On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me … a MacBook Pro with Creative Suite. Well, that’s not exactly how the holiday jingle goes, but if you are a web designer this list of gift suggestions is for you.
From expensive toys to books and fun tools, we have compiled 20 great gift ideas for designers that will fit in a variety of budgets. (So make sure to copy the link and share it as your wish list this season.)
Gifts for Web Designers
Pencil by 53
This pencil is not made for paper; it’s actually a stylus for your devices that looks like the traditional tool. It syncs with multiple online tools such as FiftyThree, Sketchbook Mobile and Noteself. It is the fastest and most expressive way to create on the iPad –named “Best iPad stylus” by WIRED and The Verge.
Leather iPhone Case and Card Holder
This phone case is made from very soft, premium Italian leather with a slightly pebbled texture and fits your iPhone 5, credit cards and cash. The unique gift is handmade and is a specialty item that gifts great for men or women.
Slate Mobile Air Desk
For designers who are always working, this little desk is perfect for keeping everything together no matter where you are located. It is cut from a block of pure, premium bamboo and is lightweight, strong and will absorb the heat from your laptop. The curves, air ventilation, and docking station are chiseled, hand-sanded, and polished to mirror the feeling of glass. A heavy duty mouse pad is installed and sits flush against the surface of the slate.
“Make Your Own Luck” by Kate Moross
What does it take to cut it in design? One of the most energizing creatives of our time talks about how she made it and provides inspiration for how you can do it to. Written in an approachable, forthright and refreshingly honest tone, the book includes chapters on how to thrive in art school, developing your own style, how to self-promote, collaboration with other artists, how to deal with “copycats” and when to consider working for free.
Aeron Office Chair
Everyone needs a great office chair. This is dubbed as the “most well-known ergonomic office chair ever made.” Enough said. Pick your own colors and fabrics for a unique finish.
Helvetica Coffee Mug
Helvetica is a favorite typeface of many designers and this clever coffee mug combines the greatness of the font, with a little java humor. The mug comes in several different styles so you can gift for someone who sips at home or on the go.
Price: $16 to $25, depending on style
UI Stencil Kit
Every web designer is used to building user interface elements on screen, but what about by hand. This fun little stencil kit allows designers to brainstorm ideas on paper. The kit comes with everything your favorite web designer needs: a stainless steel stencil, mechanical pencil, protector case, stickers and a downloadable paper template.
Floppy Disc Coasters
Take a step back into the early days of web design and digital thinking with a set of floppy disc coasters. (Remember those?) The set of five coasters comes in a rainbow set of colors and was actually featured on the television shows “Two and a Half Men” and “The Big Bang Theory.” Sets are also available in black, neon and other colors and each has a cork backing.
The Keyboard Waffle Iron
Web designers spend most days working on a keyboard, so why not surprise them with a keyboard-shaped waffle for breakfast? The Keyboard Waffle Iron is a Kickstarter project by designer Chris Dimino and is a fun item that almost anyone will enjoy. The wafflemaker is made from die-cast aluminum, has bake resistant handles and is made for wireless stovetop cooking. It’s functional and will be a great statement piece as well.
Sterling Silver Ampersand Ring
This fun ring is a nice way to show off one of the best characters in any type palette. The simple ring is made from sterling silver and in a simple enough style that a man or woman could wear it.
1000 Colours Jigsaw Puzzle
This 1,000-piece puzzle includes a tile of a single color and the task is to place each color exactly in relation to every other color. This is a fun designer challenge that could later be glued and used as a statement piece of wall art.
Bamboo Custom Carved Keyboard and Mouse
Hand-carved from natural biodegradable bamboo, this keyboard and mouse combo is unique and functional. The earth-friendly keyboard and mouse connect via a USB cable and is compatible with Windows and Mac OS.
Unofficial Business Set
Sometimes a gag gift is the perfect fit. This set of paper products from type designer Jessica Hische is the perfect fit. The beautifully design set includes tear-off sheets designed as invoices for people who ruin your day, such as “Please remit payment for the ‘comfort pizza’ I will undoubtedly eat later tonight.”
iMac with Retina 5K Display
While this gift might not fit in every budget, it is definitely one that will excite designers. The Apple iMac is a beauty with 14.7 million pixels on a 27-inch display. And this machine is packed with power – up to 4 GHz processing, 3.5 teraflops of graphics computing power and 20 Gbps with Thunderbold 2 bandwidth. (There is a smaller 21.5-inch model also available, but all designers really just want a great computer with a giant screen.)
Price: Starting at $2,499
5 Stocking Stuffers (Under $20 each)
- Letterpress cookie cutters, $15
- Responsive sketch pad, $16
- SmudgeGuard gloves for tablets, $14.99
- Pantone Swivel Flash Drive, $9.99
- Origami Sticky Note Pad, $4
Now that we’ve picked out a collection of gifts, what more would you like this holiday season? What are you hoping to get or give this holiday season? We’d love to see some of your ideas in the comments.