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ProfHacker 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

It’s that time of year again for many of us, and we at ProfHacker have gathered our annual guide with a few suggestions for those of you still looking for gifts for family and friends. 2016 has been a difficult year, and in the spirit of moving forward you’ll notice lots of suggestions centered around giving not only to those close to us but to larger causes and projects that need support. There are also several resources for self-care and wellness, which can be an important and too-often o…


ProfHacker 2015 Holiday Gift Guide

Hopefully you’ve noticed the subtle change in the air: the giving way of the aroma of pumpkin spice latte to the onset of the peppermint mocha. With that blessed change from decorative gourd season, mothers everywhere want to know what you’ll be getting them for the slew of holidays that close out the year. Not to fear! It’s the annual ProfHacker gift guide! Whether you’re looking for ideas for mom, your kid, the board gamer, or the reader in your life, we’ve got you covered.

And if for some re…


ProfHacker 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

Round trees at night, lit with holiday lights Why is this post different from all other posts? Because it’s the annual ProfHacker gift guide! If December is a busy time for most people, it’s always seemed that much busier to me since becoming an academic: there’s finals, grades, and all those department parties competing for my attention when what I really need to do is figure out what I should get my wife. That’s where this guide comes in. We’ve got the recommendations you need for the coffee / exercise / tech enthusiast in your life, as …


Open Thread: What Are You Doing This Holiday Season?

OlympiaSnowWomanBethelMaineThe holidays are upon us! Grades are in. Holiday music  is in the air. The scent of specially baked treats is everywhere. For most of us, this will be a much-deserved if too-short respite from the semester.

How do you plan to spend the holidays? Is there some work  or personal projects you would like to get done? Are you planning to relax with friends and family? (A great option, we think). Share with us your holiday plans in the comments.

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What Will Your Great Winter Break Look Like?

pup in snowI’ve said it probably twenty times already this semester: “Have a great winter break!”

Of course, what’s great for one person may be different from what would be great for another. Here are some questions that can help you figure out what would make your own winter break great:


How do you feel right now?

How do you want to feel during your winter break?

How busy do you want to be?

How relaxed do you want to be?

What would you like to create, build, or make?

What would you like to explore, disc…


ProfHacker 2012 Holiday Gift Guide

A bubble light in a Christmas treeWith the end of classes and the advent of…well, advent…it’s time for that post of all posts: the annual ProfHacker holiday gift guide!

To help you do better than you otherwise might during the Airing of Grievances, we’re here with a boatload of suggestions for your family, your friends, your colleagues, and even (on occasion) for yourself. Given the nature of our blog, you’ll see the expected recommendations for tech tools to increase your productivity. But it turns out that many a ProfHacker lo…


Open Thread Wednesday: Balancing Holiday Workload

Snowman Rising

I’m always surprised by the arrival of Thanksgiving break, and with it the reminder that the days of fall are truly numbered. Whether you’re buried under snow, visiting relatives, or grading this coming weekend, the turn of seasons often brings with it unexpected work from all directions.

To keep from being completely overwhelmed, I have a few strategies I’m trying to stick to for this Thanksgiving break:

  • Pre-Holiday Grading Marathon: There are few things harder to face than cutting out of fes…

ProfHacker 2011 Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday Lights!It’s the end of the fall semester and the beginning of December…That means it’s time for ProfHacker’s annual—and EPIC—holiday gift guide!


EPIC enough for ALL CAPS. And more than a few exclamation points!!!

There’s sure to be something here for your loved ones, friends and neighbors, and just possibly yourself. We’ve got fun stuff, we’ve got work stuff. Gadgets, books, foodie favorites. And if you don’t see a gift idea here, take a look at our 2010 and even 2009 holiday gift guides. Continue reading