Gift Guide 2020

Gift Guide 2020 (At Home Edition)

Without question, this has been one of the craziest years on record. Now that 42% of us are working from home, it's more important than ever to nuture a productive environment.

To that end, I put together a list of 12 things that have made an impact on my productivity for the better this year. I've added the coffee that keeps me energized, the tech that keeps me organized, and the scents that keep me grounded — plus a lot more.

Whether you have a home office or are making it work in a studio apartment, I hope you'll find something below that makes your work day a little bit more enjoyable. Here's to a healthy and safe holiday season and to a much better year in 2021.

All the best,

MD

Trade Coffee

Just because you're stuck at home day after day doesn't mean you can't experience the world through coffee. With over 400 "roasted to order" coffees, you're bound to find something you love. 10/10 would recommend.

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Kinto Insulated Tumbler

Working long hours at home can leave you parched. Make sure you stay hydrated with this beautiful, functional, and insulated tumbler from Kinto. Also perfect for those long walks to stretch your legs.

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Stagg Pour Over Kettle

Remember that coffee we just recommended? Well you're going to to need something brew it in! This stunning pour over kettle from Stagg not only looks great, but makes one heckuva cup of coffee. Great for tea, too.

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Design Is Storytelling

A beautiful book teeming with examples about how to design with and for emotion. Definitely a must read if you're a designer looking to tap into feelings of delight, desire, and trust.

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Women Design

A fascinating book highlighting women's contributions to design–including architecture, industrial design, digital design, and graphics–from the 20th century to the present day. A must read.

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Draplin Design Co.: Pretty Much Everything

This book needs no introduction. A collection of the iconic works of one of the most prolific designers of our time. Pacific Northwest stand up!

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Apple Pencil

Since buying this device earlier this year (along with the iPad Pro), my creativity has exploded. It's never been easier to sketch an idea, take notes, or draw for fun using Procreate.

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iPad Air

I bought the iPad Pro earlier this year, but full disclosure — there's no better iPad on the market right now than the Air. The specs are next level and the price is just right.

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BetterCo. Gradient Jigsaw Puzzle

Visually stunning, maddeningly difficult. Put your color chops to the test with this unique puzzle. Oh, and did I mention it was 1,000 pieces? As if it wasn't hard enough already.

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P.F. Candle Co.

I found P.F. Candle Co. this year and have since become obsessed. I've purchased several candles, but my favorite two are Teakwood & Tobacco and the sseasonal Smoky Cinnamon Special. Shout out to Becki and Chris for the recommendation.

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Autonomous

Having the ability to change work positions throughout the day has done wonders for both my posture and my mood. If you're looking for a high quality, reasonably priced sit/stand desk, I encourage you to check out Autonomous.

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Pixel Priest T-Shirt

From the ladies at Hoodzpah comes their latest shirt, Pixel Priest. A play on the Judas Priest logo, lounge around your house in style with this "none more black" cotton tee.

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Some of the items mentioned above are affiliate-based. That means I might earn a a few pennies if you end up purchasing one of the items on my list. But keep in mind, these are all things I recommend, trust, and/or use on a daily basis. I hope you love this stuff, too.