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The Month Formerly Known As December

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To help your holiday shopping, I thought it would be nice to put together a list of odd recommendations of gifts for friends and family. Remember to stay away from predictable gifts. A homemade painting and frame (done well, of course) can be a much better gift than a boring fruit basket.

And now as we move further into the shopping frenzy formerly known as December, I offer these gift ideas:

  • DiscBlaze 2.1 from Radical Breeze. A $19 application that has all of the major functionality (and none of the bloat) of Roxio Toast.
  • Plunger Measuring Cup – Laugh if you want, but this measuring cup is the most practical and useful one I’ve used.
  • Designing With Web Standards by Jeffrey Zeldman. I’m embarrased that it took me so long to pick up this book, but I have it now and I’m glad I do. It’s more than just fine bathroom literature. Zeldman attacks the history and future of web standards head on. A perfect gift for your relative who still designs websites in FrontPage. Or, then again, maybe not.
  • Peet’s Coffee Tour – Peet’s coffee makes Starbucks look like a red-headed stepchild. Too bad the closest store is several hundred miles away from my home (but there’s always mail order). No matter, a great gift for the discerning coffee drinker is a pound of freshly (and I mean fresh) roasted beans. I suggest the Major Dickason Blend.
  • Random Stuff From Your Amazon Gold Box – Fire up the browser and order some random household appliance from your Amazon Gold Box. Your friends and family will thank you!
  • Use one of the many online printing services and have one your favorite digital photographs printed and framed.

What other things are good non-generic gift ideas?

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  • I have to say that plunger measuring cup is one hell of a clever idea. That’s one of those “Why didn’t I think of it” ideas – except it’s so clever, who would have thought of it? I’d gladly welcome something like that under my tree this Christmas.

  • Eric Olsen

    a measuring cup and a handy douche dispenser.

    Thanks Ryan, nice job!