The holidays are upon us and the annual gift-giving marathon is rapidly approaching. If you're reading this, you probably have at least one beleaguered Regulatory Affairs professional in your life. Need a little inspiration to check them off your gift-giving list? Allow me.
And if you're the Regulatory Affairs professional who could use a gift, consider this a survival guide.
1. Let's get right to the good stuff. Eclipse is a local chocolate company (dare I mention it's walking distance from my office?), and I always have one of their bars on my desk. Usually it's Sea Salt Nib or Orange Peel Anise. And it usually doesn't last very long.
2. As a consultant, I travel a lot. I've tried many a neck pillow, and this is the only one that does it for me. It's inflatable, so it's easy to carry around the airport and stuff in your luggage. Plus it has a machine washable cover in case you drool (I know nothing about this but I hear it's a useful feature).
3. The Fundamentals of Regulatory Affairs. There are EU, US, Canadian, and International editions. Be sure to check out my chapter in the US book that covers FDA User Fees.
You're also in luck because through the end of December 2016, RAPS is offering 20% off orders from its store with code DEC20OFF.
4. A stress ball. Okay, specifically this stress ball. My mother-in-law gave me one, and it's the best one I've used. It's hard to describe, but it's perfectly heavy without being too hard. The outside is a doughy, soothing texture, and it's soft enough throughout that it doesn't hurt to squeeze. Plus, check out the funny faces.
5. I have one of these pens in my purse. I got dirty looks one day when my baby was sucking on it. The perfect "combination product" that doesn't need FDA approval! 12 for about $6, so you can give them to all of your RA friends.
6. I love this pen (another gift from my mother-in-law, she rocks). It toggles between black, blue, and red ink for writing, signing, and editing, respectively. It also has a pencil and eraser, and feels great in your hand. Refills are easy, too:
7. A good pen needs good paper. How about a nice notebook for taking minutes and jotting down any brilliant ideas or flashes of insight? Or, you know, just regular old meeting notes. I like a spiral-bound notebook from my alma mater*:
*As a Cal grad, I am obligated to add "Go Bears!"
8. I love these slippers! Easy to slip on (pun intended, or just the way that word works?) under your work desk between meetings. Or perhaps more frequently if you sometimes work from home, but don't quote me on that. I wear a suit at home every day.
9. More of the good stuff. It's survival gear, really. Whisky Advent Calendar:
10. I just bought this erasable wall calendar for my office so I don't lose track of a single thing in 2017. Looking forward to covering it in chicken scratch.
And there you have it! The ten most important gifts for the Regulatory Affairs professional on your list–especially if the RA on your list is you.
Wishing you a safe, happy, and healthy holiday season!