Job searching during the holidays can put a huge damper in the holiday spirit.  It’s frustrating enough to be job searching, but during the holidays, it’s even more challenging with hiring managers on vacation, and companies closing.  It’s not easy staying focused and motivated when job searching.

This holiday season, you can help any job seeker you are buying for, to stay focused and motivated with their job search.  Here are some great gift ideas for job seekers:

1.  Job Searching Books:  There are numerous job searching strategies and techniques to help a job seeker.   Job searching books offer tips and strategies, to help guide job seekers and make  job searching easier.  Some helpful job searching book titles are:

Guerrilla Marketing for Job Hunters 2.0: 1,001 Unconventional Tips, Tricks and Tactics for Landing Your Dream Job

The Job Search Solution: The Ultimate System for Finding a Great Job Now!

What Color Is Your Parachute? 2010: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers

2.  Planners and Organizers: It’s so important to keep track of interview dates, networking events, career fairs, and networking meetings.  Planners and organizers make excellent gifts for job seekers so they can write down important dates and keep track of new contacts.  A couple of my favorite planners and organizers include:

Monthly Planner Scheduler-2010

Brownline 2010 EcoLogix Monthly Planner 14 Months

Day-Timer Notebook Monthly Planner – January 2010

3.  Inspirational Gifts: As I mentioned earlier, it’s not easy to stay motivated during a job search, no less during the holidays.  A job seeker will appreciate gifts that help them to feel good about themselves and help inspire them.  Some inspirational gift ideas include:

Tranquil Delights Lavender Spa Bath and Body Gift Set – Tea & Cocoa Gift Basket

Get Motivated!: Overcome Any Obstacle, Achieve Any Goal, and Accelerate Your Success with Motivational DNA

Restaurant Gift Cards