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Ed’s Best Holiday Gifts for All Your Media Friends

By Kristin Granero and Lauren Saxe

Editors have been thinking about gift guides for months. Now, it’s time to finally put all those gift show appointments to good use. We’ve rounded up a list of our favorite presents for media peeps. There’s something for everyone — yes, even for the editor who has everything!


Moleskine Ruled Notebrook, $11, Target

Ensure they never forget an idea or lead, thanks to this classic moleskin notebook. It’s compact enough to stash right in your bag – or even pocket – and especially useful for times when technology fails.


“Write On” Color Block Pen Set, $14,

What good is a notebook if you don’t have something to write with? This set from includes three ballpoint pens, each with a fun (yet still professional) color-block pattern.


“Write Here. Write Now.” Mug, $18, Zazzle

Gift this mug to remind them there’s no time like the present. If the punny line doesn’t help motivate them, perhaps the coffee will.


Sony Noise-Canceling Over-the-Ear Headphones, $50, Best Buy

Give them the gift of silence with these noise-canceling headphones from Sony. They’re especially great for freelance journalists reporting in from a busy home or bustling café.


365 New Words-a-Year Desk Calendar, $15,

Writers love words (after all, their paychecks depend on them). Help them expand their vocabulary with this desk calendar from the editors of Merriam-Webster. You might want to grab one for yourself so you can keep up.


Tascam DR-05 Stereo Handheld microSD Card Recorder with Built-in Omnidirectional Microphones, now $100,

This recorder from Tascam comes complete with a pair of omnidirectional condenser microphones that can handle sound pressure levels up to 125dB, making it especially great for the entertainment or music journalist.


Everlane The Editor Heel, $155, Everlane

This chic and comfy take on the retro kitten heel can be worn with everything from her favorite sheath to boyfriend jeans. Scoop a pair up in one of four shades (we also love the Dark Green).


Zara Check Scarf, $30, Zara

Make sure your favorite on-location reporter stays warm out there with this cozy check scarf from Zara. There are several patterns for men, as well as women, should something else be more his or her style.


Topshop Editors Coat, $180, Topshop

The perfect complement to The Editor Heel, this classic camel coat from Zara is as sophisticated as it is warm (and essential for those long commutes!).


No. 2 Pencil Knee High Socks, $10, Uncommon Goods

Get right to the point with these cheeky pencil-print socks from Uncommon Goods. They make a great stocking stuffer or little something for your cubical mates.


J.Crew Abingdon Messenger Bag, $118, J.Crew

This messenger bag from J.Crew, also available in Deep Olive, features a variety of pockets for staying organized. We also like how there’s an adjustable shoulder strap for a more customized fit.


Swell Bottle Blue Granite Bottle Brush Set, $55, Swell

Keep them hydrated during all those interviews with this gender-neutral water bottle from Swell. It comes with its own brush for easy cleaning.


Everpurse x Kate Spade Totem $378, Everpurse

These cute collaboration totes between Kate Spade and Everpurse make powering up your phone stress-free. The totes wirelessly keep your phone at 100 percent while you tackle all your appointments.


Audible, $15 per month after 30 days; Audible

Audible makes morning commutes more bearable, whether your favorite journo drives, takes public transportation or walks to work. Thanks to a huge library of audio books, treat your bestie to a few months of morning-commute bliss!


The New Yorker subscription, $12 for 12 weeks;

They may say print is dying, but there’s nothing quite like coming home to a new issue of your favorite ‘zine.


Sony Digital Voice Recorder, $26; Best Buy

While we all have recording tools on our phones, many journos still prefer to use a recorder for their interviews. For something totally practical, this gadget is a must-buy.


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