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16 Days of Voice Values

2016–what a year it’s been.

By many accounts, it’s been one of the toughest and most intense in recent memory. Here at The Voice Bureau, we’re feeling a lot right along with you.

Admittedly, I (Abby) felt a little sheepish coming out with a holiday gift guide series right now, given the rough waves rocking our collective boat. I didn’t want a focus on gifting to come off like, And now, ladies and gentlemen…back to business as usual! But this particular series isn’t business as usual, in my eyes. We’d planned this series for good reason, and for good reason, we’re carrying on.

Here’s the reason: if there’s one thing that can get us through difficult times, it’s friendship and family.

And friends who feel to you like family and family you’re lucky enough to call friends. Whether you’re connecting with your people online, in-person, or a mix of the two, it’s these genuine connections that make us feel seen, known, understood, safe, and loved.

And if you’re in the mood to give a loved one a gift this holiday season — to say thank you for being in my life, thanks for being someone who sees me — we wanted to support you in doing that. So we decided to put together a gift guide grounded in our Voice Values methodology, which is part of what you know us for around here.

We’ve taken care to include a mix of vendors, from big boxes with super fast shipping (when time is of the essence) to indie shops (because when isn’t supporting the little guys a priority?) to retailers who have an altruistic mission and give some portion of their proceeds back to support communities in need. We also should say that we’ve used no affiliate links. We’re not getting any kickbacks from anything you may end up purchasing, and we have no affiliation with any of the vendors whose stuff we’ve shared, except for maybe we’ve purchased from them a time or two. :)

We hope you enjoy this 16 Days of Voice Values series, and that it inspires you to connect with your beloved people this season through the joy of gift-giving.

For quick referencing later, here’s the complete list of posts, by Voice Value. 

If you’re discovering this series as we’re live-posting it, we’ll be updating the list every time a new post is published.

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Voice Values Gift Guide for IntimacyThis holiday season, The Voice Bureau is offering up a list of our favorite gifts, organized by the Voice Values who will most appreciate them. Join us in a bit of festive cheer as we count down the 16 Days of Voice Values!

Walking into the home of your high-Intimacy friend probably feels just as comfortable as walking into your own home — if not more. It’s a carefully curated cocoon of comfort, the ideal nest for nurturing friendships.

Gifting for your high-Intimacy friend should be just as up-close-and-personal as she is. Skip the gift certificates (unless it’s a particularly special one to your absolute favorite place and you want to share that experience with her) and stick to items that make her feel known, loved, and comforted. She’ll especially appreciate personal items she can work into her daily routines.

Natural Wake-Up and Sleep System

I don’t care how much of a morning person you are, there are mornings when it’s next to impossible to abandon the warmth of your bed, especially when you’re woken by the screeching of a traditional alarm clock. This super-cool system wakes you gently with light therapy, aromatherapy, and sound, making the transition from bed-nest to the world a little bit gentler.

 

Punjammies Lounge Pants

You can’t go wrong with a great pair of comfy pants — you know, the ones we all put on after we’ve peeled off our skinny jeans six inches inside the front door. Punjammies are especially great because, in addition to looking good enough to greet the outside world (unlike those hole-in-the-crotch stretched out yoga pants), they’re made by women in India who have escaped human trafficking. So not only do they feel great on, your friend will feel great knowing they’ve provided an opportunity for a safe, stable income for a woman who’s turning her life around.

 

Shimmered Boucle Scarf

The holidays are a great opportunity to get out and visit with friends and family, but after a few festive get-togethers, your high-Intimacy friend may be feeling a little burned out. Many fall in the “I” range in the Myers-Briggs personality type, and introverts can only be “on” for so long before wanting to retreat and refuel. This scarf gives her a way to add some festive (and, um, gorgeous) sparkle to her holiday outfit, but it’s basically like bringing your own safety blanket out with you. If you see her snuggling her scarf in the corner while nursing some ’nog or a mug of mulled wine, give her a little space — she’ll be back to join the festivities as soon as she’s recharged a bit (and she’ll be so thankful to you for the portable safe space).

 

 

Stitch Fix Gift Card

Yep, we just said no gift cards, but this one is for a truly customized, personalized experience, so it passes the high-Intimacy threshold for feeling seen and known. Stitch Fix is a personal styling service that starts with a fun, in-depth questionnaire about your friend’s apparel and accessories likes and dislikes. Your friend’s stylist will matchmake her with garb she’s sure to love, based on her own preferences, right down to whether she shows her arms (and how much arm!) and which colors and patterns she’d never wear.

 

Not sure of your Voice Values (or your friends’)? Take our free assessment here.

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Voice Values Gift Guide for InnovationThis holiday season, The Voice Bureau is offering up a list of our favorite gifts, organized by the Voice Values who will most appreciate them. Join us in a bit of festive cheer as we count down the 16 Days of Voice Values!

People who value Innovation are always one step ahead of the game. They’ve got the latest tech, the newest gadgets, and the coolest, most useful toys. You can impress them with a gift that introduces them to something new, or something cool that helps them make the most of what they already have.

Don’t try to out-gadget someone with a high Innovation value. If the tech scene isn’t your usual beat, there’s a good chance you’re going to be impressed by yesterday’s (admittedly cool, but old) news. Instead, try going off the beaten path for something unusual — you might just start a trend.

LithiumCard Hypercharger

It’s hard to stay on the bleeding edge when your phone keeps dying. This powerful charger is the size of a credit card — making it ultra-portable — but charges as fast as a wall charger (without tying you to a wall). Quick, sleek, and super useful!

Zojirushi Stainless Steel Mug

I know, a coffee thermos. Bear with me. This thing has a crazy cult following, with good reason. It doesn’t look like anything hi-tech, but it holds the temperature of your drink forever. My husband has poured himself a cup of coffee, left it open for an hour to cool off, taken it to work, forgotten it there, and gotten back to it the next morning — and it was still hot. This thing is almost too good, and the high-Innovation coffee-drinker will love it.

 

Fossil Q Wander Leather Touchscreen Smartwatch

One downside of having a passion for tech is that, well, it’s not generally that attractive. This line of Fossil smartwatches is a notable exception. You can customize the watch face and swap out the band for a huge range of styles, and it’s got a list of functions your high-Innovation friend will drool over.

 

EMPACK: The Multi-Functional Weight Training Backpack

Should your friend have a high Innovation value and a high value on fitness, the EMPACK might be just the thing. The EM in EMPACK stands not just for the creator’s nickname, but also for Evolving Motion. It’s a backpack and a weight training pack, with built-in water bladders that allow you to add weight for greater resistance. Your high Innovation friend can get fit on the go, without making constant upgrades to their equipment as they get stronger.

 

Not sure of your Voice Values (or your friends’)? Take our free assessment here.

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helpfulness-blogThis holiday season, The Voice Bureau is offering up a list of our favorite gifts, organized by the Voice Values who will most appreciate them. Join us in a bit of festive cheer as we count down the 16 Days of Voice Values!

Friends with a high Helpfulness value are great to have. They’re always ready to jump in when you need them, and it’s their genuine pleasure to be of service. Be sure to appreciate them, not just when the gift-giving season rolls around, but all year.

When choosing a gift for a friend who values Helpfulness, think of ways to help them help others. They love to be ready with anything, from a kind word to a set of jumper cables. But the other side of Helpfulness is that these people tend to be so busy helping others, they leave their own self-care for last. Give them a reason to take a break and care for themselves, for once, and be sure they’ll use it — a monthly subscription service or spa gift certificate is less likely to go forgotten than a fluffy robe or a bottle of bubble bath.

myTask Urban iPhone 5/5S

Everyday objects that do double duty ensure your friend can be ready for anything without having to haul around a huge kit. This useful little phone case adds a mini-arsenal of tools literally at her fingertips, without adding a huge amount of bulk.

 

 

Plum Deluxe Tea Subscription

When it’s time to recharge, there aren’t too many things that can rival a great cup of tea. We love the idea of a subscription service for your high-Helpfulness friend, since it’s a monthly reminder to actually use their self-care routine. But, unlike a lot of monthly subscriptions, Plum Deluxe is priced so that you really can keep it up for six months, or even a year.

Full disclosure: We know and love Andy (the Founder and Creator of Plum Deluxe), but we’d recommend this gift either way. We’re not receiving any sort of compensation for including it in our list.

 

Rawness of Remembering: Restorative Journaling through Difficult Times

Living with a high-Helpfulness value can expose you to a lot of emotions, both your own and others. This can get overwhelming, and part of your self-care needs to acknowledge the emotional component. This self-paced course aims to help participants develop a journaling practice — and it’s that ongoing habit that makes this so much more useful than just gifting a gorgeous journal.

Full disclosure: We also know and love Esmé (creator of this online course), but we’d recommend this gift either way. We’re not receiving any sort of compensation for including it in our list.

Everything Is Going To Be OK Notecard Set

Leave it to the high-Helpfulness set to always know when someone needs a kind word. You can support them with this gorgeous and colorful set of notecards, which they’ll love sending out to their friends. You may even get one back, just when you need it.

 

Not sure of your Voice Values (or your friends’)? Take our free assessment here.

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Voice Values Gift Guide for ExcellenceThis holiday season, The Voice Bureau is offering up a list of our favorite gifts, organized by the Voice Values who will most appreciate them. Join us in a bit of festive cheer as we count down the 16 Days of Voice Values!

It’s only the best for those who value Excellence — and well deserved. They’ll never offer less than their best, and they genuinely appreciate when others reciprocate. They know quality when they see it, so keep your gift selections top shelf.

Of course, just because you have a high-Excellence friend on your holiday shopping list doesn’t mean you need to break the bank. Think little luxuries — gorgeous but small gifts that are hand-made, high-end, and totally luxe. This is a friend who would rather have one really fabulous small item than a huge gift that’s just so-so, and quality over quantity is always the name of the game.

Monogrammed Cashmere Scarf

When you’re looking for luxe, cashmere tends to top the list. There’s a reason for that — the blend of comfort and class exemplifies Excellence. Cashmere can get pricey quickly, but this scarf allows you to give a taste of luxury without draining your bank account. We love that the monogram is available in such a huge range of colors and styles, which means your gift is truly one of a kind.

 

 

Tatcha Gold Camellia Nourishing Lip Balm

When I’m craving a little luxury in my life, I love picking up some fancy makeup — it’s an easy way to feel special every morning without investing in pricey jewelry or a whole new wardrobe. A great everyday lip balm goes a long way, and adding a touch of shimmer to your lips with 24-karat gold leaf is high-Excellence all the way.

 

 

Agate Cheese Board

When you’re a high-Excellence hostess, there’s no way you’re serving your guests a slab of brie on a plate or — gasp — a regular, old cutting board. This gold-rimmed agate cheese board is so gorgeous, it’s not just worth bringing out for a party, it’s worth throwing a party just to bring it out.

 

 

 

Tom Bihn Bags

Your high-Excellence friend would definitely appreciate appointing himself all the way to the outermost layer of his outfit — the messenger bag, laptop bag, or backpack. Seattle-based bag designer Tom Bihn and team make bags of all shapes, sizes, and colors. Each one is lifetime guaranteed. To ensure a focus on quality and value, this company has chosen to stay small (and extraordinary) rather than outsource to meet demand.

 

Not sure of your Voice Values (or your friends’)? Take our free assessment here.

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16 Days of Voice Values Gift Guide: Enthusiasm

November 28, 2016

This holiday season, The Voice Bureau is offering up a list of our favorite gifts, organized by the Voice Values who will most appreciate them. Join us in a bit of festive cheer as we count down the 16 Days of Voice Values! Even if they’ve never taken the Voice Values assessment, you know who […]

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