Card from Starbucks. This simple digital fix to every day lost or forgotten physical gift cards, can make you a hero when it comes to a busy office day. If the PR pro in your life doesn’t like coffee, try some Concealer and eye cream to hide under-eye circles. Almost has the same effect, right?
Canva for Work
Canva is already a great tool that I’m sure that special professional you have in mind already uses all the time but they might not be aware that the platform has even more new capabilities that could really make their brand stand out from the crowd. With Canva for work, you can now make teams, build a design style guide with personal fonts and colors, and more. Give the gift of social graphic freedom/design professionally to take your PR pro’s visual efforts to the next level.
Subscription to a Streaming Music Service
- Spotify: $9.99/month for Premium | 3 months for .99 cents
- Pandora: $9.99/month for Premium
Things can get pretty crazy in the PR world. I’m sure you can’t go wrong with a music streaming service. Some are really affordable with very enticing promotions for the holiday season. This service would come in handy if they need to focus or if they need to wind down after a stressful meeting. Either way, you would come out looking like a hero.
Your PR pro, not a music lover? No worries, they would probably enjoy some noise-canceling headphones to get rid of any distractions.
- Available in various versions starting at $9.99
PR folks have pretty hectic schedules at times and this can mean losing track of important items other than time. Help them to never lose their keys or phone again with TrackR, a cool little tool that will blink and ring to help you find anything. Yup, that’s right, anything. You can stick this tool on headphones, keys, planner, whatever you always end up losing track of. Misplaced your phone? Press TrackR to make it ring–even on silent mode. This is a great way to make sure your PR pro stays on top of their game by staying on top of their stuff.
For the aspiring social media professionals, It might be a good idea to help them have the right tools when creating new content. They could be conducting interviews for C-levels or having to do a quick product photo shoot, either way, they would be using your gift and thanking you for putting them over the edge. I suggest gifting one that has a least a lighting attachment to it for optimal image view.
Subscription to Audible
- Just $6.95/month for 3 months
Some professionals, not just in the PR world, love to continue to grow their knowledge of a field by learning from experts who are willing to share their insights. A great way to do this is by reading their published works, or in this case, listening to them. Give your professional the edge they need by sending them the opportunity to listen to dozens of books read aloud. One of my favorite things to do is to multi-task and this is a great tool to do just that. I believe inspirational gifts are always in style.
Public Relations Memorabilia
This is always a fantastic option that can gain a great laugh even if it’s for a clever saying about the profession. Could be the hit off the upcoming office party.
Feel like a DIY gift option might be the best option for you? Try saying thank you to all the great professionals you work with by sharing a homemade “Punny” gift. There are lots of great options to choose from off of Pinterest, might spark some inspiration.
A planner – Classic.
You can never go wrong with a simple but classic gift to kick off the new year. Every PR Pro loves a good matching set of stationery, so if you can make a quick Target run then you can make a friend’s day this Christmas.
Last but not least, a hug!
This time of the year can be tough on some people. It’s important to recognize good work and this reflection shouldn’t just come during annual reviews. Even small signs of appreciation can go along way!
As PR pros, we often get stressed and forget to relax and look back at our accomplishments from the past year. This is a good time to remind yourself and your PR peers that the work you all do is appreciated, I hope this gift guide was a great resource to do just that.
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