Gift-giving like it’s 2018: Your guide to becoming a successful Santa

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Giving like it’s 2018: creative gifts for the whole family

So you delivered on your 2018 objectives, closed that important deal you were seeking or finally got that promotion? Congrats. Now here’s a real challenge: creative gift-giving that will please the whole modern family. But fret not, we’ve got you covered when it comes to finding just the right things for…

 

The tech-head mom
The tech-head mom

Help the tech-savvy matriarch of the family keep track of what gets lost in the whirlwind that is parenthood — keys, phone, mind — with a helpful Tile app and tracker set the locates missing and misplaced items. For the mom who wants to create superb, 360° photo and video memories with their family, the Ricoh Theta 360° camera is the way to go. And if she has a hard time unwinding after a long day, there’s nothing a Headspace wellness app subscription won’t fix.

 

The design-happy dad

If your design-obsessed pop is picky when it comes to gifts, luckily, there is hope: options that are both useful and aesthetically pleasing. Let’s start with the Ember ceramic mug – not only is it sharp looking, its heating system ensures a consistent temperature for your warm beverages. Next up, the Quip toothbrush. Designers and dentists created this one to enhance oral care, and in doing so produced an artful object. Really, when’s the last time you marvelled at a toothbrush? And lastly, this wholly unique, conversation-starting perpetual calendar, designed to be used year after year, from the Museum of Modern Art Design Store.

 

The artsy little bro
The artsy little bro

In the race for drawing tablet supremacy, there really is only a single contender: the iPad Pro. Paired with an Apple Pencil, the Procreate iPad app and a subscription to the Adobe Creative Cloud, it’s a bona fide portable studio. If he’s into mobile photography, he knows he can’t rely on his phone’s camera alone. Luckily, there’s a myriad range of lenses, tripods and tools to help nudge him down the path to Instagram greatness. Or you could grab him this graffiti sketchbook filled with blank urban walls to channel his inner Banksy.

 

The media-immersed twins
The media-immersed twins

An Amazon Echo speaker is a good option for media peeps – a simple voice command brings the day’s news and events. An on-the-go journo will appreciate a solid set of camera accessories, a convenient backpack and a portable phone charger. And even the most undisciplined writers will up their game with a bullet journal, an organizational system (dubbed “the analog method for the digital age”) that will help them stay laser-focused and on deadline.

 

The marketing-geek auntie
The marketing-geek auntie

She’s heard that content marketing is where it’s at and now wants to turn her brands into publishers. She’ll find all the help she needs in the epic content marketing handbook called, um, Epic Content Marketing, by Joe Pulizzi, as well as Content — The Atomic Particle of Marketing, by Rebecca Lieb. Otherwise, a subscription to Adweek or Ad Age will help her stay on top of key industry trends. And in case she wants to pick up some UX, HTML or programming chops, a Lynda.com membership is a superb idea.

 

The uncle-in-chief
The uncle-in-chief

He’s no sarge, but he’s in charge. Help him sharpen his leadership skills with a book on the topic – there are many on bookstore shelves, but Kristen Hadeed’s Permission to Screw Up and Simon Sinek’s Leaders Eat Last are recent standouts. A subscription to a leading publication could also do the trick, Harvard Business Review being the obvious choice here. If he’s mostly looking to communicate more effectively to inspire and lead others, a membership at his local Toastmasters chapter will be the perfect gift.

 

The crypto-hippie cousin

Just because he spends most of his days combing through ledgers doesn’t mean style should be an afterthought — so how about a fancy Bitcoin-emblazoned watch? Too bling? A KeepKey cryptocurrency hardware wallet is one of the best ways to keep his Bitcoins secure. You’ll also strike crypto-gift gold with Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin Is Changing Money, Business, and the World, the seminal book on blockchain by Canadian father-and-son duo Don and Alex Tapscott.

 

The renaissance grandma
The renaissance grandma

She has her iPad and she’s ready to learn! Maybe she’d like a subscription to Masterclass.com featuring classes taught by the likes of Annie Leibovitz, Gordon Ramsay, Helen Mirren, Aaron Sorkin, Martin Scorsese and many others. Or in the same vein, The Great Courses Plus and its classes on over 1,000 topics including travel, wellness, exercise and more. Otherwise, an Audible subscription will help her explore (and listen to) an impressive catalogue of non-fiction and self-help books.

 

The progressive pooch
The progressive pooch

Wearable pet tech is projected to grow into a $900 million market by 2022 and some companies are already making waves. The Go smart leash, for instance, is a feature-packed gadget that helps dog owners monitor their furry friend’s activity level. Also in the wearable tech game, Wonderwoof provides similar insight, but has social features built in so you can find nearby dogs to set play dates with. For real. Last, the Findster GPS tracker is perfect for adventurous dogs and will spare their humans many a sleepless night if they decide to do some unsanctioned exploring.

 

The transhumanist girlfriend
The transhumanist girlfriend

If gifting your significant other with a set of subcutaneous chips and sensors sounds a bit more Halloween than holidays, you’ll be happy to learn that transhumanism doesn’t have to involve implants. The Oura Ring is a non-invasive device that gives its wearer info on sleep patterns, body temperature, respiratory condition, heart rate and more. Another wearable device, the Muse brain-sensing headband and meditation app helps maintain a focused and calm mind (and looks cool). Tired after a long flight? The HumanCharger bright light therapy device inserts in your ear and is said to boost energy and help fight jet lag — the perfect accessory for her business trips to Asia.

 

The next generation
The next generation

Toys can be a drag on the environment – think of the sheer amount of plastic involved. Luckily, some smart toy brands have emerged over the years and now provide eco-friendly options to parents. Plan Toys and its wooden toys come to mind, and so does Green Toys‘ recycled-plastic products. For organic dolls and stuffed animals, look no further than Hazelnut Kids.

 

And last but not least, the dynamic, audacious and difference-making YOU

 Why not treat yourself (and heck, if you’re gonna play Santa, your team) to three days of inspiration, stimulation, connection and collaboration in an environment like no other with a pass to C2 Montréal 2019? It truly is the gift that keeps on giving.

 

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