gift ideas for a productive person

Christmas gift ideas for a productive person

Coming up with gift ideas for a productive person can be a challenge. Here is a list of ideas that should go well with most people, from the newbie to the productivity geek.

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Gift ideas for a productive person

It’s that time of the year again. You have to find a present to that one friend or family member that always get so much done. Productive people tend to have particular tastes in the items and tools they use to get things done. Yet, some things are common with all productive people; they need to capture, structure and store information and they want to improve their productivity-setup.


Productivity training

Asian Efficiency has a collection of everything from “Best of” articles for $10, Audio course that teaches you better sleep for $14, to OmniFocus training for $57.


One year of better Evernote

For Evernote users, there are a few alternatives. For $34.99, you get one year of Evernote Plus. Here you can sync across all your devices, and you will have offline access to all your notes.

For $69.99, you get one year of Evernote Premium. Here PDF files and Office documents are searchable. You can view the history of your notes, as well as related notes. This means that any Google search will also show results from your Evernote account. For the Premium plan, Evernote has a separate gift form.


Take notes by hand – transfer to Evernote

The Evernote Notebook by Moleskine uses Evernote’s Page Camera feature to capture the pages of your notebook with your smartphone or tablet.

Moleskine notebooks for Evernote, starting at $17.10, can be ordered from Bookdepository with free worldwide shipping.*

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The Evernote Smart Notebook from Moleskine is a great tool for digitalizing your notes. (Picture: Moleskine.)



Make all handwritten notes digital

The Livescribe 3 smartpen will cost you $199 on Amazon. This is the best tool for combining the ease of handwriting with the benefit of searchable, digital notes. The notes can be shared as regular text from your smartphone or tablet. Read about my experience with the Livescribe pen.

Moleskine notebooks for Livescribe, starting at $21.15, can be ordered from Bookdepository with free worldwide shipping.*


Getting Things Done 2015 edition

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The 2015 edition of Getting Things Done by David Allen. (Picture:

In a list of gift ideas for a productive person, there is no way to avoid mentioning the book Getting Things Done – The art of stress-free productivity, written by David Allen in 2001, was the book that started the movement. The 2015 edition is updated with examples that are more relevant today and some more scientific information supporting the GTD methodology. You can get it at Book Depository for $15.84 with free international shipping.*

You can find all of David Allens books here.*



A premium productivity tool

Todoist is, in my humble opinion, the gold standard for a cross-platform productivity system. It does not matter if you are doing GTD or not, Todoist is flexible enough to be your productivity hub anyway. My way of using it for packing lists, for GTD Horizons of Focus – as well as my GTD based productivity hub, is proof of that. If you need more arguments for why you should pay for Todoist Premium, I have written a post about that too. One year of Todoist Premium will cost you $29. Sign up here.


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For more book recommendations, read 7 books you really need to read and 5 books to read this summer.



Disclosure: Links marked with * are affiliate links. This means that if you buy a product using this link, I may get a small commission. Book Depository has free worldwide shipping. I would never recommend a product without trying it and liking it myself.



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