Here's the list of gifts for joel@loudermilk.org, last updated on December 26, 2019.

Highest priority

SPD bike cleats ($15)
Available at: REI

I would like to have a set of cleats for my cycling shoes so I can clip in to the spin bikes at the gym. (My outside bike takes a different kind of cleat and shoe; this is just for spin class.) The Shimano SH-56 Multi-Directional Release SPD Cleats are the right size and style for my shoes and the bikes at the gym. Please do NOT buy these from Amazon as much of the bike gear on that site is fake/not the real thing, which could be dangerous when biking.

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High priority

Kindle Book: Magic Is Dead: My Journey into the World's Most Secretive Society of Magicians ($12)
Available at: My Amazon Wishlist

I just found out about this book, by a journalist who somehow got himself into the world of magicians. He wrote a book about his experience working with them and ultimately trying to sell a magic trick he created at one of their conventions.

I really want the Kindle version of the book so I can read it anywhere. To get that, you can buy the book from my Amazon Wishlist. Please get the Kindle edition.

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Low priority

Lowe's gift card for under-cabinet lighting (#1)
Available at: Lowe's

Our under-cabinet lights are so old that a couple have stopped working. I'd like to get a whole new setup that's LED so it doesn't heat up. I think this will take more than one gift card, so I've put two on the list.

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Lowe's gift card for under-cabinet lighting (#2)
Available at: Lowe's

Our under-cabinet lights are so old that a couple have stopped working. I'd like to get a whole new setup that's LED so it doesn't heat up. I think this will take more than one gift card, so I've put two on the list.

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Already bought

Kitchen scale ($12)
Available at: Amazon.com

I have been using the same kitchen scale for years and years. It gets the job done, but if you leave it alone for maybe 20 seconds it turns off to save battery power. Then when you turn it back on, it's at zero so if you weren't expecting this, you need to start measuring again (really hard if you were combining ingredients in a bowl on the scale). I recently learned that kitchen scales are pretty cheap and I do not need to keep using this thing I hate. So I found this one on Amazon.com that has a two-minute shutoff. And as a bonus, it takes AAA batteries instead of the weird funny-shaped battery my scale needs now.

Car tire inflator ($45)
Available at: Walmart.com and Amazon.com

I want to be able to top up the air in the car tires at home. Right now I have to go to a gas station with a bunch of quarters, meaning I don't do this as often as I should.

The specific inflator I want is available at Walmart.com and also at , $45 at both places.

Cocktail shaker set ($30)
Available at:
Amazon or Cocktail Kingdom

For years, I have been using a cheap cocktail shaker that was a freebie with some bottle of liquor I bought 20 years ago. It's time for something more beautiful. After much research, I would like the Cocktail Kingdom Koriko Weighted Shaking Tin Set.

You can buy this from Amazon for $20 plus $10 shipping, or direct from Cocktail Kingdom for $17 plus $13 shipping. So they're going to get you for $30 no matter what.

If you do buy from Cocktail Kingdom, when you add the shaker set to your cart, it will show that two shaking tins have individually been added to your cart (at a price that adds up to $17). That's normal -- this is a set of two tins (of different sizes) that make up the shaker.

Handheld laser level ($31)
Available at: Amazon.com

Whenever I am trying to mount something on a wall, I always wish I could just have a laser line projected on the wall. I thought this is what a laser level did, and yes it is, but almost all of them have to be mounted on a tripod at exactly the height you want. That is really for more serious construction work. I just need something to help hang a shelf or something that takes more than one screw.

After a whole lot of looking, I found this handheld laser level that looks to be exactly what I wanted. You can hold it against the wall and it will project a level line out one side.

Laser measure ($28)
Available at: Amazon.com

Apparently you don't even need a tape measure anymore. I had no idea a "laser measure" was even a thing until I saw someone using one in a YouTube video. So I would like one of these so I can be in the cool kids' club too.

Cascade Mountain Tech Carbon Fiber Quick Lock Trekking Poles with Cork Grip ($30-48)
Available at: CascadeMountainTech.com ($48), Walmart.com ($39), Costco.com ($70 for 2 pair, because Michele has these on her list too)

My hiking poles are on their last legs, and need to be replaced. The Cascade Mountain Tech Carbon Fiber Quick Lock Trekking Poles with Cork Grip are exactly what I want. Please do NOT buy from Amazon, as much of the camping gear on that site is fake/not the real thing which could create a safety hazard if the poles broke on the side of a mountain.

You can get these from:

  • CascadeMountainTech.com (the manufacturer) for $48
  • Walmart.com for $39
  • Costco.com if you're a member for $70 for two pairs. Michele has these on her list too, so if you use this option please check the poles off her list.

USB Data Blocker (2-pack for $12)
Available at: Amazon.com

When I travel, I refuse to plug my USB cable in to a USB charging outlet that is provided for free charging (maybe at the airport, or a restaurant, or on the plane) because I am paranoid about what might be on the other side of that plug. This is actually a real thing called "juice jacking" where a malicious device is on the other side of the plug and now your phone thinks it's connected to a computer and not just a charging plug.

So instead I just plug into a wall outlet to be sure I am just getting a charge and nothing else. But this little USB device is even better. You plug it into the USB plug, plug your phone into it, and you can be sure you are just getting power. If I had this, I wouldn't need to find an AC outlet and could use all those USB plugs!