I recently wrote about six free holiday gifts you can give to colleagues, co-workers, and friends. 

Now let's go to the opposite end of the spectrum: seven great gifts that are relatively expensive but definitely worth the price.

If you run a big company, you may not be able to hand one of these out to all of your employees. But if you have only a few employees, or you have a client or partner or supplier on your list you feel deserves a great gift, consider one of these.

Perfect for travel. For tuning out office noise. Include the optional microphone and they provide awesome two-way call clarity.

Plus, they're extremely durable. They sound great. The rechargeable battery lasts longer than the advertised 16 hours. And magnetic ear pads pop off, making cleanup easy -- and making replacing them easy. 

They're my favorite headphones. While they aren't cheap, hey: Quality never is.

We all have a friend with a podcast. And we all have a friend whose podcast content is great, but whose podcast audio quality is terrible.

Give your friend a Blue Yeti Nano. It plugs-and-plays on a Mac or a PC.

And will provide an instant sound-quality upgrade.

I'm a big fan of this company's  gym bag. (It's my favorite travel bag.) And I'm a big fan of Matthew, one of the S & L co-founders.

But I also love its briefcase. Light yet durable -- it will probably last me forever -- cool-looking without seeming trendy, roomy without feeling bulky.

Plus, and while it sounds shallow (hey, I never said I was deep), I feel a little more confident when I carry mine.

Can't beat that.

I haven't actually tried one of these -- but I have three fitness friends who love theirs. 

Heart rate monitor, cadence and pace alerts, workout tracking ... If you know someone who wants to lead a more quantified life, it could be a great gift.

Plus, it does a bunch of other things, if they happen to be into phone calls and messages and music and stuff, that is.

I'm trying to learn to play guitar. Trying is the operative word. It's really hard.

A great guitar does make it easier, though.

I'll probably never need another guitar: great tone, great neck, great tremolo system. I'll never outgrow it.

(If you want to spend less, consider the guitar that travels with me, a Cutlass CT50. It's a great entry-level guitar.) 

Plus, the Ernie Ball company itself is a great story: family-owned, third-generation, factory in California. If where things come from, and the people who make them, is a factor in your purchase decisions, the Ernie Ball folks are great people.

Double-plus: My good friend Kirk Hammett plays their strings. (OK, "good" and "friend" is pushing it, but we did once chat over a non-alcoholic beer.)

We also all have a friend with a home office and a small, shrill, tinny-sounding, headache-producing Bluetooth speaker.

Klipsch's The Three is the perfect home office speaker. It looks great in a retro yet somehow modern way. 

It sounds even better, even at low, "workplace" volume levels. And it supports almost everyone's favorite streaming services.

Consider buying one to give as a gift -- even if it's only for yourself.

And one gift that isn't that expensive but should be:

Sewn binding. Signature-style pages. Deckled edges. Leather strap closure. 

This journal looks so great the person you give it to may hesitate to use it.

But they will. (I know. I love the one I was given.)

And when the person you give one to fills it up, I'm willing to bet they'll buy another for themselves.

Which is the perfect measure of a great gift.

Published on: Dec 3, 2018
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