It’s the season of giving—but what do you give the lawyer in your life? The end of the year is a busy time for legal professionals, but that doesn’t mean you need to default to gift certificates or generic presents that will only collect dust.
This year, give the lawyer in your life something interesting—or at least something they’ll use. We’ve updated our annual list of the best gifts for lawyers for 2019, with plenty of ideas to help attorneys manage their busy lifestyles, improve their productivity, or simply unwind.
Whether you’re shopping for a special present for a coworker, friend, or family member in the legal sector, we’ve got you covered with practical (and playful) gift ideas.
Lawyers often have to deal with long days and late nights and, foodie or not, cooking might be the last thing on their mind when they get home. But, they still need to find a way to eat healthy and keep a balanced diet.
Instant Pot to the rescue! It’s a programmable electric pressure cooker that monitors and adjusts cooking temperatures and times depending on the volume of food being cooked. You can cook meals in a flash, or program the pot to cook later.
Want to do more? The Instant Pot Ultra is even capable of making cake!
It might just be a lawyer’s new best friend.
Price: $139.95 – $149.95 (depending on pot size and model)
The last thing a busy lawyer thinks about is the temperature of their home. But for those in colder climates, coming home to a toasty house after a long day of work would be much better than coming home to a frosty one.
The Nest thermostat learns your schedule and the temperatures you like, and then turns itself off to save energy when no one is home. That means you’ll give the busy lawyer in your life one less thing to worry about.
And, if you have an Alexa device—like the Echo or Echo Dot we mentioned earlier—you can use it to enable voice control with the Nest thermostat.
Meal-prep service subscription
If you know a lawyer who likes cooking but hates shopping, a subscription to a meal-prep service might be the perfect gift. Services like Blue Apron deliver fresh, pre-portioned ingredients and tantalizing recipes—right to your door. That means you can cook Chicken Khao Soi without an 8 p.m. trip to the grocery store to pick up limes and curry powder.
Blue Apron delivers your groceries in refrigerated boxes, so busy lawyers don’t need to be home to receive them. Also, the company supports sustainable food systems, so your gift recipient can feel good about what they’re eating.
Price: $47.95 per week (for two meals) for couples, $71.92 per week (for two meals) for a family of four.
For law firms, as with any business, it’s the little things that contribute to a great client experience. It’s becoming more and more important for law firms to take a client-centered approach to stay competitive.
Help the lawyer in your life make a great first impression on new clients with an espresso machine for their office or lobby.
Sure, a mug isn’t exactly revolutionary, but think about it—everyone has a go-to mug that they use every single day, and you could be the person who buys your fellow lawyer that mug!
What’s more, there are some seriously cool mugs out there. Case in point? Just check out the Disappearing Civil Liberties Mug. Fill it with hot water, and watch the text disappear!
At Clio, we’re lucky to be part of a healthy company culture and to work in a beautiful office space—and plants are a big part of that space!
Take a tip from us and give the gift of greenery. Plants are a good way to liven up any office—including your lawyer’s. At Clio’s Burnaby location, we’re happy to host several fiddle leaf figs, succulents, snake plants, and money trees.
LAWSUIT!—the board game
Learning about the law can be fun for the whole family, especially during the holidays. LAWSUIT! is a board game that was created by a parent who wanted to teach her children about the legal profession. Since then, the game has grown in popularity, and we’re reasonably confident that any legal professional would love to play it.
Consider: The LAWSUIT! website boasts that you can “Run your own law office and be a master of the courtroom all while moving around the game board!” Amazing! Read more about the rules here.
What better way is there to relieve stress than with a foam gavel? Help the lawyer in your life hammer out their stress and bring order to their mind with a delightful foam gavel.
A little work-life balance can make all the difference in a lawyer’s life. That’s certainly been true for Clio customer Patrick Palace.
Buy a lawyer a yoga mat, and they’ll be one step closer to meditating, doing sunrise salutations, or any number of other practices to keep themselves healthy and focused. I
Dancing isn’t just fun—it keeps you healthy, and it also improves brain function. Indeed, Chris Trebatoski has grown his solo firm while simultaneously starting a competitive salsa dancing career with his wife, Inna.
Sign the lawyer in your life up for a dance class, and who knows where it may take them.
Price: Varies based on location
For anyone who needs to concentrate for extended periods of time, noise-cancelling headphones can make all the difference. They don’t block out all noise, but they definitely dampen distraction—which might just be a godsend for a lawyer trying to concentrate on writing long-form documents.
There are plenty of options available, so you could choose a basic set or something more high-end.
Echo or Echo Dot
Voice-controlled devices can do a lot to make one’s life easier. That said, make sure lawyers take precautions to protect client confidentiality if they’re using a live-mic listening device. Keep it in your office, but not in a meeting space or boardroom, for example.
Price: $49.99 – $99.99
2-in-1 portable battery / charger
For the lawyer on the go, a 2-in-1 portable battery that is also a device charger will definitely be a welcome gift. This type of charger charges both your device and itself when plugged into a wall. Never get stuck with a dead battery again!
Cross-cut paper shredder
When lawyers dispose of client documents, they can’t just throw them in the recycling bin. Confidential information must be kept confidential, so these documents need to be shredded.
If the lawyer in your life is just starting a solo firm, a cross-cut paper shredder could be the perfect gift.
Price: $43 – $3,390
More and more lawyers are going paperless, but they’ll still need a way to bring paper documents into the digital world. A portable ScanSnap scanner is the answer!
Weighing in at just 14.1 ounces, the ScanSnap is ideal for lawyers on the go. It’s battery powered, and scans documents wirelessly to PC, Mac, Kindle Fire, and iOS or Android devices. The best part? The scanner integrates directly with Clio, letting you scan documents directly into a Matter in Clio.
Kim Scott’s Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity
Here at Clio, Radical Candor™ is a big part of our company culture.
Among many of the principles discussed in Radical Candor, we believe that timely, honest feedback is key to shaping a successful working environment. Kim Scott pulls from past experiences in her positions at Google and Apple, telling funny, painful, and embarrassing stories that are delightful but constructive.
For the legal professional that’s fresh out of school, to the lawyer who’s the boss of their own firm, Radical Candor offers tips on how to build a better workplace for both managers and colleagues.
Jack Newton’s The Client-Centered Law Firm
All lawyers want to give their clients the best experience possible—especially in today’s experience-driven world—but it can be hard to navigate how to apply those ideas at your firm.
Clio CEO and Co-founder Jack Newton’s new book, The Client-Centered Law Firm, explores how legal professionals can run a profitable, successful law firm while also offering a client-centered experience. The book comes out in January, but you can pre-order it now—so the lawyer in your life can start their year off right.
Price: $19.99 (Pre-order)
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