• Thursday, February 19th, 2009
Lawyers – they are a funny breed of people (I can say this since I am one, when I am not giftgal of course). Most of us are, how do you say, anal retentive control freaks. This “special” quality extends to everything we do, including receiving a gift.
If your girlfriend/boyfriend/wife/husband/child/parent is a lawyer and you want to get them an “occupationally-themed” gift – albeit for a birthday, graduation, anniversary, promotion – my best advice to you is to ASK them what they want or need before you buy something. Furthermore, ask them for suggestions well in advance of said gift-giving occasion. They will, and I promise you this, tell you exactly what they want in a timely and organized fashion – do not deviate from your special instructions.
Some people will think “well, that takes the fun and surprise out of it!” You, my friend, are not listening – lawyers do not like fun or surprise. But, if you want to throw a personal touch to the gift, go with a small “add on.” For example, if they asked for a specific planner, buy a nice pen to go with. If they asked for a business card holder, go with a small matching desktop accessory. If they asked for a copy of Black’s Law Dictionary, get them a nice eye-glass case [yes, there was a small inference made here].
When in doubt, don’t engrave, and include a gift receipt. And you can ALWAYS give cash to the lawyer still in debt from law school, or give to a charity for the lawyer who has had a long and successful career.
Snupy says: Generally, lawyers can laugh at themselves. Lawyer jokes can be corny, but they are funny nonetheless. Check out books like “The Official Lawyer’s Handbook” by White, which includes articles such as “Partnership – you can make it if you know what to kiss, and whose.”
Snupy also says: Most lawyers like to be organized. While daily calendars are electronic these days, this desktop accessory is kind of a neat and environmentally-friendly gift: http://www.cocoaliving.com/products.
Snupy says, speaking of which: Applications for the electronic device of choice (iphone, blackberry, etc. ) are also fun, so long as it is easily downloadable. See http://www.apple.com/iphone/appstore/. (Blackberry is a little behind the times, but says that they will have an “applications storefront” by March, 2009.) Or you can give a gift certificate and allow your recipient to pick out those applications they want or need the most.
Snupy suggests: The book “One L” by Scott Turrow for any law school student – a MUST.