Welcome to our lucky 13th annual Holiday Gift Guide!
Each year, our team puts together our top, hand-picked gifts to help you explore new ideas for everyone on your holiday list. Our gift ideas include everything from experiences to tangible, practical, (sometimes) affordable, and sentimental gifts.
Happy holiday season to you and yours!
- The VIA Team
Christal Glovers's Picks:
The Second Body
"This should be required reading for all humans." Every living thing has two bodies. To be an animal is to be in possession of a physical body, a body which can eat, drink and sleep; it is also to be embedded in a worldwide network of ecosystems. When every human body has an uncanny global presence, how do we live with ourselves?TAKE XAL'S ADVICE
Nick Stewart's Picks:
Scott Schroeder's Picks:
Do you love well-made, overpriced pencils as much as I do? Then ya' gotta' get some led from Blackwing. The perfect analog gift to start charting your digital transformation.GET ANALOG
Jason Clark's Picks:
ChatGPT Plus Subscription
Inarguably the most significant technology advancement in a decade. The PLUS Subscription adds premiere and exceedingly useful features. Get this for a young person so they can help build the future.CREATE THE FUTURE
Ben Wilson's Picks:
Asian-Style Vegetable Cleaver
Change the life of the chef in your life! A rectangular-bladed knife just like this one has become my go-to in the kitchen, as my fine-edged, pointed 8" chefs knife looks on sad and unused. Perfect for meat or veg, it's quicker and safer chopping, heavier weighted, and easier to move ingredients with! There are many different options available on Amazon to suit your hand and preferences.CHOP CHOP
Since F1 fever has taken hold in the US, this simple and super-stylish tabletop racing strategy game is the perfect fit for the person in your life with a "Drive to Survive". In addition, the box is super-slim: a perfect fit for a stocking.LET'S RACE
If you've got someone on your list who wants a big-ticket electronic item, but it's a bit out of your price range - I suggest looking at Monoprice. It's become my go-to for things like stereo electronics, microphones, wireless earbuds - even an 88-key semi-weighted piano keyboard! The quality is great, and the prices are low because they don't spend a lot on marketing or design.BARGAINS! BARGAINS!
Chelsea Neal's Picks:
Plant Life Support Self-Waterer
The description says it's "for vacations" but we all know someone who belongs on a true crime podcast for their plant carnage, and could use a little help (it's me, hi).SUPPORT LIFE
Keena McCarthy's Picks:
Large Travel Backpack
I did A LOT of traveling this past year and this travel backpack was a game changer in the amount of clothes I could back in a small space. I recommend the XL for men and women. Everyone in my family has one!ADVENTURE TIME!
Nick Wunderlin's Picks:
Kentucky Humane Society Donation
All of my pets have been adopted through the Kentucky Humane Society. A one-time or monthly donation ensures second chances are given to Kentucky’s dogs, cats, and horses.DONATE
Morgan Plappert's Picks
Does it really need reasoning? Fine. We had one in the old office and this was my favorite place to work. so 1. Nostalgia 2. Function - It's cozy, it's quiet, it's private and it really does feel like a little escape working in this thing + it's noise filtering/cancelling so it helps with focus. 3. C'mon ... It's an EGG CHAIR.HAVE A SEAT!
Kernel Sifting Popcorn Bowl
We eat popcorn just about every night in my house. We use the same, scratched up, dinky, big ole plastic bowls that everyone knows all too well. We also have a toddler so kernels wind up all over the floor we ALSO have a 10 month old crawler, so kernels on the floor become a safety hazard. Solution: Beautiful, glazed stoneware bowls that have a colander-inspired bottom, filtering out all the kernels, trapping them at the bottom in a secret compartment for easy disposal. GENIUS. And good looking.MOVIE NIGHT!
Figma Keyboard Stickers with App Shortcuts
For this last 1, I'm going to get nerdy on you. An industry-related stocking stuffer. I'm in Figma 90% of my work day, so by now, I'm pretty well acquainted with the ins and outs. BUT these are still pretty fun. And I could see them actually being super helpful for anyone trying to pick up Figma and flatten the learning curve.FLATTEN THE CURVE
Amanda Krieger's Picks
Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless Premium Noise Canceling Headphones
The sound quality is great, and they are a wonderful investment. I've had mine for 9 years and they are indestructible, no matter where I go or what bag I toss them into.LISTEN UP!
Really nice mechanical switches(I know this is niche; welcome to the niche corner)
I've gotten into building keyboards, and while it seems fussy and over the top...well, it is. I won't lie. But I also type all day, so it's important to me that that feels and sounds nice. Everyone has a different opinion, I personally like "creamy keyboards", like this (ft the switches): https://youtu.be/3Agcgbo7BjkSWITCH IT UP
Rancho Gordo Bean Club
I know that "you'll get dried beans once a quarter" is a tough pitch. But Bean Club is a state of mind. Beans are a criminally underrated food, and I think it has to do with how homogeneously they're grown and canned. Rancho Gordo send heirloom beans that are so rich and flavorful, and when you have dried beans in your pantry, you really feel like you could make it through the harshest winters with warm and hearty meals.THE MAGICAL FRUIT
Past VIA Studio Gift Guides
VIA STUDIO SUPER BOWL 2021 COMMERCIALS SLACK THREAD
By:Nick Wunderlin on 2/8/2021
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Holiday Gift Guide 2021
By:Jason Clark on 12/14/2021
We’ve been building this tradition for quite some time now... Happy holiday season and welcome to our 11th annual Holiday Gift Guide! Below are our team’s carefully selected gift ideas for everyone on your list this year. We hope you enjoy browsing our guide as much as we did creating it.Read More »