If you’re looking for the perfect festive gift for the wonk in your life — or if you’re a wonk who doesn’t know what to ask for — then we have some suggestions!
It shouldn’t surprise anyone that this is the first entry on the list. Coffee is writing fuel. Also, podcast fuel, getting-the-kids-out-of-bed fuel, snow-shoveling fuel, and making-more-coffee fuel.
If you feel like a more soothing treat to warm the spirit and arouse the muse, the Adagio ingenuiTEA is convenient and awesome. Plus, you get to say ingenuiTEA every time you use it.
I want to recommend the Chromecast as part of a modern media environment — and it works brilliantly in that role — but, if I’m honest, the best thing about it is the ease with which you can snuggle on your couch and share your favorite YouTube videos on your big-screen TV. It is the most painless, elegant and functional piece of technology we’ve bought all year. Better yet, if you buy it before December 21st, you get two free months of Hulu Plus and $20 in credit for the Google Play store, making the Chromecast itself basically free!
The Kindle Voyage may be the best-in-class digital reader right now, but the Paperwhite is the perfect balance between cost and functionality. It’s everything you expect from a modern Kindle, but the backlit screen means you get to read a few more pages after your significant other turns out the light, and you can’t put a price on that.
Fans of xkcd already know Randall Monroe’s thoughtful, touching style; in What If?, he uses the same intellectual rigor and bone-dry wit to tackle a number of hypothetical questions in a winningly comprehensive fashion. Reading this book will, without exaggeration, change the way you look at the world.
These are the games that have been keeping us entertained all year long. Say Anything is a freeform twist on the Apples to Apples genre, Gloom is a macabre storytelling game with a vicious twist, and Pandante is… panda poker. Yes, really.
Yes, we know, we’re shameless — but they really are awesome! If you’re interested in fantasy and science fiction, don’t miss Alastair’s Sufficiently Advanced Magic class; if you have a manuscript that needs a little time and attention before it’s ready for the big bad world, you need Lani’s upcoming Revision class. If you’d like to buy either class as a gift, let us know via email!
And lastly, to fill those quiet moments when you’re waiting for your muse to rouse herself, you need something to keep your hands occupied. We recommend gift cards for Steam or KnitPicks, depending on your inclination — and if you need some help spending those cards, Alastair can point you toward the best games, and Lani can suggest some fun knitting projects!
So, did we miss anything? What are you recommending to your friends and family this festive season?