Relevant Resources: Holiday Gifts

I help edit SPEAKER Magazine for the National Speakers Association (NSA). Each month I curate the Relevant Resources column – a list of time-saving tools and technologies.

The December edition listed a variety of gifts suitable for clients, speakers’ bureau contacts, colleagues, friends and loved ones. Whether the recipient is a foodie, science geek, chocolate lover, adventure seeker or bookworm, this selection is sure to get your gift-giving wheels turning.

Get a Life

Life Magazine CoverGive the gift of nostalgia with a copy of the actual LIFE magazine published the week your recipient was born or during a key event that took place in their lifetime. Pick a date from 1936 to 2000 and add a beautiful easy access hinged wood display frame for $35. Prices vary by date of issue.

Achieve Stardom

There are billions of stars in the sky, but only one with your (or your loved one’s) name on it. The Name a Star gift box is a unique and romantic gift that comes with naming instructions, a wall map, astronomy booklet and personalize pen. Once the recipient submits a name, he or she will receive a certificate, unique information about the star and a guide to locate it in the night sky. $40.

Keep It Classic

U Star NovelThey say all professional speakers should have a book. U Star Novels let’s you star in a personalized edition of your favorite classic alongside your friends, family members or colleagues. The plot remains the same, but you choose the cast and decide who follows the White Rabbit down the hall in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and who gets to be Tom Sawyer in the Mark Twain classic. $24.95.

Rev’d Up

Give your adventure junkie friend the ultimate adrenaline boost with a Race Car Driving Experience gift from Cloud9 Living. Choose from locations nationwide and numerous racing packages, including stockcar racing, Indy car racing, formula racing and dragster racing. Whatever you choose, it is sure to fulfill the need for speed. Prices vary.


Everyone knows a chocolate lover or two. Give them the ultimate gift that keeps on giving-membership with the Chocolate of the Month Club from Amazing Clubs. Each month, they’ll receive a one pound selection of premium chocolate made by leading chocolatiers across the nation. Membership plans are offered in three-, six-, and 12-month periods. Prices vary.

It Figures

Sculpeto FigurinesSurprise clients or loved ones with a fully customized figurine from Sculpteo. Simply upload a headshot and profile picture, describe the clothes and accessories you want your figurine to have, approve the model and receive it in the mail in just 10 days! Go conventional or eccentric, and select from a variety of themes and careers including fireman, pilot, doctor, sports aficionado. $75.

Spell It Out

Like to D-I-Y? Letter Perspectives lets you design your own unique framed letter art using a name, unique phrase or word that is special to the recipient. Create a masterpiece by entering letters, choosing your theme ( nature, sports or rustic), selecting from black and white or sepia photo tones, and picking the perfect mat and frame to match. Starting at $160.

Feelin’ Hot Hot Hot

Gallon of Tabasco SauceSpice things up in the New Year with a personalized gallon jug of Tabasco – everyone’s favorite hot sauce. Nothing says “I’m a TABASCO lover” like one of these sitting on the kitchen counter. Available in all the flavors you love: Original Red, Green, Chipotle, Garlic, Habanero, and SWEET & Spicy. $44.95.

As You Wish

Need a little R&R after the holidays? SpaWish gift certificates and cards can be used at thousands of day spas and beauty salons across the country for services like manicures, pedicures, haircuts, hot stone massages and tanning. Print a personalized gift certificate at home, have it delivered via e-mail or shipped in a gift box for as low as $4.99. Prices vary.

Next to Napa

French Laundry CookbookDinner at Thomas Keller’s famed Napa Valley gourmet restaurant (voted one of the top 10 restaurants in the world) costs around $300 a head, and reservations need to be made six months ahead. Why wait? Treat someone to The French Laundry Cookbook and dine in style over the holidays. $30.

Help Haiti

Give a gift with meaning, purpose and passion. The Lambi Fund of Haiti provides boats, fishing equipment, pigs, goats, honeybees, tree seedlings and irrigation canals that can be purchased in a friend or family member’s name. With these special gifts of life, families in Haiti are provided with numerous opportunities to grow and generate income. Prices vary.

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