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Practice Management Assistance Program’s 12 Days of Practical & Technical Gifts (2018 Edition)

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Sometimes searching for the perfect gift can be rather difficult, especially if you don’t have time to do the research.

That’s why, every year, the South Carolina Bar Practice Management Assistance Program produces an annual “Practical and Technical Gift” list for legal professionals. This year’s list focuses on practical and technical products that are portable, purposeful and productive:

  1. Microsoft – Surface Pro 6 – 12.3” Touch-Screen- Intel Core i7 – 8 GB Memory – A laptop and tablet combined into one; a favorite among many legal and technology professionals.
  2. Powercap LED Lighted Beanie – Do you like to exercise outdoors? This powercap LED lighted beanie contains a wearable hands-free flashlight that illuminates areas up to 72 feet.
  3. Bose Soundlink Micro Portable Bluetooth Speaker –Looking for a speaker to hear music from a smartphone or phone calls better? This waterproof portable speaker gets high reviews on Best Buy and Amazon.
  4. Philips Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock with Colored Sunrise Simulation – Sleep better and wake up refreshed. This fancy light therapy alarm clock uses simulation technology to allow the user to experience the modeling of a real phenomenon such as sunrise and sunset and increase performance optimization. It also comes with a back-up alarm in the event of a power failure.
  5. Felt Letter Boards – A fun addition to any office or home.
  6. Smart Mat – This mat pairs with Women’s Health Yoga on Amazon Alexa, is 4” longer than the average yoga mat and contains 5mm thick cushioning to protect your knees.
  7. SeniTurn – If someone on your gift list loves to cycle, walk, or run at dark, this safety indicator is a good gift idea.
  8. Bagsmart Travel Universal Cable Organizer – this organizer contains several pockets, inserts, and enclosures for various electronic accessories.
  9. Dymo LabelWriter 450 Thermal Label Printer – this handy little label printer is an office must-have. Print one label or multiple labels at a time including mailing labels, file labels, shipping labels, etc.
  10. SuperNova 300 Lumens Ultra Bright LED Camping and Emergency Lantern – this lantern is a great tool to have in the office emergency kit when there is a power outage.
  11. Law Firm Themed Gifts – looking for that perfect law-office / lawyer themed gift? Here are a few ideas to check out.
  12. Palmetto State Gifts and Experiences – don’t know what to get that person who has everything? Shop local from South Carolina artisans and businesses.

Look for other ideas from The Digital Edge PodcastTechRepublic and WorldMarket.  Contact pmap@scbar.org for assistance.

Holiday Gift Guide: Twelve Days of Fun or Useful Inexpensive Gifts for Lawyers, Coworkers, and Clients

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Looking for that perfect inexpensive gift for a lawyer, client, or coworker? Check out the annual Practice Management Assistance Program Holiday Gift Guide:

12 Days of Fun or Useful Gifts

  1. Rory’s Story Cubes – creative story generator, providing hours of imaginative play for all ages; great for professionals
  2. Dinner Decision Maker – have a coworker who can never decide where to go for lunch? Ask the decision maker.
  3. Game of Phones – a battle of smartphone skills
  4. PopSockets – Expanding Stand and Crip for Smartphones and Tablets
  5. Inspiring Messages Engraved Marble Legal Keepsake – engraved on front and back; choose from 5 quotes or submit your own
  6. The Geeky Chef Cookbook – recipes from the worlds of Harry Potter, Zelda, Narnia, Game of Thrones, & Doctor Who
  7. Mocoro Robot Cleaning Ball –serves as a floor duster
  8. Sony Noise Cancelling Wireless Behind the Neck Ear headphones – a favorite among travelers
  9. Electronics Travel Organizer – a great tote to keep all your electronic cords, gadgets, etc. in
  10. Lawyer Christmas Ornament - a great gift no matter where a lawyer is in their career
  11. Legal Keyboard – keyboards made for lawyers by lawyers
  12. Custom Lawyer Bobblehead -  know a lawyer who loves office conversation pieces? How about a custom bobblehead?

Need a few other gift ideas? Email pmap@scbar.org for assistance.

SC Bar PMAP’s Fun and Practical Tech List

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An annual favorite – the PMAP fun and practical Tech list is here just in time for the holidays. If you’re clueless about what to buy this year, don’t despair. We’ve got 12 great ideas!

FujifilmUS Instax Mini 8 camera – remember those old Polaroid cameras?pexels-photo-191160 They’re back!
Don’t be afraid! This is not your Mom’s polaroid! This camera comes in a variety of colors with this particular link going to the powder blue option. It comes with a lot of accessories, with the exception of film. It’s perfect for any age to use and makes a handy camera to have at the office!

Armani EA Connected Watches – this unique watch wireless syncs and is compatible with Apple® and Android™ smartphones. It has a 6 month guaranteed battery life. Some of its features include: the ability to automatically convert time as you travel, track sleep and activity, set up notifications, etc.

 Padaday Darth Vader Optical Illusion Desk Lamp – Stars Wars is back and so is Star Wars memorabilia. snipdarthvaderThis lamp comes complete with a color changing mode and with a USB power adapter. You can use it as a nightlight or as a fun conversation piece in your bedroom, living room, theatre room, etc., with your other Star Wars memorabilia.  Be sure to note the light does not cut off automatically and may not be delivered until after Christmas, according to Amazon.

Corkcicle Canteens – these fun, colorful canteens come in a variety of shapes and sizes.16oz_glosscaribbeangreen_front
They are guaranteed to keep drinks ice cold for up to 25 hours or hot for up to 12 without freezing or sweating…and possibly, even longer for drinks containing ice! These make the perfect gift for anyone on your gift list!

Google Home – Google Home is Google’s version of Amazon’s Echo and Alexa. It’s not on your computer but is a separate device. Ask it to play music, answer questions, handle smart home/office requests (like turn the lights down or turn the thermostat up), etc.

Nintendo Classic Edition – Millennial gamers will remember this fun 1985 classic! Many are guaranteed to have it on their holiday wish list. pexels-photo-120222However, Nintendo doesn’t want fans to get their hopes up too much, as this Nintendo Classic Edition is currently out of stock. Marketers believe Nintendo will bring it back after the holiday rush is over. If you love this fun throwback, watch for announcements from Nintendo after the holidays. And, if you’re one of the lucky ones who happen to find one before January 1st, don’t pay over $60 for it, as scalpers will try to market it for four times that much.

Personalized Yoga Mat – Lawyers, like many professionals, are embracing meditation and yoga. Even if you do not practice Yoga, these personalized Yoga mats make for great gifts! Choose a mat color, thread color and monogram style from a variety of options. 16rolled-custom-matsPlus, enjoy shopping for other personalized items including pet mats, baby mats, place mats, Greek mats, bags, and more!

Paws for a Cause – Do you know someone on your gift list that is an animal lover? These adorable pillows add a cute accent for your office plus a portion of this product’s proceeds goes directly to ASPCA to help animals find their forever home!

iRobot Roomba 980 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner – this self-charging vacuum is designed to vacuum where dirt and dust hide. It is perfect for any law office, and because of its convenient scheduling, it won’t disturb meetings or office time. It can run up to two hours and allows you to clean, schedule and set preferences from your smartphone. (These feline friends approve too!)

Yoga 700 – No it is not another Yoga mat- this Yoga is an adaptable PC! However, it is as flexible as a Yogi. It can twist into different shapes such as laptop, stand, tent or tablet. It does all this with a touchscreen. Thin and light, it’s easy to carry just about anywhere!

Foldable Bluetooth Keyboard – This foldable Bluetooth portable keyboard is just right for any iOS, Android, Windows, PC, Tablets, and Smartphones. It is easy to use and pairs fast with any device with just an ON/OFF switch and a function command. It contains a built in battery, charges with micro USB cable, and turns on automatically when you open it.

Piper nv Smart Home Security System with Night Visionpexels-photo-101808This smart home security system comes with no contracts or monthly fees. Its high resolution 180 degree view camera is complete with night vision for live and recorded video. It has motion/sound detection, temperature / light humidity sensors and a 105 dB siren. Simple setup and easy to use, it is a great gift for the loved ones in your life.

Look for other fun practical and tech ideas below from other practice management advisors and tech companies around the world here:

CNET's Holiday Gift Guide

Computerworld's Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Best Buy's Top Tech 20

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Fav Holiday Tech Gifts

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Tis the season for shopping! It’s also the time of year when bloggers and websites assemble their annual list of suggestions for tech gifts.   SC Bar PMAP has picked through the lists to find some of our favorite tech gifts for the lawyer or loved one in your life:

From TechCrunch’s 11 awesome gifts for your favorite 20 something:

Aukey External Battery Pack

This great little gadget is perfect for anyone on your shopping list, especially those who always seem to need a little extra boost of energy when their smartphone battery dies. This cool little device can charge up two devices at once, from a cell phone to a tablet or laptop.

Fujifilm Instax Mini 8

Remember Polaroid Instamatic cameras (No? Well, here’s a refresher.) Relive the good ole’ days and get instant gratification with the new generation of instant cameras. It’s a conversation piece at holiday parties, or a practical addition for your law firm.

From Reid Trautz’s Blog – 2015 Holiday Gift Guide for Lawyers:

Reid Trautz has been filling his blog’s gift guide for lawyers for more years than he’d like to say, but it’s always worth a visit!

Amazon Echo

Listed as one of Oprah’s favorite things, this cloud-based device lets you listen to music, audio, news, weather and more. It’s 360 onmi-directional audio fills any room with immersive sound and allows its user to control the device by voice.

Apple Watch

Although the Apple Watch has been around for a little while now, according to Reid Trautz, this little gadget does have a “great application for lawyers. Many lawyers are prohibited from using smartphones in courtrooms, but a quick glance of the wrist to review an important text message goes unnoticed because it looks like you are merely checking the time. The same works if you are in a client meeting or deposition and get a message from a spouse or child.” As Reid says, it “makes a great gift idea for lawyers.”

FitBit

Whether you are a fitness guru or not, this great gadget is perfect for engaged lawyers who want to be challenged with their fitness goals. This device helps analyze your fitness goals through your food, weight, sleep, and fitness habits all while being connected to your wrist. Keep in mind that one size does not fit all and there are several models to consider before you make your purchase.

From PC World – 12 travel friendly tech gifts you’ll want to take with you

Logitech K380 Multi-Device Keyboard

This cool gadget works with Windows, Mac, Chrome OS, iOS, Android, and Apple TV devices and can connect up to three of them simultaneously, according to PC World. For those who love a physical keyboard over a touchscreen keyboard, this is the perfect device to travel with because it is lightweight and easy to carry.

Trackdot Luggage Tracker

This cool gizmo is one solution to lost luggage. Slip this into your suitcase and it will notify you once powered on by email or SMS (text message) when it reaches an airport. If the location is not the correct destination, you can quickly find out the location and get it shipped to you. (Like the fitness watches, there are similar products out there, so shop for the one you like best.)

ThinOptics Glasses + Phone Case

Reading glasses are a great thing to have – particularly if you’re of a certain age -  but for some people, they’re a pain to tote around. This ingenious design lets these glasses fit into the back of a specialized phone case. Pretty brilliant when you consider how many times people remember to pack their smartphone vs. their glasses. Now, techies can have the best of both worlds.

Other neat tech gift ideas can be found through TomsGuide, Brostick, Techlicious and so many more!

Happy shopping from SC Bar PMAP!