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It's the time of year for cookies and eggnog, family and coworker get-togethers ... and buying presents for people you know very little about. Did you pick the colleague in your work secret santa exchange who pulls overnight shifts by himself? Is Uncle Marty bringing his new girlfriend to your holiday party? Giving is not always nicer than receiving. 

We can't help you with everyone on your list (didn't your second cousin Pete say he liked golf once? A golf tie?). But we do have you covered if you're shopping for that special salesperson in your life. Any one of these presents is certain to bring a smile to a salesperson's face. You're welcome.

1) This Epic Pen

This is the swiss army knife of pens. In addition to using it for, you know, writing, it also acts as a stylus, laser pointer, and flashlight. Switch from jotting notes to giving a presentation to using a tablet to finding your house keys in the jungle that is your purse with ease.

2) 19 Million Prospects

Yes, you read that right. HubSpot's free CRM contains a database of 19 million prospects, searchable by industry, company size, and other filters. Cement your status as "best gift giver of all time" by signing your favorite salesperson up for this tool and making sure they'll never have an empty pipeline again. 

HubSpot CRM prospecting

3) A Bluetooth Headset

If you're on the phone all day, you really don't want to be holding a phone all day. A wireless headset allows salespeople to take calls and simultaneously scribble notes, check email, make dinner, or squeeze a stress ball for dear life ...


4) ... Like This One

Bonus: these don't just relieve tension, they also strengthen your hands in the process!

5) A Website Domain

If you know a salesperson who's always wanted to kick off their own blog but just hasn't gotten around to it yet, this is the year to do it. Help them jumpstart the process by buying them an awesome URL from GoDaddy or HostGator.

6) LinkedIn Sales Navigator 

Savvy salespeople live on LinkedIn. These use it to research their prospects, keep up to date on their customers, and connect with opportunities. With a premium LinkedIn Sales Navigator account, reps can get additional insights on prospects as well as customized lead lists. Gifting this might just elicit some tears of joy. Bring a tissue.

7) 2015 Sales Books

A lot of awesome sales books came out in 2015, including Sales Management. Simplified. by Mike Weinberg, The Challenger Customer by Brent Adamson and Matthew Dixon, Fanatical Prospecting by Jeb Blount, The Sales Acceleration Formula by Mark Roberge, and Hacking Sales by Max Altschuler. Give your favorite salesperson their own reading rainbow.

8) Social Selling Reference Cards

Salespeople have to think on their feet, and there might not always be time to research the best action to take after an interaction. If sitting at a computer and skimming a few blog posts isn't an option, these pocket-sized reference cards are the next best thing. Each lists a sales principle on the front and a corresponding action on the flip side. 

9) An Improv Class

And speaking of thinking on your feet, there's nothing more off the cuff than improv. Most improv comedy theaters also offer classes to help professionals improve their communication skills. Not only will this training help reps deal with prospect objections, they can also be the entertainment at your next office party. Win-win.

10) Questions Card Deck

It's not always easy to keep a conversation going. At a total loss for what to say next? Gift a rep a deck of table topics cards, and they'll never have to scramble for a good question.  

11) WiFi Hotspot Cufflinks

Wherever you are, there your internet is. It's a beautiful concept. And because reps are constantly on the go, reliable internet connectivity is truly a necessity. With these hotspot cufflinks, there'll be no more stealing spotty internet from the hotel gym or coffee shop across the street.

12) "Coffee is for Closers" Coffee Mug

This one is only for closers, obviously. Although I suppose non-closers could drink water (or alcohol) out of it. Your call.

13) Daily Affirmation Calendar

If you're in sales, you have to deal with a lot of rejection while maintaining a positive attitude. Make this balancing act easier for the rep in your life by giving them this "Today is Going to Be a Great Day" calendar. Bonus: each month's picture doubles as a full-size removable poster.

14) Sales Contest Poster from Glengarry Glen Ross

For salespeople who prefer their encouragement more stick than carrot, Redbubble sells the sales contest poster from the classic sales movie "Glengarry Glen Ross." First prize is a Cadillac Eldorado. Second prize is a set of steak knives. Third prize is you're fired. ABC.

15) Presentation Software

Prospects' eyes glaze over in record time, so the more interesting a salesperson's presentations, the better. Consider upgrading your favorite rep from PowerPoint to a slick presentation tool like Prezi or SlideRocket. If you'd like to pimp their technology set even further, check out Nancy Nardin's list of the best sales apps of 2015.

16) iPhone Laser Pointer

While we're on the topic of presentations, how many times have you wanted to call attention to a specific area of your slide, but you couldn't find the dang laser pointer? Never be at a loss for that handy red dot again with this tiny iPhone laser pointer plug-in. Bonus: it doubles as a gift for your cat!

17) Hassle-Free Clothes

Looking sharp can do a lot to boost a seller's confidence. But who has time for a trip to the mall? Enter subscription box clothing services such as Trunk Club for men and Stitch Fix for women. After entering style preferences and sizing information, stylists will send along a few choice pieces of clothing. Pay only for what you keep.

18) Travel Pillow

The neck kink you get from sleeping on a plane is never fun. Silly as they may look, a travel pillow is a must for frequent flyers. Your recipient's spine will thank you.

19) Garment Bag

And while we're on the topic of travel, showing up to a client meeting with a wrinkled suit is a definite no-no. Help a rep look fly while they fly with this suit-sized garment bag.

20) External Charger

Having your phone, tablet, or laptop die on you is the worst. This external charger will save salespeople the stress of trying to find a Best Buy in Omaha when the ominous red battery bar shows up.

21) A Closing Bell

Nothing feels better than closing a deal. After that signed contract arrives in your inbox, you just want to stand up and shout for the whole sales floor to hear. But as yelling can be a bit distracting, what about ringing a bell instead? This "motivational bell" can help a rep announce their victory without going overboard.

22) A Customer Reference

Perhaps the most important item on this list. Do you know someone who could benefit from the product or service the rep sells? Make an introduction. You just put them on their way to making quota in the first quarter of 2015, and nothing is more valuable than that.

Editor's note: This post was originally published in December 2014, and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.send us a direct email, we'll respond instantly!




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