30 Holiday Gifts For Journalists

Holidays are just around the corner and we know most of you who read this blog have a journalist or two in your life that you’ll be shopping for. Here are the recommendations from our entire 10,000 Words crew for journalistic, geeky, fun gifts. We also have holiday gift guides from 2008 and 2009 that are still relevant. Anything we missed? Add your favorites and must-haves in the comments.

1. 5-0 Radio Pro Police Scanner iPhone App | App Store | $1.99

Can’t be near your actual police scanner? Try this app instead!


2. ‘The Secret Man’ | Amazon | $2.81

Perhaps the most serious item on our list is this book that every journalist should read — a first-hand account of Watergate, written by Bob Woodward with an assessment by Carl Bernstein. And if they won’t read it, at least it can make for credible desk decor.


3. Citation Needed Stickers | XKCD | $5

Few things are more frustrating to a journalist than reading poorly sourced or plain ol’ incorrect articles. These [citation needed] stickers mimic the look of the Wikipedia-style citation needed flag, but they can be used to flag questionable information in the real world.


4. Comma Kit | Gracie Sparkles | $6

Along the same lines as the citation needed stickers, these comma stickers — which can double as quotation marks or apostrophes — give copy editors and grammar nerds everywhere the means to correct improper punctuation off the screen.


5. Cyber Clean Electronics Cleaning Putty | ThinkGeek | $7.56

Clean your keyboard, your mobile phone, and any other electronic device with this innovative reusable cleaning compound. Just press the biodegradable putty into the cracks of your device then peel it off slowly to capture the dirt and grime.


6. “Not Tonight Dear …” Mug | Newseum Gift Shop | $9.99

Because what journalist doesn’t like coffee and deadlines?


7. 1,001 Facts That Will Scare the S#*t Out of You | Amazon | $10.36

Facts to scare and entertain you, minus the punditry. Maybe you can snab some stories ideas out of it while you do your business.


8. The Onion News Blackout 2012 Desk Calendar | Calenders.com | $12.99

For your daily dose of misinformation, the Onion’s desk calendar features America’s most important redacted news and sits perfectly on your desk.


9. AP Stylebook T-shirt | AP Stylebook | $18

For the fashionista in your newsroom. Or maybe the copy editor.


10. An I Heart NPR T-shirt | NPR Store | $20

For all of you public radio geeks out there who love showing off your newsie pride, these I Heart NPR t-shirts come in both men’s and women’s sizes. While you’re at it, check out the many other gifts in the NPR store.


11. MileHigh Charge | MileHigh | $22.50

Need a quick recharge on the go for your mobile phone? Try the MileHigh Charge: one AA battery provides you with 30 minutes of emergency talk time when you need it most.


12. Agloves Sport | Agloves | $23.99

Need a pair of gloves that will also let you use your touchscreen devices with ease? Check out Agloves –they’re warm, fuzzy, and stretchy with conductive silver weaved throughout the entire glove. We prefer the Agloves Sport version because of the snug fit around the wrist. They’re also thin enough to be used as a glove liner.


13. Newsradio: The Complete Series on DVD | Amazon | $25.99

Relive the hilarious hijinks of the WNYX team with a boxset of all five seasons of Newsradio, the classic ’90s sitcom.