Well it’s that time of the year again…time for my list of the 9 best Christmas presents for your friends and family.
Technically I haven’t done a post like this before, but I’m thinking it should become a Christmas tradition. Like decorating a tree, or watching Elf from a throne of lies, or wearing funny sweaters to office Christmas parties.
Here are nine recommendations for people on your Christmas list.
Get this for people who love books.
Someone on Twitter once said broke people have large TVs and rich people have big libraries. Personally, I’m a fan of both books and television, which must make be middle class. But I do love to read.
And if you know a book-lover, chances are they will love this print. It’s a street map made up from titles of more than 600 books from English literature.
Get this for people who love plan. Or people who need help planning.
I’ve been using one of these calendars for three years now and I love them. They look great on any wall and you can use them to keep track of your goals or events.
Get this for every mother you know. Or dad. Or any responsible adult really.
Sure, a gym membership is probably useful. But a subscription to the wine of the month club is far more enjoyable.
Get this for any shopaholic, Black-Friday loving, consumeristic person who read blog posts about shopping ideas.
For $99 , you can give the gift of Amazon Prime. That’s unlimited 2-day shipping, a library of on-demand movies and TV shows and lots more. Not only will the person you get it for love it, you’ll help the economy and greedy corporations.
You can buy just about anything on Amazon. I’ve purchased printer ink, charcoal, spices, monthly supplies of paper towels, books and nearly every Christmas present on my shopping list.
Get this for any guy.
Edwin Mack is hand-made, top quality leather stuff. Trust me, hipster guys in the trendy coffee shop to business-suit wearing professionals in the boar room will love this stuff. You could start with the handmade Traveler’s Journal, but there are wallets, belts and more.
The founder is a pastor-friend of mine and he’s a great guy. And if you’re looking for more gifts for the guys in your life, here’s another post.
Get this for a coffee drinker.
Ten years ago, I drank Starbucks or Maxwell house with tons of cream and sugar to hide the taste of the coffee in my coffee.
Then I went to a coffee cupping (it’s like a wine tasting but with a dumber name) hosted by these guys and got hooked on the good stuff. Now I drink black and I love it.
The coffee you get at Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts or most places are blends. But single origin coffee is different. It comes from one specific region and one specific area. It’s seasonal, which means it’s fresh. Starbucks coffee is like Keystone Light. Single Origin from Counter Culture is like a fine craft brew.
Give a single origin coffee subscription from Counter Culture and your friend will get new stuff every month or six weeks.
Get this for people who want to love books.
I know we’ve already talked about book lovers, but it’s part of my mission to get more people to read.
I read about 100 books a year, but one of my secrets is listening to audible books at double speed. Audible.com makes that possible. I get 2-3 new titles every month because I’ve got a subscription.
Get these for anyone who flies on airplanes.
About a year ago, I splurged and got these for myself. Now I regret a few purchases I’ve made in life (skinny jeans being on that list), but I’ve never regretted this.
My noise cancelling headphones from Bose are incredible. They are comfortable and they work really well. Particularly on airplanes, where I always seem to be seated in front of the crying baby with a cold who is flying with their grandmother who has never flown on a plane before.
If you don’t like the traditional over the year style, they have some new in-ears that I hear are incredible.
That’s an Amazon affiliate link, by the way. So if you buy something from that link I’ll probably make a few million bucks.
Don’t spend money on any of this stuff and do this instead.
I’ve done by best to share my best recommendations to make the people on your Christmas list happy.
But since it’s the season of giving, why not abandon everything I just told you and give the gift of hope instead? Help Mike Foster and The People of the Second Chance get Bibles to 10,000 inmates who are desperately in need of a second chance.
Visit merryandbright.org to participate.
So there you go. My first ever Christmas gift post. It’s sure to become part of your Christmas tradition.