Christmas gift idea for your favorite glasses-wearing geek

Yes, I'm talking about Christmas gifts (or "winter solstice gifts" if you prefer) in July. I'm one of those people for whom buying Christmas gifts is a brain-wracking ordeal, and I'm always on the lookout all year round for the "perfect gift".

Last Christmas, a friend of mine gave me a micro-fiber lens-cleaning cloth that comes in a pouch you can attach to a keychain. Example 1. Example 2. (I have no affiliation with those two sites; I just hunted around looking for a picture.) Best gift ever. I use it several times a day.

My keychain has only four things on it: The aforementioned cleaning cloth, a USB thumb drive, my car key, and my house key. And I could do without the thumb drive and car key most days. But don't take away my cleaning cloth.

Comments (8)
  1. Anthony Wieser says:

    Do you not need a bike key on the Microsoft campus, Raymond? Or do you have a combination lock?

    You don’t keep an unlocked bike long here in Cambridge!

  2. michaele says:

    hmmm…  I may need to get one of those for myself!

    What I really need, though, is one of those extendable key chain thingys you all have for your card keys.  

    And I lost a locked bike in Cambridge.  Having a lock doesn’t mean much there.

  3. Peter Ritchie says:

    Speaking of locks not meaning much; NYC has the same problem:  see

    One "concerned citizen" actually offered some advice to a guy cutting through a bike chain, without ever asking if the bike was his…

  4. Gabe says:

    Anthony: In theory, Raymond could just carry his bike up to his office and leave it there all day. To go to another building he could take a shuttle or walk, never needing his bike to move around campus.

  5. Eddie Parker says:

    Neat-o.  I could use those for my sunglasses. :)

    That said, as a geek who used to neglect my thumb-drive, I have to point you to what I’ve done with mine.  I can’t live without my thumb drive anymore…  See

  6. asdf says:

    You should get an LED keychain flashlight, it comes in handy often.

  7. Ron Bellomo says:

    Great idea! I could definitely use one of those.

    Are they fairly easy to clean after they have been used for a while and pick up dust, dirt, oils, etc?

  8. Thomas says:

    I don’t have the micro cleaning cloth, but I do instead have a little LED torch. It’s probably the most useful £5 I’ve spent.

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