Kuder Gift Guide

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to spend the rest of December in peace, together with friends and family, making memories instead of frantic trips to the mall? We think so, too. It’s now possible with Kuder’s Holiday Gift Guide  –  a handy list that uses the Kuder Career Planning System® (KCPS) as a framework to categorize unique, entertaining, thought-provoking, and developmentally appropriate gifts for everyone  near (or far) and dear to you this season. 

Sounds pretty good, right? What’s even better is that all items are available to purchase online. This means you can get your shopping done in your pajamas, sipping hot cocoa, and listening to your favorite holiday tunes. Seriously, all you have to do is read, click, and relax.

We hope the 2016 Kuder Holiday Gift Guide helps in to make the days ahead merry and bright for all of you. Happy shopping!

Gifts for Galaxy Users (Kiddos in Grades Pre-K – 5)

When I grow Up Oh The Places Pictasa Klutz Book

School Set


  • It’s never too early to start thinking about careers, and your little one can do just that with When I Grow Up by Mike Berenstain, part of the classic bestselling series The Berenstain Bears. After a presentation at school, Sister Bear isn’t sure what she wants to be. But then, a friend of the family, Professor Actual Factual, takes her and Brother Bear on a career exploration adventure. $3; Amazon.
  • Oh, The Places You'll Go is a go-to book by Dr. Seuss that makes a great gift for students of all ages, but it's especially appropriate for the littlest ones on your list. Encourage parents to route the book to their child's favorite teachers each year for words of inspiration; when complete, parents can "re-gift" the book at graduation time. $10; Amazon
  • Encourage critical thinking, problem solving, and following directions with the  25 mind-jolting activities in  Klutz: The Book of Impossible Objects, which may prompt an interest in STEM or other careers. $17.95; Fat Brain Toys.

Toys & Activities

  • Surprise aspiring artists and future creative directors with Pirasta Coloring Posters. At almost two square yards, they'll transform any wall or floor into a ginormous coloring book. $17.95 and up; The Grommet.
  • What kid doesn't love to play school? The Pretend & Play® School Set with U.S. Map is not only fun, but it helps young learners get excited about education. With 149 must-have supplies, there’s more than enough to teach, learn, and imagine. $32.99; Learning Resources.

Gifts for Navigator Users (Secondary Students in Grades 6-12)

7 Habits Colleges That Change Lives ChillSpill WhiteBlack Laptop Stickers



  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, by Sean Covey, has been hailed as the "ultimate teen success guide," so why not challenge even the most blasé teen on your list to prove or disprove this claim? $11.14; Amazon
  • Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges, by Hilary Masell Oswald, is one of Dr. JoAnn Harris-Bowlsbey’s further reading recommendations in Take Hold of Your Future. According to Amazon, it's a guide for students (and parents) looking to get more out of college than football, frat parties, and giant lecture halls. $12.40; Amazon.

Journals, Notebooks, & More

  • Promote middle-schoolers’ reflective writing with the Chill & Spill Guided Journal, designed to help students ages 11 and up articulate and work through difficult issues they may be dealing with. It offers a combination of 20 creative writing and artistic expression activities with blank pages where students can explore their heads and hearts, talk, yell, cry, boast, dream, and learn. $20; Committee for Children.
  • High school students will turn to White, Black, Graph, and Kraft for graph paper during geometry class; black paper to create neon gel pen art; textured kraft paper when they feel like drawing on something different; and every day white paper – it’s all in a single sketchbook. $12.95; International Arrivals.
  • Laptop Flare's reusable stickers won't harm laptops and students can change them depending on their current mood. Logging into Navigator never looked so good! $13; Good Housekeeping.
  • Even disorganized students will enjoy pop, pop, popping their way through 2017 Bubble Wrap Calendar. $27; Uncommon Goods.
  • Gift the gift that keeps on giving with Kuder Coach, a service that offers confidential, real-time support online and by phone to help students set goals, make action plans, and achieve success. 

Gifts for Journey Users (Postsecondary Students and Adults)

What Color Is Your Parachute




Freedom Planner

Microwave Popcorn Maker


  • What Color is Your Parachute is a popular job-hunting book by Richard N. Bolles that has sold more than 10,000,000 copies. It also one of Dr. JoAnn Harris-Bowlsbey’s selections in the Take Hold of Your Future further reading recommendations list. $13.09; Amazon.
  • The New York Times Bestseller Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, by psychologist Angela Duckworth, demonstrates the power of perseverance in reaching long-term goals. Sounds like a compelling read for anyone seeking to hone their personal leadership skills. $16.80; Amazon.


​​Students, job seekers, and those trying to move ahead in their careers want – and need – to get noticed. Unfortunately, it can be tough to find a perfect statement piece that's professional yet showcases personal style. Well, we’ve found two that are perfect for interviews or just a regular day at the office:

  • The perfectly mismatched Color Wheel and Grayscale Earrings are for those who appreciate art and creativity. $20; Uncommon Goods.
  • Surprisingly classy and understated, College Football Cufflinks let a man show his lighthearted side while still adhering to a business professional dress code. Plus, they’re great conversation starters for those first few weeks at a new job. $190; Uncommon Goods.

Planners & More

  • While most planners give only simple lines or blank spaces to schedule appointments and tasks, the Freedom Planner 2017 is the ultimate personal organizer, calendar, goal journal, and motivational notebook is different. It's sure to help any student or working adult plan, set, and reach specific, achievable goals. $33.97; Amazon.com.
  • College students pulling all-night study sessions and professionals putting in long hours all have something in common – they can agree that, sometimes, you’re just too tired to make dinner. The Glass Microwave Popcorn Popper will come in handy on those days, and gives popcorn a healthy spin to boot, making it perfect for all test takers or corporate ladder climbers in your life. $14.99; Uncommon Goods.

Gifts for KCPS Administrators (Teachers, School Counselors, Career Advisors, and Others Supporting System Users)

52 Lists Project

wood charging station

World Scratch Map


  • The 52 Lists Project Journal: This bestselling journal is perfect for teachers who may also be list lovers – it will let them create 52 lists, one for every week of the year, to help nurture personal self-development and get things done! Each seasonal section includes prompts and challenges to help users dream big and plan accordingly. $10.19; Amazon.
  • Wood Charging Station: Perfect for a home office or classroom desk, this charging station will come in handy for teachers, school counselors, and others in career advising roles who put in extra hours grading papers, preparing lesson plans, meeting with parents, and doing whatever it takes to help students succeed. $50; GadgetFlow.


  • Deluxe Edition Scratch Map: This is a perfect, sophisticated way for educators who catch the travel bug during summer breaks to showcase their journeys. It’s a large map on which travelers scratch off different countries or locations after each visit – perfect for displaying at home or school. $30; Nordstrom.
  • When it comes to helping others plan and prepare for a satisfying career, knowing the latest evidence-based strategies, trends, and best practices is a must. Why not give the gift of professional development from Kuder to help the teachers, counselors, and career advisors you know improve their skills and maximize the impact they have on students?

About The Author

Stephanie Sherrod is a senior communications specialist for Kuder. Before joining the company in 2015, she spent 15 years as a consultant, writer, and editor for organizations in varying industries, including a major textbook publisher in Chicago, Illinois. She holds a bachelor’s degree in ... read more