2020 Holiday Gift Guide for Creators and Explorers

Celebrate the winding down of this chaotic year with some holiday shopping. Below are my gift suggestions for the 2020 holiday season. This list emphasizes creation, exploration, and learning. You will find useful things, fun things, and causes worth supporting. Good luck shopping, and happy holidays!

Disclosure: Some of the products listed below link to Amazon.com. I am an Amazon Associate member, which means anything bought through one of these links sends a little money my way at no extra cost to you.

NATIONAL PARKS MEMO BOOKS

Get these beautiful notebooks for writers with an appreciation for the outdoors. The National Parks memo books are sold in packs of three. If you can’t decide which parks you want, get all 18 by buying the box set.

FREEWRITE TRAVELER

The Freewrite Traveler is a great gift for the easily distracted writer. It consists of a keyboard and an e-ink screen for maximizing writing productivity — no editing or web browsing capabilities included. When finished writing, press a button to send your work straight to your email.

HOW TO WRITE ONE SONG

Songwriter Jeff Tweedy of Wilco fame breaks down his creative process. Even those who aren’t musically inclined and have no wish to ever be could benefit from this book.

CRITERION CHANNEL SUBSCRIPTION

Get the largest collection of classic cinema. The Criterion Channel is a curated collection of the best movies ever made, making it a perfect gift for film buffs.

SONY ZV-1 VLOGGING CAMERA

Start your YouTube career. The Sony ZV-1 is made specifically for content creators. It includes a pull-out screen that allows you to see yourself as you record — perfect for the filming crew of one.

HOW TO WRITE AN AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL NOVEL

This award-winning memoir by writer Alexander Chee explores life as a gay Korean-American and the impact it has on his art.

PERSONAL LIBRARY KIT

Play librarian. Turn your bookcase into an at-home library. This kit comes with card catalog checkout cards, bookplates, a pencil, a date stamp, and an ink pad.

THE CITYRADIO

Wake up to the sounds of cities across the world. Press a button and listen to the radio from a city of your choice. Customize your cities from up to 18 different locations around the world.

CUSTOM TRAVEL COASTERS

Commemorate your travels across the world with custom coasters.

WINDSOR & NEWTON WATERCOLOR KIT

Create art. This portable watercolor set is perfect for anyone wishing to connect nature to their art.

LAMY SAFARI FOUNTAIN PEN

A beautiful writer deserves a beautiful pen, and there is none more beautiful than the LAMY Safari. It’s a great pen for the beginner fountain pen enthusiast as it is quite affordable (as far as fountain pens go) and easy to use.

NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY MERCH

Support public libraries, specifically the New York Public Library. They sell all kinds of merch at their website including the hat seen above. You can even buy bookends of the famous library lions Patience and Fortitude.

50 THINGS TO DO IN THE WILD

Rediscover the outdoors. With 50 Things to Do in the Wild you will learn skills and projects to bring you closer to nature.

RASPBERRY PI 400

The Raspberry PI 400 is a computer in a keyboard. It’s great for the project enthusiast or those who want to learn about tech. When you buy the Raspberry PI 400 you also get a mouse and a beginner’s guide.

XI’AN FAMOUS FOODS

Recreate dishes from the popular New York noodle shop. Xi’an Famous Foods will teach you how to make delicious Western Chinese meals.

PARKS PROJECT MERCH

Support our National Parks by purchasing something from the Parks Project. Proceeds from the purchase of these beautifully designed items go directly to helping out parks. The mug seen above depicts landmarks from parks across the nation.

IFIXIT PRO TECH TOOLKIT

Fix your stuff. The iFixit Pro Tech Toolkit comes with (almost) everything you need to repair your electronic devices.

MICROSOFT FLIGHT SIMULATOR

For most people the opportunity to fly a plane will never be a reality, but with Microsoft’s Flight Simulator, you can get close. Fly over the world and do your best to scratch your pandemic-induced travel itch.

LETTERS TO THE FUTURE NOTEBOOK

Write letters to your future self. This notebook comes with perforated pages and twelve envelopes, so you can tear your letter out and save it for later. This is a limited edition release from Baron Fig, so once they’re gone, they’re gone forever.

BLACKWING 602 PENCILS

The perfect pencil makes the perfect stocking stuffer. With the Blackwing 602, Palomar promises “Half the Pressure, Twice the Speed.” After using these pencils, you will never look back.