Holiday Gift Guide for Data Lovers

December 4, 2014

Don’t know what to get the data lover in your life for Christmas? Here’s some of my top picks for data nerds this holiday season.

1. Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One’s Looking) by Christian Rudderdataclysm-cover

 

This is a fantastic book from Christian Rudder, co-founder of OkCupid. Fans of the OkTrends blog (my favorite data blog of all time) will love this. Tons of hilarious and poignant insights based on data from online dating profiles.

2. Meshu: Jewelry based on real location data

Meshu

Get custom necklaces, earrings, or rings based on Foursquare or Facebook check-ins, or by manually entering addresses. Pretty striking and cool results.

3. Antique Graph Prints

Antique Graph

Give your data lover a little piece of data history. This is a great collection of antique graphs and maps I found on Etsy. There’s plenty of other sellers of these kinds of prints, too, if you just search for “antique graphs”.

4. 23 and Me

Help you data geek learn a little more about themselves. Get them a genetic testing kit and they’ll learn all kinds of data about their ancestry!

5. Monochome Map Clothing

Monochome

Choose a location and a style of map and print shirts or skirts of your favorite places. A nice geographical alternative to making your own data skirts. 😉

BONUS:

Wrap your awesome data themed presents in data viz wrapping paper! All these designs were made in Tableau using data about holiday spending and shopping.

Treemap

Treemap

Bar Chart

Bar Chart

Bubble Chart

Bubble Chart

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