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A shopping guide for a project management Christmas

The homemade BlackBerry case I would like to replace

How are you doing with your Christmas shopping? If your Christmas project planning has gone a bit awry and you still have gifts to buy, here is my list of what to get the project managers in your life. Or you could suggest that people buy these things for you!

Anyone who saw me at Congress and Synergy struggling with a microphone will know that my skills at managing cables are non-existent. I have the same problem with headphones. If you have the same issues, a cable management tool is just what you need to keep everything from being tangled.

I think I waste a lot of power because my BlackBerry switches its screen on in my bag if the keys are touched. I crocheted a case but it is not really doing the job. A hard BlackBerry case like this one would stop that from happening.

I still don’t have any Cocorose folding flat shoes. Perfect for when you have to travel for business and don’t want to schlep around the country in your heels.

A jumper for my morning coffee cup. It’s what all the best dressed coffee cups are wearing. I used to have a handmade coffee cozy but I’ve lost it. Personally, I’d like a ball of yarn so I can make another one but you can buy them on Etsy.

A small flat square make up bag. I like this one. Too often small cosmetic bags are structured (for example, triangular) which means they don’t fit well in a laptop case which is laptop shaped, and only fits flat things.

Personally I’d like another set of make up for my workplace so I don’t have to carry it around and then find I’m at home without a mascara (this is the brand I use, in case you were wondering) as it is in my desk drawer.

A massage, to soothe the way the stresses of the project.

A facial, to blitz away the scum of working in a polluted urban area.

This is probably wishful thinking, but I think something that means you do not have to carry a laptop power cable around would be a good idea. My iPod doesn’t need one so why does the laptop? Or a collapsible plug that does not have prongs that stick out, as the plug is the part that makes it difficult to pack the cable. I found this one and while it would be really handy for charging USB devices, it doesn’t deal with “ordinary” power requirements for a laptop.

And if you are still stuck for ideas, how about a copy of Overcoming Imposter Syndrome, my e-book or a project management mentoring session with me?

Best holiday gifts for project managers #projectmanagement

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About Elizabeth Harrin

Elizabeth HarrinElizabeth Harrin FAPM is a professional project manager and award-winning blogger behind A Girl's Guide To Project Management. She's passionate about demystifying project management and making tools and techniques work in the real world. She's also the author of several books including the PMI bestseller, Collaboration Tools for Project Managers.
Elizabeth lives in the UK with her family. She uses her organisation and project management skills at home, and also to help other bloggers at Totally Organised Blogging.


  1. mpolanco says

    These are great gift ideas for any project manager. I would ask for additional resources on a project I’m working on so that I can manage time more efficiently. We are in the process of implementing a new solution at our office so that’s all I really needed for Christmas. Best gift a project manager could ask for.

    • Elizabeth says

      You know, I never thought about asking for more time or another pair of hands. Guess that says a lot about me! Good suggestions though. I would add to that: for it not to snow too heavily over the winter. Last year a couple of our projects were severely impacted by the snow.


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