If you’ve been procrastinating on getting a gift for the nerd in your life, here are a couple of ideas.
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- The Focused NeuYear Calendar – Shameless plug: I love the NeuYear calendar and have been using some version of it for many years. In addition to giving you the full year at a glance, the Focused version is shaded for 12 Week Year planning and includes a key at the bottom for theming or habit tracking. And this year, it’s available in dray erase – just in case, you know, something like a global pandemic changes your plans.
- Ugmonk Heirloom Journal – This disc-bound journal runs my life at this point. It’s the heart of my hybrid productivity system and I use it for time blocking and note capture every single day. It’s super high quality, and compatible with other disc-bound system (like the Levenger Circa system) if you want to things to it or punch your own paper.
- Keychron K2 Tenkeyless Bluetooth Wireless Keyboard – I backed this as a Kickstarter when I saw it had hotswappable switches (meaning you don’t have to solder them if you want to change them out). While I’ve made modifications to mine, the stock keyboard is pretty decent and available with a couple different switch options ( prefer the tactile browns).
- Capisco Desk Chair – It’s stupidly expensive, but it’s also the best chair I’ve ever used. I had some pretty serious back issues earlier this year, and this chair has been an important part of helping me solve them.
- Tiny Habits by BJ Fogg – Atomic Habits by James Clear is really good, but IMHO Tiny Habits is even better. BJ Fogg did a bunch of the research that James Clear uses in his book, and presents it in a very clear and entertaining way.
- Daily Rituals by Mason Currey – This might be my favorite book that I read this year, but it’s very different. Basically it’s a collection of short profiles of prolific creators and thinkers, offering a glimpse into their daily routines. A very easy entertaining read.
- Make Time by Jake Knapp & John Zeratsky – A productivity book for people who don’t like productivity books. Written by two ex-Google employees, it offers a bunch of tactics that you can use to focus on what’s really important.
- Bookworm Yearly Membership – Selfless plug for the Bookworm Club, where I post all the notes from books that I read. Plus you support the Bookworm podcast I do with Joe Buhlig.
- Hidrate Steel Bluetooth Water Bottle – I’ve always struggled to drink enough water, and this water bottle flashes a visual reminder periodically to take a drink when I fall behind. Not cheap, but high quality and fixes several issues from the previous Hidrate Spark bottles (like offering a rechargeable puck that screws into the bottom).
- Spark Guitar Amp – This tiny little Bluetooth guitar amp offers an incredible selection of amp simulation and tone, and is surprisingly loud for the size. But the killer feature is the chord detection via the companion app and the Smart Jam feature that lets you practice with other virtual musicians from home.
- Satechi 7-Port USB Charging Dock – I got this as a place where we could park all our electronics for the night outside of the bedroom, and it works great. If you too want to keep phones of out of the bedroom, check this out.
- Remix Double Chain Disc Golf Basket – We bought a couple of these this year so we could practice our putting in the yard. They are surprisingly high quality, and have 24 chains which make it feel like a professional basket.
- Spikeball – This game is amazing. It takes quite a bit of coordination to get good at it, but if you have a group of fairly athletic kids or friends to play with, this is a good one.
- visnfa Bike Phone Mount – I biked a ton this summer, and this cheap but sturdy phone mount held up well.
- Outward Hound Hide-a-Squirrel Squeaky Puzzle – If you have a pooch, get them this fun dog toy and watch them try to figure out how to get the squirrels out of the plush log. Hilarity will ensue.