Looking for the perfect holiday gifts for your well-traveled employees? We asked Mie-Yun Lee, editorial director for BuyerZone.com, for some ideas.
"If you really want to make an impact with a gift, you have to tailor it to [the recipient]," says Lee, whose company worked with American Express last year to produce its small-business gift-giving survey. "Items appropriate for [business] travelers don't have to be that expensive." In fact, nearly half the people who responded to last year's survey said they spent less than $50 per gift.
What's hot this season?
- Pack it up. The latest and greatest in luggage is a combination bag that offers the durability of a hard exterior with the features of a soft interior. The Hardside Collection by Atlantic Luggage starts at $179. It features a scratch- and temperature-resistant cover made of composite materials and an interior garment bag. For details, call (800) 523-5029 or visit http://www.atlanticluggage.com.
- Portable aromatherapy. The Aromatherapy Travel Tins gift package ($39.95 from Illuminations) features three scented candles (in angelica, patchouli and lavender) sure to rejuvenate tired road warriors. Call (800) 226-3537 or go to http://www.illuminations.com.
- Play it safe. Help keep your staff out of harm's way by giving them a Safe T Map for their next big-city foray. Safe T Maps are color-coded county maps based on FBI and police crime statistics. Each map includes a crime-trend indicator and police station locations and phone numbers. A Safe T Map of Los Angeles County is currently available; other major California cities, plus Chicago, Dallas and Washington, DC, should be available soon. For purchasing information, call (310) 413-4121 or visit http://www.galaxymall.com/travel/safetymaps.
Use the Net to make gift-buying even easier. At BuyerZone.com, you can comparison-shop before purchasing items at a retail store or on the Web. And online shop RedEnvelope Gifts Online lets users conduct a special gift search to help them select from a variety of customized gift possibilities online. Items ordered before midnight Eastern time can be delivered the next day--even on holidays.
Christopher Elliott is a writer in Annapolis, Maryland. Contact him at http://www.elliott.org.
Christopher Elliott is an Orlando, Fla., writer and independent producer who specializes in technology, travel and mobile computing. His work has appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines and online. You can find out more about him on his website or sign up for his free weekly newsletter.