I bet you’re up to here (*gestures to eyeballs*) with holiday gift lists and suggestions. But if you haven’t yet found the perfect gifts for the people on your list, read on.

Although I’m not much for holidays, I do like to give useful and sustainable gifts like the items, below. So, If you’re looking for a special gift for a reader, traveler, thinker, I present my tightly curated list.

Most recommendations are books; some are gadgets, so take a look and maybe you’ll discover something new.


Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport

Everyday Adventures: Tiny Quests to Spark Your Creative Life by Tammy Strobel (my dear friend)books

Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Creativity by Austin Kleon

Love Hurts: Buddhist Advice For The Lovelorn by Lodro Rinzler

How to be a Stoic: Using Ancient Philosophy to Live a Modern Life by Massimo Pigliucci

The Art of Fully Living: 1 Man. 10 Years. 100 Goals Around The World by Tal Gur (another friend)

Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life by The Minimalists

The Illustrated Walden: Thoreau Bicentennial Edition by Henry David Thoreau

A Highly Sensitive Person’s Life: Stories & advice for those who experience the world intensely by (my friend) Kelly O’Laughlin

The Course of Love: A Novel by Alain de Botton

How to be an Explorer of the World: Portable Life Museum and The Wander Society both titles by Keri Smith

The Kindness Diaries: One Man’s Quest to Ignite Goodwill and Transform Lives Around the World by Leon Logothetis


Goal Zero 32003 Black/Green Lighthouse Mini Rechargeable Lantern along with the lantern, I use the Yeti 400 charger for my van adventures. It has a USB port to charge your phone—great for camping, power failures, and the Zombie Apocalypse—see charging kit, below.

Goal Zero 41022 Guide 10 Plus Solar Recharging Kit keeps the above lantern and rechargeable batteries ready when you need them.

KeepCup Brew Glass Reusable Coffee Cup I love my Keep Cup, and if you follow me on Instagram you know this is true.

Handground Precision Coffee Grinder I bought mine during their Kickstarter campaign—it is a joy to use.

Roost the perfect lightweight laptop stand. Not cheap, totally worth it.

Glass Straws (stop the plastic straw waste!)

JBL Flip 3 Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

I hope you find something delightful, here, to give to someone you love, especially if that someone is you!

(Yes, these links are affiliate links, so if you purchase something by clicking one of the links I might make a few pennies—and, I appreciate your support!)


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