November 25, 2011 – Last year’s Top 5 Holiday Gifts for Lawyers guide showcased some great stocking stuffers, and We Do Web Content decided to update it for 2011!
Great Gift #1 – iTunes Gift Cards. Last year’s #1 gift was the iPad, and at this point a good deal of the population owns some sort of iDevice – all of which can benefit from a little iTunes cash. The great thing about iTunes gift cards is that they’re available almost everywhere, from grocery stores to Walmart. You can easily grab one at the checkout, and they come in all the major denominations.
When you give an iTunes gift card the balance can be applied to an iTunes Store account, giving the special lawyer on your list the ability to buy more apps, music, TV shows, movies, ringtones, and publications. Prices can range from $0.99 for a single song or small app, all the way to hundreds for some of the meatier applications, allowing you to come in at budget while giving the recipient a bit of leeway.
Great Gift #2 – Home Services. Many of the We Do Web Content clients are attorneys and law firms, and we’ve come to realize that they’re some of the busiest people we know! Giving a service session can free up some time otherwise spent doing housework and let your lawyer enjoy some R&R.
There are many professional companies in your local area that specialize in house cleaning, meal preparation, pet care, landscaping, and much more. The link above goes to ServiceMagic, a great referral service that screens its professionals before recommending them to users. It’s all free, so you can send a request for whatever service you’re seeking and set up a surprise catered dinner, or a full house cleaning!
Great Gift #3 – The Amazon Kindle Fire. No holiday gift guide would be complete without a gadget! The Kindle is quite relevant to the legal profession, especially if you’ve ever seen the library at some law firms; those books and collections can be immense. While not all publications are available in digital format, the Kindle Fire does more than just let you read on the go – it lets you surf the Web, download movies, use apps, and play games.
Sure, the Kindle Fire is pricier than the regular version, but some gadget gurus are hinting that it may eventually rival the iPad in terms of features and popularity.
Great Gift #4 – Approach the Bench Chess Set. At $595, this elegant chess set isn’t the thriftiest option on our holiday gift list, but if you’ve got room to splurge this would be a great addition to your lawyer’s office (and as you probably know, they spend a LOT of time in there!). These are custom-made chess boards and pieces crafted from high-quality materials like cold cast bronze and travertine tile.
Customize your order with the colors of your lawyer’s alma mater, include a personalized bronze plaque, and many more features. The boards are also unique in that they are “stepped” to resemble a jury box and bench, just like a real courtroom!
Great Gift #5 – The Billable Hour Watch. Looking for a tongue-in-cheek gift to wish your favorite attorney a happy holiday? While some lawyers work on contingency fees, most of us are familiar with the concept of the “billable hour.” If your attorney operates on the billable hour structure – family law, criminal defense, estate planning, etc. – give them a stylish way to track their time!
The Billable Hour Company actually has quite a few unique lawyer gifts that are both functional and relevant. They also have nice desk clocks in the same style, as well as several other product lines all related to the legal profession.
While these were our personal picks, we also found a great comprehensive website, For Counsel, that has a huge selection of lawyer-related gifts for any occasion.
We hope this gift guide will help you show your appreciation to the attorney in your life! Happy Holidays from We Do Web Content!
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