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The last week before Christmas is one of the busiest shopping periods in the year because lots of us will leave it until the last-minute to buy gifts for friends, family and colleagues. 

In the rush of trying to tie up loose ends on projects before the Christmas holidays, it's easy to slip behind on your present buying duties. 

If this situation sounds familiar then don't worry we've got you covered! In today's blog we're sharing our top 8 gifts for those working in or with social media sure to put a smile on their face! ๐Ÿ˜Š

1. Coffee Shop Gift Card

If like us, you have a colleague or friend who can only survive so long without a coffee then why not send them a little Christmas gift card for your local coffee shop! Whether it's an independent, a Costa, or a Starbucks, most coffee shops have some sort of gift voucher you can pre-load money onto for your lucky recipient to enjoy. โ˜•๏ธ

Options like this eGift card from Costa Coffee are even easier as the voucher goes straight to your recipient's email address so you don't need to worry if they've already finished work for the holidays! ๐Ÿ“ฉ

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2. Like and Dislike stamps

While Facebook never created a much sought after 'Dislike' button, that doesn't have to stop you from expressing your true opinion. These 'Like' and 'Dislike' stamps are the perfect gift for Comms and Marketing folk who approve copy, imagery and other content. The next time you see text written in Comic Sans you'll have the ultimate satisfaction of quickly smothering it in red thumbs down! ๐Ÿ˜‚ 

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3. Mobile Phone Camera Lens Kit

Do you have a colleague who's keen to develop their photography skills? Help them to easily up their game with this kit that attaches over the lens of your mobile phone. It's super simple to create cool effects with wider-angles to capture more in a photo, or even take higher quality close-up pictures. ๐Ÿ“ธ

Small enough to fit in a pocket or bag, this is perfect for Social Media Managers on the go! ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ

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4. Music Streaming Subscription like Spotify or Apple Music

A subscription to a music streaming service like Spotify or Apple Music is an amazing gift for almost anyone this Christmas. But for times when creative social media content ideas aren't coming to mind, or you're trying to crack through a more mundane task - the right playlist can solve everything! ๐ŸŽถ

A playlist we've been loving this week is 'Christmas is Coming' to really get everyone in the spirit! ๐ŸŽ„

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5. Noise Cancelling Headphones

To fully enjoy your chosen playlist a good pair of noise cancelling headphones go a long way! Also a great way to send a subtle signal to colleagues if you're in the zone and don't want to be disturbed... ๐Ÿ˜‚

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6. A Great Book on Social Media

Christmas is a great time to chill out with a good book and this one from the infamous Gary Vaynerchuk is an oldie but a goodie! Vaynerchuk is a New York Times bestselling author and social media expert who shares his advice on how to connect with customers and beat the competition in this book. ๐Ÿ“–

Detailing that while communication is still key, context matters more than ever. Itโ€™s not just about developing high-quality content, but developing high-quality content perfectly adapted to specific social media platforms and mobile devicesโ€”content tailor-made for different networks. ๐Ÿ“ฑ

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At CrowdControlHQ one of our values is to continue to develop to be the best you and so personal and professional development is super important. What better gift to offer someone than the opportunity to learn more about their passions or interests. ๐Ÿง 

Platforms like SkillShare provide access to thousands of online courses on a whole range of topics. So whether you have a friend or family member looking to create awesome GIFs, or wanting to get started with film production there's something for everyone! ๐Ÿค“

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8. A Gift to Relax

Finally, the best gift you might give this Christmas is simply time to relax. We all know that social media is always on and consistently delivering against your organisation's expectations and customer expectations can take it's toll over the year! So why not treat someone with a calming diffuser, lovely candle, or voucher for a spa treatment! โ˜บ๏ธ

Screen Shot 2018-12-18 at 14.09.30Those are our top present picks for the Social Media Manager in your life! ๐Ÿ’•We hope that some of these items are gifted to your loved ones and we wish all of our readers a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year! โœจ

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