All Product Managers Want For Christmas Is…

BY JANNA BASTOW ON DECEMBER 17, 2014

A gift list for product managers is fast becoming an annual tradition of ours. With the holiday season fast creeping up, the MTP team put our heads together to come up with the ultimate list of goodies that are making our eyes twinkle this festive season. If you have a special product person in your life, or are looking for things to add to your own wish list, we’ve got you covered.

1. Adobe Ink and Slide

As a product manager, I’ve gotten naturally good at simple drawings: mostly boxes within boxes, and lots of arrows. But classic freehand drawing has never come easily to me, so a gorgeous gadget such as this one that promises to help me with my lines, circles and french curves (whatever they are!), and more, would do wonders for my wireframes.

Adobe Ink and Slide

2. Livescribe

I take tons of notes. From feedback from customers to new ideas to improve my products, from wireframes, to flows to other random jottings. This notebook is on our Christmas list because it claims to save the hassle of transcribing all those notes to my iPad. Plus it has nifty on-page commands and voice recognition! This is the perfect combo of the beloved Moleskine notebook and the joyous tech of Livescribe.

Livescribe Moleskine Notebook

3. Post-its

Post-its! The ultimate stocking-stuffer for your favourite product manager. And if their daily usefulness wasn’t reason enough, find the ones with the green Evernote stripe which come with a month of free Evernote Premium.

Evernote Post-its

4. Stainless Steel Sharpie

One sharpie to rule them all. Have a sharpie worth coveting with this stainless steel version. Plus it’s refillable, so you can keep using it for years… if you can hold on to it!

Stainless Steel Sharpie

5. Parrot Bebop Drone

Want to splurge on your product manager? At $499, the Parrot Bebop Drone is a pretty exciting option. Check up on the team across the room, or have a little fun in your downtime. Perhaps rig it to bring you coffee. This drone seems like the perfect balance of accessibility and functionality to have some fun and explore the world from above.

Parrot Bebop Drone

6. Mophie Power Reserve

Got out of the building (as Steve Blank says we should) and realise you’ve run out of battery? Keep powered up with the Mophie Power Reserve. It fits neatly on your key ring, and at 1350mAh, gives plenty of juice to keep you topped up and talking to all those extra customers.

Mophie Power Reserve

7. Shure SE425 Sound Insulating Earphones

Time to get your head down and work? After standup is done, a product manager needs to focus and get on with things. These Shure sound isolating headphones will be sure to help shut out distractions and get into the zone.

Shure Headphones

8. Keepcup Brew

This limited edition Keepcup brew, made from glass and cork, is a truly handsome cup for your daily brew, plus environmentally friendly to boot!

keepcup-brew

9. Falmouth Backpack

This is the perfect commuting companion for a product manager. It looks simple and elegant and holds a 15″ laptop, plus a separate compartment for your tablet.

57-400-blk-p2

10. Knowledge is Beautiful

Comprising 196 beautiful infographics and the product of 15,832 person hours of effort (yes, he counted them) this book from David McCandless is the perfect present for the data-loving product manager.

Knowledge Is Beautiful

Bonus Gift: #mtpcon 2015

For a real box-ticking gift, we think an #mtpcon ticket is a wonderful way to honour a product manager. As well as an inspirational day of learning, you get a ticket to the party of the year and community connections that last a career. They go on sale in the new year, but a simple IOU will surely bring a huge smile to their face.

About JANNA BASTOW

Janna Bastow comes from a user-centric design background and has extensive experience building social web experiences. She founded ProductCamp London in 2010 in an effort to meet and learn from other product managers. As a product manager always looking for better tools, she co-founded ProdPad, product management software that helps you manage your roadmap and your product backlog. Update: We’re developing an e-course to help you set up and introduce a flexible theme-based roadmap, at your organization. We’ll drop it in your inbox when it’s ready – sign up here.

  • rekha gupta

    As a product manager i would prefer Live-scribe as wonderful option. Well i feel for proper brain storming tool and Ideas, i would definitely recommend http://yutongo.com. A website which is not only help to connect your team by online brain storming but also makes it a user friendly process.

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