[By Muluba Habanyama]
For those of us embarking in a career in PR, we know all too well the investment we have to make in order to succeed. I’m very quick to purchase a meal or a cute dress, but when it comes to a binder or an office item, I weep as I swipe my credit card. This holiday season, why not ask for a gift that may seem boring but assists your career in the long run, and saves you a bit of money. As a PR professional, here is my holiday wish list:
- Agenda/Day Planner
Effective planning is one of the most important PR skills. Having a day planner on hand helps manage time, decrease stress, and evaluate progress.
- Hard Drive
The importance of file security cannot be overstated. While constantly saving and creating backups can be a hassle, the biggest hassle of all is to lose all of your data. A hard drive is a secure way to store and share information, and while they can be pricey, an expensive one can store large volumes of data and last almost forever.
- Business Attire
For some, shopping can be an overwhelming burden, especially when you’re doing it in advance of that life-changing interview. Help your PR professional stand out by assisting them with neutral pieces of clothing that give them the confidence they need to nail the meeting.
- Business Card Holder
Instead of your PR professional stuffing their cards into their pockets, why not give them a stylish way to store them? A card holder is a sleek gift, and the person receiving the business card thinks, “This person is important!”. A fun idea would be engraving the holder with the recipient’s name and an inspiring message.
- Smart Phone & Accessories
Smart phones are an essential communication tool, especially for those in the PR field. While your gift recipient may already own one, they may benefit from a newer one, with more storage and excellent camera quality. Accessories for the phone are also a great gift idea! A power bank that serves as a portable charger for those “low battery” moments will never go unappreciated.
(Photo by Muluba Habanyama)