Social work is a tireless job. Perhaps a loved one has recently finished or is about to finish college with their degree in social work and you'd like to give them something to celebrate their new, honorable career. Pick a gift that has a lot of thought behind it, and something they can use everyday while on the job.
With a case load and many papers to keep track of, having a brief case that is sturdy, not too flashy and durable enough to take in and out of homes, meetings and the workplace is essential. Give this gift to help make the paperwork aspect of the job easier, and to help them stayed organized. You can always add a special touch by engraving their initials on a leather briefcase or having initials stitched into a fabric case.
One of the most exciting things about entering a new career is the ability to have a business card with your name on it. If the graduate in your life hasn't already done so (and you know her taste), give her a new set of business cards with her new title printed on them. If you are unsure of her taste, a gift of a nice business-card holder is also a great and thoughtful idea. You can also have initials engraved into the holder for an added touch.
As we move more and more into the "electronic age," documents, including case files, are kept on thumb drives or zip drives, and access to a computer, laptop or netbook is essential. If you wish to spend a bit more on your graduate, the gift of computer or netbook may be the perfect one. However, if you are looking to spend a bit less, buying him a thumb drive to store all of his case work on is still very thoughtful and helpful.
Quirky Desk Gifts
Social work is a high-pressure job, so small, quirky gifts that can be put in or around the desk area will come in handy when a laugh is needed. Certain online sites specialize in creating everything silly for social workers, such as coffee cups, calendars, stress balls and T-shirts with funny sayings on them. This gift will add humor to their day and also make them think of you every time.
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