21 Unusual and (Mostly) Useful Holiday Gifts Especially for the Measurement Maven

Happy Holidays! Looking for gifts that are interesting, unusual, and (mostly) useful for the measurement fans in your life? Here’s an exclusive assortment:

>>> Help that special measurement someone show their dedication to data:

Tape Measure Stilettos
metric only, about $800 from Christian Louboutin.

>>> The first step on the road to becoming a Measurement Maven is to master:


Excel Power Pivot and Power Query For Dummies
by Michael Alexander, from $15.99 on Amazon.

>>> The gift of enhanced data insight:

Supplements of B, C, D, and E Vitamins, with Bioflavonoids
from $10.63 at Food Science of Vermont.

>>> For anyone whose heart rate spikes at the thought of presenting results:


Tickets to a 2-Day Dale Carnegie Seminar
$2,195 from dalecarnegie.com.

>>> For the hot beverage of your favorite data geek:

A “Data Like This Gets Me Excited” Mug
$13.99 from Cafe Press.

>>> Give the gift of a foreign language — business:

Learn to Talk to Your CFO in Their Language – Part 1
free from CleverWorkArounds.

>>> For someone who needs to carry around all their data:

A Handbag Made of Recycled Measuring Tapes
from UpcyclingByMilo on etsy.

>>> For your favorite executive director:

Measuring the Networked Nonprofit
by Beth Kanter and Katie Paine,
winner of the 2013 Terry McAdam Book Award from the Alliance for Nonprofit Management,
from $14.95 on Amazon.

>>> The gift of old-school style in conquering data:


No. 2 Mongol Pencils
$25 for a vintage box of a dozen, on eBay.

>>> Show your love for your favorite data analyst with:


A Tape Measure Heart Design Necklace
gold plated (yes, Santa, this is a hint…),
$19.99 from koolstuff2 on etsy.

>>> To bind their paper reports:


A Ceramic Hippopotamus Stapler
€45.00 from brigittetanaka.com (tip of the hat to New York Magazine).

>>> Give them insight on influence with:



The Science of Influence: How Social Media Affects Decision Making in the Healthcare, Travel, Retail and Financial Industries
by Marcia DiStaso and Tina McCorkindale,
priceless (and free) from IPR.

>>> Keep them current on the latest measurement trends with a subscription to:



The Measurement Advisor Newsletter

comes with a free chicken feather for your measurement cap from one of Katie Paine’s chickens,
$9.99/month from Paine Publishing.

>>> What better place to write great reports than on:



A Set of Table and Chairs Made with Vintage Rulers and Yardsticks

from $695 by Vivaterra at Apartment Therapy.

>>> Anyone without this fundamental reference in their library is statistically likely to fail:

Primer of Public Relations Research, Third Edition
by Don Stacks
from $22.70 on Amazon.

>>> A gift of time with the world’s most renowned data visualization expert:

A Full-Day Seminar with Edward Tufte

$380 from edwardtufte.com.

>>> For when they’re struck by insight while waiting in line at security:


A Classic Moleskine Soft Notebook
with acid-free paper, elastic closure, and expandable inner pocket,
from $12.95 from Amazon.com.

>>> The essential measurement tool (and it’s free!):


Online Courses from Google Analytics Academy
free, from Google.

>>> For anyone who needs to stay charged up while finalizing reports in the airport or wherever:


A Five-Port Anker PowerPort USB Hub
$29.99 from Best Buy.

>>> Give the gift of calm before presenting results:


Yogi Honey Lavender Stress Relief Herbal Tea
$4.89 from yogiproducts.com.

>>> Of course your measurement friend never makes mistakes. But if they do, now they can make scents fixing them:

An Assortment of Five Kikkerland Tea-Scented Erasers
$4 from kikkerland.com.

“…and to all a good night.” ∞

(Big Christmas elf-type thanks to Katie Paine).

About Author

Bill Paarlberg

Bill Paarlberg is the Editor of The Measurement Advisor. He has been editing and writing about measurement for over 20 years. He was the development and copy editor for "Measuring the Networked Nonprofit" by Beth Kanter and Katie Paine, winner of the 2013 Terry McAdam Book Award.