Each year my friend and colleague, Reid Trautz, publishes a Holiday Gift Guide for Lawyers. I always find something new, interesting and amusing in Reid’s collections, and this year was no different.
Reid, being a bit of a gadget guy, has a few gift ideas for the tech-oriented lawyer: Apple TV continues to permeate our living rooms. For the lawyer already heavily invested in the Apple ecosystem, such as myself, an Apple TV is a great way to rent movies and watch Netflix.
The Leap was entirely new to me – it’s a motion detector you plug into your computer that allows you to use hand and finger movements in place of a mouse. And from the annals of First World Problems, whenever I video conference on Skype I constantly have to untangle my headphones cord before I can take the call. Reid spotted BackBeat Go’s wireless ear buds which may just solve that problem for me this year.
I also have a couple of items I’d add to Reid’s list.
If there is one tech item I’d recommend this year it would be a Sonos music player. I’ve been using Sonos players at home for the past year and it they have been terrific. They sound great and can play the same song throughout the house, play independently or be paired in a very large room to provide sound to please the pickiest audiophile.
In terms of musical content, not only can Sonos stream my iTunes library, it also streams from Amazon’s Cloud Player, Spotify, Pandora and much more. Most of the time I use the built in TuneIn internet radio to stream my new favorite station, 94/7 Portland. I use our Sonos players every day and I love being able to control them from my iPad and iPhone.
Lawyers can’t gift by tech alone, though.
The top of my non-tech list this year is a new briefcase. The one in particular I have my eye on is the Alfred Work Bag from Property Of… Fine Bags & Goods. It’s not cheap at €269.00 but it’s a great looking bag that can go from work to weekend.
If you’ve got a lawyer on your gift list this year, take a look at Reid’s guide and you are sure to find something to please and delight.