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Last minute Christmas gifts for the lawyer in your life

22nd November 2016

Christmas is now fast approaching and if you have a lawyer in your life then you will be familiar with the struggles of buying them a gift that is actually useful to them.

Some people working in legal jobs in the UK seem to have everything and can be among the most difficult people to buy Christmas gifts for.

If you are looking to buy a gift for a lawyer this Christmas, no matter whether it is for a loved one, a friend or a colleague, but are out of ideas then check out our recommendations below.

Gifts for the bookworm

The Patent Lawyer Magazine

The Patent Lawyer Magazine

A magazine subscription is a great gift for anyone, so what makes a lawyer any different? Few lawyers wouldn’t appreciate a subscription to one of CTC Legal Media’s publications: The Patent Lawyer Magazine, The Trademark Lawyer Magazine, and The Copyright Lawyer Magazine.

All the magazines are published bi-monthly in hardcopy and electronically via the latest page-turning software and are read by over 12,000 patent professionals around the world. As the only purely patent-focused magazine distributed internationally in the market at the moment, its reputation is deservedly strong in the legal sector, making their subscription a safe gift choice.

As an exclusive offer with LAW Absolute, CTC Legal Media are offering a fantastic one-off discount on subscriptions to a publication of your choice until January 1st 2017 ONLY. Instead of £495 for a yearlong subscription and online access to ALL the back issues to a publication of your choice, CTC Legal Media can exclusively offer the same deal for just £399! Simply email info@ctclegalmedia.com  quoting “LAW-ABSO-XMAS399”’.

Helena Normanton and the Opening of the Bar to Women

Helena Normanton

Waterside Press, who publish books and works of interest across the legal system, recommend buying the Helena Normanton and the Opening of the Bar to Women for a lawyer.

In this first full-length account of Helena Normanton’s life and career, author Judith Bourne tells of her fight to join the Bar of England and Wales and how she opened it up to women.

Helena Normanton was the first woman to practice as a barrister in England and was the second woman to be called to the Bar of England and Wales.

Bow Street Beak

Bow Street Beak

The Bow Street Beak book is a roller-coaster ride through the judicial career of magistrate Ronald Bartle at the iconic Bow Street Magistrates’ Court.

Readers will learn about the cases of Michael Fagan and other Buckingham Palace intruders as well as cases about over-zealous preachers, ‘saucy’ prostitutes and the legal case about cockroaches in the kitchens of one of London’s most prestigious clubs.

Whores and Highwaymen: Crime and Justice in the Eighteenth-Century Metropolis

Crime and Justice in the Eighteenth-Century Metropolis

This book, which is available on the Waterside Press website, gives a fascinating insight into the crime and justice system in London during the 18th century.

Based on news reports, Old Bailey and local archives, the book features a range of dubious characters; from whores and highwaymen to thief-takers and more.

By going through the voices of contemporary observers and writings by experts, this fascinating book creates a compelling picture of a critical time in English history.

Gifts for the joker

Lawyer Gift Apron

Lawyer Gift Apron

Cafe Press sell a lawyer gift apron that is perfect for a lawyer who loves to cook.

The apron is 31 inches long by 29 inches wide and is therefore big enough to catch all the spills and spatters.

Offering convenient storage with two large pockets at the waist, the apron can also be professionally printed to include a unique design that everyone will smile at.

This great gift is currently available for just £15.50, reduced from £19.50.

Court Awards mug

Court Awards mug

At Carbolic Smoke Ball, which sell unusual gifts for professionals, you can buy a Court Awards mug.

The mug’s illustration comes from a 1890s magazine article and shows court awards for different limb losses.

This whacky gift shows nine silhouetted bodies, each with one or more limbs missing, and underneath the sketches it says how much the claimant will receive in damages.

According to the mug, back in the 1800s someone losing their leg below the knee could expect to receive £210 or £1,000 for losing both legs above the knee.

Billing bib

Billing bib

The billing bib from Café Press is the perfect gift for any occasion, from a baby shower, to mother’s day and Christmas

The 100% combed ring spun cotton jersey baby bibs are super soft and provide great coverage for all the spills of a little one.

You can also get a message printed on the bib so that it can be perfect for a baby boy or girl.

The bib is available for just £8.50.

Legal Decision Maker

Legal Decision Maker

Find Gift sell a Legal Decision Maker, a paperweight that can do the hard work for a lawyer. Just spin the Legal Decision Maker and get that second opinion like “Insanity Plea” or “Ask Mom”.

This paperweight is functional, fun and a great way to display a lawyer’s silly side

Gifts for the office

Scales of Justice paperweight

Scales of Justice paperweight

The Scales of Justice glass paperweight is a great present a lawyer can display on their work desk.

This attractive paperweight is an oblong block of solid glass with the scales of justice laser-etched on the inside of the block, right at its core.

The scales can be seen from every angle and is a great accessory for a lawyer’s desk.

Men’s Bamboo Festive Socks Gift Box

Festive Socks Gift Box

Bring some Christmas fun into the office with your fancy feet.

These luxuriously soft Men’s Bamboo Festive Socks Gift Box are more than just a fun design, the intelligent Bamboo cotton keeps you comfortable all day by cooling your feet when you’re in a toasty office, and keeping you warm when you’re outside on the go.

The Present Finder socks gift box contains four pairs of socks with Christmas tree, snowflakes, snowmen and skier designs.

Smell of Litigation in the Morning mug

Litigation mug

Available to buy on the Zazzle website, the Smell of Litigation in the Morning mug is a great gift to buy for a colleague who loves a warm brew first thing in the morning.

The ceramic mug is microwave and dishwasher safe and with Zazzle, you can create a photo mug or choose from a collection of funny law-related jokes and phrases.

There are 10 million designs to choose from in total!

Gifts for at home

Chess set for legal professionals

Chess set for legal professionals

Approach the Bench, a specialist gift retailer for lawyers, sell a magnetised supreme chess set.

Their chess sets are their most popular gift and the gift features iconic courtroom figures such as the King/Judge, Queen/Blind Justice, Bishops/Male and Female Solicitors, Knights/Bailiffs, Rooks/Courthouses and Pawns/Jurors.

The chess set is on a uniquely stepped board that resembles a bench and jury box and the sets can even be customised with up to two engraved plates for messages, the name of a firm, personal name, commemorative dates, logos and more.

The sets are the "Official chess set of the US Supreme Court Historical Society" and have been featured on television.

Wine bottle stoppers

Wine bottle stoppers

If you know a lawyer who likes their wine then a law-related wine bottle stopper is a great gift idea.

Approach the Bench’s second best seller is its wine bottle stopper, which is based on its chess pieces.

You can get a judge, blind justice, male or female solicitor figure which all come in silver or gold colours.

Stainless steel travel mug

Stainless steel travel mug

If you know someone working in an in house legal job in London or a lawyer working in the capital who has to commute to work, then this stainless steel travel mug from Café Press is the perfect gift.

Sometimes a commute can take ages and instead of wasting money on buying a cup of tea or coffee at the train or underground station, this mug allows the user to make their favourite drink at home.

The insulated travel mug is built with a durable double-wall stainless steel technology to keep a 16 oz. beverage hot or cold for hours.

It has a handy spill-resistant lid, is dishwasher safe and can be bought with a specific design from drinkware.

Curry Connoisseur Spice Set

Curry Connoisseur Spice Set

The Present Finder’s Curry Connoisseur Spice Set is a great present for any lawyer that loves Indian food.

This complete Indian feast gift box allows any tired cook to whip up a quick and delicious meal with these ingenious spice sets and a few fresh ingredients you would find in the fridge at the end of a long day.

The set contains everything you need to create three classics, Chicken Tikka Masala, Lamb Rogan Josh and Bombay Potatoes.

The present will also make your colleague, family member or friend a master of the masala!

iPhone 6/6s Charging Case

iPhone 6/6s Charging Case

Lawyers are very busy and this iPhone 6/6s Charging Case from Present Finder is therefore a must have for a lawyer who uses their phone on the go, meaning they will not have to worry about their lack of battery ever again.

Users simply have to slide their phone into the case and if your phone needs an extra boost, then you can just press the discreet button on the side of case to start charging the phone.

Just like any phone case your mobile phone will be protected from dirt, bumps and scratches. The case also comes with a built in stand, making it easy to watch films or short video clips.

For the activity lovers

ArcelorMittal Orbit gift vouchers


ArcelorMittal Orbit

Whether you want to say thanks to your secretary or know someone in the office who is a thrill seeker, an ArcelorMittal Orbit gift voucher is a great present idea.

The ArcelorMittal Orbit in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park isn’t just an amazing piece of art, as the UK’s tallest sculpture is home to an enormous slide.

Those brave enough to go down it will enjoy the views from the top as well as the thrill of hurtling down the slide.

Activity days

Gifts from Red Letter Days

Red Letter Days have hundreds of activity days to choose from and they really do have everyone sorted.

They even offer next day courier delivery, so you really can afford to leave your Christmas shopping to the last minute, whilst still guaranteeing a great gift.

Still can’t decide? Then their gift vouchers make a great alternative.

Image Credit: Patent Lawyer Magazine, Waterside Press, Find Gift, Carbolic Smokeball, Zazzle, Approach the Bench, Café Press, Present Finder, ArcelorMittal Orbit, Red Letter Days.