December 9, 2016

A List of Gift Ideas for the Holiday Season

To help you in the act of shopping. Here are some suggestions.

Software Gifts for Wanna-Be Geeks

Every aspiring geek needs some automation in their workflow. These three tools help that quest.

  1. KeyboardMaestro $36
  2. Alfred £19
  3. Hazel $32

Software Gifts for the Aspiring Writer

An environment to write in. If they are interested in writing for the web, the product to give them is iA Writer. If they are interested in any other kind of writing, Ulysses is the answer.

  1. iA Writer $9.99
  2. Ulysses $44.99

Software Gifts for Readers

For the Mac user who loves reading, PDF Expert 2 to deal with pdf files. Clearview for everything else.

  1. PDF Expert 2 $59.99
  2. Clearview $9.99

Software Gifts for Thinkers

Every thinker would be happy with tools that help them think. An outliner and a mind map program.

  1. OutlineEdit Free for the time being
  2. iThoughtsX $49.99

Cloud Storage Gifts

Every aspiring geek needs to have some cloud storage.

  1. Dropbox $99 per year
  2. iCloud Ranges between $0.99/month to $19.99/month

Gifts for the Coffee Lover

The OXO is new and getting some very good reviews. The Aeropress is tried and tested. Can't go wrong with either.

  1. OXO On Barista Brain 9 Cup Coffee Maker $179.99
  2. Aeropress Coffee and Espresso Maker $29.95

Gifts To Enhance Sounds

Envelop the recipient in sounds.

  1. Audioengine HD3 Powered Bookshelf Speakers (Pair) Walnut $399
  2. Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Headphones, Noise Cancelling - Black $349

Code or Words Delivery Device

The keyboard. A geek needs a good one. The choices are between an 87-key and a full-sized one.

  1. CODE 87-Key Illuminated Mechanical Keyboard with White LED Backlighting - Cherry MX Blue $140.00
  2. Das Keyboard 4 Professional Clicky MX Blue Mechanical Keyboard (DASK4MKPROCLI) $160.99

Aspiring Geeks Need Food Too

This is for the cooks amongst the aspiring geeks.

  1. Mac Knife Japanese Series Vegetable Cleaver, 6-1/2-Inch $84.95
  2. Iwachu 410-556 Iron Omelette Pan, Large: Omelet Pans $97.98

Stationery for the Unpretentious

You can spend some serious money on stationery or you can buy stuff which works without pretensions. These are for the unpretentious geek.

  1. Green Military Log Book, Record Book, Memorandum Book, 5-1/2 X 8 Green LogBook NSN 7530-00-222-3521 $13.49
  2. Green Military Memorandum Book / Military Memo Book, 3-3/8" x 5-1/2", Dark Green, Top Bound, NSN 7530-00-243-9366 (3 Pack) $6.78
  3. Skilcraft U.S. Government Retractable Ball Point Pen, Fine Point, Black Ink, Box of 12 (7520-00-935-7135) $12.69

Some Music to Soothe a Soul

Esoteric sounds for the aspiring geek.

  1. Pt. Shiv Kumar Sharma - Santoor, Pt.Hariprasad Chaurasia - Flute, Pt. Brij Bhushan Kabra - Call of the Valley $18.95
  2. Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia - The Valley Recalls, Vol. 1 $9.00
  3. Pandit Shivkumar Sharma - Valley Recalls 2 $15.84
  4. Various Artists, Jonathan Elias - The Prayer Cycle $8.99
  5. Amjad Ali Khan - Hope - Eastern Interpretations Of Christmas Hymns & Carols (Remastered) $12.98

Books, Simply Because the World Can Be Improved by More Informed Folks

Two history books. One of them a comic. The other is fiction. If you haven't read the Harry Potter series, I don't even want to know you.

  1. Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years: Diarmaid MacCulloch $16.46
  2. Harry Potter Paperback Box Set (Books 1-7): J. K. Rowling $49.39
  3. A People's History of American Empire: The American Empire Project, A Graphic Adaptation: Howard Zinn, Mike Konopacki, Paul Buhle $17.54

Everyone Should Read This

Whatever you do in life. You will have to write. A few sentences. A few paragraphs. A report. A book. Read this to avoid accidents.

The Accidents of Style: Good Advice on How Not to Write Badly $19.58

May your shopping be fruitful and appreciated. Merry Christmas folks.

macosxguru at the gmail thingie

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