Lifehacker Gift Guide: Christmas Presents For The Disorganised

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Lifehacker Gift Guide: Christmas Presents For The Disorganised


Organised types will have finished their Christmas shopping back in September, but most of us need a little more help. The Lifehacker Gift Guide for 2010 kicks off with some perfect gift choices to help the recipients get themselves more organised (including budget-minded options for those of us with rapidly shrinking wallets) .

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BEST CHOICES

CanoScan LiDE200

Cost: $159
Where to get it: Shop around (it’s almost always below the RRP)
Why it’s a good choice: I’ve picked this scanner because it’s the one I use myself, but there’s plenty of good models on the market. A multi-function device that offers scanning or printing is a good alternative choice for a compact home office, but a standalone scanner has the advantage of portability. Plus, you’re not giving a gift that forces people to buy their own ink supplies.
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100GB of storage at Dropbox

Cost: $US199 for a year
Where to get it: Dropbox
Why it’s a good choice: Around these parts, Dropbox is synonymous with organising your stuff and all-around coolness. Having 100GB to play with makes it even more flexible. (Dropbox doesn’t offer a gift certificate option, sadly, but you can offer the upgrade to your favourite geek and watch them drool.)
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Maestro 2 Drawer Red Ripple Filing Cabinet

Cost: $248
Where to get it: Officeworks
Why it’s a good choice: For people who aren’t ready for the benefits of digitisation, a good-looking filing cabinet is an incentive to sort all that paperwork. For home use, two drawers should be plenty; anything older should probably be filed in the shed or the recycling bin. The festive colour is an added bonus.
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BUDGET CHOICES

Diary

Cost: $2 and up
Where to get it: $2 shops, newsagencies, chain stores
Why it’s a good choice: Yes, moving to an electronic calendar has benefits, but there’s a learning curve. Don’t choose a week-a-page pocket option; they’re portable but there’s no room for any actual organisation. Customise the diary with birthdays and other important dates and reminders for added usefulness. Picture by By Markus Rodder.
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Niggle It Subscription

Cost: $24.95 (one year)
Where to get it: Niggle It
Why it’s a good choice: Niggle It is a great Australian-developed service to help you track warranties, registrations, passports and other vital documents with an expiry date. For added generosity, offer a couple of hours of your time to help with the process of uploading the initial data. (Bonus: you can use the same gift idea next year when the service expires.)
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Signum Cable Organiser

Cost: $29.99
Where to get it: IKEA
Why it’s a good choice: One of your relatives is bound to have a spaghetti junction happening behind their television. This is an easy way to help clear it up.
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Lifehacker Gift Guide 2010

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