The gift of giving: Fun and fitting finds for those who devote their time to legal profession

By Jeanine Matlow
Legal News

Anyone destined for the life of a lawyer knows that long hours and hard work come with the territory. So, it’s nice to show some appreciation with a little token for those you know who may be heading off to law school, getting ready to graduate or have devoted themselves to their legal careers for years.

When it comes to finding the right pick, books are always a safe bet. Whether your recipient has a penchant for fiction or non-fiction, the selections are endless. Just a few of the reads available at Barnes and Noble (barnesandnoble. com) include more practical tomes for those who prefer a helpful topic like “The Tools of Argument: How the Best Lawyers Think, Argue and Win” by Joel P. Trachtman and “Plain English for Lawyers/Fifth Edition” by Richard C. Wydick.

For those in search of a more playful gift, humorous titles are also sold through Barnes and Noble like “The New Yorker Book of Lawyer Cartoons” and the “How Lawyers Swear Coloring Book: A Funny, Irreverent, Clean Swear Word Lawyer Coloring Book” and “Lawyer: An Occupational Stress Relieving Time Wasting Puzzle Gift Book.”

Someone in need of a more dramatic escape might enjoy bestsellers by John Grisham, such as “Rogue Lawyer” that appeal to those who are fond of the legal thriller genre.

For lawyers who set out to stay organized while pursuing their passion, the “Best Lawyer Diary/Planner/Day Planner” can keep them on track.

In addition to books and journals, art and other decorative objects can become conversation pieces in a corporate setting or a home office environment like some of the fun law-themed finds featured on Etsy (, a global marketplace for unique goods, from handmade wares to vintage pieces.

For starters, Christopher Brown, a professional artist, designer and illustrator from Art of the Page makes funny lawyer prints such as “Litigator” that depicts an alligator in a suit and “Lawyer Dog – Objection!” and “Defense Rests” that portray canine characters. These colorful images, which are sold to lawyers around the world, are sure to bring a smile to someone’s face.

Other gift ideas from Etsy include those that are personalized like a Scales of Justice notepad, stationery, mugs and more from The Gentleman’s Study.

On a lighter note, those who need a good laugh to get them through the day when they’re feeling the pressure from an upcoming bar exam or putting in long nights while preparing for a major trial may appreciate a witty gift like a clothes hanger that says “The Law Suit,” another clever find on Etsy from Hope Custom Creations.

For support staff who work hard behind the scenes, you might present them with a little something from Etsy like the law-themed prints from New Media Gifts that include clever definitions for positions like “legal assistant – a babysitter for lawyers” and “paralegal – someone who solves a problem you did not know you had in a way you do not understand; see also wizard, magician.”

Lastly, you can’t go wrong with pieces that serve a purpose like attractive desk accessories for budding lawyers who might value their practical attributes. Whether it’s a ceramic letter opener or a symbolic statue like the Bronzed Scales of Justice available through sources such as Amazon ( that can hold office supplies like paper clips, these functional finds are timeless.

Be it a thoughtful gesture that makes someone smile, take a break or realize that others respect and admire their dedication; you can make a difference with a little gift that features a legal theme.


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