The Holidays bring a variety of stresses. One of these is what gifts to get. We want to give something unique. We wrack our brains trying to come up with a gift that people can actually use and appreciate.
When gift-giving takes place in an office setting it brings even more stress. Often we don’t know the person very well. We don’t know their specific tastes. We aren’t sure what they already have or what they could really use.
This year try to think outside the gift box. What you give doesn’t have to be a physical present. Many people don’t have room for another nick-knack, but there are gifts that people can use and will really appreciate: time and ego stroking.
A busy executive and his assistant(s) are always looking for ways to improve their efficiency. They need more time. Give them that time by hiring a virtual assistant. A virtual assistant can handle the formatting and data manipulation in a spreadsheet. A virtual assistant can compose business correspondence or arrange travel plans. There are a multitude of tasks that a virtual assistant can do that will give your gift recipient the gift of time.
Bring them into the spotlight with gifts that are all about them.
People who have written essays and books would appreciate having their work turned into electronic books so that they may share them with the rest of the world. Help them go beyond the limited readability scope of an MS Word or Adobe PDF file and make the leap to EPUB. As an EPUB (or other popular ebook format) their work can be more widely enjoyed on a greater variety of electronic devices. Imagine their delight at seeing what they’ve written on a Nook, Kindle, Kobo, or iPad.
People (even shy people deep down) like to hear good things being said about them. This can even be crucial when it comes to business. Consider an audio gift of a “This Is Your Life” presentation. Give them a custom-made audio tour for their website or business. There are plenty of audio ideas that will make the receiver feel great.
Time is something we can all use more of. Ego-stroking is always welcome.
Contact us to discuss your gift-giving needs and budget.
Darla Mittler is the President and CEO of Darla Mittler Document Magic. For over 20 years she has been helping people organize and streamline their businesses