There is something magical about being asked what you want for Christmas. It’s like everything you’ve ever needed or wanted flies immediately out of your brain and you’re left shrugging your shoulders and muttering “let me think about it.”
While I’m grateful for pretty much anything I don’t have to purchase myself, it seems some people would like more specific ideas. Here’s a list of things journo nerds like myself want for Christmas this year.
Journalists love pens. We can never have too many, so pens usually are a safe bet, gift-wise. The problem is that we each probably already have a favorite pen. My current favorites are the Uni Ballpoint Pen and Staedtler Triplus Fineliner pens. They come in assorted colors and various sized packages. The 36 assorted color pack would make any nerd giddy.
On a related note, journalists love office supplies in general. Don’t be afraid to buy a gift card to Staples or Target. These are great places to shop for fun supplies.
If your little journo nerd is a student, buy him or her a stapler. Professors will thank you.
Journalists are all about paper. We love journals, decorative papers, fun notepads, and sticky notes. Yes, it’s a problem. You actually can have too much paper. No, we don’t care.
Writing and reading go hand-in-hand. Journalists often can be found reading when we aren’t writing. We feel privileged when you purchase a book for us that you enjoyed. But we also love shopping for our own books, so bookstore gift cards are fabulous.
Not sure what book to buy? Check out my bookstore, which consists of every book I’ve given a perfect rating. You’ll find something there for everyone, and you can place an Amazon order straight from the site.
Yes, people still want iTunes for Christmas, but not for the obvious reasons. I love reading iBooks. I like them more than any other digital book because you can scroll up as you read, instead of flipping pages like a traditional book. I swear I read faster when I purchase a book from iTunes, but, if you read as much as I do, you’re thrilled when someone else buys some books for you.
5. MOPHIE CASE
Today’s journalists are blessed to have a powerful reporting tool basically always in their hands, but that iPhone is worthless if the battery is dead. I cannot own a phone without a Mophie juice pack. Just be sure you buy the correct one for your nerd’s phone.
Reading and writing seem only to occur with a mug of coffee or tea in hand. There’s never enough coffee! Starbucks gift cards make me a happy girl. Let’s face it, we’re going to drink the coffee. It’s nice when someone else buys it.
Journalists love good quotes. It’s kinda our thing. I love quotes on just about anything, but I’m especially fond of things made by Lindsay Letters. Check out her site!
There’s something on this year’s list for every nerd. These are things that journalists want and likely will buy anyway, so we would love it if someone else purchased them for us. If you don’t find the perfect gift on this list, just buy shoes. No, seriously, even journalists need fabulous shoes.