The Office Gift Guide – For your awesome intern

Ok Goods Gift Guide for your awesome intern

 

 

You’ve spent months mentoring and working with a young talent, and sadly you don’t have the best gift they could ask for, a job. So in lieu of a full-time contract, here is a list of things they can use to help them land their dream gig, or just to say thank you and GO GET EM.

1. A real and amazing reference letter or even a LinkedIn recommendation will be useful for years to come, and even better, it will boost their confidence for interviews and they’ll remember your supportive words at all the awkward networking events when they are building up the guts to talk to someone. (And before they leave, please look over their resume and portfolio to make sure they’ve put all the hard work they’ve done with your company into use and the world can see it)!

2. Holding a physical printed magazine in your hands is a pleasing in a way that digital can never top, and it’s also one of those things that most people can’t justify for themselves when on a tight budget. Give them a year (or two!) of industry inspiration and aspirational articles to read through and pile on their shelves.

3. Some say gift cards are a “no no”, but there’s a catch with this one… Load up a coffee shop gift card and present it with a suggestion to only buy coffee for others. You never know where a coffee meeting will lead them! If they really just want a card for the mall or amazon, I’m not against that either! This gift is meant to say ‘thank you’ after all, so don’t feel pressured to put rules on it.

4. Getting started in your career can be a tricky and expensive time. You need decent interview clothes, have student loans about to come due, and probably financing a laptop to help you with freelance work on the side! Even though there are free networking sites and social media channels for self-promotion there are some classic ‘work things’ that will help them feel more like a young professional and less ‘imposter‘. Try funding an industry membership, website hosting, or some fancy business cards (or stickers!) that they create with a template.

5. Celebrate the end of the internship by growing their liquor cabinet with a bottle of something dressed in a witty label. Add a book of cocktail recipes or a decorative bottle opener just for fun.

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Gift Guide: The Travel Stylist

(Hi! I decided to share my holiday ‘Wish List’ this year, and it morphed into a gift guide for some very stylish women. I’m the kind of person who ends up buying presents for myself while shopping for others… and so this year (to save cash and stave off guilt), I’ll be sharing all of my favorite things here!)

This gift guide is for the busy girl on the go. Her favorite pieces are well designed and practical. There is no point in bringing something with you if it slows you down!

1. Escape in over-the-top style with this Kate Spade Westward Runaway Duffle. $647

2. Cute leather mittens that can still use a smartphone! £35.00

3. A sleek and sexy Japanese designed Swiss Army tool in mint green. Chicly designed and affordable. Yes please. $24

4. Aldo leopard slipper shoes. £49.00

5. Gorgeous snake vertebrae bracelet that I’ve been coveting forever. Slightly creepy, yes, but that’s part of what makes it so awesome. Someone: “Oh hey, cool bracelet! What’s it made of?” “Oh you know, bits and pieces of a snake…”. $98

6. Vintage Mug Shot Print for inspiring adventure and mischief on the road less travelled. $10

7. A timeless, classic, leather banded Nixon watch. £140.00

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Kohsin Hong

Images by Toronto artist Kohsin Hong. I love the last one, it makes me think of my office and then I laugh out loud at the cubicle politics. Look at that guy who dropped into the laptop with work frustration! We’ve all been there. I want a print of this to frame for my cubicle, and then if the politics get to be too much I can look at that picture and laugh it off.

Working from home today.

Found via BldgWlf.