This time of year lots of people are making a list and checking it twice – what to get for your wife, best friend, nephew, and it goes on and on! A recent article by Lisa Johnson Mandell, “18 Holiday Gift Ideas for Job Seekers,” gives some great ideas for that special someone in your life that might be on the hunt for a new job. Looking for a new opportunity can be a daunting task, and these creative ideas may help alleviate some of that stress.

I found these suggestions to be comprehensive and practical, while thoughtful and considerate. They range from Business Cards and How-To Books, to classes on Social Media and Resume Writing Services. Whether the person you’re shopping for is a new college graduate, or a seasoned professional looking for that next big career move, there’s truly something on this list for everyone. And these suggestions are not exclusively for job seekers.

My personal favorite is#10 – Salon Gift Certificate. After all, you don’t have to be on the job market to enjoy a new haircut or pedicure!

Melissa Hall