Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Gifts for Journalists

Thanksgiving is over and Chrismukkah is here!

If you're like me, then you LOVE gifts. Even more important, you love giving gifts. I honestly think that is the best part of the holidays; you get to spoil the ones you love.

One of the trickiest people to shop for include journalists and writers. Your immediate thought would be to buy a notepad and some cool pens, but seriously, that is boring.

So here are a few ideas that will leave your writer happy and thankful they have you as a friend:

Laptop Fan or Pillow
This is an easy and simple gift to buy -- but USEFUL. Buying myself a laptop fan with a pillow was one of the best purchases I ever made.

A laptop fan with a pillow gives your writer the opportunity to relax on a bed or couch comfortably. It physically hurts when your laptop heats up, and it's not healthy for your skin or your computer.

Read more information on the type of laptop fan you should by: How Do I Choose the Best Laptop Fan

iTunes Gift Card
Every writer loves music. It can be rap, country, techno or even noisia. Regardless of what genre, every writer has a "go to play list" for when they really need inspiration. That why an iTunes gift card isn't tacky or lame -- it's practical and useful.

A good way to personalize this gift is in the card. Rewrite their favorite poem or quote; that way you can show you put some thought in their gift.

Video Camera or Camera
Writing isn't enough anymore. Now editors expect journalists to be a photojournalists and multimedia experts. This isn't just because "journalism" is changing -- it's because budgets are tightening.

So if your friend who is a journalist walks into an interview and mentions that they are great at taking pictures and have experience putting stories together on iMovie, they might have just guaranteed themselves the job -- and you can say you were a part of it.

Good cameras and video cameras don't have to cost $300; you can buy great ones for under $150. All it takes is a little research. It will pay off in the end when your friend is grateful, has a job, and returns the gratitude next year.

If your budget is tight, here are a few small gifts to consider.....

-- Eye Contact Case: Doctors suggest taking out your contacts after 10 hours. But that doesn't mean you have to return them to the ugly case most solutions offer. So spice up your case with a cute accessory.

--Favorite Poetry Book or Favorite Novel: I recently discovered that most writers down own their favorite book. It wasn't until two years ago that I finally purchased my favorite book, and I still don't own my favorite poetry book. It's a guaranteed good gift to buy your friend, and extremely thoughtful.  


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