Product Manager’s Gift Guide

The holidays are nearly upon us and many of you may soon be asked by your loved ones “What would you like for Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa?”

I’ve pulled together a few items that are some of my favorite things. Feel free to share this gift guide with those who might be struggling to pick the perfect present for their beloved product manager!

A good notebook

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Although I do most of my work on my laptop, there are times when I prefer to take notes the old-fashioned way. In fact, research has shown that writing notes (rather than typing) helps you retain information better. I prefer this journal that has dotted pages so that you can easily create boxes and diagrams.

Hydro Flask 32 oz Wide Mouth

If you’re like me, you’re in a lot of meetings during the day. Don’t forget to stay hydrated with this large-capacity water bottle.

A Desktop Air Purifier

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I’m lucky that I work from home now, but I remember the days of being in an office surrounded by sick co-workers who would say things like “really, it’s just allergies”. Stay healthy by keeping a desktop air purifier at your desk. This one is nice and small for a personal space.

Bose 700 Wireless Headphones

Many product managers work in open workspace environments, so a good pair of noise-canceling headphones is a must-have to help block out the noise and focus on making better product decisions. I love these Bose wireless headphones! They have a good microphone which is a bonus if you’re doing a lot of calls from your desk. Plus, they’re Alexa-enabled!

Sonos One (virtual assistant included!)

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For the Product Manager that works from home occasionally, this is a home-office must-have. The Sonos One lets you play your favorite music and control it with your voice or choice of apps. Whether you’re most productive when listening to your favorite Spotify playlist or want to catch up on product management podcasts, the Sonos One is ideal. And because Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant compatibility is built in, you can use it as a virtual assistant to book meetings, check the weather and save you time.

A Balance Board by FluidStance

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This is a life-changer! If you have a standing desk, this will help you focus on maintaining good posture while — bonus! — strengthening your core and improving your balance. I found that it also prevented back strain associated with standing too long.  I also love that this product is made in my home town of Santa Barbara.

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

Product Managers are typically avid learners. In addition to a few of my favorite books which I’ve listed below, the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is the best way to devour a stack of books without weighing down your bag. You can load it up with the books below!

A crystal ball

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Who wouldn’t love to gaze into a crystal ball to get answers to the universe’s most challenging questions, such as “What does 2020 have in store for me?!?”

What do you wish Santa would leave under the tree for you this year? Post your suggestions in the comments below!

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