Gifts for Web Workers

If you’re like me, the beginning of December means one thing: regretting not having started your Christmas shopping earlier. The malls are packed, Black Friday has ravaged store stock, and you don’t have a clue what to get anyone anyway. I hope I can help with at least one of those problems, with this list of great gifts for that web worker on your list.

rtmRemember The Milk: The Gift That Adds Value
I know, the basic version is free, and no, I’m not so cheap as to suggest you give someone a free gift. I’m talking, of course, about the Pro membership upgrade. It’s only $25 for the whole year, and it is definitely the gift that keeps on giving. Pro users can sync with mobile apps on their smartphones, and get priority support. If you have a GTD fan on that list, you can’t go wrong with this one.

fusion_3VMware Fusion 2: The Gift For The Indecisive
Have someone on your list who can never make up their mind? With Fusion they won’t have to, since they can install virtual OS environments on their Mac computer. Perfect for web developers and web designers, or for anyone who needs to run an .exe once in a while. Hurry though, if you buy it today you get a whopping 50% discount. At that price, it’s almost a stocking stuffer! You have to enter the secret coupon code to get the special price. Here’s a hint: It’s “CyberMondayDeal”.

mt-120x60-lt1Media Temple (mt) Gift Card: The Gift Of Virtual Real Estate
Nothing says I love/admire/respect you and your work like giving that special someone somewhere to show it off. Luckily, Media Temple, one of the industry leaders in affordable, scalable web hosting, is offering a special “lite” version of their entry-level Grid-server hosting package. Normally, the minimum package will set you back $200 a year, plus $15 for domain registration. A streamlined version of said package, which still offers more than enough space and monthly transfer allowance for novice and light users, is now available for only $95, with domain name registration included.

airportexpressAirport Express: The Gift For The Restless Soul
Know someone who spends a lot of time in hotels, many of which still, astoundingly, don’t offer in-room wireless internet? The Airport Express is the perfect travel companion. It doesn’t take up too much precious luggage space, it’s easy to set up, and the latest model supports 802.11n speeds. Not to mention you get AirTunes in the bargain.

basecamplogo-smallBasecamp Basic Membership: The Gift For Your Favorite Startup
Starting a company or getting your bearings as a freelance project manager can be disorienting. If someone on your list is in that position, you can make their life a lot easier by giving them the gift of organization, in the form of a Basecamp Membership. The Basic one, which I recommend here because it’s the least expensive and not overwhelming for first-time users, will cost you $24/month, with no contract required, so you can decide how many months your giftee receives. Plus they get a free 30-day trial, so if they don’t like it, you can just cancel and they’ll forget you never actually got them a gift at all! Win-win.

wordpress-logoCustom CSS Upgrade for The Gift Of Color And Variety
This one is almost selfish. I’m just tired of looking at recycled WordPress themes with no unique identifying design aspects. Your friend with the hosted blog probably is, too, but $15 may seem like a lot to spend for what amounts to a vanity feature, especially for personal blogs. $15 for a year for Custom CSS, does not, however, seem like a lot to spend on someone you care about. Be a pal and send some credits.

While this list is by no means comprehensive, chances are someone you’re shopping for will appreciate one or more of these items. The best part about them? Your friends and family will actually use them, unlike that hideous sweater you bought them last year that they’ve buried so deep in the closet it will never see the light of day again.

Ideas of your own? Share them below. ‘Tis the season, after all.