The Holidays are Nearly Here…

  • Professional Services Director
  • IT Project Management
  • Choosing an appropriate gift for the project professionals in your life is always difficult so we’ve but together some ideas for affordable presents or Secret Santa gifts

  • What a strange year it has been.  Global pandemics aside, I think we will all be glad to see the back of 2020 and put our feet up for a bit.

    One thing I know is that every year despite being planning professionals, some of you will be taking your present shopping down to the wire.  Last posting day flies by, Christmas eve looms, and still they leave it to the very last minute. Thank god for Amazon Prime, I hear you cry.

    I read a report once that said TEN million Brits have left it as late as Christmas DAY to finish their shopping, with desperate spending sprees online, in corner shops and petrol stations. And if you are really desperate, a tip from an old colleague of mine airports open 24/7.  He resorted to buying a cheap flight ticket so he could get access to the duty-free shop for perfume and jewels. Drastic measures!

  • Choosing an appropriate gift for the Project Professionals in your life is always difficult so we’ve but together some ideas for affordable Christmas presents or Secret Santa gifts . If you’d just like to gift something small to say ‘Thanks’ or have a good Christmas break, you’ll probably be able to find something in our list!

    1. Straight Talk on Project Management

    First on the list is one of our own making (cue cheeky plug for Stoneseed).  We have just released our fourth eBook. Bursting with a generous amount of Project Management focussed blogs, covering a multitude of topics, all from genuine PM experiences and stories, Straight Talk on Project Management Volume IV is available now.  But if you want something to wrap,  the first three books are now available as paperbacks from Amazon ..( volume four will be available in paperback in the New Year)

    1. Desk Organiser

    Sounds a bit dull, but SO useful to those organised souls out there who are working from home offices. And this one comes with the added ‘fun’ of slotting together like a puzzle.

    1. Notebook

    Something small but personalised.  This one made me chuckle -  "Brain Has Too Many Tabs Open" -  a very relatable phrase on the front and can be personalised underneath. A nice little gift to let someone know you’re thinking about them. Also supporting a small business by purchasing from Etsy.

    1. Novelty Facemask

    Not something I thought I would be including on a Christmas gift list, but there you go. Unfortunately, I think this is something that will also be sticking around for a while so why not make it fun! There are so many designs out there, you’re sure to find one that fits the personality of the person you’re buying for. This is just one I thought was amusing!

    1. Online escape room

    Lastly, something just for a little bit of fun and from the comfort of your own home! I came across these when looking for a present for my Dad. I thought it was really different and a good way to keep the cogs turning!

    All the gifts listed above are on the affordable scale with nothing reaching above £20. So, if you’re looking for a small gift, just to show your appreciation for a co-worker  or a stocking filler for a family member – these are perfect!

    Wishing you all the very best of Christmas and Holiday breaks!

    *Please be aware that all products were available at the time of writing and may have now become unavailable.

    Author  Bio

    David Cotgreave MBA, BSc (hons), PRINCE II, is Professional Services Director at Stoneseed, with over 30 years’ experience in IT Project Management & Consulting. David has worked with organisations such as BT Engage IT and KPMG, before founding Stoneseed in 2009 and has gained considerable business experience whilst working with a wide range of organisations across the UK and Europe carrying out a range of strategy, review and implementation projects. David is currently responsible for leading the Programme and Project Management Services  PMaaS offered by Stoneseed.

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