One of the most effective ways to ensure your top performers feel appreciated is with an elegant, brand-name award that they desire but might not spring for on their own. And one of the best ways to ensure they remember that award is to make sure it's something they will use regularly. After all, out of sight, out of mind. And there are few things that everyone -- male and female, young and old -- use as frequently as their wallet. No one intentionally leaves home without it, and almost no one keeps it in their pocket all day long. Tumi
's Chambers collection of wallets and card cases are made of soft goatskin, which can be monogrammed with a personalized message. Many are equipped with a rather unique feature: the Tumi ID Lock, a little red pocket with a built-in metal weave. It's designed specifically to prevent RFID signals used by thieves from reaching the chips embedded in your passport or credit cards, keeping your personal information sheltered.
The Chambers line is extensive, with 57 leather items, but among its most popular is the Double Billfold with ID -- a simple wallet with the Tumi ID Lock, available in teak, bright orange, dark hunter green, a gunmetal pattern, and black. Another ultra-hot item in the Chambers collection is the Letterpad holder, which has pockets, card slots, and a penholder.
While most of the Chambers products are either male or gender-neutral, Tumi also has the Zip Tech Wallet, designed for women. Perfect for on-the-go, working women, the Zip Tech Wallet is designed to secure a mobile phone and has tons of card pockets to make it easier to stay organized while doing errands around the city.
Another great gift for the writers and memoirists is the Personal Journal from bugatti, made of fine Colombian leather in black and brown, and featuring a pen loop and card slot, snap tab cover, and hard cover journal. Clutch-style and zippered ladies wallets in black or brown vegetable tanned leather feature RFID protection, as well as full-length billfold compartments, a large number of card slots, and a zippered coin pocket. The line is carried by Incentive Concepts
Perhaps you want something both feminine and colorful -- and just slightly less formal. The Gallatin Collection from Vera Bradley pops with a bohemian feel. Chad Glamann, marketing manager at Top Brands, Inc.
, points out that each Gallatin item is constructed from vegetable-tanned leather. And the Gallatin products have the hallmark of a quality leather: they eventually develop the soft sheen that gives each piece its own distinct character.
The Bozeman Wristlet (pictured) is among the newest additions to the Gallatin Collection. Made of extremely supple full-grain leather, the Bozeman Wristlet has a cellphone compartment with a magnetic snap, and zippered compartments that house eight card slips, pockets for bills, a pouch for coins, and an ID window. The Bozeman Wristlet is available in black with golden tan accents or sunset (red) with brown accents. And, because this is Vera Bradley, there is a funky, colorful interior lining.
Finally, if you're looking for something with a little more volume, the Gallatin Collection also features the Canyon Totes, casual yet fun leather totes that pop in four colors: brown; maize yellow with brown highlights; black with golden tan highlights; and sunset with brown highlights.