Love that Louise. Very original!
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This is not exactly a gift, but if you have a number of speakers who would benefit from being able to network with one another, they might really appreciate it if you organised a private dinner or drinks for them?
I am in India and its pretty customary to give speakers tokens or mementos of appreciation especially in cases where he or she has come as a guest speaker (at no fee/charge). The usual plaque or salver is what we often give, which they proudly display on their stands back home or at office.
Off late I have tied up with a not-for-profit organization that is into afforestation and also aide smaller farmers in growing saplings. So what we do is, instead of giving a plaque or anything that in reality is pretty useless in itself we have started issuing ‘Green Certificates’ via this Not for profit org. They charge us per sapling – so if the speaker is a keynote speaker we ask the organization to plant 10 saplings in his name and they in turn provide us with a QR code. We get certificates designed and embed the QR code in it stating that In appreciation of XYZ 10 sapling have been planted in XYZ forest/farm…the QR code actually leads him to a landing page which has the google map coordinates where the plants are and photographs of the actual saplings as well.
People seem pretty kicked about receiving this.
Hi Roger, that’s a lovely idea and great to hear how things are done in other parts of the world. I love that you can personalise it and convey the appreciation whilst helping the environment. Great stuff! Melissa
I like that they can actually see the location of the sapling and pictures; it makes it more tangible rather than a generic “we’ve donated to charity on your behalf”.
We were struggling to find a gift for a speaker we had at an event but then we found https://bottleinabox.co.uk/. It is good to send alcohol to speakers as they normally enjoy it.
Also, they may have dry throats after all that speaking so there’s a health benefit as well as a thank you in that!
I saw a speaker on Twitter recently raving about a great personalised gift they’d received:
Love the thought and effort in that!