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Unusual Gift Ideas - Best Gifts for Work-a-holics

Updated on August 19, 2015

Unique gift ideas, personalized gifts, great gift ideas - let's face it - we all need some help sometimes in finding the perfect gift for that special someone in our lives. No matter how well we know our gal or guy, there will come a time, an occasion, when we will have absolutely no idea what to get them. It could happen when we need to choose a birthday, an anniversary, Christmas or Valentine's Day gift - but no matter how well we know them, or how creative we are, at some point we will need a nudge in the right direction.

Case in point: I was recently asked, "What Guy Gifts do you recommend for unhandy workaholic professional types?" Thank you, storytellersrus, for asking such a tough question - seriously, thank you! The research trail your question led me on has yielded some fascinating results.

Two Schools of Thought

There are two main schools of thought regarding gifts for workaholic professionals.

One camp promotes the idea that being a workaholic is inherently bad, and every attempt must be made to distract the workaholic from work endeavors, and lead them towards leisure pastimes.

The other camp tends towards harnessing the work drive into productive channels. Their theory is that providing the work-a-holic with labor and time saving devices and strategies will enable them to "work smarter" - an "if you can't beat 'em, help 'em" philosophy.

I have divided my gift suggestions in two groups, as well - into diversions, and production enhancers. I will leave it to you, to decide which school of gifting best fits your professional workaholic. I am inclined towards variety - something from both camps.

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Time Savers

"There must be an App for that"... an advertising slogan that has grown so appropriate, it quickly became part of our everyday lexicon.

There are so many devices and applications that promise to save us time.Just type a search term related to tech gadgets, or time-saving technology into your favorite search engine. The number of matches returned will be so high you could take the rest of the day just to check out the first few pages.

Unfortunately it takes a lot of time to go through all the specs and that is one thing your workaholic doesn't want to waste.

Save your workaholic the time and frustration of searching, by letting your "fingers do the walking" for him.

In addition to the iPhone, with every app you could possibly imagine, check out the Blackberry SmartPhone, iPad, and mobile internet sticks.

These devices allow your workaholic to keep in touch, budget his time more effectively, and even squeeze in a bit of fun along the way.

Blackberry SmartPhone - I have heard the Blackberry referred to as the "Crackberry" because of its ability to make an addict out of the Blackberry user.

The new SmartPhone is even easier to use than earlier generations, and boasts many, many more download-able apps, along with a bigger, clearer viewing screen and hi-def video recording.

It is a formidable competitor to the Apple iPhone, and the consumer can only benefit from that.

The iPad is built to bridge the gap between the iPod touch and a laptop.

If you're seeking a full-fledged laptop encompassed in this little device, you will be disappointed. If you're searching for a lightweight web browser, music player and a game portal, you will definitely be excited. Elegant styling and ease of navigation make this more than a marvelous toy - as well it rates very highly compared to Amazon Kindle.

The iPad comes with over access to over 140,000 download-able applications, straight out of the box.

Mobile internet sticks are sure to turn any workaholic into a "well-connected workaholic." They are the first truly convenient tool to allow total portability of your internet connection.

No more searching for an Internet Cafe; no more searching for free wi-fi, or needing multiple memberships to allow for travel to different locations.

Almost as amazing as the commercials would lead you to believe - there are some remote areas that still have dropping or connectivity issues - mobile internet sticks are one of the most exciting, recent developments.

iPad Review

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Don't have time to go to the library or stand in line at the book store, but still want to grab the latest release by your favorite author? eBook is a great time saver for the workaholic who enjoys reading.

eBook, your personal library-in-a-briefcase, will keep your selection of reading materials close at hand, while allowing you to quickly surf thousands of selections.

Streamlined and easy to use, this stylish appliance fits easily into briefcase or carry-sack  with view-screens ranging from 5 up to 9+ inches, and a weight of only 6 to 16 ounces.

Pleasant Diversions

The second school of thought believes that workaholism can become a destructive behavior, and that every effort must be made to help your workaholic achieve a balance.

While I don't fell it is as dire as all that in many cases, I do agree that a little balance can go a long way towards achieving, and maintaining, strong, healthy relationships with family and friends.

One of the best ways to entice a workaholic, probably a chronic multi-task-er into relaxation mode, is to offer a gift that combines excitement, variety, and timeliness - that is a package that comprises the "full-meal deal."

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Travel and Resort Packages

Cruise Lines offer not only an incredibly diverse selection of exotic destinations, they offer activities and entertainments that could grace any grand resort.

Carnival Cruise Lines have packages that will take you to Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico, The Bahamas, Central America, through the Panama Canal, and to European ports.

While on board, you can dine at four and five star restaurants, sample the night life in upscale on-board clubs or intimate bars, and take in a variety of both adult and family geared activities from swimming to skeet-shooting, and almost everything in between.

Disney Cruise Lines are fast becoming the most popular cruise line in North America. Their exacting standards of customer service is rivaled only by the multitude of family oriented attractions, and their amazing multi-story stage shows.

Resort packages afford you the opportunity to tailor the activities to suit your workaholic's tastes. No longer limited to the usual offerings of scuba, tennis, and golf, resorts are now offering hang-gliding and para-sailing lessons, family tours, and activities specially geared to younger children.

Resorts such as Beaches, Sandals, Disney Resort Clubs, and many more offer activities supervised by professional care-givers for their younger guests. This, along with family entertainment packages, allow the family to pursue any or all of the days activities as a group, or as individuals - a great way to ensure that everyone has a super vacation without lengthening their overall stay at the resort.

Gift Cards and More...

I am a huge fan of gift cards. As long as you have some idea of your workaholic's interests, a gift card to one of their favorite stores can be the perfect gift. A gift card allows the workaholic to select their own gift - which they will probably do in a most timely fashion.

You will need to put some creative thought into finding a variety of options, so ask yourself a few questions. Does your fella like fancy coffee?

If he loves a good latte, perhaps a coffee machine for the office might be appreciated - especially if it's an easy-to-use and easy-to-clean machine that uses time- and mess-saving coffee pods.

If he's a chocoholic as well as a workaholic, a gift basket to a high-end chocolatier wouldn't go amiss, nor would a gift certificate to his favorite men's wear store.

For the guy on the go, or the traveler who needs to maintain contact while in his vehicle, adapters can help out. There is an adapter available for almost any electronic device you can buy.

Another great travelers' boon is Bluetooth. My son has an earpiece for his phone, and wouldn't consider answering a call in his vehicle without using his hands-free adapter.

A personal reading light can be a useful and helpful addition to your fella's travel kit - and what will make him happier to come home than a comfortable desk chair - a thoughtful gift for the home-office as well. I have a "bungee" chair that makes a refreshing change from my kneeler chair over long hours at my keyboard.

An unhandy guy might still crave his own man-cave, so perhaps some funky man-cave decor would be your best bet. Many breweries carry a line of fun lighting fixture and bar accessories.

Whatever your fella loves, with a little time and care on your part, and perhaps with the help of these suggestions, you will be sure to find something he'll be sure to love.

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      RedElf 6 years ago from Canada

      Thanks so much. Glad you stopped by and commented!

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      OutandAboutCorpus 6 years ago from Corpus Christi

      I love it..

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      RedElf 7 years ago from Canada

      They do look like something worth a second look, hubpageswriter :D Thanks for stopping by to comment.

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      hubpageswriter 7 years ago

      The Barnes and Noble ebook reader looks great. Amazing hub.

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      RedElf 7 years ago from Canada

      Good luck with that - and Merry Christmas to you both! Nice to meet you, Klena!

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      Klena 7 years ago from England

      Some fantastic ideas here, especially as my partner is a shocking workaholic. Thank you so much RedElf :)

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      RedElf 7 years ago from Canada

      You are most welcome, kimball! I'd love one of those gift cards, too.

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      kimballtrombone 7 years ago

      Nice ideas, coming from a workaholic! I particularly like the iPad and gift card possibilities.

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      RedElf 7 years ago from Canada

      Thanks to you, Gr82bme! I had some help from a friend ;)

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      gr82bme 7 years ago from USA

      Wow, you did a great job on research for this hub. Thanks

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      RedElf 7 years ago from Canada

      Thanks, katie! I am really intrigued by the iPad, as well. I can't really justify one right now, so if you hit the jackpot, let me know how it works for you?

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      katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

      Great gift list for the workaholic. I want the iPad. So many other wonderful gift ideas to choose from that are truly unusual. Thanks for the tips.

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      RedElf 7 years ago from Canada

      Thanks so much, Dj. I would certainly enjoy one or two of them!

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      DjBryle 7 years ago from Somewhere in the LINES of your MIND, and HOPEFULLY at the RIPPLES of your HEART. =)

      You said it, these gift ideas are really unique and everyone who could receive one of them would be so delighted. I would love to give them and I would love to receive 'em too! lol! Thanks for sharing another helpful and thoughtful hub! You always amaze me RedElf! =)

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      RedElf 7 years ago from Canada

      akirchner, I'm so glad I could find something you liked ;) An all inclusive cruise package with plenty of activity options would be such a fun!

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Washington

      Those are all great suggestions and being a workaholic myself, I may have to give myself a gift (or two)! I especially like the idea of the cruise though...or at least a vacation somewhere!

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      RedElf 7 years ago from Canada

      green tea-cher, I have no clue what some of the new gadgets will do, and there are certainly not enough hours in the day to find out :D

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      green tea-cher 7 years ago

      Great suggestions RedElf! Will we ever be able to keep up with technology?

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      RedElf 7 years ago from Canada

      Thanks Deborah Long. Glad you found something useful.

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      Deborah Long 7 years ago

      Your ideas are great. I'll bookmark this page to make certain I have it when I need it.

      Contact me sometime. Good luck on your new work in poetry.

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      RedElf 7 years ago from Canada

      ...and I love to get coffee cards, carrie ;)

      Thanks, Hh. So nice of you to stop by and comment.

      alekhouse, may you always get lots done :D I have heard great things about the iPad!

      You are SO welcome, storytellersrus! Thanks for asking such an interesting question! I hope you find some useful ideas here :D:D

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      Barbara 7 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      This is so cool! I love the two camps. I would never have thought it would be advisable to encourage a workaholic to be even more busy, but I find that you are totally right when it comes to my husband. I will have to come back here over the next few months before Christmas... oh dear, it is only two months away! Thank you for going so deep into this question.

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      Nancy Hinchliff 7 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      I'm a workaholic and loving it. it's the best thing that ever happened to me. I love your suggestions and your hub. I wish I could afford an i-pad. My workaholic daughter has one and loves it.

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      A well written hub with good advice and great information.

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      carrie450 7 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

      Very good ideas here RedElf. I like to give the gift cards, especially the coffe ones that can be used every day.