The holidays are upon us. It's time to dial it down at work and take part in some of the wonderful traditions of the season: getting together with family, decking the halls, making New Year's resolutions and gift-giving.

Gift giving is a joyful experience. It's an opportunity to think about the people we love, reflect on our relationships with them, and honor our connections with a thoughtful token. Gift-giving makes us happy and inspires gratitude, and the research is clear that it is better to give than to receive.

As exciting as it is to give gifts, it can also be nerve-wracking trying to find the perfect present to give. How do you strike the perfect balance of thoughtful, practical, and within-budget? What do you get the person who has everything? What gift would be truly life-changing?

One of my favorite tips is to give a gift that will elevate that person's experience of their work and career. The average American spends over 2,300 hours working each year--why not make that time more enjoyable? Your work should be exciting, fulfilling, and employ your greatest talents and passions. The best gift in the world is one that helps align the recipient with their true calling and life's work.

Here are 7 gift ideas to help you out.

1. An astrological chart reading An astrology reading can help bring clarity, confidence and a sense of alignment to your life and work. Astrology is not about telling the future or giving you the answers. It's a tool you can use to uncover your strengths, confront your weaknesses, and map out your next steps for greatness--in both your personal and professional life. Check out Jennifer Racioppi or Debra Silverman.

2. A strategy session with a career and leadership consultant If your loved one is looking to take his or her career to the next level or find greater engagement in the work they do now, then a session with a career coach is exactly what they need. With the help of a career consultant, they can identify what work truly puts them in the zone and develop an in-depth plan to go after the career of their dreams. Consider Garnett Consulting.

3. The gift of community Online communities are big now, and it's no secret why: they provide members with tons of resources, support and inspiration. This is the magic of people coming together out of a common passion. Think about your recipient's hobbies, passions, and profession. What kind of community would be most helpful for them? If they are a side-hustler or solo entrepreneur, they might like Momentum. If they're a freelance writer, check out The Freelance Writer's Den.

4. An online or in-person course Think about a skill your loved one would really like to learn. What would help them reach new heights in their career, or stand out in the job market? What hobby have they been yearning to take up for a while? Now's the perfect opportunity to help make their dreams come true. So sign them up for a local university's marketing course, or browse the amazing variety of courses online at places like Udemy or SkilledUp.

5. Personal assistance Is your gift recipient typically bogged down with tasks that take them away from work they truly love? Free up more time and creativity for them by connecting them with a virtual assistant or an artificial intelligence assistant tool. Check out Zirtual, Amazon Echo, x.ai or Braina.

6. Subscription box A subscription box is great, because the recipient can indulge in the things they love, even when work and life get a little hectic--each month, a new surprise comes straight to their door. There are subscription boxes for everyone. Check out this directory list for some ideas.

7. Tickets to a show Sometimes to get inspired, you have to get up and get out. Treat your loved one to tickets to your favorite play, an upcoming concert, or an exclusive museum exhibit. Exposure to art brings out our sophistication and creativity, and can be the perfect antidote for a work rut.

Published on: Dec 21, 2015