Following the success of last year’s gifts for academics post, here are a few more fresh gift ideas for academics!
1. A poster of a city
For those academics who move cities or even countries for a new job, this could be a simple way to remind them of their favorite place or city. Create your own or get one via Mapiful or Axis Maps (h/t @mdekstrand)
2. A book holder
For more efficient reading and writing, as seen on @raulpacheco‘s Twitter
One additional thing. Contra some #AcWri advice, I do believe typing references into a reference manager should count as #AcWri pic.twitter.com/inM2ub5C9J
— Dr Raul Pacheco-Vega (@raulpacheco) November 14, 2017
Get one at bookhug.com or go for one of the options from Amazon:
3. Travel containers
I swear by HumanGear GoTubb and GoToob:
Perfect for conference travel with a carry-on! If you want to be nerdier, get some test tubes for the same purpose, as recommended by @babyattachmode.
Tile is a Bluetooth tracking device, great for keeping track of your keys, bag or the even your stapler that somebody borrowed “just for a second”.
5. Codenames board game
It’s the best board game ever! I found out about it through Felienne and am obsessed with it. There are different versions, but I really like the “pictures” one.
6. Clothes with pockets
For your academic friends who wear dresses and skirts. It’s a conspiracy I could just start believing, but it’s very difficult to find women’s clothing with pockets. Luckily more and more businesses are realizing this, here are a few options:
OK, technically yes it is $45 for one wine glass but a) it has cool science prints on it and b) it is called the “Tenure” series! https://t.co/tOi1hpLIKe
— Dr Becca, PhD ? (@doc_becca) November 27, 2017
8. Gift of Headspace
Although I was skeptical at first, Headspace has been very helpful for me – I would definitely recommend it to anyone dealing with any sort of stress. You could just get a month subscription to start with to see if the recepient of the gift is into it.
9. On Writing Well
Because we all should be writing.
More gift ideas? Check out my previous post on gift ideas, and these lovely ideas from AcademiaObscura.