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10 Gift Ideas for Interpreters and Translators: A Holiday Guide 

Gift Ideas for Sign language Interpreters

‘Tis the season for giving, and if you’re searching for the perfect last minute gift ideas to surprise your favorite interpreter or to treat yourself, you’re in the right place! The holiday spirit is in full swing and finding a thoughtful and practical present can be a challenge. To make the process easier, we reached out to the inclusive team at Inclusive Communication Services (ICS), asking them to share their Christmas and Birthday Wish Lists for the year. 

Here are 10 gift ideas that will bring joy to the daily life of any translator or interpreter:

  1. Portable Screen Background for the VRI (Video Remote Interpreting) Interpreter

Create a professional and distraction-free environment for virtual interpreting sessions. Inclusive team tip: We adore the versatility of this screen, seamlessly fitting into a suitcase or onto a hotel chair. Whether you’re on the go or stationed in your home office, this portable background is the must-have of the season. 

  1. Lighting Kit for the Online Webinar and Conference Interpreter 

Brighten up your online presence in the remote language services space! No matter what time of day, reduce shadows and ensure optimal visibility with a dedicated home lighting setup. Inclusive team tip: Feeling good about your professional image on camera helps you feel good about doing your best work! 

  1. Portable Stool for the Educational Sign Language Interpreter

Stay comfortable and adaptable during long lecture sessions with a convenient and portable seating solution. Inclusive team tip: Say goodbye to the hassle of searching for and pulling up a chair, and embrace the ease of moving this stool around for break-out group activities. 

  1. Blue Light Glasses for the Digital Translator

Translators dedicate a significant portion of their day working with the written word in front of screens. Blue light glasses reduce their eye strain and potential headaches. Inclusive team tip: Opt for eyewear that not only is comfortable but also adds a touch of style to their daily routine.

  1. Coffee and Tea Mugs and Tumblers for the Interpreter Powered by Caffeine 

Energize the caffeine-loving interpreter with a collection of unique American Sign Language-themed drinkware. Keep their favorite beverages close, adding a touch of charm to their daily cup of coffee or tea. Inclusive team tip: We love that this collection was designed by a Deaf artist and a portion of the profits goes to our community project, Inclusive Impact.

  1. Portable Music Stand for the Performance Interpreter

Hands-free is the way to be! Ideal for interpreters working in the world of entertainment, providing a stable platform for scripts and notes without straining the neck. Inclusive team tip: The added bonus of the travel bag makes this portable stand a travel-friendly favorite gadget. 

  1. Anker Portable Charger for the Traveling ASL Interpreter

Keep devices charged on the go, ensuring ASL interpreters are always ready for their next assignment. Inclusive team tip: This charger eases our concerns of finding wall outlets and minimizes the worry of leaving devices unattended. 

  1. Survival Kit for Medical and Legal Interpreters 

Create the ultimate preparedness package with essentials to tackle any situation. Include mints/gum, cough drops, hand sanitizer, chapstick, masks, advil, hand lotion, deodorant, bandaids, and pens. Inclusive team tip: A zipped sign language-themed bag makes it stylish and practical! As one inclusive interpreter noted, “This gift was one of the handiest and sweetest gifts I ever received.”  

  1. Bluetooth Wireless Earbuds for the New York City Interpreter or Translator

Navigate the hustle and bustle of city life with clear quality audio during your work day. Inclusive team tip: Our favorites are AirPods and Bose Sport Earbuds, regardless of the brand, the freedom of wireless is definitely worth it! 

  1.  A Groupon Massage for the Freelance Interpreter 

Give the gift of relaxation! It’s no secret, the life of a freelance interpreter can take a toll on the arms, shoulders, and hands. Ease away the tension with a thoughtful gift certificate for a rejuvenating massage. Inclusive team tip: Don’t forget to treat yourself too! After all, self-care is an essential part of maintaining balance in the dynamic world of interpretation.

If your loved one is an interpreter or translator, treat them to a practical and thoughtful gift that adds comfort, style and efficiency in their daily grind. Seeking more inspiration? Be sure to check out our holiday guide spotlighting Deaf-owned small businesses to support this festive season! 

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