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Christmas Gifts: 10 Tips to Surprise Your Workmates

Article November 5, 2018  |  Text by Lucie Dlouhá Text by Lucie Dlouhá

Christmas. Its time to shine is almost here for the year. There are two kinds of people when it comes to Christmas. One kind is already unpacking the lights and almost done picking gifts. And the other, the Grinches, is slowly coming to grips with the fact that Christmas dinner with their family awaits (again). No matter whether you’re in the first group or the second, we’ve got 10 tips for you on the best gifts for your workmates and your partners in business. And not just any tips, either – they’re specialized for your career in the Czech Republic.

1/ Give a Chance to be Better… or the Best

Books are a classic gift—past, present, and future. Your colleagues and partners in business are definitely great. And thanks to the Book of Successes, they’ll know it too! Psychologists have proven that writing down positive experiences helps to improve one’s overall life satisfaction.

The guidebooks Život korporátního vedoucího and Jak zvládnout práci manažera are for every Czech reader—not just managers. They’re a natural fit both for the corporate world’s old hands and for people who haven’t entered it yet—they’ll learn what awaits them.

If your workmate is telling you they’ve been reading one and the same fairy tale to their children all month long, here’s a gift for them. And their children. This year the Bambini Litera project published a book of tales for kids by kids that’s full of stories of friendship. Not only does this project strengthen children’s relationships to literature and parent’s relationships with children, it also supports a good cause every year. This year the proceeds from it are going to Ekocentrum Koniklec.

2/ #Srdcerváči

Browse a catalog to pick unique gifts or experience for your workmates. If you’re having trouble finding something that’s really right, bet on Dobrý pocit. Christmas magic will pass your contribution on to the Srdcerváče project, which will use it to create new jobs for persons with handicaps.

3/ A Coworking Spot

Do you ever feel like one of your workmates would do well sometimes to work outside of the office—like her creativity is stagnated there and she can’t give her best? Try giving her a desk at a coworking space. Over there, all the little things will be taken care of for her—including never-ending coffee—and she’ll get a chance to make new contacts too.

4/ Oční lázně

Keep their eyes alert all year round! For just one crown a day, you can help a Czech workmate keep their eyes watchful and their body healthy. There’s a computer application that can lead them through a set of eye exercises at regular intervals to prevent dry eyes and a stiff neck.

5/ Ride the Eco Wave! (Retap + Frusack)

Boxes, bags, and bottles—we never have enough, and we need them practically every day. Each of us goes through over 300 single-use bags per year. And yet there’s nothing simpler than carrying your own bag to the store. A good bag is strong, reusable, and good-looking. And it’s good for travel too… just like the eco-friendly ReTap bottles, which make it easy to stay hydrated and save the money you’d otherwise spend on bottled water. These bottles also come with a lifetime guarantee. If you break one, they’ll replace it.

6/ Owa armor—waste-free printing

Let your company never have to worry about toner disposal again. These cassettes ensure 100% waste-free printing—and 40% cost savings as well. Print responsibly, and help your partners in business do the same.

7/ Paper + Pencils That Grow

Give the gift of originality! Get business cards that are made of “growing paper,” with seeds inside. Their recipients can then plant them and grow herbs like lemon balm, from which they can brew a calming tea after the holiday stress. To make your gift complete, add a Sprout pencil. It can likewise be used to grow a lovely plant after it’s done serving as a pencil.

PLAYTIME

It’s scientifically proven that people can’t be productive for eight hours nonstop. So here are a few tips on breaking up your work routine.

8/ Moje Česko

Get a cork map of Europe installed at your office where you and your workmates can record the places you’ve visited. That will make it easier to ask for travel stories over coffee. You can keep a list of places you’d like to visit, and your workmates who’ve already been to your dream destination will surely be glad to recommend the best places to stop at.

9/ Andělské šachy

A game for eternity. Buy a chess table, start a game, and let your whole office join in! On this chessboard, you won’t find ordinary pawns, but instead merciful angels with wings and halos—just like your workmates. By buying the Angel Chessboard, you’re helping not just yourself, but also the people who made it. These boards are produced with love and care by the team at the St. Alexander Charity sheltered workshops.

10/ MyTimi—Give People More Time

To have the time to play some chess, you need to be able to delegate. And MyTimi will help with that! Give a friend a brief bit of peace and let them leave the boring stuff to Timi. He’ll take care of shopping, ordering, repairs… in short, everything everybody needs to have done, but nobody wants to do.