Career Girl Roundup: Thoughtful Gift Ideas for the Holidays

The holidays are just around the corner, and so is secret santa and all the other gift exchanging traditions that come with it. It is not just about the gifts, of course. However, gift giving is a great way to show appreciation to your family, friends, and colleagues for everything that they have done for you in the year that passed.

Gift giving can get really tricky. In the office, you need  to show appreciation without seeming patronizing. In your personal life, you need to be able to give a gift that truly represents how you feel about or care for your loved ones.

We here at Ms. Career Girl believe that a carefully thought out gift can speak leagues about how grateful you are for having someone in your life. It is a tough deal to try to decide what to give who, so we’ve decided to put together a round up of gift ideas to help you take the stress off Christmas shopping.

Here’s out first list! Enjoy!

A gift that keeps giving

In this digital age, receiving a card is considered more heartfelt and personal. The Hadley School for the Blind Braille Holiday Card is as awesome example for this. In support of independence for visually impaired individuals, The Woman’s Board of Hadley recommends that you check out these beautiful greeting cards. These beautiful cards feature greetings in both print and braille and all proceeds benefit Hadley.

They come in boxes of 25 for $35. Coordinating gift tags are also available. These folded 3×3 inch gift tags come festively packaged in cellophane and tied with ribbon. The gift tags are $20 for a pack of 20, including shipping. The cards carry the greeting, “Wishing you peace, happiness, and the spirit of the season” in both print and braille. For more information or to order a holiday card and/or gift tag online, please visit


For the Travel Junkie

Know an avid traveler? Give him/her the gift of peace of mind. Clever Travel Companion have created anti-theft clothing that allows travelers to hide their valuables in secret pockets in their underwear. Clever Travel Companion’s anti-theft products range from undershirts to tanktops, and its selection continues to grow.

These awesome pickpocket proof fashion is also affordable, with its products ranging from $10-$30. It also ships worldwide, so this is a gift that can reach a friend whom you want to feel remembered this season. Check them out at




For the Beauty Buffs

For the beauty addicts or that friend who is trying to go for a new look, check out the PRO Beauty Tools® 1” Professional X-Long Gold Curling Wand (MSRP: $34.99). Complete with an extended barrel, this iron is 2” longer than a traditional curling iron, ensuring that heat is evenly distributed throughout the length of the hair for consistent performance.

If it’s cheerleader-inspired curls you’re after, the game-changing PRO Beauty Tools 1” Professional Iridescent Curling Iron (MSRP: $29.99) should be your go-to. Complete with a 24-hour curl lock, your style will perform all night long. No touch-ups required!


For the techie and photo lover

Tech lovers will love the MeFOTO SideKick.  This smartphone adapter provides mobile photographers and filmmakers with solid camera support and precision control, which creates sharp photos, videos, time lapse and long exposures. The 360° rotating ball joint allows for quick repositioning from vertical for photos to horizontal for video and anywhere in between.  (Oh, and it’s available in super cool colors.) Check out:

For the more profesional photo enthusiasts, the MeFOTO BYO tripod is a winner. It’s a first of a kind…great for point & shoot, mirrorless, micro 4/3 and DSLR cameras with larger lenses. Plus, it converts to a monopod in seconds. Check out:



For the health and environment conscious

Staying hydrated while working is one of the basic things that you need to do to stay healthy. Whether you have a colleague who is a firm believer in this or a friend who needs  to be chugging more H2O, the Love Bottle is an awesome gift. Water in a great looking, earth-friendly bottle that’s supercharged with a little love is the perfect answer to helping many people in a simple and easy way. Look through the mouth of the bottle and you’ll find at the bottom a sweet message: U R Loved.

Sweet, thoughtful, and useful. That’s a winning gift! Check out: to see their newly launched US made bottles. You can also get updates on their Facebook page and @LoveBottleUSA Twitter page.


Ms. Career Girl

Ms. Career Girl was started in 2008 to help ambitious young professional women figure out who they are, what they want and how to get it.