Great Ideas For Unusual Wedding Presents

Have a wedding coming up, but don’t want to give the usual toaster or champagne glasses as gifts? There are some wonderful choices for gifts that are sure to be “one-of-a-kind” for your newlywed couple, and will be treasured for years to come.

A wonderful choice that is sure to be a treasured fireplace mantle decoration is a polished copper egg. It measures 1 ½ by 2 inches, and is hand polished to a lovely sheen. It also makes a great paperweight, or table decoration. If your bride or groom collects novelty eggs, this is a perfect choice.

Another elegant idea is a precision machined set of brass candlestick holders – hand polished to a brilliant gloss. These will last a lifetime and can be passed down for generations to come. They are sure to add a touch of class to any buffet, table, or fireplace mantle lucky enough to have them as accessories.

A truly fabulous choice is the Anniversary Bud Vase – although it has “anniversary” in its title, you don’t have to wait for an anniversary to give it as a present! This is a limited edition item and sets are only produced as the Swarovski Crystal Roses that adorn it become available, so if you want this item for a present, order early. This vase was inspired and designed by and for the Swarovski Crystal Rose – and together, they make a true heirloom item that is sure to be treasured for many generations to come. If you give this beautiful vase as a wedding gift, you will definitely outclass all the toaster and waffle maker givers by far.

And lastly, think a pocket toothpick holder is not a fine wedding present? Well, think again! How about one plated in 18K gold? They’re very practical, elegant, and you could get two for the perfect His & Hers set.

No matter which custom machined present you choose to give, it is sure to be a gift of lasting beauty and elegance, and will be valued highly by the lucky bride and groom for many years to come.

Interesting Christmas Present Ideas

Finding an interesting Christmas present idea is not a simple trick. Too often we fall into a rut of un-original thinking. Trouble is, the Christmas present idea that was so well received a few years ago starts to get boring. After all, there are only so many times you can give someone a fragrance gift selection box, aren’t there?

What should you do instead so that the thought you’ve put into selecting a Christmas present idea shows through? Even if you’ve spent less time choosing than you would like?

Here are some interesting Christmas present ideas for you to consider:

  • Look for a unique Christmas present idea. This doesn’t necessarily have to cost a fortune. Often the most priceless items we have in our lives are the ones that cost the least. Think about a collection of photographs, maybe mounted together in a photo frame or turned into a DVD with the easy software that’s available nowadays.
  • A sampler or selection box can often make a good Christmas present idea. Choose something that you know the person receiving the gift has been thinking about but hasn’t got round to doing yet.
  • Personalized Christmas gift ideas are always well received. With a little research, you can find almost anything available for personalization from children’s books through to T-shirts, house histories and lots more.
  • Personalized experiences can make excellent Christmas present ideas. They tend to be slightly more expensive than other personalized presents but if you give someone a skydiving present for Christmas, they’ll definitely remember it! You will likely be able to go along and watch them take part in their experience, so you get to see them enjoying the present you bought as a bonus.
  • Unique Christmas present gifts are always a good choice. You can give someone a totally unique gift like an acre of the moon, a star named after them or even a minute in time, preserved forever.

Interaction: The Key to Successful Presentations

You have an important presentation to make. How will you measure its success?

The goals for some presenters are misguided: “I just want to get through it” or “I don’t want to forget anything.” These goals miss the mark.

Success is best measured with audience-centric goals. “I want my audience to learn;” “I want my audience to be inspired;” “I want my audience to change.” In truth, the highest goal of any presentation is integration of information. A presentation is successful only if an audience both retains the information and applies it or integrates it into their lives.

Failed presentations are costly to organizations. Consider the billions of dollars that are lost every year because audiences fail to adopt a new approach or refuse to be persuaded. How much time and money are wasted delivering or repeating a failed presentation?

Considering what is at stake, presenters and adult-educators should familiarize themselves with the proven assumptions of adult-learning, also known as andragogy. Our presentations will succeed when we consistently craft our messages and delivery styles to fit how adults learn and integrate information. By using at least a few of the following proven assumptions of adult learning (andragogy) to create interaction in your next presentation or meeting, you can maximize attention, buy-in, and retention.

Malcolm Knowles has popularized the following andragogical assumptions[i]:

The Need to Know. Adult learners need to know why they need to learn something before undertaking to learn it.

Learner self-concept. Adults need to be responsible for their own learning decisions and to be treated as capable of self-direction.

Role of Learners’ experience. Adult learners have a variety of life experiences, which represent the richest resource for learning.

Readiness to learn. Adults are ready to learn those things they need to know in order to cope effectively with life situations.

Orientation to learning. Adults are motivated to learn to the extent that they will perceive it will help them perform tasks they confront in their life situations.

Learning and integration are more likely to occur when adult learners recognize the relevance of material and have the opportunity to discuss their experiences as they relate to the material. Consequently, successful presenters actively draw out the past, present, and future experiences of their audience. This type of interaction makes it easier to establish the relevance and applicability of new information or proposed actions.

This explains why audiences prefer discussion-based presentations that are highly interactive, as well as why they dread attending the didactic “show-up and throw-up” type presentation.

The bottom line is that integration occurs best through interaction.

[i] Knowles M S (1990) The Adult Learner: a Neglected Species (4th Edition) Houston: Gulf Publishing