Gifts You Would Want: A Crowd-Sourced Gift Guide with a Prize (4 Updates)


Alas, I did not have time to put together a new gift guide this year, but I have an idea: suggest a gift and get a chance to win a gift.

While in some years I’ve been able to produce a gift guide (here’s one from a few years back), a couple of years ago I asked for your suggestions. And while some of you sent in some good ones (for example), I felt there could have been more participation.

I like the idea of crowd-sourcing a gift guide. While I sometimes come across interesting and fun gift ideas—for example, these:

which I put in the Heap of Links the other day—you all are, together, more likely to do a better job at this.

So I’m asking each of you to suggest a gift in the comments: one thing you would want. Though this is a philosophy site, the gift need not be philosophy-related, though of course it could be.

Include the name of the gift, a link to where it may be purchased, and a line or two about what’s good about it. Keep it under $75 (a price limit helps the suggestions be of more use to more people). And just one suggestion per person.

If you follow those instructions (and the ones below under “fine print”), you’ll be entered into a drawing to win the gift you suggested. UPDATE 1: The prize will be your choice of either the gift you suggested or any one of the other suggested gifts.

If more than 100 people comment with suggestions, two winners will be drawn. (If the participation in this is tremendous, I may, at my discretion, add more winners.) UPDATE 2: This drawing will take place only if there are at least 50 eligible suggestions. So encourage your friends and colleagues to suggest a gift!

I’ll keep comments on this open until Wednesday, the 13th , (UPDATE🙂 Thursday, the 14th, 3pm Eastern Time. and I’ll post by the 15th a video in which I select, at random, the winner.

Sound fun? I hope so—a little holiday cheer from your philosophy news site.

Here’s some “fine print”:

  • Suggestions of gift certificates, gift cards, money, etc., will not be eligible for the drawing.
  • One suggestion per person.
  • Gifts must cost less than $75 (US) in order to be eligible for the drawing.
  • For a gift to be eligible for the drawing, it must be possible to order it online from a device in the United States.
  • To enter the drawing, you will need to comment using your real name (at least first name) and your official university/college email address (UPDATE 3: this originally required a “.edu” email, but any verifiable university/college email is fine.) Your email address will not appear in your published comment. Note: if you regularly use that email address and a pseudonym when commenting here, in order to avoid inadvertently revealing your identity, add a “.DN” to the end of your email address. For example, if your name is Joe Smith and your email address is [email protected], but you regularly comment as “PuzzleDude” here, enter your name as “Joe Smith” or “Joe” and your email as “[email protected]”. (If you are a regular visitor to or commenter on Daily Nous but do not have a “.edu” address, you are welcome to make a suggestion but your eligibility for the drawing will depend on my discretion at recognizing you as a regular visitor and being able to get in touch with you via a working email address.)
  • Suggestions of gratuitously offensive or inappropriate gifts will be deleted at my discretion and the persons suggesting them will be ineligible for the drawing. No, there will be no discussion of this clause in the comments on this post.
  • If possible, the winning gift(s) will be ordered between the 15th and the 18th. Shipping is obviously out of my control, so I can make no assurances about when the gifts will arrive, or their condition, etc.
  • The drawing will only take place if at least 50 eligible suggestions are made.
  • If, by the time of the drawing, the chosen gift is sold out, backordered into 2024, or otherwise no longer available, the winner will have the option of requesting an alternative gift of comparable value.
  • Every once in a while, some comments that shouldn’t get trapped in the spam filter, sometimes the commenting system malfunctions, and sometimes the site goes down, etc. In short, there’s no guarantee a submitted comment will actually show up, though within reason I’ll do what I can to check for “lost” comments.
  • I may have forgotten to include something in this list I should have, in which case I may update it later.

(Some of the links in this post are Amazon affiliate links; purchases made through them support Daily Nous. Thanks!)

[This post was originally published on December 7, 2023.]
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Patrick Lin
6 months ago

This new book, please, Santa:
A City on Mars: Can we settle space, should we settle space, and have we really thought this through?”

https://www.amazon.com/City-Mars-settle-thought-through/dp/1984881728

Patrick Lin
Reply to  Patrick Lin
6 months ago

And what’s good about this book is that:

  • It’s already getting great reviews (e.g., see this NYT link);
  • It’s about a distant issue that’s getting closer to reality (so, the time is right to jump into this area of outer space ethics, which only a few philosophers have been working in over the decades); and
  • Zach Weinersmith (cartoonist and creator of Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal) and his scientist-wife Kelly are the authors (so, it’s more fun than a typical book about the subject and promises to be well illustrated).
Rosa
Rosa
6 months ago

This rooster puzzle, because puzzles help me turn my brain off, and I can’t be the only philosopher who sometimes wants to turn their brain off.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B094C841RJ/?th=1

Matt Dean
Matt Dean
6 months ago

I would like Kant’s Reason: The Unity of Reason and the Limits of Comprehension in Kant. It’s out of my budget but technically under the competition’s budget with the 30% off promo code 🙂
Code: AAFLYG6

Jill Hernandez
Jill Hernandez
6 months ago

Who wouldn’t want a handcrafted Camus, complete with bookshelf, cigarette, and “blessed are the hearts that bend” quote?!! The goods? C’mon. It’s a hand painted, acrylic, badass Camus with handmade furniture, made for…furniture! It’s hard to believe my large existentialism collection has, erm, survived without this! https://www.etsy.com/listing/1087359503/albert-camus-figurine-french-philosopher?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=sisyphus&ref=sr_gallery-7-1&cns=1&edd=1&sts=1&organic_search_click=1&variation0=2224690536&variation1=2369497862

Mehrzad Moin
Mehrzad Moin
6 months ago

This lovely canvas print would be a great way to spruce up an office. It is a classic Persian image dating back to the era of Shah Abbas. It depicts a serene outdoor scene, which is perfect for those who find themselves in offices without an exterior wall (i.e., without any view of the outdoors).

SCM
SCM
Reply to  Mehrzad Moin
6 months ago

I’m not getting a link to the print Mehrzad, just to an empty cart.

Mehrzad Moin
Mehrzad Moin
Reply to  SCM
6 months ago

How strange. Hopefully this link will work.

Nolan
Nolan
6 months ago

This David Lewis portrait by Renee Jorgensen. All of her other portraits are excellent, too.

https://society6.com/product/let-many-flowers-bloom-2_print?sku=s6-1351197p4a1v1

Helena de Bres
Helena de Bres
6 months ago

I would like a glass cloud. You can get one from this pair of artists in Australia (takes a couple of weeks to arrive.) It’s a perfect gift for anyone because: 1) it’s beautiful, 2) your recipient definitely won’t have it already (who has a personal cloud?), 3) it has philosophical vibes, and 4) your purchase supports a studio that in turn supports indigenous artists in Australia.

https://shop.jamfactory.com.au/collections/all-artists/products/glass-cloud?variant=20250039713890

David Killoren
David Killoren
6 months ago

A commissioned drawing of W.D. Ross by John Holbo (he’s already done a bunch of others but I want a Holbo Ross on my laptop lid)
https://www.redbubble.com/people/jholbo/shop

Kimberly Dill
Kimberly Dill
6 months ago

I’d love to receive a portable tea set, in order to more elegantly facilitate on-campus Philoso-tea discussion sessions with my students and colleagues. This portable travel set would be perfect for sharing tea outside, when the weather allows! To complete the set, a few tea coins would be lovely, too.

Tea set: https://westchinatea.com/travel-tea-set-flower-pattern
Tea: https://westchinatea.com/7g-ancient-tree-black-rain-shu-puer-tea-coin/

Jenna Donohue
Jenna Donohue
6 months ago

This new(ish) board game that is absolutely delightful and has been on my list now for a while: Ark Nova by Capstone games.

Capstone Games: Ark Nova Card Drafting, Hand Management Strategy Board Game, 1-4 Players, 90 to 150 Minute Play, Multi https://a.co/d/fMD0Js7

Beth Barker
Beth Barker
Reply to  Jenna Donohue
6 months ago

I play a lot of board games, and this is one of my all-time favorites.

Sara
Sara
6 months ago

A 6-film ticket package for the 2024 Milwaukee Film Festival. (Current early bird pricing is $70), located here:

https://www.goelevent.com/MilwaukeeFilm/Package/Sale/MFF2024-6Pack

I realize this is a somewhat unconventional, and geographically/temporally restricted gift (and so may not in fact qualify since it would require for most the possibility and burden of traveling, etc.) but I suppose there is no harm in suggesting it anyway. In any case, Milwaukee is a cool city and attending the film festival would be a fun and enriching experience for anyone, and well worth the trip I think! 🙂

Sam Duncan
Sam Duncan
6 months ago

Like a lot of philosophers I like photography, but I also really loathe spending my free time in front of a computer to edit digital files given how much of my working life I already spend sitting in front of a computer. Maybe you also like taking pictures but hate more screen time? Also, the weird dreamy view of a pinhole camera is pretty awesome. In a more pretentious moment I’m sure I could connect it to philosophy but I just think it’s cool.

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/151566-REG/Santa_Barbara_WA3B_4_x_5_Pinhole.html/?ap=y&smp=y&lsft=BI%3A514&gad_source=1&gclid=CjwKCAiAvdCrBhBREiwAX6-6UpZj6PkTkUOe5Qy4yIALeRD-GwwZENrj6-fv1bYsLI9dhVO30IhbTBoCBPkQAvD_BwE

Fiona Woollard
Fiona Woollard
6 months ago

I would like a nice bento box, please.
https://blackblum.com/products/bento-box

Fiona Woollard
Fiona Woollard
Reply to  Fiona Woollard
6 months ago

My (non-academic) husband’s suggestion was a giant cuddly Grogu and I was tempted by that idea, but the Bento box seemed more practical.

Brad Wray
6 months ago

I hope I understand the rules … rules are not my strong suit.
I think Elizabeth Eisenstein’s book The Printing Press as an Agent of Changewould be a great gift
It is available through Amazon, and costs about US$ 42. I am currently reading the book. It is stimulated to read as a scholar interested in the history of science, and authorship and publication in science. It would also look nice on my somewhat crowded bookshelf.

Frederick Choo
Frederick Choo
6 months ago

A Wireless Presenter with a laser pointer for presentations!

Sophia Stone
6 months ago

Group surf lesson with Gurfer Lady!

Caio Silva
Caio Silva
6 months ago

Modes of Being, 2 Volume Set from Paul Weiss. One of the rare cases where the shipping to Brazil is not astronomically high 😄

https://www.biblio.com/book/modes-being-2-volume-set-weiss/d/1194631698?placement=search_results_list

Caio Silva
Caio Silva
Reply to  Caio Silva
6 months ago

On why it is a good gift:

Modes of existence is a neglected topic in analytic metaphysics as far as I can remember. Quine and its successors took for granted that things exist in a sole and specific sense. As realist approaches – especially the aristotelian ones – become popular, a return to this discussion seems appropriate.

Melissa Knudstrup
Melissa Knudstrup
6 months ago

This Discus Chronologicus wall clock by Maria Popova, please! It sparks joy, especially with the black frame and the black hands. Thanks in advance, Santa.

https://society6.com/product/discus-chronologicus-german-time-model-from-the-1720s_wall-clock

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Henry
Henry
6 months ago

Many philosophers love nature, and especially mountains. I’d love this print of one of the most impressive peaks in the Berner Oberland:
https://photos.com/featured/finsteraarhorn-in-swiss-bernese-alps-at-saga-photography.html?product=canvas-print

Alex
Alex
6 months ago

Power Despite Precarity: Strategies for the Contingent Faculty Movement in Higher Education by Joe Berry and Helena Worthen. Link to buy from Pluto Press. (Looks like it’s half off through today if you, yes, you reading this right now, want to grab it!)
Higher ed, like so many other industries, is f***ed up (your mileage & rank may vary), and it’s not going to get better if we simply ask nicely.

Last edited 6 months ago by Alex
SCM
SCM
6 months ago

In the interests of making sure that Justin actually has to pick a winner, and in helping me keep my Ockham’s razor sharp, I would like a precision knife sharpener.

Karl
Karl
6 months ago

This is in the “philosopher decor” genre, though since it can hold your headphones so you don’t absentmindedly lose them, it’s also functional.

There’s an Etsy shop based here in Texas that makes 3D-printed busts of philosophers. I’m quite partial to this colorful version of Socrates, but there are several philosophers and other interesting figures in their catalog: https://www.etsy.com/listing/1312776171/psychedelic-socrates-headphone-rack-like

Last edited 6 months ago by Karl
Madeline Martin-Seaver
Madeline Martin-Seaver
6 months ago

All subscriptions to Texas Monthly are under $75, so you could even give three people print+digital subscriptions. TM is an engaging mix of longform reporting (the crime writing is always A+) and fun Texas stuff.

Beth
Beth
6 months ago

How about a nice set of watercolor paints? I’d want this just for something creative to do that isn’t writing philosophy.

Michel-Antoine Xhignesse
6 months ago

For the dinosaur enthusiast, I recommend John Conway’s, C.M. Koseman’s, and Darren Naish’s “All Yesterdays: Unique and Speculative Views of Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Animals“.

It helped to launch a sea change in palaeoart (the art of extinct creatures, especially Mesozoic “reptiles”) by questioning the assumptions that undergird artistic restorations of dinosaurs. The illustrations of dinosaurs are weird and wonderful. As an especially cool bonus, it includes reconstructions of modern-day animals as though done by alien artists following the same principles we apply to dinosaurs today (well, in 2010). The results are super informative. It’s beautiful, brilliant, and funny.

Last edited 6 months ago by Michel-Antoine Xhignesse
Kelly Weirich
Kelly Weirich
6 months ago

Well, who wouldn’t want a shirt that says “Support your Local Philosopher”? https://www.bonfire.com/store/life-of-the-mind/

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Nathan Nobis
6 months ago

I also like this long-handled coffee scoop, so your hand does not have to in the bag of coffee:

11.5″ Extra Long Coffee Scoop – 1 Tablespoon – Premium Grade 18/8 Stainless Steel – Reaches Bottom of Coffee Bags https://a.co/d/061WayQ