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Quick! Only a few days left to find gifts for family and friends. But what to get that sales professional in your life? Don’t worry, we’re here to help! We’ve come up with 11 gifts we think any sales professional – reps, managers, or VPs – would love to receive. Check them out:

1) Bluetooth Headset

Many sales managers and reps spend most of their day making phone calls – which makes a sharp-looking Bluetooth headset a great gift. You’ll want to find one that’s high-quality and comfortable because of how often it will be used. Noise cancellation features are a huge plus, especially for someone who works in a noisy, open office. According to PC Magazine, the Plantronics Voyager Pro+ (featured here) is the best Bluetooth headset on the market. Any sales professional would love it!

Where to get it: Amazon

Price: $70

2) Floor Mat (for standing desks)

This is the standing desk user’s best friend. Standing desks became all the rage in 2013 after studies on the health risks of sitting all day were popularized. But standing for hours at a time can really hurt your feet, though, which is where a nice floor mat makes a HUGE difference. A ½-inch anti-fatigue floor mat is sufficient for most people. This Imprint Comfort Mat was recommended by a fellow blogger who swears by standing desks.

Where to get it: Amazon

Price: $45

3) Premium LinkedIn Account

Most sales reps use the free version of LinkedIn, but having a Premium LinkedIn account gives anyone in sales a big competitive advantage. LinkedIn is the #1 social media platform for sales professionals because it is great for social selling. With a Premium account, they can search more contacts, bookmark prospects’ profiles, see who has viewed their profile, and the Premium Badge featured on their profile gives them credibility. This is a must for any serious B2B sales professional wishing to make full use of LinkedIn!

Where to get it: LinkedIn

Price: $95.40 for 1 year (or $9.95 per month)

4) Personalized Toiletry Case

I can name a few Inside Sales Reps (ISRs) who have a habit of sleeping overnight at the office after long days followed by early mornings. Dignify those nights by gifting the ISR in your life a monogrammed toiletry case. As a bonus, fill it with a travel toothbrush, toothpaste, face wash, and moisturizer. Throw a razor and shaving cream in there for the men. This emergency kit will leave the them feeling fresh and revitalized after a night spent on the Marketing couch.

Where to get it: Personalizationmall.com

Price: $16

5) “The Challenger Sale: Taking Control of the Customer Conversation” by Matthew Dixon and Brent Adamson

We are huge fans of this book here at InsightSquared – in fact, our sales reps are required to read it as part of their onboarding process. This is a great resource for any sales professional who wants to improve at their job. It is packed with useful information, is well-written, and is broken up into comprehensive chapters.

Where to get it: Amazon

Price: $19

6) Busy Indicator Light

Most ISRs work in an open office where they are interrupted constantly. This gift could be the saving grace for reps that hate being bothered while on a call or interrupted when they’re trying to focus. They simply turn the light on and their coworkers know not to bother them. Genius!

Where to get it: Amazon

Price: $22

7) Leather Briefcase

It doesn’t matter if they’re an ISR that calls prospects from the office or a Sales VP who travels all over the world: everyone loves a nice leather briefcase. It’s beautiful, professional, and practical. You just can’t go wrong.

Where to get it: Kenneth Cole

Price: $123

8) Tickets to a Sporting Event

Although the sports analogy can get old, sales reps are naturally competitive, and many of them love sports. Get the sales professional by day/sports buff by night tickets to a basketball, football, or hockey game. Who knows, maybe they’ll take you!

Where to get it: StubHub or the team’s official website

Price: Varies

9) Desk toy

Something playful for their desk lets the sales professional in your life use the left side of their brain to think outside the box. It is also a great way to take a break during a busy day of calls and meetings. This magnetic desk sculpture from Office Playground is a great one!

Where to get it: Office Playground

Price: $5

10) Mug warmer

This is one of those things some might deem unnecessary until they realize how awesome it is. Sales professionals are constantly on the phone, in meetings, or chatting on the side – behavior that’s not conducive to constant coffee-sipping. And there is nothing that makes your teeth feel grosser than lukewarm coffee. This mug warmer keeps coffee and tea at the ideal temperature, and it’s small enough to fit on a desk and plug in to the closest power strip. They’ll thank you for this one.

Where to get it: Brookstone

Price: $25

11) Murphy Bed

What’s better than sleeping on the Marketing couch at the office? Sleeping on a bed that folds down from the office wall. You may want to get permission first. Weird pillow not included.

Where to get it: murphybeds.com

Price: Varies

That’s a wrap. Have a wonderful holiday weekend, and happy gifting!

 

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  • Judah

    Fun article!

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