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Holiday Gift Guide 2019: Get a Jump Start on a Productive New Year


It’s hard to believe Christmas is just around the corner. And the corner after that is the New Year. And a New Year is a new opportunity to start fresh with productivity. So in that spirit, here are some holiday gift ideas for the productive Christian in your life (or maybe just for you 😉).

I included options at several price points.

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Under $10

Wireless Phone Charger

It seems like a small thing, but if you have a phone that can be charged wirelessly, it’s really nice to not have to go fishing for a cord or connect the tiny plug to the phone at night. It’s much nicer just to set it on a charging mat. And like charging cords, you can really never have too many wireless chargers.

This one by Yootech is well-reviewed and a great price.

Under $20

Portable Charger

We travel with so many devices these days, and when the battery indicator turns red, a wall plug is not always readily available. That’s why I always take a portable charger when I travel. And now that they’ve become so affordable, it makes sense to get one with a decent capacity, like this RAVPower 10,000mAh external battery. It can recharge your phone several times over (or in my case, my wife’s phone which she forgot to charge before a 4-hour plane ride).

I always charge mine up and throw it in my laptop bag right before a trip, and I haven’t run out of juice since.

Safety Razor

This one’s for the fellas (and the ladies with mustaches). If you’re still using disposable razors or some such nonsense, cut it out! And cut it closer with a safety razor. This one fits the bill and looks great.

Your brother will love it!

Under $30

Giant Wall Calendar from NeuYear

There’s a lot of great things to be said about having our calendars stored digitally. They can sync, they can be programmed to remind us of things at the right time, and we basically always have them with us. But there’s something to be said for the sense of context you get from a wall calendar. And that’s what I love about NeuYear Wall Calendars. You can take in the whole year in a single glance.

I had one of these in my old office and I think it made me better at planning ahead, and identifying patterns in my schedule I would not have otherwise noticed. And I recently received a 2020 wall calendar for my garage office where I record the podcast. One of these would make a great gift for the productive Christian in your life. They come in a variety of styles and finishes (like paper or erasable whiteboard). And you can get 10% off your order using this link.

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Exercise bands

I hate going to the gym, but I also hate the idea of filling my garage with workout equipment. I got this great set of exercise bands while we were living in the RV, and I still use them all the time. If you have a health nut in your gifting circle, consider getting them a set of exercise bands. This set from Black Mountain Products are the ones I own, and they’ve held up great.

Over $40

Gift an Audible Membership

Audible is Amazon’s massive audiobook library. Audible audiobooks are the way I consume most new books I think might be interesting. It’s a great way to redeeming your commute. And that’s what makes an Audible membership a great gift for the productive Christian in your life.

And giving the gift of a 3-month membership to Audible is only $45. Members receive 3 titles for each month of their gift membership: 1 audiobook plus 2 Audible Originals, plus 30% off any additional audiobooks they might want to purchase.

Audible members can listen anytime and anywhere with the free Audible app. Plus, even if they don’t continue their membership after the 3-months, they will own all of the audiobooks they got forever.

Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones

Here’s one for the high rollers.

I probably never would have considered buying noise-canceling headphones for myself. But ever since I received these Bose QuietComfort 35 II‘s as a gift, I finally understand what the hype was about.

These are some nice headphones in and of themselves, but with the noise-canceling feature turned on they just take you into your own little world. I think the main type of person who would treasure these would be frequent-flyers.

Even if these didn’t have the noise-canceling feature, I would love them for their Bluetooth toggle switch. I switch from iPad, to iPhone, to Macbook pretty frequently, and I hate the process of re-pairing Bluetooth headphones. These can be paired to multiple devices at once (possibly utilizing black magic?) and there’s even a switch that allows you to cycle through paired devices—a British robot lady tells you what device you’re connected to.

Oh, and the sound quality is insane. So, if you’re looking to get some a bit fancier for a loved one, check out the Bose QuietComfort 35 II‘s.

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Slave of Jesus Christ, husband, father, and Director of Digital Platforms at Grace to You. I also blog for The Master's Seminary.

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