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2020 Holiday Gift Guide for Lawyers

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2020 Holiday Gift Guide for Lawyers

2020 has been quite the year, and it’s been anything but easy. No doubt, you’re ready for this unprecedented year to end so that we can look forward to a new, hopefully much less eventful 2021. In the meantime, the holidays are upon us and you may still have presents to buy.

If so, you’re in luck! I’ve pulled together a last-minute holiday gift guide for lawyers, and I have no doubt that one of the gifts below is sure to be a good fit for the lawyer on your list. This list is drawn from products that I own and services that I use, all of which I highly recommend. It includes gift ideas that will help lawyers who are working remotely find joy, productivity, and peace in their homes. Hopefully one or two will be a good fit for your own wish list or for the lawyer in your life.

First up, Amazon subscription boxes. You may not be aware that Amazon offers access to hundreds of subscription box services. These are a great way to give someone a gift that they can look forward to each month. Amazon has over 400 gift box services available in countless categories, so no matter what you’re looking for, there’s bound to be one that’s a good fit.

A meditation app is another good subscription option. Two of the most popular meditation apps that you might want to consider are Calm and Headspace. Both offer thousands of different meditations such as anxiety-reducing meditations or meditations that help you fall sleep. There are also meditation series offered on both apps that focus on a variety of goals including encouraging gratitude, increasing self esteem, or improving concentration. You can purchase annual gift subscriptions for either app for a little over $50.

If you don’t already have a pair of Apple AirPods, I highly recommend them. I’m a huge fan of mine. They’re great for taking calls and walking around your office unencumbered. They’re also perfect for using during Zoom meetings - something we’re all doing a lot these days. AirPods aren’t cheap, but they’re well worth the price. They start at $199 for a pair with a wireless charging case, or you can choose to go with a wired charging case for $159.

Last but not least, there’s the Wine.com StewardShip program. For $49 a year, members of this program get free shipping for the entire year. So wine and other spirits can be delivered right to your door, at no additional cost to you. I really like Wine.com, since it’s a great site for exploring new wines and spirits, and they offer free recorded wine tastings, wine tasting sets, free online wine and spirit guides, and much more. With the pandemic surging and lockdowns looming, it’s just one more way to get a little holiday cheer delivered right to your door without leaving your house.

So those are a few of my top gift recommendations for the 2020 holiday season. I hope some of these last-minute gift ideas are a good fit for the lawyer on your list. And, now that you have plenty of ideas to choose from, what are you waiting for? Start shopping today and your holiday gift shopping will be done before you know it!

Nicole Black is a Rochester, New York attorney, author, journalist, and the Legal Technology Evangelist at MyCase  law practice management software for small law firms. She is the author of the ABA book Cloud Computing for Lawyers, co-authors the ABA book Social Media for Lawyers: the Next Frontier, and co-authors Criminal Law in New York, a Thomson Reuters treatise. She writes legal technology columns for Above the Law and ABA Journal and speaks regularly at conferences regarding the intersection of law and technology. You can follow her on Twitter at @nikiblack or email her at niki.black@mycase.com.