The 2011 Microsoft MVP Gift Pack

Mike Halsey MVP
Jan 8, 2011
Updated • Aug 30, 2011

Firstly, a big thank you to everybody who sent me such nice messages after I was given a Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award by Microsoft last week, for "Windows Expert (Consumer)", you're all brilliant. But being an MVP isn't just about being recognised as an expert and community-centred professional, you get goodies too!

There's free TechNet and MSDN subscriptions for those that want to sign up for them and a gift pack.  I received mine the other day and I thought you might be interested in seeing what Microsoft is giving out to its MVPs at the moment.

In their very cryptic email to me they described this as "Based on MVP feedback, we have made ecological considerations to the MVP Award by creating a unique, renewable award. Enjoy going greener with the MVP Award Program and watching your award grow each year you are recognized as an MVP!"  This confused myself and my friends.  It led me to believe they'd be sending me an apple tree and one friend to suggest I might be getting a goat.

When the pack finally arrived there was an ID badge to wear at events and a small metal badge to wear whenever.  The pack also contained a framed certificate, which now adorns the wall above the desk in my office, and a trophy.  The trophy in particular is lovely, make of quality glass, engraved with a thank you message from Microsoft.  The "watching your award grow each year" part is a frosted glass lug that rests on one side of the trophy with 2011 engraved on it. 

In additional years, if I work hard enough, I'll apparently not get additional trophies (which is sensible) but instead more of those glass lugs to pile up on the current one.  For those who are interested in seeing the 2011 MVP award gifts I've included some  photos below.

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  1. tom terrific said on January 10, 2011 at 5:01 am

    oops…looks like I’m the possible goat then :-)

  2. acr said on January 9, 2011 at 2:54 am

    Badges? You don’t need no stinking badges.
    Sorry, couldn’t resist.

    1. Mike Halsey said on January 9, 2011 at 12:51 pm

      @acr, yup! the badges are a bit reminiscent of opening a club membership pack run by the comics I read when I was a kid :P

  3. Indoda said on January 9, 2011 at 12:33 am

    Great to see the goodies that come with the new MVP. Enjoy!

  4. Dotan Cohen said on January 9, 2011 at 12:27 am

    Very good, you definitely deserved the honours. It is not only Microsoft acknowledging your contributions to the community, we all notice you! Thanks, Mike, and good luck this year as well.

  5. tom terrific said on January 9, 2011 at 12:12 am

    very nice of microsoft to recognise your good work martin. notice there is only room for about 10 or so of those frosted lugs…perhaps after they reach the top of your trophy you will actually get the apple tree and the goat ;-)

    1. Martin said on January 9, 2011 at 11:08 am

      Tom it is Mike who has been recognized ;)

  6. Vishal Gupta (MS MVP) said on January 8, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    Yep and don’t forget to grab the free 3rd party goodies available for all MVPs. ;)

    1. Rick said on January 8, 2011 at 10:32 pm

      Yeah – somehow these goodies are seeming placed in random locations lol

  7. Tejaswi said on January 8, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    Aww…. That is so cool! Ghacks is one of the finest! Rock On!

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