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Must have gadgets / gift ideas for future McKinsey consultants?

Anonymous A

Hi everyone,

I just stumbled across this forum and hope you can help me.

My brother recently got an offer for his entry level position at McKinsey. To start his job, I want to give him a little something... not a boring gift but something cool that he can ideally also use on the job or otherwise during his daily life as a consultant.

Is there anything you can recommend? Like a cool gadget that you find really useful?

Thanks in advance for any hints!

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Anonymous C replied on 05/29/2018

What a very kind gesture - I don't know how much you want to spend but here are some rough ideas.

  • Cufflinks
  • Tie
  • wireless headphones
  • laptop bag
  • briefcase
  • travel suitcase
  • watch
  • starbucks voucher
  • gym related workout clothes to encourage him to keep healthy
  • belt
replied on 05/29/2018
Bain & Company | University of Cambridge | CV/Resume writing | 770 GMAT

Hi there,

How kind of you! most suggestions below are sensible, but I disagree with wireless usb presenter - this is almost definitely already available from the office IT department, so redundant to give as a gift.

Personally, the thing that makes nost difference to my life as a consultant is a nice, light carry-on luggage, ideally with 4 wheels so you can drag it alongside you vs behind you. Suitcase should also have a good place to put folded shirts. In a perfect world, suitcase would also have a place to put folded suits, in case your brother doesn't like travelling already suited up (definitely a thing for long-haul flights).

Depending on your budget, a nice add-on gift is a laptop bag / briefcase with a strap that can be put around the handle of the carry on luggage. This makes travelling even lighter and easier, especially when waiting in line at security or walking through the airport! - see what I mean here https://www.everki.com/products1/briefcases/flight-checkpoint-friendly-laptop-bag-briefcase-fits-up-to-16-detail

replied on 06/02/2018
Former BCG decision round interviewer with 300+ real interviews in 8 years

I would suggest a power bank or a set of iPhone/USB cable chargers or noise canceling headphones. All these three items are usually not provided by the firm itself. No to cuff links (not practical at entry level).

hope it helps,


Anonymous D replied on 05/29/2018

Maybe a wireless usb presenter? So he can switch slides during a presentation.

Anonymous B replied on 05/28/2018

Wish everyone had thougtful siblings like you :D

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