December 03, 2007

Buy Your Favorite Bloggers a Gift this Holiday

In my house, Christmas and are intertwined. Around this time every year, I update my Wish List, let friends and family know, and one by one, watch my requested gifts transition from the "Unpurchased" to "Purchased". But's Wish Lists are often made public, giving you the option to send gifts to friends, family, or people you've never met - including some major names in the blogosphere.

Updated: Dec. 3rd at 7:00 p.m., editing Steven Hodson's list...

While some of their lists are quite out of date, if you're wondering how can you make a leading blogger happy this holiday? Let's take a look...

1. Om Malik (GigaOM)
Amazon Wish List

Om wants both a new digital camera and a camcorder. He's settled on the Sony Cybershot DSCW55 7.2MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom and Sanyo Xacti VPC-HD2 7.1MP MPEG4 High Definition Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom. The first retails for $165, and the second, for just under $600.

He also wants some CDs, and has been waiting since 2003 for someone to buy him Jim Rogers' Adventure Capitalist: The Ultimate Road Trip". Those last items are significantly cheaper.

2. Richard McManus (Read/Write Web)
Amazon Wish List

Though he hails from Wellington, New Zealand, Richard's list is filled with U.S.-created music and books, ranging from Nirvana's With the Lights Out box set to Michael Lewis' Coach: Lessons on the Game of Life, and Mediated: How the Media Shapes Your World and the Way You Live in It .

Most items are in the $10 to $40 range, something you just might be able to afford.

3. Kevin Rose (Digg and Revision3)
Amazon Wish List

Kevin's pearly whites made the cover of BusinessWeek in 2006 as he gave a goofy smile and thumbs up to the magazine's story on a new "brat pack of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs". Despite this, lets us know he still needs an Oral B 7850DLX Professional Care Power Toothbrush, which retails at just over $100.

While he still may need the toothbrush, some of his older items I doubt are still on his most wanted list, including the 3rd generation 10 gigabyte Apple iPod, and Pirates of the Caribbean - The Curse of the Black Pearl (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)> DVD.

4. Cory Doctorow (Boing Boing)
Amazon Wish List

Cory is looking for a Walt Disney Treasures DVD on "Tomorrowland: Disney in Space and Beyond" from 1959, as well as a number of books from Jane Jacobs, including Systems of Survival: A Dialogue on the Moral Foundations of Commerce and Politics and Cities and the Wealth of Nations.

Sounds thrilling.

As fun as those may or may not be, they'll do him more good than the pair of Handspring springboard modules he asked for back in 2001 to deliver GPS and remote control capabilities to the line of now-extinct handhelds.

5. Guy Kawasaki (How to Change the World)
Amazon Wish List

Guy is a simple fellow. He's looking solely to get Total Hockey: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Hockey League. It looks like you can pick up a used copy of the 2003 edition for just under $5. Given how little he opted to spend on making Truemors, maybe this budget is just what he's looking for!

6. Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook)
Amazon Wish List

Mark can probably buy just about anything he wants now, which explains why his Wish List is empty. However, when he was back in Dobbs Ferry, New York, before heading West to fame and fortune, he did ask for the Unrated version of American Pie, and Cruel Intentions, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar and Ryan Phillipe.

Maybe he'll refill his wish list soon. And maybe not.

7. Loic Le Meur (Loic Le
Amazon Wish List

Similar to Guy, Loic only has one item in his wish list, a 2004 book titled We've Got Blog: How Weblogs Are Changing Our Culture. It retails for about $15. With his Seesmic application growing like crazy, it looks like he's got this Web app and blog thing nailed, but I'd feel better if somebody bought him the book.

8. Maryam Scoble (Maryamie)
Amazon Wish List

While Robert Scoble's wish list isn't easy to find, you can still support the family by getting his wife, Maryam, a good book. She's quite the reader, looking for help on Babyproofing Your Marriage and solving problems with the Baby Whisperer.

When not reading, Maryam wouldn't mind a pair of ladies' Italian leather dress gloves (which Robert didn't get her last year, it appears), along with greatest hits albums by Elvis Presley and The Beatles.

9. Steven Hodson (WinExtra)
Amazon Wish List

Steven, aiming to become the best Windows developer he can be, has asked for programming books on the Windows Presentation Foundation, including Programming WPF and Code + Markup: A Guide to the Microsoft Windows Presentation Foundation.

Unlike his prior list, which was stuck in the 2004 era, he swears this one will be updated more frequently.

10. Kent Newsome (
Amazon Wish List

Like Om, Kent is looking to upgrade his photographer cred by adding more hardware. Specifically, he's asking for a Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens and the Sony Cybershot DSCV3 7.2MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom. Of course, they're not for the faint of heart. Buying either will set you back in the neighborhood of $500.

If you have a smaller budget, Kent also has a list of books he'd like, ranging from The Long Tomorrow by Leigh Brackett to False Dawn, by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro. Also, way back in 2004, Kent asked for a number of CDs from Howlin' Wolf that has yet to go fulfilled.

11. MG Siegler (ParisLemon)
Amazon Wish List

Now here's a good list. MG Siegler wants Al Gore's book, The Assault on Reason, the Unrated version of SuperBad on DVD, and shockingly, an AppleTV.

Unsurprisingly, MG also wouldn't mind if you bought him a new MacBook Pro, worth $2,500, or some games for the Wii, which typically retail around $50.

12. Jason Kaneshiro (Webomatica)
Amazon Wish List

It's no secret Jason loves his TV and movies. That's why his inclusion of box sets for Star Trek, Superman and Battlestar Galactica make sense.

He's also requesting one of my personal favorites, the DVD, If you're buying one for him, buy one for yourself too.

Know more? Let us know, and we'll hope to add the Amazon wish lists of more famous bloggerati. It'd be great to show them we care by buying a few stocking stuffers. And if you're on this list, and your Amazon Wish List is in need of an update, let's get it done! The same goes for those of you who I searched for and couldn't find anything for certain. That means you, Steve Rubel, Gabe Rivera, Michael Arrington, Robert Scoble, Dave Winer, Pete Cashmore, Mathew Ingram, Ryan Block, Duncan Riley, Ross Mayfield and Hugh Macleod!


  1. ha ha ha, I like what you're doing here Louis. Here's my list.

    MG's Wish List

  2. Well, this is one way to spur me into updating my Amazon wish list...

  3. wow .. this is a hellva cool effort Louis and like Jason I guess I should update it.

    the big problem with Amazon and non-US residents is that they won't ship electronic - or 90% of their other goods - across the border to Canada which is a shame really. so I make do with books that will help me learn.

  4. Allow me to clarify re: AppleTV. I would PREFER a Mac Mini, but will "settle" for an AppleTV.

    I think Apple is gearing up for a major video streaming push soon (movie rentals, 20th century fox movies), so the device will actually be worth a damn. (of course an updated version will probably come alongside those updates...)

  5. Did you see that Steve Jobs had a list, the only item was a blues CD.