Senz mini umbrella ( $49 at gravitytrading.com)
Readily available through several U.S. Web-based resellers, these European-created umbrellas are my pick for business gift of the year. The people at Senz had a brilliant idea: Take the unneeded part at the front of the umbrella and put it where you really want it, in the back. The result may look really odd -- and it may cost more than other umbrellas -- but once you get your mitts on a Senz, you will realize what a lovely tool it is. A small, light tool that you can carry anywhere, that really does keep you dry in the driving rain. I loved this thing.