All wrapped up: what to get your master of the universe
From luxury goodies to quirky treats, Roisin Burke picks the top gifts for business people
MAN BAG: John Rocha briefcase priced at €156Smurfit MBA
IT'S the only Irish MBA that scores in the top 100 of both the Economist and Financial Times world and European ratings. It'll set you back a cool €29,500 so you'll be looking for Return on Investment when he or she makes their first million. Funnily enough, Trinity College's MBA programme costs exactly the same -- €29,500.
Others -- at Dublin City University, NUI Galway and UCC (each only available part-time) are pretty close to that price tag.
Posh private club membership
THE soft leather on the armchairs in the Kildare Street and University Club has been worn in by some of the country's most prestigious posteriors who have supped sherry and puffed Havanas or played billiards or whatever it is they do at this posh club. They even started letting in women a while back.
It costs between €800 and €1,000 for town or out-of-town membership. Hopefully it will pay for itself in schmoozing opportunities.
'Financial Times' subscription
Premium online access to the second most important business Bible (the first being the Sunday Independent business pages, naturellement) costs €389.48 for a year, including mobile and iPad apps and five years' archive access. If that's a little on the pricey side, a year's subscription to the Economist is €125.
A year's worth of shirt-ironing service
What greater gift than a year without ironing? If you're living around Dublin or Kildare Ironingexpress.ie will collect your rumpled shirts from your home in the evening at a time that suits you and deliver them back again all crisp and crease-free. Priceless, in our opinion but it works out at about €1.50 a shirt (based on weight) so 50 weeks' worth is €375.
Airport corporate lounge pass
Away away from the snoring backpacker stretched out over four seats but yet still managing to dribble onto your laptop case, from the family of six including a chocolate-pawed toddler and the mindless booming tannoy announcements ... Priority Pass has lounges in airports all over the world, with WiFi, PCs, conference rooms, newspapers, free drinks and snacks and even showers and beds in some of them. A yearly pass for 10 uses anywhere in the world is €224 from prioritypass.com
Briefcases don't have to be boring. Style up the master of the universe in your life with a designer one. This leather John Rocha one is €156 from Debenhams, reduced from €195.
As revealed in last week's Business section, Brazil is where a whole lot is happening, now that everything's crumbling in Europe. Your business mogul can steal a march on the competition by learning the local lingo. Rosetta Stone Brazilian Portuguese language course, €189 for level one.
Recharge your smartphone, laptop, iPad, Kindle, Tom Tom or practically any portable device while travelling with a Powerbee Executive Solar Charger. It's a solar-powered but it also powers up via a PC or plug. You'll get at least two phone charges out of it -- especially handy if you have an iPhone with its tiny battery lifespan. It costs €55 including delivery from Amazon.
Reading about the corporate world's great entrepreneurs and mavericks can be inspiring. There's the latest tomes -- cranky cockney tycoon Alan Sugar's The Way I See It, Rants, Revelations and Rules for Life (€14.99); billionaire Virgin founder Richard Branson's Screw Business As Usual (€15.99) and Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography (€15.99) by Walter Isaacson, a revealing look at the life of the Apple legend.
For hatching a management coup or deposing the boss in the New Year, The Art of War by Sun Tzu might be useful (€4) or the Machiavelli's The Prince (€9.25), both considered useful primers for office treachery. Ones to keep locked in a desk drawer at work, perhaps.
All are available from Eason, with free delivery for online orders within Ireland.
Fun small stuff
A few novelty stocking-fillers to liven up any desk: a gold bullion wireless mouse €15.33, a metal bullet memory stick €10.66, a Henry desktop vacuum €10.68, an 'I love spreadsheets' or 'Capitalist inside' mug €12.27, or a USB-powered Christmas tree €4.75, all from Amazon. And our favourite: a USB-powered cup warmer to keep your coffee hot, €9.49 at iwantoneofthose.com -- genius.
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