Oh, the weather outside is frightful… and you’re wondering what to get for the PR, communications or social media whizz in your life.
Here are some suggestions for your to buy the comms, PR or digital person in your life or maybe just for spending Amazon vouchers on.
For the mobile phone owner
You’re at home or work and you need to listen to your phone hands free. This retro TV bluetooth speaker is the one you want. Slide it in and it looks like you’re watching the telly with the sound far louder.
For the grammar nazi
For £28, Modern Toss two mugs, a notebook, a bookmark and two cards. Marvellous value.
Absolutely perfect for the grammar nazi in your life but beware, you’ll need a parental advisory sticker so maybe think about where you’ll leave them out.
For the environmentally responsible Thick of It fan
The fictional government department in the Armando Iannucci satire is the Department of Social Affair and Citizenship – or Dosac. There’s a lot of coffee drunk. Here’s a way to celebrate your favourite comms show while not harming the planet.
For the Bulls**t spotter
Nothing says ‘bulls**t’ like pressing a button that tells the whole room. A flashing buzzer with five different sound effects and light which will be audible by the press of this button.
For the mobile phone owner
Turn your smartphone into a cinema, kind of, with this mobile phone projector.
For the fan of Jamie McDonald
Malcolm Tucker has all the attention. But for serious swearing it has to be senior press officer Jamie McDonald. And with this you can have a cup of tea and be reminded of his best lines. Parental advisory.
For the comms person faced with understanding online communities
‘Buzzing Communities’ by Richard Millington is part autobiography and part data science. He begins his online life running a games forum online and gets the sack for not being able to explain whether or not he’s been a success. He runs an online course for several thousands of pounds and the book is a fine alternative.
For the t-shirt and grammar fan
You love spelling and you fancy yourself as a bit of a Lover Lover Man (or Woman) then this t-shirt is for you.
The Comma Sutra t-shirt.
For the comms person aiming who is likely to be faced with an online storm
Kate Hartley’s book ‘Communicate in a Crisis’ is a handy guide if you may be faced with an online storm. It explains how the internet works, how a mob forms online and gives strategioes for how to cope with it. Tip: read it before you end up getting a kicking online. Otherwise you’ll end up with a icking for reading a book when you should be firefighting.
For the stressed comms person
Developing a mindful lifestyle takes practise, time and patience. Old habits must be softened and replaced with new ways of thinking. So, this jar of tasks can help.
For the comms person who likes notebooks
Firstly, lets get something out of the way. Moleskine are lovely. But they’re over priced and they’re a rubbish size.
Wheras Leutchtterm are A4 and more practical. Fill your boots.
For the PR person who has to put a lipstick on a pig
These stickers are handy. They fit in a discreet place on your keyboard and remind you of what you do with the message: ‘Public Relations: Because Someone Has to Make You Look Good.’ Silent win.
For the comms person who likes typography
Many people take typefaces for granted. Good typography often gets taken for granted. It does its job effectively. Bad type choices really stand out and not always in a positive way.
‘Why Fonts Matter’ by Sarah Hyndman tells you why.
For the data geek
Let’s face it data has a bad wrap. So why not celebrate your interest in numbers with a poster that lets you revel in it.
For the comms curious
We are hard wired to respond to stories. Story telling has been an art for thousands of years. Will Storr’s book on ‘The Science of Storytelling’ is readable and credible. Based in science but able to spin a yarn.