It’s that time of year again—gift guide season! We know you’re busy planning year-end events and meetings for 2017, and some of you may even be tasked with coordinating your organization’s holiday party (oh, the misery). So we’ve taken the guesswork out of buying presents, rounding up our top gifts for 2016. Many of them are perfect for event profs, but might be just as well-received by a close friend, your son or even your mother-in-law. Whether it’s for easing your worries about leaving pets home alone, or fashion that’s both comfortable and stylish, we’ve got you covered. There’s nothing wrong with a “to me, from me” gift tag under the tree either. Happy holidays!
“Messy: The Power of Disorder
to Transform Our Lives”
While his message may go against much of what you’ve read about tidiness and organization, Tim Harford suggests (with help from neuroscience, psychology and social science, of course) disorder, confusion and disarray aren’t all that bad. “Messy” explains why a little chaos is ultimately good for creativity. $28
Ever wonder what your pet is up to when you’re on the road? PetBot is a camera and treat dispenser that monitors furry friends during travel. Download its app to watch in real time, talk to the pets and give them treats like you would at home. The camera also detects when your pet is in close range and will send you random selfies of them throughout the day. $190