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As Christmas approaches, you’re probably realizing all of the people in your life that you’re shopping for. As we get older, it’s not easy to buy presents for everyone. I wanted to help you guys out in an area that I know about – lawyers! So here are 9 ideas to get your shopping started!
One – Briefcase
A quality briefcase is an essential, in my opinion. A good brief case doesn’t have to cost $350+ like the one above. My first one was only $99 at the Coach Outlet. But it should be sturdy, be a quality material that can handle being transported a lot, and have enough room for files, pens, a laptop or tablet, business cards, a charger and random things like gum and cough drops.
Two – Business Card Holder
Speaking of business cards, a business card holder adds a layer of professionalism to any “do you have a card?” interaction. The best thing about this business card holder is that it holds 50 cards! I currently have two. Each hold about 10-15. I feel like every few months I’m opening them up and they’re both empty. Plus, this one is professional. Any business card holder would probably make a nice gift, just make sure it’s classy and professional. Everyone who asks for a card will see it, so as much as I love glitter, it’s not time for a pink sparkle Hello Kitty present.
Three – Encouraging Art Work
Pen & Paint is one of my favorite Etsy shops. I have two of her prints in my office right now. Encouraging art is a great reminder, consciously or not, that we can keep our heads up and keep working hard for our clients. Every little bit helps, and I firmly believe that by surrounding ourselves with encouragement throughout the day, we can keep a better attitude when hard times and late nights come.
Four – Himalayan Salt Lamp
I swear by my Himalayan Salt Lamp now! I bought one for my office and one for my room. I want to keep buying more but my budget is focused on a few other things right now. This is the exact lamp I bought and I LOVE it. I truly believe it has helped reduce my stress levels at work and helped me to wake up easier in the morning. I simply roll over and turn the light up when my alarm goes off and my brain things there’s sun while I hit snooze. Supposedly you can leave them on 24/7, but I turn mine off when I leave work or home. For the one in my room, I leave it on very, very low while I sleep.
Five – Crock Pot
This might be more excited for those of us single lawyers. If I don’t make dinner, there’s nothing to eat! My crock pot gets a decent amount of use throughout the year. I have had the same very basic one for many years and it’s about time for an upgrade. These days you can get crock pots that are programable to only cook for a certain amount of time, and that stir themselves! These are perfect features for someone who can end up getting unexpectedly stuck at the office! Now there’s no risk of coming home to mushy food.
If you’re looking for something that’s not easily wrapped, there are a variety of other options for Christmas gifts for lawyers. First, a music membership is a great option for someone who likes to work wtih background noise. I prefer Spotify, but many people also enjoy Pandora. With the subscription, they can work to their favorite jams without listening to commercials!
You can never go wrong with a massage, either. Eight or more hours staring at a computer screen or hauling files to and from the court house can wreak havoc on our bodies! Last year someone got me a massage as a gift and it was one of the first gifts I actually used. Bonus: sometimes you can get great deals on groupon or living social. Just make sure to read the reviews before buying!
Another way I cope with stress is to get out of town for a night or two. A hotel gift card is a great way to tell a lawyer that they can spend a night anywhere they want and just relax! I love Sheraton hotels, but if your favorite lawyer loves a local hotel, a gift card to that spot would make for a great staycation where neither work nor laundry is vying for their attention!
Last, consider something practical like a dry cleaning gift certificate. Now, if you’re buying for a person who would be offended by a gift like a vacuum (if someone wants to buy me an iRobot, you’ll hear no protests for me), then this is probably not the right present. But if you have a friend or loved one who brings all of their dry cleaning twice a year, and shells out $80 at a time (#guilty), they’d probably love this as a gift! There’s nothing worse than leaving the dry cleaner $80-100 poorer just to pick up clothes that you bought in the first place!
Do you have any other ideas for Christmas gifts for lawyers? Feel free to leave them in the comments!