A Grant Professional’s Gift Guide by Kellie Brungard, GPC

I do not know what it is about curated lists of themed items, but I am a sucker for a good gift guide. Do I need more cozy socks? What about a trio of scented candles? If you are gift-giving for fellow writers or want to send a subtle hint to someone, here is a list of items to surround yourself with to create the perfect grant-writing atmosphere.

Ember Mug, a temperature control smart mug

A mug that keeps your beverage of choice warm all morning…or all night!

Quartet Dry-Erase Whiteboard

A place to jot down notes during a call or visualize a logic model as you talk through program elements. This dry-erase board fits easily above your keyboard.

Personalized Color-Block Notebook

For meeting notes, to-do lists, or to capture your thoughts at the end of a long day. A personalized journal will keep your thoughts all in one place.

A Cozy Throw

My winter writing space involves a warm beverage, cozy blanket, and an instrumental playlist. A new cozy blanket would be a perfect gift for writing, sitting by a fire, or catching a quick nap. This sherpa-backed option brings an extra level of warmth to the holidays.

Binder Clips

Functionally nostalgic for the days before online submissions, a pack of binder clips in multiple sizes will bring a smile. And since hard copy applications are few and far between, our staff noted that binder clips are great for holding bags of snacks shut, organizing the cords behind your desk, and in a pinch, a bookmark.

A Full Set of Colorful Pens

A cult-favorite writing instrument for people who obsess about their pens. These pens have a precise tip, smooth ink, and easy grip. Never underestimate the joy of office supplies hiding in a stocking!

Coffee Subscription

The gift that continues to give all year round. A coffee subscription will bring brews from across the world straight to their doorstep. If you are local to a great shop, stop in and see if they offer a subscription service.

A Branch Ergonomic Chair

Writers spend many hours behind a desk, piecing together proposals and researching new opportunities. Show your grant professional that you support them with refreshing lumbar support and an ergonomic design.

The holidays are a wonderful and busy time of year. In whatever way you choose to celebrate, Assel Grant Services wishes you joy, peace, and hopefully a deadline-free holiday season. To all the grant professionals in our network, thank you for the work you do to uplift our profession and communities. Merry Christmas and happy holidays!

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