Friday, December 11, 2009

Last-Minute Law Gifts

What do you get the legal eagle who has everything? Just like any other law-related question: “It depends.” When cash seems too impersonal and disaster kits seem too depressing, turn to the Goodson Blogson for legal-themed gift ideas.

The Billable Hour is probably the largest collection of gifts aimed squarely at the legal profession. They offer board games like LAWSUIT!, office accessories, and “survival kits” for all stages of law careers, including law school and the bar exam.

Constitutional law fans and other SCOTUS geeks will find something to love at the Supreme Court Gift Shop, including its popular annual holiday ornament series. There seems no limit to what the Court will lend its official seal, including a ruler, guest room soap, and drinkware. (For the lawyers and judges of tomorrow, also consider the ABA’s Supreme Court Coloring Book, which comes complete with its own crayons.)

If money is no object, try some of the gifts and fine art at LawGallery. The most affordable item on the site is a $35 set of law-themed wine charms, but even window-shopping is a treat at this classy clearinghouse. Art prints include reproductions of vintage courtroom scenes, turn-of-the-century Vanity Fair illustrations, and works by the 19th-century caricaturist Honore Daumier.

For more art options, check out the New Yorker store. The magazine's cartoons about lawyers can be framed as artwork or imprinted on coffee mugs, t-shirts, or note cards. (The Goodson Blogson’s favorite: “What are you, some kind of justice freak?”).

Still more comics await you at the LawComix Store, where your favorite strips from can also be purchased as t-shirts or coffee mugs. This site also features a variety of legal calendars.

More ideas, at all price points (although not all strictly law-themed), are available at blogger Reid Trautz's fifth annual Holiday Gift Guide for Lawyers. Reid also points to the Gift Guide roundup at Legal Blog Watch.

Finally, a reward for procrastination: Thursday, December 17 will be Free Shipping Day for nearly 700 online retailers. Visit the site on December 17 for coupon codes offering free shipping for any purchases, with delivery guaranteed by the 24th.

The Goodson Blogson wishes you a happy and safe holiday season. Do you have any legal gift ideas to share? Let us know in the comments.