Shopping for the people in your life is rarely easy. In fact, many shoppers face the chore with dread.
Choosing the wrong gift can damage relationships, while the right gift can strengthen existing bonds. Navigating this landmine of gift-giving etiquette can be even more challenging if the people you're buying for are professional connections, since one mistake can seriously damage your hard-earned career.
This gift guide is designed to help you choose the perfect gift for every professional in your life.
Gifts Under $100
Body Brew: This cold brew coffee system is not only affordable, but it makes it easy to create healthier coffee to take on the go.
My Passport SSD: For those who need a little extra storage, this external hard drive includes hardware encryption and extremely fast file transfers.
Logitech PowerPlay Wireless Charging System: The gamers on your list will love this charging mat, which keeps a gaming mouse charged throughout play.
Po Campo Bike Bags: Bikers can carry belongings stylishly with these bike bags that fit comfortably on a bike's handlebars or as a cross body carry-along.
Sundrop Jewelry: Inspired by the beauty of sunshine, this eco-friendly jewelry comes in a variety of styles and types.
Obey Clothing: Inspired by the counterculture of punk rock and skateboarding, Obey Clothing features unique fashions of all types for both men and women.
Z Supply Clothing: Promising "the softest fabric yet," Z Supply Clothing is perfect for lounging around the house or running weekend errands.
Simbi Jewelry: Designed by the Haitian community, Simbi's handcrafted jewelry will wow anyone on your gift list.
Gifts for Parents
Pure: Your colleagues will keep their families healthy and happy with a collection of essential oils in an attractive gift basket.
Ring Pro: Home security is a top priority for parents, and this doorbell lets them interact with visitors even when they're away from home.
WD My Cloud Home: Parents never have enough storage for all the photos and videos they take. This cloud backup system is the perfect addition to any household.
The Nebia Shower System: Give the parents on your list the gift of relaxation with this advanced shower system that expands the water coverage of a normal shower.
Purple Mattress: Memory foam mattresses can sag over time. Purple promises a no-sag mattress that combines just the right amount of firmness with the perfect body cradling.
Kevo Convert: Parents can turn their home entry into a smart lock, controllable from a mobile app. Best of all, this conversion kit allows them to use their existing lock for easy installation.
SnapPower Nightlight: This child-proof nightlight provides illumination where it's needed, rather than unnecessarily lighting up an entire room or hallway.
QuickZip Crib Sheets: Ideal for new parents, these crib sheets zip to easily slip on and resist sliding off.
Gifts for Gadget Geeks
Eufy Genie: Who needs a dedicated Alexa speaker? The Eufy Genie builds Alexa in, along with other features.
Azio Retro Classic Onyx Keyboard: Give a blast from the past with this retro keyboard that works with computers equipped with the Mac or Windows OS.
Samsung Galaxy S8: Gadget lovers are flocking to the latest Samsung phone, which includes a bezel-free design and the latest Android operating system.
Phantom 4 Pro Drone: Capture great overhead images with this camera-equipped drone. This is the first drone to include a mechanical shutter to reduce the image distortion that can happen when a camera is moving at high speed.
bObi Robotic Vacuum Cleaner: The latest in robotic cleaning, this vacuum cleaner has a model specially designed for homes with pets.
Logitech G903 Wireless Gaming Mouse: Gamers will love this mouse, which features a one-millisecond report rate and a highly-optimized connection.
Gifts for Home Cooks
Kamikoto: High-quality knives are an essential tool for professional chefs. A collection from Kamikoto is the perfect addition to any kitchen.
KitchenAid Tilt-Head Mixer: From KitchenAid comes this visually-appealing limited edition mixer with ten speeds and a tilt-head design.
Home Bakery Virtuoso Breadmaker: There's no substitute for fresh-baked bread. This breadmaker automates the process with dual kneading blades and an additional heater on the lid for even baking.
Premier Four-Piece Steak Knife Set: The razor sharpness of this knife ensures juices stay in the meat for delicious meals.
Gifts for the Great Outdoors
Yeti Tundra 125 Cooler: Yeti products have become known for their long-term cooling and heating abilities. This cooler is big enough for an entire weekend away.
Green Mountain Pellet Grill: Green Mountain is revolutionizing the industry with these grills that create a wood-fired effect using small pellets.
Double Cacoon Hanging Chair: Whether camping or hanging out in their own back yards, recipients will love this hanging chair.
Sage Fly Fishing Rods: For those long weekends outdoors, Sage offers a variety of fly fishing rods.
Rio Products Fishing Lines: Rio specializes in top-quality fishing gear for the serious enthusiast.
Elie SOUND 100 XE: This kayak is designed for comfort, with adjustable footrests, deluxe knee pads, and a seat made using ERGOFLEX seating technology.
Jaybird Wireless X3: Outdoorsy type can wear these comfortable earbuds everywhere without compromising sound.
Koy Resort Wear: For the professional who spends outdoor time lounging on beaches and by pools, this resort wear is the perfect option.
Gifts for the Boss
Original Grain Watches: Anyone would be impressed by these watches, which mix hardwood with stainless steel for a unique look.
Cobra King F7 One Length Irons: If your boss is a golfer, this set of single-length irons will be a big hit.
Whiskey Business Gift Set: Whiskey lovers will enjoy this set with a decanter and two tumblers, perfect for filling with a favorite whiskey.
Odyssey O-Works Red #7S Putter: The devil's in the details when it comes to golfing and this putter packs in the finest detail, including weighted alignment wings and microhinge technology.
William Leather Duffle Bag: This classy duffel bag is perfect for travel, with a large interior and a durable leather exterior.
SanDisk microSDHC Card: Everyone can use a little extra storage on their mobile devices. This card expands the memory of compatible devices for storing photos, videos, and more.
State Optical Eyewear: Luxury sunglasses are always the perfect gift, especially when they're the first glasses of their type to be manufactured in America.
Gifts for Employees
Nespresso Coffeemaker: Nespresso offers a variety of coffeemakers to suit various tastes. You're sure to find the perfect gift for your employee among their product line.
Ninja Coffee Bar System: If espresso is too specific, the Ninja Coffee Bar System may be the better choice, with multiple beverage options.
Kuvée Smart Wine Bottle: This wine bottle is the gift that keeps giving, with a monthly subscription plan that delivers new wine on a regular basis.
Apple Watch: One of the best ways to ensure your workers are productive is to equip them with a smartwatch that will make it easy to check appointments and read emails on the go.
BlackBerry KEYone: If your employees prefer a BlackBerry to an iPhone or Android, the BlackBerry KEYone is a must have.
Emilio Chukka Boot by Nisolo: Available in a variety of colors, this traditionally-inspired boot includes a sleek leather sole and are all ethically made.
Aura Frames: Smart technology and a modern design is what Aura Frames is all about with a digital picture frame being ran through an app.
Gifts for Co-Workers
Two Blind Brothers: Founded by two vision-impaired brothers, this company offers stylish, casual clothing perfect for the modern professional.
Breville Barista Express: Who couldn't use a good cup of coffee before work each day? The Barista Express makes it easy to create delicious espresso in less than a minute.
Armitron Stainless Steel Automatic Bracelet Watch: This men's bracelet watch is the perfect gift for the man who has everything.
Locus Standing Desk: Turn any space into a standing desk with this adjustable desk available in four surface finishes.
Topo Mat: If your office includes standing desks, this ergonomic mat is a must. The specially-designed surface encourages movement while also reducing swelling due to blood pooling in the legs.
Nest Learning Thermostat: Improve the comfort of a recipient's home with this smart thermostat that gradually learns a household's ideal temperature and automatically adjusts.
MVP Heritage Heavy Punching Bag: Your coworkers will work out in style with this genuine leather boxing bag.
Black Swan: The fashionable clothing from Black Swan is perfect for a night on the town or a day at the office.
Supreme New York: Supreme New York's casual wear includes jackets, pants, and baseball caps, all with a signature look.
Moshi: Stylish and sleek phone cases that's colors can match any personality.
Man Crates: Turn any bar into a full on cave setup with all the goodies that will arrive in this wooden crate.
Gifts for the Music Lover
V-Moda Crossfade II Wireless: Enjoy comfort and top-quality sound with these highly-rated headphones.
Pioneer Car Receivers: Most drivers today rely on their smartphones for in-car entertainment. The Pioneer AVH-2330NEX and AVH-2300NEX make it easy to connect an iOS or Android-enabled phone to most automobile models.
Komplete Audio 6: For musicians, this studio recording equipment will make audio crisp, capturing vocals and instruments at professional quality.
MUO Wireless Bluetooth Speaker: Listen to music from a mobile device anywhere with this Bluetooth speaker featuring unparalleled sound.
MH40 Headphones for 0.95: Developed as a collaboration between Leica Camera and Master & Dynamic, these headphones offer an eye-catching design, comfortable wear, and great sound.
Naim Mu-so: Music lovers need quality audio, and this wireless music system provides it.
HD3 Wireless Speakers: These speakers connect to a variety of wireless devices to provide home audio-quality sound.
Gifts for the Movie Lover
Synology DiskStation DS418play: Movie lovers need plenty of home storage for their massive collections. This server provides storage and streaming for all a consumer's 4K media content.
HP ENVY Curved All-in-One: Movies will pop off the screen with this all-in-one PC that features a curved monitor.
Harmony Elite Remote: One remote to control it all. This universal remote from Logitech can be programmed to work with all a movie lover's audiovisual equipment.
NVIDIA SHIELD Streaming Device: Movie lovers can stream 4K HDR video using voice controls. This media system also includes gaming capabilities.
Gifts for the Adventurer
PowerMax 150 Scooter: Available in four colors, this street legal scooter is fully automatic with a CVT transmission.
Gotrax Hoverfly Plus Hoverboards: For the professional who enjoys playtime, this hoverboard is the perfect gift, with built-in Bluetooth for listening to music.
Redington CRUX Fishing Rod: Every fisherman needs a top-quality fishing rod. These rods are designed for extreme distance casting for the adventurer on your list.
Garmin DriveLuxe 51 LMT-S: For the professional who's constantly going places, this premium GPS navigator features lifetime map updates, real-time traffic, and Bluetooth calling.
Nightingale Smart Home Sleep System: Getting sleep on the road can be difficult, but the Nightingale masks outside noise, making it ideal for hotel rooms.