The pressure to find great gifts is on. And rather than wait in a long line to purchase yet another sweater, we ask: why not give the gift of an idea? This week, we contacted incredible speakers from 2013 and asked them to gift three people in their life with a TED Talk that will amuse, amaze or inspire them.
Below, see which talks Lisa Bu — TED’s own Content Distribution Manager who gave the moving talk “How books can open your mind” at TED2013 — would like to share with the people in her life.
Pico Iyer: Where is home?
The Talk: Pico Iyer: Where is home?
For: My friend Emy
Why she’ll love it: “For people like you and me — who moved to U.S. as adults and have friends from many countries — Pico Iyer’s words beautifully express how we feel: ‘Home has less to do with a piece of soil than, you could say, with a piece of soul.’”
Steven Addis: A father-daughter bond, one photo at a time
The Talk: Steven Addis: A father-daughter bond, one photo at a time
For: My cousin Yexiang
Why he’ll love it: “May this talk make you even more excited and prepared for being a father for the first time.”
E.O. Wilson: Advice to a young scientist
The Talk: E.O. Wilson: Advice to young scientists
For: My sister-in-spirit Wenjie
Why: “I know you are having a tough time on the job market, but ‘the world needs you, badly,’ as E.O. Wilson said.”
Want more ideas? See which talks speaker Kelly McGonigal gave as gifts »
And you can give the gift of TED, too! Share a TED Talk with someone you adore via Twitter, Instagram or Facebook using the hashtag #giveTED. We’re excited to see which talks you spread.