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The Spin Sucks Holiday Gift Guide

By: Gini Dietrich | December 19, 2011 | 
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There are some of us who wait until Christmas Eve to shop (cough, Martin Waxman, cough).

Of course, I have no room to talk this year. I’ve been traveling and speaking so much that I still have most of my side of the family to get. Hope my mom doesn’t mind taking me shopping later this week!

For people like Martin and myself, I asked my team for their thoughts on holiday gifts.

What came back was a hodge podge of some inexpensive (and some expensive) and fun gift ideas.

  1. K Cup Coffee Brewer. Early this fall, Crister Delacruz and I were at a meeting where we offered a shot of espresso. Both espresso snobs, we eyed this K Cup pot the client had with cynicism. He talked us into trying it and the result was something delicious and super easy to make. So, when Molli Megasko had it on her list, I knew it had to be included here. The brewers start at $89 and go up from there.
  2. Amazon Gift Cards. I know some people don’t feel like gift cards are personal enough, but I like to receive them as gifts. Rather than try to guess what your peers, colleagues, or clients like to read, treat them to a gift card so they can choose themselves. If you insist on buying them a book, do something such as The Synergist, Brand Against the Machine, The End of Business As Usual, The Like Economy, What Would Google Do, or Groundswell. You could also pre-order them Marketing In the Round. It’s due out in May so it’d be the gift that just keeps giving.
  3. GPS System. Some of us have those colleagues who, when we get in the car with them, forget all common sense, not knowing which way is north or their left from their right. A GPS system is not only a great gift, but it helps them keep you safe while in the car. Starting at $70 (and moving up from there), it’s a relatively inexpensive gift for someone who takes your life in their hands.
  4. French Press. Public relations is the second most stressful job in the United States so it makes sense that something coffee-related ended up on our list twice. Our office likes the French press because it steeps and brews a better cup of coffee. And it’s only $17.
  5. iPad. Only half of us in the office have iPads and the other half are insanely jealous. While not something you’re likely to buy just anyone, it’s a great gift idea to show how much you care. It’s cool, it’s hip, and it’s extremely useful. The only thing we don’t like the iPad for is creating content. But everything else? It’s fantastic.
  6. Bluetooth iPad Keyboard. To go along with the new iPad, buy a bluetooth keyboard. This is a life saver, as you use your iPad more and more because it cuts down on the hunt and peck typing and allows you to type as fast as you normally do on your regular computer. If you hurry, it’s on sale! Only $30.
  7. A Tailor. My mom would be very happy to see this on the list. She gets mad at me when I’m too lazy to have something tailored so it fits a little bit better. And this goes beyond having pants hemmed, but also bringing in suit jackets to fit your waist or shortening sleeves. Give someone the gift of great-fitting clothes.
  8. Unbroken. This book is a story about World War II survivors and Molli says it’s, hands down, the best book she’s ever read. She said it’s so good it deserved its own category. I haven’t read it yet, but will be picking it up!
  9. Wireless Mouse. With the exception of mid-air on a flight, you can use a wireless mouse anywhere. I have two on my desk, one in my purse, and one in my suitcase. That way, I’m never without the use of a mouse, which makes it easier to do work from Starbucks, a hotel room, or someone’s lobby while you wait for a meeting.
  10. Westone Headphones. I’m going to go ahead and admit this is a luxury gift idea, but they are so worth the price. These are the earphones I wear when listening to music on the plane so no one will talk to me, and also when I ride or cycle. They are so much better than Bose earphones, there really is no comparison.

So there you have it. Ten holiday gift ideas that, if you buy now, will still arrive by Christmas.

About Gini Dietrich


Gini Dietrich is the founder and CEO of Arment Dietrich, a Chicago-based integrated marketing communications firm. She is the lead blogger here at Spin Sucks and is the founder of Spin Sucks Pro. She is the co-author of Marketing in the Round and co-host of Inside PR. Her second book, Spin Sucks, is available now.

81 comments
jonbuscall
jonbuscall

Loved the headphones. I have to check those out and see if they're available here in Sweden. Great tip!

And I'm definitely thinking of a keyboard for my iPad. My typing on the iPad is slowing me down.

Lisa Gerber
Lisa Gerber

I seriously need a tailor for Christmas. That cute coat ....needs to be taken in. Oh, and add to that, the pocket repaired - hate when the lip gloss floats all over the interior lining!

WordsDoneWrite
WordsDoneWrite

Thumbs up on the bluetooth keyboard. Those touchscreens are so hard to use and always slow things down.

Howie Goldfarb
Howie Goldfarb

If you buy the K Cup I am disowning you as a friend. The cups are not recyclable. Google what is happening with these cups. It is horrible. I talked to Green Mountain on Twitter about this. But it is the most wasteful way you can drink coffee and makes you an Earth hater if you use them.

Ok rant is done.

The other choices are nice. Though I won't ever have an IPad I am a tablet fan.

martinwaxman
martinwaxman

RT Just in time MT @ginidietrich If you still haven't done your holiday shopping. So here are 10 ideas to help you out http:\/\/t.co\/Yl8lVajL

jacque_PR
jacque_PR

As a "youngling" and self-proclaimed product junkie, I recently read about a FANTABULOUS online biz for beauty buffs that I wanted to share with you: http://www.birchbox.com/ . This would make a GREAT holiday gift in my opinion!!!

Now if only the same concept applied for the ever-growing list of tech gadgets I want... iPad, iPhone 4S, iNeedHelpForMyObsession (kidding... sorta.)

Oh and this would be something to add to your wishlist, Miss Gini: http://bit.ly/s2jbUi

PattiRoseKnight
PattiRoseKnight

My 16 yearold wants the Westone Headphones - and will get them after I get them or when he gets a job. Great listi and yes everyone I am the GPS :)

TheJackB
TheJackB

The K cup addiction is a great gift. I have had mine for more than a year now and I love it. I drink 2-3 cups a day and this is the perfect way to brew them.

KevinVandever
KevinVandever

Hmm. I have another book to add to your amazon recommendation list...I can't remember the author, but he's charming, witty, intelligent, kind, and, most of all, modest. Geez, what's his name?The subject of the book is probably nothing your readers, nor anyone they know, would be interested in but still, I think it would make a wonderful gift. If only I could remember...oh, wait, I know. It's MY BOOK!!!! (Link to amazon purposely not added so as not to seem too self promoting)

jennwhinnem
jennwhinnem

@HowieG Yes, this is my objection to the Keurig too. Also I buy fair-trade and I haven't seen any K-cups for that. Once you realize how the coffee & chocolate industries use child slave labor - okay enough of my hippieness.

I got Mr Jenn Whinnem an iPad for Christmas on the condition that 1) he stop talking about the ipad 2) he tell Facebook I'm the best girlfriend in the world. He has made good on both. GREAT INVESTMENT.

jeffespo
jeffespo

@ginidietrich it is because I love you at the end of the day and they are an odd measurement standard

ExtremelyAvg
ExtremelyAvg

@KevinVandever Kevin, what is the name of your book?

I have no problem shilling for Henry Wood Detective Agency, as if I don't, who will? (See!)

I love getting new things on my Kindle reader for ipad. I've found some great jewels among the indie authors who I've met on Twitter.

CristerDelaCruz
CristerDelaCruz

@ginidietrich@jacque_PR OMG! Birch box is AWESOME!!! It's like high-end travel sized beauty goodies every month. I found my favorite eyeshadow product that way - prevents it from creasing or running even after 12+hrs.

jacque_PR
jacque_PR

@Cision@ginidietrich Oooh, let me know how it works!!! Now, since we have the Opena, we need a case with a slide-out wine opener...

Cision
Cision

@ginidietrich@jacque_PR Lol! I should get my husband that! But we really did get that wine opener for Christmas...haven't had a chance to use it yet. Love some of these ideas though. Great for clients/colleagues...er, or for me!

KevinVandever
KevinVandever

@ExtremelyAvg@ginidietrich Brian, that is very thoughtful of you to want to help someone in need like that. My book is entitled, "Subfiles in Free-Form RPG" and since there is really no mention of wires and cables (things, yes), I have immediately started the next edition to include them because I want to help, too. My working title, "Subfiles, and Wires and Cables and Things: The Definitive IT Guide for Victoria's Secret Models...or Anybody Else Who's Interested"

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