The top 10 gifts for translators this Christmas

Christmas is coming, and (once again) we have to think about what presents we should give to those close to us. If you are close to a freelance translator, here are some ideas.

  1. An ergonomic chair: every freelance translator spends a squillion hours in front of the computer.  The best thing to keep their back from going to hell is a comfortable chair that will help them to keep the best possible posture.
  2. Dictionaries: even though there are many online resources now, some specialised dictionaries (either in print or as e-books) cannot be found online. Depending on the translator’s speciality, you can find excellent medical, legal, financial, and other dictionaries.
  3. Courses: there’s not better gift than the gift of knowledge. As in the previous case, you can find specific courses and training aimed at the various translation specialities.
  4. A stand for documents: a very useful thing. It helps you to keep a correct posture (particularly the neck) and makes work easier and faster.
  5. Comfortable clothing: because there’s not need to work in your pyjamas and dressing gown.
  6. A coffee maker: coffee is almost an entire food group in the diet of most translators. It’s a present that will be probably be given lots of use.
  7. Licences: any respectable translator uses CAT tools, but there aren’t usually cheap, and sometimes it’s hard to find the time to invest in them. A licence for programs like Trados or MemoQ can be a great gift.
  8. Massage: if the ergonomic chair came too late, you can always relieve back problems, or simple stress, with some good massage sessions.
  9. A time planner: a must for translators to avoid missing a deadline.
  10. A mini-break: nothing relieves stress so much as a trip, even if it’s only for a weekend. Freelancers often cannot tell weekends apart from the rest of the week, so they are likely to like it. A lot.