The year flew by fast. Just last year, Tapwage was a drawing on a metaphorical napkin and now look at us. Presenting to you our own holiday guide. Break out the egg nog.
There are so many great holiday gift guides (we are partial to Kottke’s compilation of great holiday gift guides). but we all have a colleague, or a sibling, or a friend for whom we need a gift that helps them along in their career goals. So we present to you Tapwage’s first holiday gift guide for the career minded individual.
Public speaking remains the top fear amongst Americans (More than heights, bugs, zombies and clowns!). But in the knowledge economy of today, never has it been more vital to have strong presentation skills at work. So give the gift of presentation coaching. Online coaching costs anywhere from $150 to $250 for a one hour session. For $36 every 6 months, you can also gift them a membership to Toastmasters International, the world renowned social club focused on speaking and leadership skills.
It has never been easier to learn new skills, and perhaps never been more important. Whether you choose a full-time 10-week product management immersive ($3000), or a data analyst ‘Nanodegree’ ($200), it’s not just a gift, it’s an investment.
For a friend looking to break into investment banking, perhaps a book like Liar’s Poker by Michael Lewis ($10 Kindle edition / $20 hardcover), or The Accidental Investment Banker by Jonathan Knee ($15 Kindle edition / $33 hardcover) would be perfect.
For someone hell bent on a career in investing, you should perhaps get them the classic (and Warren Buffet’s favorite) The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham ($11 Kindle edition / $13 paperback).
For the budding software engineer, we recommend the ever useful Introduction to Algorithms by Thomas Cormen and Charles Leiserson.
If you don’t know their specific interests, you can’t go wrong with a year’s subscription to The Wall Street Journal ($100 for one-year) or The Financial Times ($335 for a year) or The Economist ($127 for a year).
And for that friend or family member who is just too busy to read? Maybe an Audible membership to unlimited audio books ($45 for three months).
For the life and productivity hacker friend (we all have those), we recommend the Moleskin classic notebook (Pack of three for $50). For the extra-personal touch, you could also point them to note taking and journaling techniques. Our favorite is the Bullet Journal, an incredibly efficient note taking and idea capture technique.
The pens that go perfectly with those notebooks, are the Pilot Frixion erasable pens ($12 for a pack of 8). They work like magic. Sketching an idea was never easier.
For road warriors (especially consultants), we highly recommend the magic plug that lets you charge all your devices simultaneously ($20) or a USB battery pack for a little extra juice ($30).
For the desk jockey, how about a wireless keyboard that connects to multiple devices with a single switch ($39) so you can send that quick text while it looks like you are working on the spreadsheet.
Finally, not all gifts are meant to help your loved ones thrive at work. Sometimes, you just need to help them survive at work. Especially for working in the open-plan offices of today, they might need some noise-canceling headphones ($300) to block out annoying coworkers and constant interruptions.
And if it looks like they might be packing a few extra pounds with the stresses of work, a Fitbit ($147) might get help them get it under control. As the saying goes, tell someone about their weight and you nag them for a day, Give them a Fitbit and it can nag them for you every day.
Have a wonderful holiday season.