Cool Tools Gift Guide Contest


2011 gift guide contest

Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone and gift buying has gone into overdrive it’s about time we announced our Cool Tools Gift Guide Contest. In previous years (2008, 2009, 2010) we’ve had people list what great tools they were buying as presents in the comments. This year we are offering two prizes from our prize pool for the two best reviews: the first for the best review of a new tool, and the second for the best update or re-review of an older tool in our archive. Given that Cool Tools has been around for eight years there are plenty of fantastic gifts and tool reviews already tucked away that need updating, and we want to hear what you think deserves to be highlighted again this year!

So what cool tools are you going to be giving as presents this year? Tell us what you’re giving, and why. It can be anything useful, playful, or practical; but always cool. We want to know your gift ideas, and will be publishing the best new and updated reviews in a guide that we will publish in early December.

Remember, a great Cool Tool review consists of the following five parts with an extra for good measure:

1) a succinct description of what the tool is,
2) how it changed your behavior,
3) why Cool Tools should run the item,
4) why it is superior to other things,
5) why we should believe you,
6) and why you’re giving it as a gift

Submissions (submit as many as you’d like) will be accepted until Tuesday, December 8th, and the winners will be announced later that week. So tell us what you love to give and why!

And a hearty congratulations to Matthew Perks for his winning review of Fatwood for the Fall and Winter Tools Contest.