Ok, I really enjoyed putting this gift guide together! Most of these are things I have enjoyed. A few are things that I find amazing and are on my list, too. I think you’ll find something cool and unique for that really special person in your life…or for yourself!
These meaningful gifts will seriously brighten up your gift giving. Especially for that person that means a lot to you but you don’t know what to give them, and you know that a gift card won’t cut it.
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The Amazing Hand-Picked Christmas Gift Guide
Bibles and Books
1. Systematic Theology ESV Study Bible ($24-$55)
The Systematic Theology Study Bible is perfect for the church leader, Bible student or Bible teacher, but is appealing to all who wish to understand Christian doctrine and how theology is extracted from Scripture. You’ll awaken the inner theologian with this Bible!
I confess, this has been on my wish list since I first learned earlier this year it was being produced.
2. Praying the Scriptures Bible, God’s Word Translation ($19-$23)
The God’s Word Translation is a reliable and readable Bible translation. It translates the meaning of the original text into clear, everyday language.
My wife and I each bought one of these and we’re using it in the Bible reading we do together.
1. A Praying Life by Paul E. Miller ($8-$10)
This book on prayer is practical, realistic, and applicable to everyday life. Not every book on the subject of prayer can accomplish all of that.
My wife and I read this together and it’s on our read once a year list and we highly recommend this book.
2. And He Dwelt Among Us by A.W. Tozer ($9-$15)
Reading this book brings deeper insight and will fuel the love that many already have for John’s Gospel.
This is the most captivating book I’ve ever read on the Gospel of John. Every time I see this cover, I want to dig into it all over again!
For the coffee lover, this is the pinnacle of cool! It’s easy to learn and the results are enjoyable by everyone. You can roast up to 1 pound of green coffee at a time in a drum roaster.
I bought one of these in 2009 for small batch sample roasting and have roasted close to 200 batches of coffee. It’s built well for home use and any coffee lover is going to be thrilled with the Behmor.
2. Bonavita Coffee Brewer ($125)
There are 2 things that are critically important to a great coffee brewer: the spray heads on the brewer, and the temperature it brews coffee. This is the best home brewer that has well placed, highly effective spray heads and that maintains water at the optimal brewing temperature of 198° to 205°F (92°-96° C). This beast has a 1500 watt heater and that’s going to be about the highest you can get in home brewing!
3. Hario Skerton Ceramic Coffee Mill ($33)
This thing is great. I take it on the road, camping, and have used it at home on occasion. What I like most about it is the burrs that grind the beans are ceramic so they give an even grind and they don’t pre-heat your coffee beans with friction while they’re grinding.
You gotta be a real coffee lover to hand grind your beans at home, but it’s small and light enough for travel. Bonus: I haven’t tried this, but if you accidentally break the glass, I heard the mill will fit a Mason style jar!
4. Baratza Encore Burr Grinder, Digital Scale, and Grinder Brush ($33)
For those who don’t want to take their coffee grinder on the road, this is an absolute beast. It has 40 different grind settings from super fine Turkish to super coarse for French Press and again, grinding with burrs gives a consistent grind to your coffee and doesn’t heat the beans as they grind like blade grinders do.
I had an older version of this grinder made by Baratza. It recently performed it’s last grind and died, but that’s after 16 years of coffee grinding! Needless to say, I have no trouble recommending Baratza.
Tech, Fun, and Games
1. Nokia 6 ($229)
Yes, that Nokia! Nokia released this phone to the U.S. in June 2017 and I was one of the first in line. It’s one solid phone, crafted out of 1 single piece of anodized aluminium, it feels like a $700 phone in your hands. It comes witha 16MP front camera, 8MP on the back, and a stock Android 7.1 with no bloatware. The screen is 5.5 inches and the speakers continue to blow my mind.
I’ve been using the Nokia 6 since June and I really enjoy this device. It’s not for the hardcore gamer, but it’s been amazing for multi tasking everyday stuff. I run several social media apps and even edit photos for my blog on this thing. I can’t say it enough, for barely over $200 this phone cannot be touched!
2. Photive Bluetooth Headphones ($40)
Over the ear wireless headphones with a built in mic, 12 hour rechargeable battery life, and a travel case.
I got these for my birthday last year and I truly enjoy them. Especially on long flights. I can use them with my phone, laptop, tablet, and anywhere else I see Bluetooth capability. On a long plane, I use the wire it comes with and just plug in to watch the movies. On a short flight, I kick back and listen to music on my phone. The travel case is nicely made, and the headphones are comfortable.
3. Fitness Answered Resistance Bands ($45)
Portable, built well, and stack-able to increase the weight resistance. A really nice set of exercise equipment that you can easily store and take with you if you wish.
Bonus: Guaranteed not to become a catch-all or a coat hanger! But in all seriousness, these bands really are made very well. They replaced some old rubber resistance bands that were not so fun to use.
4. Ticket to Ride Nordic Countries ($42)
If you’ve ever played Ticket to Ride USA or Europe, then you need this. And if you haven’t played, then you need them all! Nordic Countries is a smaller map and is fit for 2 or 3 players, or teams if you have more people. We love Ticket to Ride, and we love this even more since we’re called to minister to the Nordic people!
Bonus: You can pray for us and all of those called to serve the Nordic people groups each time you play this game!
For the Blogger in Your Life
These are some of the amazing tools and services I use to keep this blog and site running well and to enhance the user experience.
1. Varial Hosting
Thinking about a new, reliable, and more supportive web host? Varial Hosting is an award-winning Canadian web hosting service provider specializing in affordable yet premium web hosting and optimized WordPress hosting solutions.
I’d be dead in the water without an excellent web host. The personal service and support that I get from Varial is why I continue to renew with them each year. I’m crazy impressed with how they continue to add features and improve on an already awesome service.
2. Genesis Framework
WordPress sites are powered by themes. A framework is a sort of a super powerful theme engine that handles all of the core elements. Genesis is what I use and that’s a powerhouse supertheme engine for WordPress. Genesis is fast, clean, SEO friendly, and extremely reliable.
On top of a framework like Genesis, you need a child theme. All of the design and layout elements rest on top of the framework. It’s the custom paint on a supercar.
Genesis Framework and themes have revolutionized my blog and site. The custom elements you see all over my site are all because of Genesis Framework and themes. That’s not only given my site it’s own character, but it’s also provided the fast, user friendly environment and has brought a level of professionalism to my blog.
Every website and blog needs a convenient way for visitors to share to social media. There are tons of plugins available for WordPress that will do the job. Except many of them are not maintained properly, some slow down the website significantly, and others are just plain ugly.
I use Social Warfare because it’s built extremely well, maintained regularly, and you get fast personal support when you need it. Social Warfare has greatly increased social engagement on my site. And it’s not ugly!