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by Travis Whitsitt | December 28, 2023


We've nearly made it to the end of another year. It's been an eventful one in the legal industry and otherwise, and we here at Vault Law hope you're all getting some good R&R and enjoying the holiday pause before the new year.

Below are five gift ideas for lawyers. Whether for someone else or even for yourself, we hope that you see something they (or you) might like. Happy holidays and happy new year from all of us at Vault!

1) A meal prep/planning subscription

There are many of these on the market these days, from Blue Apron to HelloFresh to the one I personally use, Factor. The biggest advantage of these is the amount of time and effort they save. With Factor, for instance, I always have a fridge full of good, nutritious food that takes 2 minutes or less to have ready. I've also used HelloFresh in the past, which increases the cook time to about 30 minutes but does result in higher quality meals. There are enough options out there that I'm confident you can tweak one to suit your personal needs, and taking food and groceries off of the "things to worry about" list is one of the best gifts I've ever given myself.

2) Sharon Jones' Burn After Writing

This little journal comes with a twist. In the age of oversharing and putting everything up on social media, Burn After Writing is very explicitly meant to be an entirely private experience, which in turn encourages searing, unblinking honesty in the self-reflections it prompts. Anyone can benefit from some genuine, honest introspection, and this journal offers a way to get it that can be hard to find in the current zeitgeist.

3) Zojirushi Stainless Steel Coffee Mug

Another item I can personally vouch for, the Zojirushi mug's ability to keep a drink warm (coffee, tea, hot chocolate, take your pick) is unparalleled. I have made coffee at 7 AM that was still piping hot at 11 thanks to this little wonder. It also looks sleek and stylish, is easy to carry around, and simply will not spill (as long as you remember to close the lid).

4) VariDesk Pro Plus 36

Whether you are in the office or working from home, the science is becoming more and more clear—sitting down all day is really bad for your health. I made the switch to a standing desk almost a decade ago, and I have never looked back. I can personally vouch for the awesome utility of the VariDesk converters. You can work standing up, and if you need to take a break or field a call, it only takes a couple of seconds to fold the converter down and transform it into a regular sitting desk. The versatility, ease of use, and undeniable health benefits make this an easy one to recommend.

5) A vacation. A real one.

I don't care if you fly halfway around the world, or if you just turn your phone off and lounge around at home for a while, but if there's one thing nearly every lawyer I know really needs, it's an actual break. Burnout is real, it is insidious, and it can absolutely ruin a profession you genuinely love if you aren't careful about preventing it. Take a real break, and make it clear that you won't be answering your phone or logging in for the duration of that break. If you're like me, the kind of person who's waiting until it's a "good time" for a vacation, that time will never come. The work will never ease up on its own. You have to make that time for yourself, and I strongly recommend that you do.