Working in the independent music world, I have a high esteem for non-commercial radio and of course the mother of it all, NPR. Supporting public radio is so important to me, as they rely heavily on listener funding to stay afloat. So if you find yourself still looking for that clever gift for the in-tune intellectual on your list, I’ve got some ideas for awesome NPR gifts from their incredibly smart and hip shop. You know, should you already have an Ira Glass finger puppet.


Awesome NPR gift: I heart NPR recyclable tote

We love reusable grocery bags and naturally a bag is a great place to proclaim your love for public radio. Publicly. I love the  I heart NPR reusable shopping tote but there are quite a few to choose from.


NPR kids Get Smarter t-shirt - a great NPR gift!


Any kid who listens in while you listen to Will Shortz will love sporting this Get Smarter kids’ NPR t-shirt. Or hey, maybe they’ll be a future listener. Either way, the message is pretty awesome.

NPR gift: mistaken lyric coasters


The NPR shop isn’t just about NPR branded merch. I think the Mistaken Lyric Coasters, especially the 80’s set, is a hoot for any music lover with a sense of humor. Rock the cat spa might be a favorite, or Hold me closer Tony Danza. Admit it, you may have sung one or two of these out loud once. [Edited: The 80’s set is currently sold out, but check out the Love Songs.]


Great NPR gift: Wait Wait Don't Tell Me crossword book


This Wait Wait …. Don’t Tell Me Crossword Puzzle and News Trivia book will put even the biggest puzzle fan on your list to the test. Perfect for long plane rides home from the holidays, or a quiet moment in front of the fire while the kids play with loud things, somewhere else.


NPR gift: Mom Storycorps book


For any mom, grandmother or motherly figure with a heart, Mom: A Celebration of Mothers From StoryCorps is a remarkable collection of life stories from mothers all over America. This is a diverse and original portrait of motherhood, and a heartfelt gift.


NPR gift: Carl Kasell pillow

For the shameless, die-hard, unabashed Carl Kasell fan, there is no more perfect NPR gift than a Carl Kasell Autograph Pillow. Besides maybe scoring a spot on Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me. Or maybe your purchase gives you an extra shot at actually getting on the show? Now that would be one awesome gift.

Tune in to the these and a wider array of NPR gifts ranging from thoughtful to silly at the NPR gift shop.  You’ll want to order by 12/18 for standard shipping and by 12/21 with express to receive by Christmas Eve.