The law is a jealous mistress, making it tough to find time to do holiday shopping. Here are our gift ideas for clients and colleagues—both naughty and nice.
Posted Dec 1, 2007 2:25 PM CST
By Elisa Drake
A Tie with Bite: The shark-print tie—is there anything that says “I’m a lawyer” better than this? Lee Allison Co.’s signature print is too whimsical to be offensive—a few of the sharks carry briefcases. Plus it’s made so well from woven silk that it will never be mistaken for a cheap gag. Each tie comes in an elegant signature gift box with your own personal message handwritten on a gift card. The tie is $90, bow tie $52; leeallison.com, 773-276-7172.
Photo by Tom Nowak
Bling to Your Ears: CLE can be music to the ears thanks to the new iPod Nanos preloaded with audio programs in practice areas like real estate, health law and tax law. And while you’re rockin’ out to the sounds of ERISA regulations and remaindermen, keep up your stylish appearance with tricked-out earbuds. Shuga Buds come studded with genuine Swarovski crystals in colors such as red, green, gold and blue. (And the name sure is fun to say. Go ahead, say it: Shuga Buds. Shuga Buds.) $48, shugabuds.com; CLE-loaded iPod Nano prices vary, ababooks.com, 800-285-2221.
Winning the Case for Style: Elezar is a handbag company that holds special appeal for fashionable lawyers—perhaps because co-owner Esther Barron happens to be one of them. Barron, a clinical assistant professor of law at Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago, makes sure her bags merge outside style with inner convenience and functionality. And the styles work for every occasion, from appearances in courtrooms and corporations to more formal evening events. Prices start at $125; elezar.com, 212-579-7122.
Luck Be a Cufflink: Who can’t use a bit of luck when it comes to practicing law (or hiring a lawyer, for that matter)? With these charming silver cufflinks, which sport such symbols as a four-leaf clover or an elephant, good fortune is only as far as the sleeve of your classic-fit cotton dress shirt. Both come courtesy of Thomas Pink, a London-based label specializing in tailored shirts, sweaters, ties, leather goods and accessories. Good Charm cufflinks, $195; Black Label shirt, $150; thomaspink.com, 212-838-1928.
Toying Around: We’ll bet most lawyers don’t have a 14-karat gold-plated Slinky. The Slinky’s been a classic since it debuted in 1945. This glittering take is for the kid in you—or at least the kid with refined taste and a bigger expense account. $99.95, poof-slinky.com, 800-329-TOYS.
In Vino Veritas: Attorney, counselor ... and winemaker? That’s Hubert Lenczowski, a real estate and business planning partner at Gordon & Rees in San Francisco. But oenophiles know him through Duncan Peak Vineyards, which he co-owns with his wife, Resa. The 110-acre Mendocino County ranch enjoys warm days and cool, breezy nights, which make for a silky cabernet sauvignon rich with cherry and vanilla-oak flavors and a balanced, ready-to-drink petite sirah that’s dense with the tastes of black raspberry, chocolate and white pepper. Prices vary; duncanpeak.com, 925-283-3632.
A SCOTUS Shakeup: The U.S. Supreme Court may be a formidable place for any lawyer, but not when it’s shrunk down to fit inside a glass globe and covered in faux snow, all on a hand-painted base. The Supreme Court Historical Society sells these wintery desk warmers in its gift shop amid myriad memorabilia. No worries about your dollars lining the robes of the court’s royalty, either. The shop is a nonprofit; funds go toward historical research. $11.95, shop.supremecourthistory.org, 888-539-4438.
Weather the Storms: Rainmaking is fun until someone gets wet. That’s where the Davek Solo umbrella comes in. With microweave fabric, a reinforced carbon frame and a solid steel shaft, the diminutive brolly’s built to endure even the harshest conditions. And push-button operation promises a simple open-and-shut case. $95 from davekny.com, 212-749-8746.