Stocking Stuffers and
Gifts for Every Speaker
The holiday season is a time of renewing traditions: parties with friends, family, and colleagues; decorating the house, inside and out; and making wishlists and shopping for the items on the lists of those you love.
On Six Minutes, we have a holiday tradition too: a holiday list of gift ideas for speakers, whether that recipient is you, or someone special in your life. In this article, we list speaker gift ideas ranging from tiny stocking stuffers to more tantalizing items. Whether you are a professional speaker or whether speaking is a new hobby, there’s something for everyone.
This year’s list is organized by price, so you can find the best fit for your personal budget. You’ll find a wide range of practical and indulgent gift ideas:
- index cards to cue your memory;
- whiteboard and flip chart supplies;
- a mini-tripod for your rehearsal video camera;
- USB drives and laptop bags for presenting on the go;
- presentation remotes;
- speech anthologies and speeches on DVD;
- and much, much more.
Please share your gift ideas in the comments!
Some say that “nothing in life is free.” Others argue that “the best things in life are free.” I like the latter opinion.
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$5 or less
These may be inexpensive items, but they can really save the day if you have them in your “speaker’s emergency kit”.
|$1.88||Mini-tripod for video/digital camera||Stabilize your video camera to record yourself speaking — an invaluable rehearsal habit.|
|$3.61||Index Cards, Color Coded, 3″x5″, 100||
Organize your notes.
|$2.40||Red Laser Pointer, 5mW||Highlight your visuals.|
|$5.00||Green Laser Pointer, 5mW||Contrasting highlighting color; could be used by dual presenters.|
|$4.52||Video adapter plug||The example priced/shown is DVI-to-VGA, but you may need a different one. The idea is to be prepared so that your laptop/tablet always connects to the projector/monitor where you are speaking, or vice versa.This problem occurred just a month ago to me, and I was saved by an adapter plug from a colleague.|
As with the “$5 or less” group, these items are inexpensive. If all goes as expected, you won’t need most of these… but experienced speakers know that it rarely goes as expected.
|$8.50||Flip Chart Markers, 8-pack, assorted colors||Always be prepared to draw out your thoughts for your audience.|
|$7.88||Dry Erase Marker Set (4 markers, eraser, cleaner)||It’s okay to use most dry erase markers on a flip chart, but if you use flip chart markers on a whiteboard, you’ll be sorry.
It’s best to have some of each to be safe.
|$7.48||8 GB Flash Drive||Always take a copy of your presentation on a flash drive as plan B. You never know when plan A might falter…|
|$6.49||Pocket pointer, extendable to 24.5″||Point out details on your visuals while standing aside so your audience can easily see.|
|$7.45||Rory’s Story Cubes||Party game with value for speakers to practice your impromptu speech and storytelling skills.I’d love to try this game out.|
|$8.94||“Hand” pointers, set of three||Marketed for children, but I think it’s a great way to add some humor to your presentation as an ice breaker.|
|$9.96||Wireless presentation remote with laser pointer||Unchain yourself from your laptop when presenting.|
For less than twenty bucks, you can pick up a copy of most public speaking books, and a few other items to take on your travels.
|$11.37||Dry Erase Board, Magnetic, 11″x14″||Personal brainstorming, or going visual in a sit-down, small-group session.|
|$18.24||Laptop Case||Carry your laptop and ALL your speaking accessories: markers, notes, handouts, business cards, etc.|
|$19.31||Resonate, by Nancy Duarte||Best speaking book which I read in 2012. Outstanding value. (Read our review)|
|$20 or less||Other great books we’ve reviewed||Most of the other books we have reviewed are less than $20 as well. Which book can you soak up this winter?|
These aren’t for casual speakers, but will pay for themselves many times over if you are a regular speaker.
|$26.99||The Greatest Speeches of All-Time, DVD Box Set||44 great speeches which changed history. Perfect for yourself, your classroom, or your club.|
|$29.40||Lend Me Your Ears: Great Speeches in History, by William Safire||I purchased this last Christmas for myself. At 1168 pages, I love the weight of this book in my hands. Both reference book and inspiration for writing speeches.Every serious speaker needs a speech anthology.|
|$34.99||Lightweight Flip Chart Presentation Easel||You can’t count on a flip chart always being available at your next speaking gig. Bring your own as a backup.|
|$37.15||Wireless presentation remote, Logitech||Break free from your laptop with the top-selling presentation remote.|
|$49.99 (or less)||Six-month membership to most Toastmasters clubs. Find a club!||Conquer your speaking fears, get regular practice, and work on your skills in a safe environment.|
Higher price points brings electronics… and a drooling Six Minutes editor.
|$52.74||Portable Lectern, 4 feet high||Holding your notes in your hand is awkward… free your hands for gesturing.|
|$51.19||Sony Digital Voice Recorder||Top-selling digital voice recorder. Record your rehearsals or live speeches. Playback for feedback on vocal quality, filler words, clarity, and audience reaction.|
|$56.08||USB Studio Microphone||If you host webinars or record desktop tutorials, or plan to do so in 2013, you’ll need a good microphone.I’d like to upgrade to this one.|
|$94.95||Sony Video Camera, 4 hour capacity||Regular video feedback is one of the best habits you can develop.|
Ideas from @6minutes followers on Twitter…
Thanks for additional ideas from everyone who replied on Twitter, including these kind souls:
@6minutes Gift card 4 app store 2 d-load good apps 4 notetaking, recording speech, creating presentation, etc. Membrshp 2 stock photo site.
— Sheila Robinson Kohn (@SheilaBRobinson) November 20, 2012
@6minutes Remotes/clickers for projectors?
— Ann K. Emery (@AnnKEmery) November 19, 2012
@6minutes For Mac users – Spare dongles, VGA & HDMI. Mini bottles of Scope mouth rinse. “stocking stuffers for speakers” suggestions.
— Charles Greene III (@CharlesGreene3) November 19, 2012
@6minutes a jawbone wireless speaker, discount off venue hire for own events, logo cake, named or initialled bus card holder, repeat booking
— Sarah Fox (@EnjoytheBuild) November 19, 2012
How about you?
Please share your gift ideas in the comments.
What speaking-related items are you hoping to unwrap this holiday season?