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    HYPERlinks Holiday Gift Edition: December 22, 2011

    This week we share our best gift ideas for fellow Web designers and developers. Some of these gift ideas are practical tools for Web professionals, others are just plain funny. From books to iPad covers, these toys and tools will help you out as you work on the Web. Plus, now we know how Bill protects his Macbook from the Dark Side…

    Jason Amor / Facebook Designer & Developer

    Books for people who make websites

    http://www.abookapart.com/
     
    Give the budding web developer in your life the gift of knowledge. The latest publications from A List Apart include the most up to date information about HTML5, CSS3, Content Strategy, Responsive Web Design, Designing for Emotion, and Designing for Mobile.

    V-Luxe iPad Stand

    http://www.bknydesign.com/
     
    If you watch movies on your iPad and consistently wake up with a mangled neck and sore arms, it’s time to invest in an iPad stand. Get this one, etc.

    Megan Hornbecker / Front-end Developer

    toggl

    https://www.toggl.com/
     
    “Time Tracking so easy you’ll actually use it.”
    Seriously. You can track your time from your computer, tablet or phone; it’s easy to get started and it helps track all of your hours and minutes so don’t miss any billable time. Toggle integrates with Basecamp and Quickbooks. Toggle also has a handy section to budget time for tasks where you can view in real time actual hours worked compared to your estimated budget.

    Analisa Svehaug / Social Media & Project Manager

    Cosmonaut Stylus

    http://www.studioneat.com/products/cosmonaut
     
    “We love to sketch out quick ideas or doodle on our tablets, and using a stylus is much better than a finger for such tasks. The problem is, all the styluses on the market are designed to look and feel like a pen. But why? Writing or drawing on the iPad feels nothing like using a pen or pencil. The perfect tablet stylus is one that feels like a dry erase marker: fast, simple, low fidelity. ”

    The Cosmonaut is a nice thick stylus that will work on most touch screen devices, including the iPad and iPhone. I like it because it reminds me of that chunky sidewalk chalk from childhood. Too bad you can’t play hopscotch on an iPad…
     

    Embossed leather “Electric Library” smart cover for iPad 2

    http://www.etsy.com/shop/punkassjim
     
    Jim Thorpe is an old friend of HyperArts, and when we saw his classy iPad covers, we couldn’t help but want to share! Inspired by an old electrical handbook cover he found one day, Jim decided to make a similar cover for his iPad 2, using the title, “Audel’s New Electric Library” because, well, it makes perfect sense!

    Jim carves the embossing plate by hand, presses the leather with his own “delightfully rustic method”, and then personally assembles and stress-tests the finished product. Each cover is unique, with its own slight imperfections and personality.

    Jenni Schwartz / Designer

    The Grablet

    http://www.thegrablet.com/
     
    The Grablet is a sleek, brightly-colored, multi-functional, multi-purpose case allowing you to transform the way you use your iPad. Designed to be modular in nature and brimming with attachments and uses…it lets you attach, hang, hook, suspend, and simply use your iPad safely and securely. My favorite part is the adjustable straps that allows you to custom fit the Grablet to your own hands!

    Bill Dailey - HyperArts Programmer & Project Manager

    Bill Dailey / Project Manager & Programmer

    Yoda USB Desk Protector

    http://www.thinkgeek.com/computing/usb-gadgets/d514/

    Every designer or developer needs a special friend to keep watch over their prized electronic possessions. Never worry about leaving your Macbook unattended again.

    Tim Ware / SEO, Web Design & Development

    Keyboarding Gloves

    http://www.freehands.com/categories/Collections/#Menu
     
    In our finger-driven culture, the ability to communicate via keyboard is crucial, come sleet or snow. Freehands.com offers a variety of keyboard-friendly gloves to keep your digits moving in the cold.

    Gmail USB Keyboard

    http://www.gboard.com/
     
    If you’re a frequent Gmail user, the Gboard, a Gmail-specific USB keyboard, is just the ticket. The 19 keys represent the most common actions performed in Gmail. And it’s only about $20!

    Booq Laptop Bags

    http://www.booqbags.com/All-Products/Mamba-laptop-bags/Mamba-shift-L-black-laptop-backpack
     
    I bought one of these at Macword a few years ago and I love it! The Mamba Shift, around $150, is perfect for safely transporting your laptop while biking, and it can also be carried by its top handle (the back straps are removable).

    One thing I really like, besides how well made and beautiful it is, is the variety of storage pockets inside and out, without looking goofy.

     
     
    Happy Holidays from the HyperFolks!

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