Your professional contacts are often your lifelines in the business world. While it can be difficult to find the time, saying "thank you" for all their dedication and support is crucial to maintaining these relationships.
The holiday season is a great time to show appreciation, but you don't have to empty your wallet or waste time researching products. Business News Daily has curated a list of 10 gift ideas under $50 to inspire your shopping.
1. Portable charger ($25.49)Credit: Anker / Amazon.com
Most professionals are busy people, always on the go and using their phones for calls, emails, texts and more. Maintaining a sustainable battery percentage can seem impossible when commuting to work or running from meeting to meeting. But with the Anker PowerCore 10000, they won't have to worry about finding an outlet and staying put until their phones power up again; they can charge their phones in full while still catching their train.
2. Windproof travel umbrella ($22.95)Credit: Repel Umbrella / Amazon.com
It doesn't matter where your contacts live: big city, small town or the suburbs. Rain happens to the best of us, usually at the most inconvenient times, like when we're running late to work or walking 10 blocks to meet a contact for lunch. Regardless of the details, your business buddy will appreciate the Repel Windproof Travel Umbrella to keep them dry from even the most brutal storms. Its Teflon coating and nine-rib construction is designed to withstand the elements without turning inside out. It even features a lifetime replacement guarantee.
3. Lindt Swiss Luxury Boxed Chocolate ($32.94)Credit: Lindt / Amazon.com
You can never go wrong with chocolate. This 14.6-ounce box of heaven contains European-style pralines made of milk, dark and white chocolate. You can make this a one-time purchase, or you can really treat someone by getting them a subscription for a new box to be delivered every three months.
4. Candle in a jar ($15.87)Credit: Yankee Candle / Amazon.com
Candles are great pick-me-ups, especially during the colder months. To play it safe, choose a more basic scent, like this festive Yankee Candle Balsam & Cedar. Its paraffin-grade wax should burn for 110 to 150 hours. Other Yankee Candle scents include Crisp Citrus, Herbs, Red Berry, Sandalwood, Vanilla and Musk.
5. Engraved pen/stylus ($7.50)Credit: Moulden Studios / Amazon.com
Even in the digital age, most professionals still need a pen at some point throughout the day. A high-quality, sleek-looking pen screams "success." To personalize the gift, have the Moulden Studios pen engraved with your contact's name or a unique saying. Then choose the pen color: red, green or black. Be sure to be exact in your spelling!
6. Moleskine Classic Notebook ($11.83)Credit: Moleskine / Amazon.com
Have you ever met anyone who doesn't like a fresh page of paper? Professionals can never have too many notebooks. With a simple Moleskine notebook, your contact can jot down quick notes and lengthy lists to refer to later. Its leather-like cover and thick ivory paper are perfect for the boardroom or office. You can choose from a variety of colors too.
7. Insulated coffee mug ($24.99)Credit: Métier Atelier / Amazon.com
It happens to all of us: We grab a cup of coffee from the office pantry, sit down at our desk, and then get lost in a sea of emails and tasks. Before we know it, we're sipping on the cold cup of joe we forgot we made. With an insulated mug, like the Métier Atelier Stainless Steel Double Wall Insulated Coffee Mug, drinks will stay hot for longer, so workers can enjoy their coffee all morning. It holds up to 10 ounces of caffeinated goodness.
8. Personalized stationery ($15)Credit: Curio Press / Amazon.com
Gift your professional contact with attractive, personalized stationery. They can use the cards to write their own thank-you notes, general hellos, or even notes and lists. The Curio Press Graceful Script Stationery Set lets you customize the card size, envelope color and ink color. You can customize the name on the card and add a return address to the envelope. The company uses heavy 100-pound, white cardstock.
9. Letter board ($18.99)Credit: AIMIUR / Amazon.com
Inspiration is a crucial aspect of office design. With a letter board, professionals can create their favorite quotes (or original ones) out of the felt letters and display it on their desk for a splash of encouragement. It could also come in handy for announcing special events or tracking milestones in a business. The 10 x 10-inch Aimiur Felt Board can also be hung on the wall. It comes with a bag that holds 580 letters, numbers and symbols.
10. Amazon gift card (price varies)Credit: Amazon.com
You can never go wrong with a gift card – especially for Amazon. With an Amazon gift card, contacts can browse and purchase items of their choice. Gift cards can be purchased at big-box stores like Walgreens or directly on Amazon in amounts up to $200. You can also personalize a message of up to 500 characters to accompany the card.
Additional reporting by Jennifer Post. All prices and purchase links are accurate as of publish date.