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8 Sweet Wedding Gift Ideas

8 Sweet Wedding Gift Ideas

Shopping for wedding gifts can actually be quite stressful, because you have to find just the right thing that both the bride and groom will love. These days, it is not enough to just go out and buy the couple a toaster or other small appliance. People are actually putting a lot of thought into wedding gifts now, and coming up with really creative ideas that are loads of fun. The problem can be coming up with ideas that haven’t been done to death already. This is why you need to shop online. You can find a much better selection of unique items, and you never have to leave the comfort of your own home. Here are some great ideas that you can find online.

1. Intersection of Love – Photo Print

    It can be difficult to find something that is unique, and that the happy couple is actually going to like. Here is a cool gift that is fun and personal. The “Intersection of Love” photo print commemorates the moment when the bride and groom first met and started their journey together.

    2. Personalized Porcelain Faux Bois Mug Set

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      The personalized porcelain Faux Bois Mug Set is a great wedding gift idea for the coffee or tea-drinking couple. The mugs have each of their first initials inside a heart, along with their wedding date, and it all looks like it has been “carved” into a tree. Check this out, and browse through the collection to see other personalized items that make awesome wedding gifts.

      3. Personalized Tree Throw

        If you really want to go with that heart carved in a tree theme, this throw is the ideal wedding gift idea. It has the couple’s initials inside a heart, carved into a beautiful tree. The material is 75 percent cotton and 25 percent acrylic, so it has a little bit of stretch and two can snuggle up nicely.

        4. Personalized Art

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          The Wedding Waltz is a beautiful piece that can be personalized. This is perfect for the couple who likes unique items, and it commemorates their first dance together as a married couple. It is romance and home décor, all in one great gift item. Buy it online and have it delivered, so you don’t even have to go into a store and get frustrated with the traditional shopping process.

          5. Bucket List Kit

            The Date Night Bucket List kit is a fun gift that the happy couple will enjoy. Basically, there are all kinds of date night suggestions written on birch wood sticks. The couple will never run out of things to do again, thanks to you and this awesome wedding gift. It will also help to keep the romance alive on date nights.

            6. Heart Map

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              The Map of Our Hearts is a nice piece of wall art that not only honors the couple, but also where each of them came from. This is the perfect gift for couples who were in long-distance relationships and were able to come together for a wonderful romance.

              7. Marriage Game

                They will love playing the Marital Bliss game. This card game sends them on cute missions that result in very nice rewards. Secret missions can include cooking dinner, buying groceries, etc., and rewards can include breakfast in bed, a shopping spree, or something else that is fun and romantic.

                8. Wedding Celebration Dropbox

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                  The Wedding Celebration Dropbox is a cute shadowbox that the couple can fill messages from all of the wedding guests. This is a lot better than the traditional wedding guest book, because it can actually be displayed long after the wedding since it is a lovely piece of home décor as well.

                  Featured photo credit: Cayton Heath via unsplash.com

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                  Last Updated on December 2, 2018

                  7 Public Speaking Techniques To Help Connect With Your Audience

                  7 Public Speaking Techniques To Help Connect With Your Audience

                  When giving a presentation or speech, you have to engage your audience effectively in order to truly get your point across. Unlike a written editorial or newsletter, your speech is fleeting; once you’ve said everything you set out to say, you don’t get a second chance to have your voice heard in that specific arena.

                  You need to make sure your audience hangs on to every word you say, from your introduction to your wrap-up. You can do so by:

                  1. Connecting them with each other

                  Picture your typical rock concert. What’s the first thing the singer says to the crowd after jumping out on stage? “Hello (insert city name here)!” Just acknowledging that he’s coherent enough to know where he is is enough for the audience to go wild and get into the show.

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                  It makes each individual feel as if they’re a part of something bigger. The same goes for any public speaking event. When an audience hears, “You’re all here because you care deeply about wildlife preservation,” it gives them a sense that they’re not just there to listen, but they’re there to connect with the like-minded people all around them.

                  2. Connect with their emotions

                  Speakers always try to get their audience emotionally involved in whatever topic they’re discussing. There are a variety of ways in which to do this, such as using statistics, stories, pictures or videos that really show the importance of the topic at hand.

                  For example, showing pictures of the aftermath of an accident related to drunk driving will certainly send a specific message to an audience of teenagers and young adults. While doing so might be emotionally nerve-racking to the crowd, it may be necessary to get your point across and engage them fully.

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                  3. Keep going back to the beginning

                  Revisit your theme throughout your presentation. Although you should give your audience the credit they deserve and know that they can follow along, linking back to your initial thesis can act as a subconscious reminder of why what you’re currently telling them is important.

                  On the other hand, if you simply mention your theme or the point of your speech at the beginning and never mention it again, it gives your audience the impression that it’s not really that important.

                  4. Link to your audience’s motivation

                  After you’ve acknowledged your audience’s common interests in being present, discuss their motivation for being there. Be specific. Using the previous example, if your audience clearly cares about wildlife preservation, discuss what can be done to help save endangered species’ from extinction.

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                  Don’t just give them cold, hard facts; use the facts to make a point that they can use to better themselves or the world in some way.

                  5. Entertain them

                  While not all speeches or presentations are meant to be entertaining in a comedic way, audiences will become thoroughly engaged in anecdotes that relate to the overall theme of the speech. We discussed appealing to emotions, and that’s exactly what a speaker sets out to do when he tells a story from his past or that of a well-known historical figure.

                  Speakers usually tell more than one story in order to show that the first one they told isn’t simply an anomaly, and that whatever outcome they’re attempting to prove will consistently reoccur, given certain circumstances.

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                  6. Appeal to loyalty

                  Just like the musician mentioning the town he’s playing in will get the audience ready to rock, speakers need to appeal to their audience’s loyalty to their country, company, product or cause. Show them how important it is that they’re present and listening to your speech by making your words hit home to each individual.

                  In doing so, the members of your audience will feel as if you’re speaking directly to them while you’re addressing the entire crowd.

                  7. Tell them the benefits of the presentation

                  Early on in your presentation, you should tell your audience exactly what they’ll learn, and exactly how they’ll learn it. Don’t expect them to listen if they don’t have clear-cut information to listen for. On the other hand, if they know what to listen for, they’ll be more apt to stay engaged throughout your entire presentation so they don’t miss anything.

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