I know I preach that over-consumerism is a bad thing (see: simplify | the benefits of minimalism) but we’re back again this year with a list of the best gifts for patent geeks and entrepreneurs.  Here are some ideas to stimulate discussion.  So, sit back over a cup o’ joe and take some time to look around to see what gifts you might like:

Apple iPad  Tablet (16GB, Wifi) – You knew this would hit the No. 1 spot, right?  I can’t tell you how much I wish I had one every time I trudge through the airport carrying my laptop (plus charger and accessories).  This is the ultimate geek accessory.  Just don’t forget the Apple iPad Case.

BCBGeneration Charlie Messenger – For the road warrior, nothing makes things go better than having a descent travel bag.  For a wheeled alternative, try:  High Sierra Carry-On Wheeled Backpack with Removable Day Pack (Black).

Rolex Oyster Precision Submariner Chronometer Stainless Steel Watch – For the best in anti-simple living. If you have to be pretentious, go big or go home.  Or, just get a fake like everyone else with the Replica Rolex Submariner (Note:  “Box only be sold with the watches, we do not sell box solely.”)

Giuseppe Zanotti Women’s Open-Toe Pumps – Lawyers should dress well.  Actually, dressing well is an important function of a lawyer.  Many faux pas are forgiven the well-dressed lawyer.  Clients appreciate it and dressing well can be done simply without too much expense.  Made in Italy, these Giuseppe Zanotti sophisticated pumps adds a sleek heel and professional polish to suits and pencil skirts.  For the more practical patent attorney, you can always go with the Kenneth Cole New York Penny Loafer.

iRobot 560 Roomba Vacuuming Robot – What lawyer wouldn’t like some obedient servant that slaves away for pennies and never complains?  For the compulsive cleaner in your life, the Roomba vacuum makes its way around furniture, cleans up the place and finds its way back to its charging base. The Roomba may not be the best cleaner but it can make a best friend for a lonely lawyer.  For those that would rather drink coffee than clean: Jura-Capresso Impressa F9 Fully Automatic Coffee and Espresso Center.


Western Digital My Book Essential 2 TB Desktop External Hard Drive – Today, lawyers rely heavily on computers to help accomplish almost every task.  Do you have a disaster recovery plan? Practices and procedures for backup, storage, disaster recovery, and restoration are crucial to your law practice. Get a drive and then put backup procedures in place – don’t wait to “break glass in case of emergency”.  For a more portable option:  Toshiba 500 GB USB 2.0 Portable Hard Drive.

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents Earth (The Book): A Visitor’s Guide to the Human Race – This may not be for everyone but after a long day of dry intellectual property issues, a bit of irreverence feels good.  For the other end of the political spectrum, try Decision Points by George W. Bush.

UGG Australia Women’s Bailey Button Triplet Boots – While I admit I don’t understand the appeal, my daughter swears these are great.  You may want to stay more conservative with some Pelle Moda Women’s Nemo Two Piece Pumps.

Canon VIXIA HF S200 Full HD Flash Memory Camcorder – Patent geeks love gadgets and especially gadgets with killer specs.  Fortunately, this one has great specs but a price that has come down to real world usage.  Want cheaper?  Go with the Flip UltraHD Video Camera.

KitchenAid Artisan Series Mixer – For some reason, I love kitchen gadgets.  This one is a good addition for any chef.  Check prices often because it seems to change hourly but it can be picked up at a good price if you work at it.  If you want smaller, go with the Microplane 40020 Grater/Zester.

Well, that’s the list.  It’s a good place to start and applies equally well to lawyers, inventors and business folks alike.   While I think any of the above gifts would be fine for assistants, too, the consensus seems to be that AmEx cards are best.  Please suggest your own preferences and gift ideas in the comments.

Also, check out last year’s list here.

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