12 Days of Christmas: Journo Style

It’s countdown time. We’ve entered the 12 days of Christmas and since most journalists don’t need geese-a-laying or drummers drumming, you’ll have to find some other options. No worries, though, we’ve got a countdown of some great gifts that are a bit more practical.

12: Although some reporters don’t always have time to eat, let alone cook, you might know one or two that would appreciate this creative set of an oven mitt and pot holder, crafted with “prints” from The Guardian. Maybe they’ll make you dinner in return?

Guardian-themed Oven Mitt & Pot Holder

11: Journalists don’t just write the news, we tend to read it as well. A lot. So don’t overlook something as simple as a subscription to a paper or magazine or even take advantage of the digital subscriptions now so easily accessible on the iPad and other tablets. FYI: some publications offer free digital access with a print subscription and it’s sometimes a better deal.

10: They may be a text master in warm weather, but the cold does strange things to all of us. Why not give them some cool gloves that will keep them warm — and stay connected. Agloves has tons of different styles for men and women, and every kind is created to work on touch screens.

Aglove's Touch Screen Gloves

9: Gifting to a wonderful woman who just happens to be a journalist? Chances are she’ll love this unique, hand-crafted bracelet made from replica typewriter keys. Available on Etsy, it’s a lovely reminder of the news tool we all miss so fondly and also features some reporter-themed charms, including newspapers, quill and computer.

Newshound Bracelet

8: What journalist doesn’t drink coffee and feel crushed under the pressure of deadlines? Help them get it on the record with Newseum’s “Not Tonight” coffee mug. It’s also in shot glass form for those who need something a little stronger to make it through crunch time.

Newseum's Not Tonight Mug

7: Especially wonderful for copy editors, we can almost guarantee any journalist will get a kick out of Fake AP Stylebook’s absolutely phony guide. With a title like “Write More Good,” you can’t go wrong. See? We know we’re the most bestest.

6: If it rains a lot in their location or they report outside in crazy situations, consider gifting something from Rite in the Rain. They have a line of products they’ve put together that are useful for journalists. And with a paper that’s difficult to destroy or mangle, you’ll never have to hear them complain about smudged quotes or torn pages again.

Rite in the Rain has multiple products available

5: We all need friends, especially friends who share a love for the journalism profession. And although some say it’s not true, you can buy them! OK, not really, but you can give the gift of a professional membership that will lead to friends and, just as good, tons of great resources. Personally, we suggest a membership to SPJ, but, of course, we’re biased.

4: For the person always fighting over plugs at Starbucks, you’ll soon be their hero with this gift. Check out the PlugBug. It’s an adapter made specifically for all MacBook power adapters that allows you to charge another USB device from the same plug. Yep, it’s awesome.

PlugBug Charging Adapter

3: Because this is a place for freelancers, we had to include something inspiring and motivating for those who need it. This Holstee Manifesto poster, which swept through the social media world this year, is a beautifully designed reminder to find the passion in your life (and, in this case, your work).

The Holstee Manifesto Poster

2: Maybe you’re looking for a gift for that person who still loves print, but can’t get away from the internet. We’ve got the coolest gift, although it’s not available until 2012 and we have no idea what it will cost. But we decided to include it anyway because it’s just that cool. BERG has introduced the Little Printer, a cute little “guy” who pulls your pre-determined data (set up on your phone) from all over the place and prints you a custom news update several times a day. It’s like your own personal wire!

BERG's Little Printer

1: From interviews to meetings to conference sessions, this gift will come in handy for anyone on your list. It’s the Echo Smartpen from Livescribe. With just the pen and some nifty paper, audio recordings are easier to maneuver. Just tap a place in your notes and the recording plays just what you’re looking for. The pen really is mightier!

The Echo Smartpen

There you have it. Gift away! Now, could someone please direct my husband to this list?


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