With the holiday season just around the corner, we’re all scrambling to find the perfect gift for those who made a difference in our lives this year. Have you got a product manager you’d like to treat to something special this holiday season? Or simply want to treat yourself after a tough year? Either way, here are some great gift ideas;
1. Hipster Post-it Notes
Every product manager has a bit of a thing for post-it notes, but put a smile on their face with some of the more unusual offerings from 3M, like these hipster post-it notes.
2. Coffee Travel Kit
Product Managers are powered by good coffee and we all need to get out of the office and talk to customers so how do we make sure we have good coffee everywhere we go? Blue Bottle & Timbuk2 have teamed up to create the ultimate travelling coffee kit, with a hand grinder, scale, kettle and two mugs – as well as sample packs of blue bottle coffee. There’s also a slightly more affordable weekender kit.
3. Pico Projector
On the theme of always being on the go, Product Managers often have to present the latest insights and efforts so why not give them a portable projector they can slip in their pocket? Asus makes one of the most portable ones out there, get it in on Amazon US or Amazon UK.
4. Dot-grid notebook
Rhodia’s dot matrix notebooks and pads provide the freedom of blank paper with the guidelines of grid paper without the obstructions of lined paper. The dot matrix has lilac geometric dots spaced 5mm apart to provide a subtle guide for notes and sketches and the dots are invisible when xeroxed or scanned.
5 & 6. iPad Pro + Pencil or Microsoft Surface Tablet + Pen
Whether you prefer Apple or Microsoft, these “pro” tablets have a ton of horsepower, huge screens and best of all their pens are amazing for taking notes and making quick sketches and wireframes. Wacom’s pen tablets just got obsoleted…
7. Sphero BB-8 Droid
We’re all going Star Wars crazy and this amazing little bot has taken all our geeky little hearts before we’ve even seen the movies. It’s also a pretty cool piece of technology. Get it on Amazon UK or Amazon US.
8. Portable USB Battery Pack
While we’re on the move we kill our mobile batteries, so having a small extra battery stuffed in our bags is usually a lifesaver. Anker makes some of the best, and this 6400mAh version is highly regarded as the best compromise between size, battery life and price. Get it on Amazon UK or Amazon US.
9. Lego Subscription (US only)
We all love building things, so give the gift of Lego without breaking the bank or trying to buy every set out there. Pley is the Netflix of Toys, allowing you to pick the sets you want and receive them in the mail. When you’re done building, just return it and get the next!
10. Google Cardboard VR Headset
Virtual Reality has been the next big thing for a while now but with serious innovation and backing from Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Samsung, Sony and more 2016 might just be the year it breaks out properly. Prepare your product manager for this new interface with their very own VR headset. Google Cardboard is the best way to get started – simply pick a headset kit or build your own and strap in your phone and you’re away!
11. Tickets to #mtpcon!
Mind the Product runs the world’s two biggest and best conferences for anyone passionate about building products people love. Get your favorite product person a ticket to either our San Francisco or London conferences!
Do you have other great gift ideas for product people? Help us out and stick them in the comments!