What to buy your SEO for Christmas

Christmas Tree PresentsWhatever you celebrate (Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice, etc.), there is always that nagging question of what to get for your local friendly SEO. (It is a nagging question, I think ...) I mean there are guides for personal trainers, mailmen, and even hairdressers, but what about the SEOs? We deserve some seasonal happiness too, right?

In light of the upcoming holidays, we have compiled a list of the best gifts for an SEO to help you out. If it’s your company’s SEO, a friend or loved oned, here are some are practical, funny, cheap and expensive ideas. And some just awesome in their own right (aka mushy). Enjoy!


I asked some friends in the SEO business what they wanted on Twitter and these were the overwhelming responses in the gadgets category. These are more ... serious and expensive ... so maybe best if you have an SEO as a family member or other loved one.

  • Fully Loaded iPad (@netmeg) - We love being mobile and getting new information almost every minute of the day, what better than an iPad?
  • 11in MacBook Air of Happiness (@AdvertisingGeek) - Okay, maybe the MacBook Air. It doesn’t HAVE to be 11 inch, we don’t get picky. I hear the MacBook Pro is a favorite too.


  • Netflix - You can gift a subscription for anyone, and SEOs are always working in odd places like coffee shops, bars, restaurants, and sometimes we need a little relaxing movie time in between projects.
  • Spotify (certain countries only) - My UK comrades would shoot me for not including this, but the US crew is still sobbing a bit as we can’t get Spotify, yet. Needless to say, it’s an AWESOME music service.
  • Stock Photos - As bloggers we are always looking for great images for our posts. So why not gift your favorite SEO a subscription or even just a few extra credits. This takes some work as I can’t see how to gift this, but still love the idea. Shutterstock, wanna work on the gifting please? iStockPhotos? Anyone?


the core movie

  • Hot Pockets - Computer-based workers (ok, geeks) love hot pockets I hear, so why not gift a variety pack? (Who knows the reference? Points to the first commenter that gets this ... name of the movie.)
  • Spam - Yeah, sorry, had to add that in there.
  • Nutella Poptarts - They would be awesome wouldn’t they? Since Poptarts haven’t made them yet, think about a homemade gift of love. One SEO, Disa, asked for homemade cookies. Homemade is the way to go.
  • Coffee - If you can figure out how to pump caffeine into our veins directly, you have an SEO for life. No Seriously, a giftcard to an awesome local coffee shop (or Starbucks might work) is going to make most of us happier than a lark.

Other Physical Gifts

One thing to remember is that your SEO is online 24/7. Check out Amazon Wishlists or Delicious Christmas Lists. Search for their name, email, whatever you have, and you will be surprised how many have lists up and active.

Awesome Non-Physical Gifts

  • Blog Post Ideas (@NugeKnows) - This is a free gift for any SEO, we are always battling with what to write about.
  • The Google Algorithm or the Bing Algorithm - any one of us would heart this gift ... any takers?
  • Appreciation - inspired by Jennifer Lopez of SEOmoz, who said she had everything she’s ever wanted. Love that sentiment.
  • No Internet for a Day (@joannalord) - What would happen if Twitter, Facebook, Google, and Bing all went down for a day? Hopefully sunshine, books, laughter and ponies.

Be sure to check out the 12 Days of SEO and Loren Baker’s Wishlist for an SEO 2009.

Kate Morris

Kate Morris

Kate joined us after a year running her own search marketing consultancy in Austin, Texas. She brings with her a wealth of experience having worked in-house and agency-side in SEO and PPC. Kateh264 // A native Texan by birth, Kate got her BBA...   read more

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  1. I thoroughly salute you for managing to sneak in a reference to The Core in a blog post (hot pockets). Just in time for SEOcret santa as well... look at you kids. Keep up the good work!

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  2. netmeg

    You know what I like? Last year, completely out of the blue, I got an email from Amazon that someone I knew from a forum had sent me a small gift certificate in appreciation of helping him with some AdWords questions. What a perfect idea for someone you may not know very well, but who has given you a good tip, or written a blog post that inspired you or just done you a favor of one sort or another. I'm sending out a few of those myself this year. The thought behind it (for me) was a lot more significant than the dollar amount.

    Just sayin'.

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  3. Roger Greene

    No internet for a day? I think most of us wouldn't know what to do with ourselves!

    The movie reference is from The Core -- thats my best guess anyway.

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    • @Roger - I think Matt Cutts once said something about how losing power should not cripple us, but rather we should be reading, talking, drawing, running, and things like that. So funny, but most of us have forgotten what life is without the interwebz.

      @Dawn - You and me sister. I really would like more hours in the day too.

  4. I would like about 4 more hours in each day please. And some sleep. Then I'd be a happy SEO :)

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  5. Alcohol...

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  6. For an instant, I thought Nutella Pop Tarts were a real thing. Now, I'm sad :(

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  7. Matt Siltala

    Kate, i like this, if 365 of my closest friends here each wrote me one guest post - next year would be easy peezy for me :D

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  8. Smart way to get people to buy the author of this post some good stuff...

    Well played young jedi...

    I took the bait. Merry Christmas

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  9. @Scott - wait, you did what? No baiting here ... Scott ... don't make me love you more than I already do ... damn it man. :)

    @Matt - Love that idea ... love, love, love ... might even have to edit to add that one :)

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  10. You just make sure someone is around to accept Christmasy packages in the next few days.

    It's a Festivus miracle!

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  11. @Kate @Roger I just spent an entire week without phone or internet. There were no books, no running, no drawing...however, there was a beach and copious amounts of rum. You know, you make do with what's available :)

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  12. I'm with Joanna....I think Dawn's vacation sounds AMAZING!!!

    For the US peeps crying over no Spotify...check out Rhapsody. Unlimited streaming and downloading. Or Rdio. Rdio lacks some of the functionality though.

    Also I'd add ponies. That is all. :)

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  13. Now I'm dreaming about Nutella Poptarts. No, wait, Nutella Toaster Strudel.

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  14. Some coffee would be good so that they can squeeze even more hours into their day :)

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  15. I would be happy with a SEOmoz membership!

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