Black Friday! Cyber Monday! 24-hour Wal-Mart!
With so much holiday shopping to do, isn’t it great that we have all these great options for consumer spending thrown in our face every year around this time?
We’re only half-kidding – while there is something ironic about fighting over the last $20 juicer with a stranger at Target around Thanksgiving, nobody can deny that there are great value deals to be found. And we all have long lists of people to buy presents for, including the sales professionals in our lives.
But what exactly should we buy for these sales reps and managers? For this group of busy, hip, tech-savvy and cutting-edge individuals, it can be difficult to find just the right gift for them. That’s what we’re here for!
Here are 13 gifts that any sales professional in your life would be thankful for.You might know that we’re big fans of data and analytics, but did you know that we’re also big fans of staying hydrated? Unfortunately, many sales reps are so busy working the phones all day at work that they forget even the simple things. Like making sure they drink lots of water!
Enter the Sportline HydraCoach, the perfect marriage of data and hydration. Billed as the world’s first interactive water bottle, this very smart piece of technology calculates your personal hydration needs and tracks your real-time fluid consumption, helping you stay hydrated, even as your throat is parched from all those great sales conversations you’re having.
The clever ergonomic design of this product allows you to literally kick up your feet and take a load off – all in the discreteness of under your desk. After all, resting your feet on top of your desk wouldn’t be a very professional look. This handy-dandy hammock solves that.
The Lumo Lift, your personal posture and activity coach, aims to solve that. It vibrates when your posture is at suboptimal positions, a subtle little reminder to tell you to, “Stop slouching!” Your mother can’t be at work with you to remind you, so the Lumo Lift will have to do.
This USB Desktop Aquarium is the perfect workaround solution for your workspace. Simply connect this fully functioning aquarium to your computer and enjoy the hassle-free water recirculation, and the captivating color-changing LED display. Note: goldfish not included.
A good pair of noise cancelling headphones can take care of that, shutting all outside noise out and leaving you to your quiet thoughts and your work. Try these on for size and see your productivity soar in a much more peaceful environment.
What if you could record the conversation while also taking notes? This Voice Activated Recorder Pen allows you to do just that, with simple transferring of the recorded audio file to your computer. Using this pen will ensure that you never miss an important detail in any conversation again.
This laptop / tablet combo runs Microsoft Office, has a wide enough screen to actually do work on (without being too cumbersome), doesn’t skimp on the specs and has a slick keyboard to type on and a stylus pen to write on the screen with. A host of great gaming and entertainment applications will also come in handy on those long plane rides.
Cost: 64GB model starting at $799.00
The Pebble Steel Smart Watch, for iPhone and Android devices, is the best on the market. It notifies you of incoming emails, texts and calls, while also giving you access to your calendars and some of your favorite apps. It doesn’t hurt that the watch is also a great fashion accessory.
For starters, this backpack just looks slick, evoking a smart and tech-savvy young professional rather than a college slacker. In terms of functionality, the fully padded and lockable laptop compartment is completely isolated and secure, the three zippered mesh pockets allow you to safely store small items, and the embedded organizer keeps your files – and your mind – on point.
With a host of new premium features – including enhanced messaging, lead recommendations, list builders and real-time sales intelligence and actionable insights – a LinkedIn Sales Navigator account is a powerful asset to help reps find new opportunities and close more deals.
Cost: $79.99 / month, or $779.88 / year
Of the many reasons this book is so good – lots of great stories and anecdotes, data-backed research, etc – perhaps the most resonant is that it’s not about sales tactics, per se, but rather serves as a reminder that above all, a sales rep’s job is to make a human connection.
Cost: $7.99 on Amazon Kindle
NatureBox is a subscription service that delivers 5 curated healthy snacks straight to your door every month. Subscribers can either handpick their favorite healthy snacks – I have a weakness for the Dark Cocoa Almonds myself – or simply let the curators at NatureBox choose your snacks for you.
Cost: Starting at $15.95 / month