It’s Thursday night at 10 p.m. and I just found out that my friend’s birthday is on Monday (not shocking, I’m horrible with important dates). I decide he needs a present.
Gift-giving as a young professional can be a challenge for the following reasons:
- My young professional friends, because of jobs or just looking for a life change, are scattered across the country and the globe. Mailing packages is slow and expensive.
- Many of my friends are located in major metropolitan areas and, thus have small living arrangements. Material gifts (decorations, etc.) are not a good thing to send someone with only 600 square feet to work with (unless you are an IKEA guru of course).
- Many of my friends are single and very professionally successful. They can mostly buy whatever they want themselves.
This particular friend lives in Miami, (side note: if you are beautiful, single, independent woman in Miami, I have a guy for you!). So, how do I make sure he has a present from me on his special day?
Purchase a gift the way many young professionals do these days:
- Conduct a Google search to get the address of his office (note: had I not known the name of his company, I would have checked his LinkedIn profile to get it).
- Type in his office address into Yelp and search for food nearby (I’ve found that food delivery is a great gift for my guy friends). Sort the results by distance from his office.
- Discover that there is a baklava place right down the road from him. This happens to be his favorite treat. Read the online Yelp reviews and they are very positive.
- Click-through to the restaurants website, which is actually Eat24hours.com, a food delivery ordering site. Perfect!
- Order a good amount of baklava, select Monday at 11 a.m. as the delivery time, add extra tip to encourage safe and accurate delivery, write-in notes recommending they call him ahead of time since he won’t be expecting it, and pay via debit card.
- Receive a thank you text from him on Monday.
- Feel like a good friend for getting him something he will enjoy.