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8-min read.  Check out these online courses that could make the perfect pressie...for yourself, or someone else!

The perfect Christmas present, in our eyes at least, is one that also adds a bit of value...maybe even on a long term basis.  So, if you are done with the mundane here are a few ideas that will stand out. And after all, the gift of knowledge is the most precious of them all.

Check out these six super useful online courses, that might also just save your bacon if you've left it all to the last minute!

1.      Developing yourself as a leader - Harvard Business School

This edifying, instructor-led course by HBS is all that an emerging leader needs to succeed professionally. The course promises personalised attention and live interaction with HBS talent development coaches such as Ethan Bernstein and Alison Wood Brooks along with the ability to discuss and debate with peers from across the globe through their state-of-the-art virtual classroom. The course helps future leaders select goals to increase professional influence, explore career transitions and adapt to changes effectively.

Course duration: 12 weeks; 2-3 hours per week

Course fees: USD 3,500

Ideal for: A friend or cousin who just got promoted.

2.      Communication Skills and Working Positively with Team Members – London Training for Excellence

Practically useful for any professional who wants to communicate effectively at work and build strong working relationships with colleagues and seniors, this short but efficient course makes for a great gift. It explores exciting topics such as making a dynamic first impression, using the power of your voice and being motivated every day. The course promises to impart some sought-after skills to the learner.

Course duration: 5 days

Course fees: USD 4,250

Ideal for: A working friend or relative.

In case you are on a tight budget, we have handpicked some courses that are not so heavy on the pocket. Take a look:

3.      Photography Basics and Beyond: From Smartphone to DSLR Specialization - Michigan State University

This real-world course does exactly what it says – teaches the learner the basics of photography from selecting the right settings on a DSLR to interpreting old subjects in new ways by exploring the aspects of frames and vantage points. The best part about this course is that it covers many types of cameras, including those on smartphones. It is a certification course divided into four modules. Conducted by Peter Glendinning and Mark Valentine Sullivan, this course assures to boost any amateur photographer’s knowledge and confidence.

Course fees: USD 50 per month

Ideal for: A niece or nephew who is passionate about photography.

4.      The Science of Well-Being - Yale University

This top-rated course curated by the famed Yale professor Laurie Santos is packed with well-structured topics that are relatable, easy to understand and genuine. Focussed on positive thinking and ways to cultivate happiness sans any materialistic support, this course promises to enhance the learner’s life in many ways. This is one gift that your loved one will be able to benefit from every day and cherish forever.

Course duration: 10 weeks

Course fees: USD 30

Ideal for: Almost anyone in pursuit of happiness.

5.      How to Validate your Startup Idea - UNSW Sydney (The University of New South Wales)

We all know at least one person who always has great business ideas but never really does anything about them. This intuitive course ensures to guide and support them through their journey of converting their idea into a successful business venture. From evaluating how valuable the business idea is to reaching out to the customers – this course will teach all.

Course duration: 6 weeks; 2-4 hours per week

Course fees: USD 30

Ideal for: An aunt who bakes amazing cakes or a friend who has been sitting on a fab idea forever

6.      Pet nutrition – International Open Academy

We all love our pets. Pet parents these days go all out when it comes to treating their fur babies with fancy spa visits and adorable accessories. If you know anyone who has pets, this amazingly simple and useful course will probably rank high up in the gifts they receive for Christmas. This course is the perfect way to understand a pet’s nutrition needs, make the right food choices for them and practically apply the theory of ‘you are what you eat’. It covers a variety of animals including rabbits, birds and fish.

Course duration: 45 hours

Course fees: USD 90

Ideal for: Anyone who has a pet, loves animals or those planning to make a career in the pet care industry.

And if these don't work for you, remember to keep a check on our very own Live page for quick tips and skills updates on the go.

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