There are many reasons to say "Congratulations!" - a particular achievement or a special accomplishment.
Whatever it is that has been achieved - passing an exam or test, a successful business deal or the publication of a novel - it is something to be proud of and to be celebrated! As the people close by, we surely want to share in the joy of the occasion and express our happiness for the lucky achiever.
Add a personal message: "Congratulations on your success - no doubt you will have worked up a sweat to get this far!".
Animal Lover: Adopt An Animal
A great gift for all animal lovers: organizations like the WWF (www.worldwildlife.org) offer the chance to 'adopt' an animal. You usually get a certificate, a photograph and a plush toy as part of the adoption. Prices vary, depending on the type of animal you choose to adopt. Alternatively, check with your local zoo.
This gift will be extra special if you add a personal message that relates the recipient to an attribute of the animal you have chosen: "I know you are having a hard time right now, but keep going - you are strong as a bear!". If you have a special nickname for the recipient your message could also be something like "For my little monkey / tiger / etc.".
Electronics: MP3 Player
Make this gift more meaningful by including a few special songs when you purchase your choice of mp3-player.
Choose songs that relate to the recipient and yourself (songs from a joint vacation, a night out together, etc.) or which have a 'theme' (songs of encouragement, love songs, happy tunes). Explain the meaning behind your choice of songs in a personal message to make your gift perfect!
I was not able to read the old bible because the letters were very small, I wanted to buy a big lettered for a long time but could not afford to buy one. I value this gift as a gift from God and I am able to read my bible.
Wand / Scepter
The Masai used to give a scepter to the chief as a symbol of acknowledgment. One end of the handle was carved into a lion's head, while the other was a horsetail flyswatter.
Umbrella / Parasol
In Buddhist tradition, the umbrella is a symbol of dignity and honor. Important people were protected from the sun by parasols in all hot places.
A symbol expressing the process of life, the belief that all pieces will eventually fall into place.
Nothing stops the man who desires to achieve. Every obstacle is simply a course to develop his achievement muscle. It's a strengthening of his powers of accomplishment.
The greatest accomplishment is not in never falling, but in rising again after you fall.
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
Enthusiasm is the engine of success.