Recent graduates and young professionals have always needed a little extra help, whether it’s a cooked meal or a free ride to the airport or even stocking up on basic clothing essentials.
But in the current economic climate, many entry-level workers can use gifts that are more productive and useful than new. (This is not the time to give a paperweight unless you’re sure it can guarantee a much-needed laugh.) Young professionals entering the workforce these days have different needs, and your gift can go a long way toward meeting them. introduce their careers. (No pressure.)
Here is a list of suggested products that will make much more lasting and valuable gifts for their recipients.
But first, if you’ll allow us, coffee. Sure, not everyone is a coffee drinker, but those who do identify as such are most likely to refer to coffee as their productivity fuel. And the L’Or Barista coffee and espresso machine can make a coffee drinker out of everyone, given how easy it is to use, the sleek design, and not to mention the coffee drinks are sublime. (Decaf pods are available.)
Havenly, a popular online interior design service, recently acquired a custom furniture marketplace, now known as The Inside by Havenly. The brand makes custom home furnishings for virtually any style at price points well below traditional custom design—but with much more flair than your starter DIY furniture. Collaborating with top designers such as Scalamandré, CW Stockwell and Old World Weavers, The Inside by Havenly offers a variety of textiles that can be applied to any of their furniture and design pieces, including chairs, ottomans, cushions, headboards, wallpaper and more.
Anyone who has worked from home — before the pandemic and since — knows the value of good desk space. Along with a comfortable chair (see above), this makes all the difference in how productive you can be from anywhere. This ’70s-inspired, water-based lacquer desk is both functional and fashionable, serving as both a conversation piece and a workspace, with just enough drawer space to hold the essentials but keep you from becoming a pack rat.
While printers may have seemed like the most milquetoast of electronics before the pandemic, sales skyrocketed once everyone started working from home and could no longer rely on the office printer. Printers have also long had a frustrating reputation, from paper jams to constantly depleting ink cartridges to wires running in every direction. This Canon printer solves all the problems. With built-in wireless connectivity and convenient cloud printing, this printer is designed with an intuitive touchscreen display and versatile Auto Document Feeder (ADF), capable of scanning, copying and faxing up to 20 sheets of plain paper.
Marie Kondo’s golden rule for keeping a tidy home is to keep the things that “bring joy” to you. For many of us, organization brings joy in its own right, and dresser drawers can serve many functions beyond just holding folded sweaters. And this tall and narrow dresser by Sundays, a Vancouver-based home brand that produces thoughtfully designed furniture, offers four drawer storage for efficient organization. Made from high-grade composite reclaimed wood grains and fibers (to avoid warping or cracking like solid wood), the slim shape is also optimized floor space for those living in smaller living spaces.
There is no one guide that everyone gets or follows when entering the workforce. And that’s the beauty of No Hard Feelings: The Secret Power of Embracing Emotions at Work, which recognizes that we all have different work styles, and that’s okay (at least up to a point). Written by Mollie West Duffy and Liz Fosslien (who also illustrate the charming but matter-of-fact sketches in the book and on their Instagram account), there are lessons to be learned for everyone at every stage of their careers in this book, and the newly published and pandemic-appropriate follow-up, Big feelings: how to be okay when things aren’t right. (We also recommend the audiobook version, as both authors narrate the books and convey these lessons perfectly in the same tone as a good friend versus an HR representative.)
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