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If you’re one of the few people in the world who knows what a scopist is, you’ll probably be super surprised to hear that you can actually buy special scopist gifts for the handful of intrepid people who freelance in this obscure occupation. Not many scopist gifts exist, but there are a few.
Fortunately, I’ve been able to locate the few scopist gifts that do exist. There are also several other gifts that, although not scopist specific, are still great gifts to give the scopist in your life.
For 2020, I’ve assembled the best scopist gifts (pretty much the only scopist gifts) in the world into this (very short) scopist gift guide!
If you know someone who is a scopist, you can become – or stay – one of their very favorite people by giving them an amazing gift that no one else will think of giving them.
And if you yourself are a scopist who is reading this scopist gift guide, share it with your friends and family so they will have some unique gift ideas for you.
Without further ado, here is the world’s only scopist gift guide.
Scopist Gift Guide 2020
Scopist Coffee Mug – Scopists are definitely amazing because they earn money doing something very few people know how to do, and what they do is not easy. So the Support This Awesome Scopist coffee mug is very appropriate and would absolutely be appreciated by the scopist in your life. You can grab it on Amazon right here.
Scopist T-Shirt – What scopists do is called scoping, and this Scoping Addict long-sleeved T-shirt not only looks nice, it’s a good conversation starter. It comes in black, navy blue and heather gray in unisex sizes small to 2XL on Amazon right here.
Noise-cancelling headphones – Noise-cancelling headphones don’t have to break the bank. Bose is the number one brand of headphones popular with scopists and court reporters, but their highest quality (and most talked about) model costs about $350. The second-most popular is the Cowin E7 Active Noise Cancelling Bluetooth headphones. They’re only about $60, and you can grab a pair for the scopist in your life right here.
Wine club membership – Wine is pretty self explanatory. We all know where to get it and what to do with it. Did you know, though, that there is such a thing as wine club memberships? I didn’t until recently. There are actually several. The Gold Medal Wine Club is my favorite. Give your scopist the gift of wine here.
Speed up typing with the TextExpander app – TextExpander is a productivity app that helps you type faster. As the scopist in your life works on a transcript, words or phrases that she or he is having to type out time and time again can be easily and quickly set up as much smaller snippets of text with TextExpander.
Now, rather than typing out these same entire words and phrases over and over, the scopist will just type a much shorter snippet of text and, voila, the longer word or phrase they need will appear in its place! This saves a lot of time and effort when scoping transcripts. TextExpander works with Case Catalyst software. I used it on Case Cat and it works perfectly. Type in a small snippet of text and the entire word or phrase that you’ve assigned to that snippet appears in its place. I don’t have other court reporting/scoping softwares so I couldn’t test it out, but I think TextExpander will work with them as well.
Fleece throw blanket – A soft fleece throw blanket is the perfect thing to wrap up and keep warm with while you’re working on your computer in the winter. This Bertte luxury fleece throw comes in 4 different sizes, 11 different colors and costs only about $16.00. You can get it right here.
Understanding the Legal Transcript book – This new book (published in February 2019) was written specifically for scopists as well as court reporters and proofreaders. It outlines the basics of understanding a legal transcript. This book covers terms and definitions, includes a real-life deposition with highlighted explanations and concludes with a quiz to test your knowledge. This is something a scopist will probably not buy for themselves. You can get the scopist in your life this book here.
Give the scopist in your life one of these gifts, and they are guaranteed to love it!