Holiday Gift Giving Guide
By delmetria l. millener
Still searching for the perfect holiday present for that special journalist in your life? Confused about what to get that budding photographer or videographer? And we won’t even talk about how tough it is to shop for public relations people.
A good gift shows that you care enough about someone to really consider what they might like. But buying gifts can sometimes be a daunting task, especially during the holiday season. Even with online gift-buying quizzes and such gimmicks, most of the gifts are generically suggested and do not quite match the personality of the person for whom you’re buying.
Alas, for the media professional in your life, gift giving just got easier! This categorized list can make the task feel less like a chore and more like a fun scavenger hunt!
- Solar Charger by Creative Edge – the on-sale price of $45.00 plus free shipping from Amazon is enough to keep you charged about this much-needed gift!
- EZOPower Desktop Charging Station for Android – this technology is a snug fit for a snug price on Amazon at $16.99 for a Samsung or $32.99 with FREE shipping for the iPhone!
Moko Waterproof Case – just in “case” it’s wet out, this universal phone case for just $6.99 with FREE shipping from Amazon deserves five stars!
- Samsung Bluetooth Wireless Flexible Foldable Keyboard – Amazon offers desktop experience for just $25.99 with FREE shipping for your Android or just $9.00 for your iPhone/iPad!
- Snugg 2 in 1 Black Stylus Pen – get things done the “write” way with this stylish ultrasensitive pen for only $14.99 with FREE shipping on Amazon. This universal genie is compatible with all capacitive touch screen devices (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Blackberry Playbook and all other touch screen tablets).
- Rite in the Rain All-Weather Notebook Kit with Cover and Pen – forget singing in the rain, try writing in the rain with this notebook kit from Amazon that’s only $48.95 with FREE shipping!
SmartWatch for Samsung – this sleek 4G design comes in black or white and ranges from $199-$299 on Amazon. For iPhone users, sorry, the Apple Watch is not on the market yet, but as the perfect IOU gift, you can offer a link to Apple’s website to get an eye full of what’s coming in early 2015.
- VuPoint Magic Wand Portable Scanner – this powerful device comes in handy when there’s no copier around. Grab it on Amazon for $46.49 with FREE shipping.
- Brando Flexible Mini Capsule Microphone – Taking good notes is vital, even in 21st century journalism. But for only $19.95 with FREE shipping on Amazon, you won’t miss a word with this convenient little tool. And, it’s universal!
- Gorillapod Mobile Tripod – sweep your phone off the feet it doesn’t have with this tripod for smartphones. At only $15.00 on Photojojo, this tripod is compatible with any phone, case on or off.
- Cordito Cord Carrier – like a tortilla does for a burrito, wrap up the ingredients that give energy to your technology in this stylish, leather case that’s only $45 on Photojojo.
Writers Market – From journalist to journalist-turn-author, find out how and where to sell your content, and gain access to countless resources including agents, editors and more! Annual subscriptions are only $39.99, but biannual and monthly subscriptions are also available. Purchase the deluxe edition in hard copy and online access is FREE!
- Mediabistro AvantGuild – You cannot beat $55 annually to get connected to this literary bistro of resources, education, job listings, event postings, discounts and more! Check out their member feedback to find out just how much membership can advance your professional career in media.
- Poynter News University – The reputation of Poynter News University should speak for itself. But in case you haven’t heard, it’s among the most innovative online journalism and media training programs in the word. From Free training to courses that range up to $500, journalists, bloggers, freelance writers and journalism students have no excuse for mediocre journalism skills.
- National journalism associations offer a broad range of resources, training, conferences, job opportunities, mentoring and more! Joining any one of these can help boost or enhance your career and professional reputation with affordable membership that ranges between $10 and $3,000. Journalists just have to browse the sites, see if their offerings are a good fit and choose the membership level suitable for you!
National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ)
- National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ)
- Native American Journalists Association (NAJA)
- National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA)
- Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA)
- You can never go wrong with a book, app or an online subscription to a great resource as a gift. These top the must-have lists for journalists and writers. All these gifts are affordable and journalism necessities:
- Chicago Manual of Style – Don’t be misguided! Subscribe to this style guide to stay up-to-date on style and usage. Prices vary for a subscription, but you can purchase the book on Amazon for $40.90 or this handy little style quicklet for $5.96, also on Amazon and clip it on your desk.
- AP Stylebook Print Edition, Subscription or App – Stay in style with this excellent writing and editing reference guide for journalists. Prices vary.
AudioNote App – Purchase this convenient gift on iTunes for $4.99. It’s a great for recording notes or interviews.
- The Elements of Style – Give the gift of knowledge with this resource to help you write clear, correct English. Access it on your phone for $2.99 from iTunes, buy the book on Amazon for $6.93 or purchase the Kindle version for $2.99.
- You can’t go wrong with a gift from Huffington Post. Take your pick of gift apps from their Top 10 Apps for Writers List!
Relaxation & Fun!
Journalists work hard! They’re some of the hardest working people on the Planet because they ensure that you get the latest news, entertainment and lifestyle content that keeps you informed! So to reward their hustle, these gifts can help them relax and forget about the newsroom for a few…seconds:
Tea of the Month Club from Teavana – Give amazing teas monthly for $130.00.
- Starbucks Gift Card – Tis (and always) the season for coffee! Purchase in increments of $10, $25 or $50, or enter your own price!
- Massage or Spa Treatment – A soothing gift for $75, $100 or $150, or customize your gift amount!
- Deadline Coffee Mug – Cool way to let people know you’re busy and enjoying your favorite beverage! Prices vary on Zazzle.
- NPR Klean Kanteen – For $30.00, support the journalist in your life and NPR programming with your gift giving this holiday season. This top-of-the-line specialty mug can be purchased right from their site.
- Canon Camera Lens Mugs – The photojournalist will love you for this replica! Its uniqueness needs no explanation! People will think you’ve gone mad drinking from your camera lens! For $30 in white or $24 in black from Photojojo, this mug makes a modish white elephant gift.
- I Judge You When You Use Poor Grammar – This fun, humorous gift can remind you of your own mistakes. Purchase the paperback on Amazon for $7.39 or keep yourself amused electronically with the Kindle version for $6.76.
- Vintage Gifts – Why not give the gift of nostalgia with a multitude of vintage news publications from eBay or from this vintage aficionado? Or, to find yourself underneath the mistletoe, these vintage typewriters on eBay or quill pens are a sure shot! You’ll be considered a rare find yourself. Prices vary.
- Personalized Writing and Wearables – Keep things personal this holiday season with writing utensils from pencils.com and wearables from cafepress.com designed especially for journalists.
delmetria l. millener (thawriter) is a freelance journalist, blogger and creative nonfiction author based in Dallas, Texas.