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Tech Gifts for Lawyers in a Flash

Unless you're sending flowers or candy, it might be too late to have a gift delivered by Christmas. At this point, you might have to hunt down the perfect gift the old fashioned way: driving to a store.

Or maybe not! To make your gift search less tedious, we put together a quick list of tech gifts, most of which can be ordered online and sent instantaneously to the recipient. 

1. E-Books

Lawyers love books, right? And chances are your giftee already has an e-Book reader, and if not, major publishers like Amazon and Barnes & Noble offer free apps to download to any smart device. Amazon lets you choose a specific e-book to give as a gift. Barnes & Noble directs you to purchase a physical gift card or send an electronic one via email.

2. Software

Virtually all software is downloadable via the internet, and most distributors allow users to send links to download their programs. You can even wrap the gift in an eCard for the occasion. As with all internet downloads, however, just be careful not to infect your office mates, friends, or family with viruses.

3. E-Gift Cards

Gift cards are great because the recipient gets to choose the gift, within the budget set by the giver, and e-gift cards can be delivered electronically. Amazon, for example, offers e-gift cards for up to $2,000. Ho, ho, whoa! That's more than my bonus.

4. Encrypted Flash Drives

OK, you might have to deliver these devices physically, but they are small enough that you can put them in the standard overnight mail. That's lawyerly in itself, but they also offer the confidential quality that lawyers should maintain with their clients' information. It's actually more secure and faster than downloading from the internet.

5. Smart Assistants

No, not smarter assistants. We're talking about digital assistants, like Siri, but made for the home or office. Amazon Echo or Google Home can keep track of schedules, manage work lists, and even respond to legal questions. You'll have to pick this one up and deliver it personally to get there on time, but if you buy one for yourself then next year your assistant can remind you to deliver your gifts on time.

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