We've all been there... what do you by the PR and comms person for Christmas? Or birthday? Or as a leaving present?
by Dan Slee
Here are a few ideas that could help solve your present buying dilemma. Secret Santa? Something substantial? There are a pile of ideas that could help you. A big shout to the members of thePublic Sector Comms Headspace Facebook group for their input. Full credits at the bottom of the post.
Less than £5
STATIONERY: This meeting should have been an email pen.
BOOK: Tubesperation. Using the London Underground to come up with creative idea.
TECH GEAR: A handy tool to help you film or take pictures with your smartphone.
SOFT FURNISHINGS: Typewriter cushion. For helping you bang your head against in safety.
BOOK: Fucking Apostrophes book. For the grammar geek in your life.
Google cardboard. Have a look at what the future looks like.
HEALTH: Stress Paul. Your handy person to squash if you need to vent spleen.
BOOK: Anarchists in the Boadroom by Liam Barrington-Bush. For when you want to think creatively on how to connect and how to understand networks.
STATIONERY: Moleskine ruled notebook. For those creative ideas.
BOOK: Potty, Fartwell & Knob. True names that will take your mind off that comms plan or logo competition for children request.
STATIONERY: Creative post-it notes.
BOOK: PR is Dead by Robert Phillips
OFFICE: Icon cable ties. Tidy up all those leads and cables.
Between £10 and £20
BOOK: SEO for Dummies. Understand an often overlooked skill.
CARD GAME: Cards Against Humanity.
CALENDAR: Comms cartoon calendar by Helen Reynolds. Buy it here.
T-SHIRT: Being a Communications Manager is Easy. It’s like riding a bike. Only the bike is on fire and you’re in hell. But it here.
GAME: Shit Happens card game. Buy it here.
TECH GADGET: A smartphone projector. For when you want to watch the youtube clip with a bigger audience.
DRINK: Bombay Saphire Gin gift pack. Because people from the South Coast seem to quite like gin.
CAFFEINE: Stove-top espresso maker. Start your day with a jolt.
Big shout for ideas and inspiration to Eddie Coates-Madden, Sally Northeast, Vanessa Andrews, Penny Allison, Phil Hodgson, Hayley Douglas, Paul Compton, Jane Slavin, Sara Hamilton, Rachel King, Lisa Potter, Shevaughan Tolbutt, James Allen, Clare Parker, Nicole Crosby-McKenna, Louise Powney, Sian Williams, Emma Wild, Ruth Fry, Paul Coxon, Heather Heaton-Gallagher, Georgia Turner, Ian Mountford, David Bell, Vanessa Andrews, Jude Tidder and members of the Public Sector Headspace Facebook group.
Dan Slee is co-founder of comms2point0.
Pictrure credit: Royal Library Denmark / Flickr