Gifts for them (and you)

I tend to be very practical when it comes to the things I use every day. Whether for work or outside of the office, you’ll find many of these items below.

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I tend to be very practical when it comes to the things I use every day. Whether for work or outside of the office, you’ll find many of these items below.

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  • Notebook, Moleskine: Great size (I can tuck it ‘in my back’ when I’m walking around). Softbound feels better. Super minimal yet very impactful. I get black because I’m boring. Buy on Amazon.
  • Notebook, Amazon: I ordered two of these in July 2021 and plan to test them. Less expensive. Likely lesser quality and not Moleskine. Does it matter? These are hardbound. I ordered black because I’m still boring. Buy on Amazon.
  • Pens, Pilot: My first (Amazon) order of these was on April 17, 2016 and outside of one wandering eye order (I tried extra fine. Blech), I’ve used these ever since. Ever drive on a newly paved highway? These. Buy on Amazon.
  • Computer, Mac Mini (M1): It’s relatively inexpensive and I really like my monitor, keyboard and trackpad. Why learn something new every time a new computer arrives?vSmall. Powerful. Used for more focused tasks like video production, audio production and design.vBase model for me. I’m really good at resource management. (Not my first Mac Mini.) M1 FTW. Buy on Amazon.
  • Tablet, iPad Pro 12.9 (2018): I use my iPad Pro more than any other tool. With a keyboard and pencil, it’s where I do the majority of my research, reading and writing in addition to nearly all website-related updates and management. I have zero interest in the 2020/2021 iPads (even with the M1 chips) and I have zero interest in cellular service on my iPad (I use Instapaper when I don’t have WiFi). 1TB is overkill (I’ve used 20%, mainly for watching documentaries when I’m traveling). Buy on Amazon.
  • Camera, Canon M50 MI: My first ‘real’ camera. Mirrorless. Compact. Great photos, video. The small size is the biggest plus. If you’re looking to emulate Van Neistat, this isn’t your camera. Paired with some new lenses, external mic and some other gadgets, this has been a workforce for product shoots, portraits, landscape and other photography and videography. Buy on Amazon.
  • Camera, GoPro Hero 8: I use this for a lot of behind the scenes and time-lapse footage. Easy to set up. Straps to anything. Stabilization is very good. Typically not worried about audio when using the GoPro. Recently set up as my webcam. Buy on Amazon.
  • Drone, DJI Spark: I use this for overhead or moving shots. Super smooth, added lens filters for better shots in bright lights. Compact. Good battery life (get extras). I’m pretty sure DJI has put out smaller ones since the Spark. Since I don’t shoot in 4K, this continues to be a winner. Buy on Amazon.
  • Audio, AirPods Pro: I’m a big fan of audio storytelling and old(er) school hip hop. For the former, these are magical for listening to podcasts and audio stories, especially around the house when doing chores. I own(ed) the original AirPods, too. Great for Zoom meetings. Buy on Amazon.
  • Audio, AirPods Max: OMG $500 headphones?! I’m heavily invested in the audio space and while I haven’t travelled with these, they are used for really in-depth audio and video projects. (Travel allows me to disconnect from the world for a few hours and focus on projects.) I was really concerned about them scratching so I bought some ear covers. (Yet, I don’t use a cover for my phone. Go figure.) Old(er) school hip hop FTW. Buy on Amazon.

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