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) .

Picture by Jonathan W

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.

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.)

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.

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.

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.)

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.

Lifehacker Gift Guide 2010


Comments

    excellent ideas but i'll do it tomorrow

    "Week a day" Do you mean "Week a page"?

      I do indeed. Week a day would be even more cramped! Fixed now.

    I'm a pretty disorganised guy, and the only one of these that I'd really use as a gift is the cable organiser. It'd be easy to make one yourself, but something like that pre-made would be a nice, neat godsend.

    Rather than spend $25 a year for Niggle It, I spend $0 a year by entering the data into an Excel spreadsheet instead.

      Hi Anthony - I'm the developer for Niggle It. We have several advantages over Excel - we send you regular reminders before the warranty runs out, you can attach images of your receipts, warranty cards and photos of the items, and obviously we have a nifty iPhone app so you can Niggle your purchases on the spot!

      We've spoken to lots of people who store things in Excel and they all say the same thing - it let them down when it comes to the crunch. They forget to back up the file, it gets lost, it won't help you when you're on holidays, when you're on the road or when you forget to look at it - we're all about actively keeping you updated.

      Our Lite account is free - give it a shot and let us know what you think!

      - Craig

    Argh! More articles like this....and quick!

    I'm trying to spot the connection between a cable organizer and signum(x) = (x/|x|).

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