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Volunteer abroad Christmas gifts

Volunteer abroad Christmas gifts

The holiday season is upon us yet again. It’s the season to be merry and jolly. The only time in the year where festive lights are put all over home. The season for drinking eggnog, hanging mistletoes and playing Santa Claus. Christmas is the biggest holiday celebrated in most parts of the world. Christmas means family gathering together, singing and listening to Christmas carols and gift giving. Giving and receiving gifts is the best part of Christmas. Giving gifts to family members is easy. The tricky part is giving gifts to those who are going abroad to volunteer, backpack, work and study. This is because they will need something that is small enough to fit in their bags, and useful to use while they are abroad. Here are a couple of gift ideas to give someone who is going to volunteer abroad;

 

 

Backpacks

 

Every long term traveler needs a backpack.

Volunteers who are abroad will require a good backpack for their journey to the country and to the project location.  A backpack should be comfy, stylish enough, and very sturdy. Other backpack qualities are roomy, ergonomic, air conditioned, well padded, water resistant, should have laptop ports, sound ports, and a waist strap. The well known backpack brands are Eagle Creek, Karrimor, Macpac, The North Face, Osprey, and White Mountain. Cheap backpacks are normally faulty and won’t do any good. The average price of a backpack goes for between $ 150 and $ 200.

 

 

Travel Shoes and socks

 

The volunteers will need a good pair of shoes and socks during their work abroad. The right pair of shoes will carry the volunteer further, faster and safer. The pair of shoes should have the following qualities: they should be comfy, durable, waterproof, not too heavy, good treads, lace hooks and soft soles. Apart from shoes the volunteer should have a pair of flip flops for going to the shower, bathrooms and hot days. A long with a good pair of shoes, they need good quality pairs of socks. The socks should be warm, cushy, cool and comfy. Popular shoe brands are Asolo, Danner, Garmont, and Merrel. The price of shoes varies greatly depending on various attributes and brands.

 

 

Hand Held devices

 

These are great for travelling, especially during long flights, layovers and idle moments. These are also great for those hours doing nothing. There are many devices that are available to buy for example iPod, iPad, gaming devices (PSP, Nintendo DS), mp3 players, and kindles. When choosing the best device to buy consider: the battery life; the storage space, practicality and price. The price of the device depends on brand, memory storage space, quality and popularity.

 

 

Books

 

Books are perfect gifts for travelers. The best books will be the ones that deal with travel for example guidebooks, language books or fictional novels that will inspire the volunteer during their work. Apart from inspiration and education they could also be for entertainment. When choosing a book to buy, get a book that the volunteer loves to read. Example of books that could be bought are: Lonely planet guidebooks, the gap year book, the complete guide to the gap year, How to Live Your Dream of Volunteering Abroad, and Green Volunteers: The World Guide to Voluntary Work in Nature Conservation. These books can be easily gotten from Amazon and EBay.

Cameras

 

Every volunteer wants to document their journey and their adventure through photographs and videos. Getting a good camera that would last the period of their work and is of high quality. Good cameras should have: a good megapixel count, image quality, shutter speed, great LCD screens, ergonomic and style. The most common brands are cannons, Sony, Samsung, Nikkon and Kodak. The price varies with the brand and a number of other factors.

 

 

 

 

Holiday Gifts for Parent Volunteers

Holiday Gifts for Parent Volunteers

Teachers, as the holidays approach, may be thinking that there is a parent or two who has been especially helpful in the classroom.  In such instances, the teacher may feel prompted to show appreciation with a small token during holiday time.  
With times tight and school budgets affecting teachers, gifts should be meaningful without breaking your budget.  Not to worry this year, for ID lanyards actually make ideal gifts for parent volunteers.  It is quite possible that those who regularly help in your classroom are required to wear some form of identification given to them by the school office.  This may be a simple “parent volunteer” sticky badge that they wear on their clothing.
For the parent who is in your classroom often, you can treat them to a great way to wear even a sticky badge ID.  ID lanyards, such as those typically worn by teachers, make the ideal gift for parent volunteers, too.  Sticky badges can wear off and curl up at the ends.  And although parent volunteers may not be professional teachers’ assistants, they are appreciative of whatever encouragement they get from those they work closely with.  While their ID badge may not be the same as those employed by the school, they can take advantage of ID lanyards to wear whatever identification they do show.
ID lanyards are highly convenient and now highly stylish as well.  In years past, a lanyard may have been a simple nylon rope.

Today, however, jewelry lanyards are all the rage and totally in style for every personality.  Teachers are just some of the professionals that love the convenience and style of the new jewelry lanyards.  
Although they may look delicate due to beaded designs, jewelry lanyards are actually quite strong and able to hold keys and other small items.  Giving this type of gift to your parent volunteers may lead them to use their stylish new lanyard both at home and when they are working in the classroom or in some other area of the school.  
A lanyard makes a great gift for not only parent volunteers, but may also be quite handy as a gift for students as well.  If students also wear identification at school, then ID lanyards are as useful for them as they are for the teachers who teach them.  
Going beyond the classroom, teachers may also have a person in administration who has proved to be an invaluable help to their day to day operations.  If you are a teacher who has someone like this, you once again can reach towards jewelry lanyards to provide you with the ultimate affordable gift for your special helper.
All in all, the gift of a lanyard is ideal for very many uses and settings.  With the holidays fast approaching and many people to buy for, this one item can meet the needs of the majority of people on your shopping list.  When time and money are valuable resources, which they always are, affordably priced gifts that wow the recipient are your best friend!