Great Gifts for 2012

Here is a quick roundup of some great gifts for this holiday season.


iPad mini – Apple’s new 7.9 inch tablet is perfect for reading, playing games, or surfing the web. It is thin and light enough to be truly portable.

EarPods – The last item from Apple, I promise. Their new headphones have gotten some pretty solid reviews, and are a great stocking stuffer.

Nest Learning Thermostat – The Nest thermostat learns from your behavior. Plus, it works with almost any AC unit. We are building a new house, and we will be installing on of these in it.

Kindle Paperwhite – If the iPad mini is too much for you, the Kindle Paperwhite is a great alternative for reading e-books.


The Casual Vacancy – J.K. Rowling is back with something much different from Harry Potter. Her new book is a darker adult novel that has received good reviews.

Evernote Essentials – Brett Kelley’s Evernote e-book is amazing. I learn something new every time I look at it. If you are an existing Evernote user, or you are just curious, this is for you.

The Sketchnote Handbook – This book is a how-to guide for an interesting method of note taking that I love: sketch noting.

The Little Red Writing Book – This book is full of short chapters that will not only teach you the rules of grammar, but also how to write more effectively. It is one of my favorites.


Babel – Mumford & Sons newest album is just more of what we already loved. A solid album that is perfect for Winter.

The Carpenter – The latest from The Avett Brothers is a pretty good album that any fan of theirs will love.

El Camino – The Black Keys. One of my favorite bands. This album will rock your socks off, highly recommended.


The Dark Knight Rises – The last movie in the Dark Knight trilogy was an amazing way to end the series. If you have a superhero fan in the family, they will love this.

The Amazing Spider-Man – That superhero fan will love this too.

Marvel’s The Avengers – Rounding out the superhero movies is the best one of the year. The Avengers was a spectacular thrill ride, and its story will tie in with other upcoming Marvel movies.

Bond 50: The Complete 22 Film Collection – With the recent release of the new James Bond movie, Skyfall, you should probably brush up on your Bond history. This box set has all the movies.

ParaNorman – A cute little animated film that I really enjoyed. If you underestimated this movie when it was releases, give it a chance.


Field Notes Colors Subscription – I carry these little memo books around with me everywhere, and the subscription gets the lucky recipient an automatic shipment of every seasons limited edition release for a year. This is a great gift.

Zebra Sarasa Push Clip 0.5 mm Black – So you have the paper, now you need a pen. This one is my all time favorite.

Happy Holidays!

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