Web Worker Gift Guide: Inexpensive Stocking Fillers

Wondering what to ask loved ones for this Christmas? Or struggling to come up with a novel gift for the web worker in your life? Fear not, I’ve put together a list of 10 relatively inexpensive gift ideas that any web worker would be delighted to find in his or her stocking come Christmas morn.

  • A pack of MOO cards. These cards make great alternatives to standard business cards, allowing you to create a customized, unique and fun set that you can personalize with photos.
  • Web worker-friendly books. Some interesting books that have been published this year are “Trust Agents” by Chris Brogan and Julien Smith (WWD review here); “Friends With Benefits” by Darren Barefoot and Juile Szabo (WWD review here); “Crush It!” by Gary Vaynerchuk (read Nancy’s interview with Vaynerchuk here); and “The Whuffie Factor” by Tara Hunt (see Dawn’s post about the “whuffie” concept here).
  • Personalized USB drive. Many web workers carry their offices around on their USB drives, so why not make that drive something fun, like one of these thumb drives from Pexagon Technology that come in a variety of colors and can be customized with themes, logos and text?
  • A labeler. Many web workers (our own Nancy Nally included) swear by their labelers as a way of keeping their home offices organized. Nancy recommends the Brother PT-1290.
  • A laptop desk. The Lapinator Laptop Desk (as recommended by Scott) helps keep your lap cool and provides a sturdy platform when working casually.
  • iTunes Gift Card. Not only useful for purchasing music to work to, but also for acquiring those must-have iPhone and iPod touch apps.
  • Poken. This nifty little USB device is available in a variety of styles and allows you to store and exchange contact information with other people wirelessly — no more paper business cards!
  • Scott E-Vest Hoodie. Useful for web workers who travel a lot, this hoodie contains a plethora of pockets to store all of your gadgets while on the go, and also has a system for keeping headphone cords hidden and out of the way.
  • Etre Touchy gloves. One of the problems with modern touchscreen devices, like my beloved iPhone, is that in cold weather you need to take your gloves off to be able to use them. These stylish and practical gloves from Etre are missing thumb and fingertips, enabling you to keep your hands warm and use your touchscreen device simultaneously.
  • XShot camera extender. Great for taking self-portraits, but also useful for gaining elevation or finding a better vantage spot for taking photos at conferences and events — as recommended by Aliza.

What are you hoping to get in your Christmas stocking?

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