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The Workshifting Newbie’s Gift Guide

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While having the right attitude and approach to life is a core part of being a successful workshifter, having the right technology helps, too.

Because we all know someone who wants to work smarter, I’ve assembled this list of gifts that I’ve personally used and know will help anyone get started on a life of working from wherever they choose to be. Even if you have a seasoned workshifter on your shopping list, I bet they’d love some of these gifts as well.

Happy holidays!

TripIt Pro Account

Anyone who spends time on the road should already be using TripIt to keep everything organized. It’s free, so you have no excuse not to. A pro account adds a ton of valuable features to make even the most frustrating times on the road a bit better.

Apple iPad

Yes, there are other tablets on the market, but for me the current lineup of iPads is impossible to beat. With built-in cameras and microphones, you can host and attend online meetings directly from the device. While certainly not a must, my recommendation would be to get one with a cellular plan so that you don’t have to search for Wi-Fi when on the road.

Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover

I’ve tried numerous keyboard covers for my iPad and found that I never enjoyed typing on them. I do a lot of writing on the road, and it wasn’t until I took a recent trip to London with this new keyboard cover that I didn’t feel the need to take out my laptop.

Scottevest Fleece Jacket 7.0

This jacket is not just a lightweight and very warm piece of clothing. As with all Scottevest products, it includes more pockets and smart clothing technology than any other jacket out there does. The best part is that it’s heavy enough for those cold locations but light enough to handle a simple chill. While I haven’t gone bagless on a trip yet, this jacket has tempted me to give it a try.

Field Notes Colors Subscription

Not everything about workshifting involves cutting-edge technology. Sometimes you need an old-fashioned piece of paper and pen to get the job done. This is also one of those gifts that keep on giving, as every quarter a new shipment of limited edition notebooks will show up. How cool is that?

Kindle Paperwhite

Reading is something we all need to do more of, and this version of the Kindle allows you to do it without any of the other distractions that a regular tablet allows. It is small, light and backlit – enabling you to read under the brightest sun or in the darkest room.

Olympus OM-D Camera

Have someone that loves to take photos and wants something better than their phone to do so with? This new camera eliminates the hassle of lugging around big equipment by being small enough to stash away in a jacket pocket but powerful enough to take amazing photos and videos.

Belkin Mini Surge Protector

It doesn’t matter if you are stuck at an airport or checking into a hotel room; there are never enough power outlets. This device has saved me more times than I can remember. It turns a single outlet into three – and it has two USB ports to charge up your phone or other devices at the same time.

Mophie Juice Pack

Always be charging is the mantra of the workshifter. You never know when you are going to be without power and in need of a charge. Keeping one of these in your bag cuts the worry out of those moments. It’ll charge most phones and tablets in no time and get you back to working.

Have other gifts you think would be good to give a budding workshifter? List them in the comments so we can check them out, too.


C.C. Chapman is a leader in the online and social media marketing space. He is an avid photographer, author and keynote speaker. His most recent book (with Ann Handley) Content Rules, is a best seller that explains how companies can create remarkable blogs, podcasts, webinars, ebooks and more. C.C. is an advocate who speaks about building passionate consumer communities, and the strategic values of content-based marketing. He is the host of Passion Hit TV and the founder of Digital Dads. C.C. is a graduate of Bentley University and happily lives in the woods outside of Boston with his loving family.
  • http://twitter.com/TheCoffice The Coffice™

    Nice list C.C.!

    I use the same Belkin surge protector. One of the best tools in my kit. I can’t tell you how many power struggles I’ve avoided because of it.

    It may be too early to put this on a holiday gift list, but I’m quite excited for when the Phorce bag makes it to market (www.getphorce.com). They were recently successfully funded on Kickstarter. It’s nerdtastic!

    Recent Wired review:

    Kickstarter campaign page:

    Happy holidays to you and yours!


  • http://twitter.com/scottevest SCOTTEVEST, Inc

    Great list, thanks for sharing! We appreciate all of your positive feedback about the Fleece 7.0! Happy Holidays.

  • Kay Dougherty

    This may seem a bit odd and it looks very dorky but a small headlamp can be very handy. I got one for a kayaking trip in the dark but it’s also good for just walking in the dark and keeping your hands free or reading or writing with that old stuff called paper if there’s a power failure. I got mine at REI for under $30. It will also keep you from being hit on by strangers if that’s an issue for you – it isn’t for me!

  • AG

    Love the suggestions! I’ve found Sharefile really helps to securely store data in the cloud & it’s accessible from all my devices!