Gifts for designers and creatives this holiday season

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This was one of those posts that started out as a simple “client gift idea” post and quickly escalated into a full on holiday themed roundup.

Whether it’s for your client (or for yourself!) here are 30+ gift ideas, to make the world a little prettier, and more functional too.


Stationary & office

May Designs
Customizable notebooks & stationary. 

 

Moleskine
I'm particularly interested in this Harry Potter themed one...heart eyes!

 

Field Notes
I'm going to be sharing a few products by Aaron Draplin on this list and these notebooks a designer's classic!

7 Year Pens
These guys are a fun way to personalize your desk & can make a great add-on gift!

Instagram Book
Is your client an active Instagrammer? How about creating a book with their posts for them!? Include a note, "You've had a great year!" You could also put create a little poster or print out with some of their most popular pics.

Stendig Calendar
How often do you see these guys on those Pinterest worthy office pics? A must have in the office!


Courses & online learning

Skillshare
Hundreds of classes to keep you sharp, at an affordable price!

Molly Jacques Workshops
If you're interested in lettering & modern calligraphy - check out these workshops!

Creative Class
A comprehensive course for freelancers, by Paul Jarvis.


design & art

Jessica Hische
A range of fun/beaut prints & products!

Christine Herrin
Christine has created these adorable stamp sets along with a range of other quirky products.

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Pantone Mug
If you're anything like me, you might just have a coffee mug addiction, check out these design-y ones from Pantone!

Tattly Tattoos
These make great stocking stuffers! There's also a whole section on there for designers:)

Emily McDowell
I'm a huge fan of Emily's fun/quirky products, plus she has a beautiful lettering style!

Design Your Own Wrapping Paper
Okay, so this is more of a tutorial than a gift- but how fun would it be to design your friends and families wrapping paper this year?!

Chipper Things
Have you hopped on the enamel pin bandwagon? This is a hilarious one to start your collection!


books

Most of these are books, I've recommended or reviewed in the past, books always make the best gifts!:)
 


business-y

Stock Photo Subscription
This would make a great gift for your client! There are so many stock photo subscriptions, you can find one that aligns best with your client's website or blog.

Podcast Mic
I think this guy might be on my list year!


lettering Tools


clothing

Ugmonk
This is one of those awesome brands, that offers not only quality products, but shares fun business behind the scenes on the blog.

Liner Note Kids
Love design & music?! Check out these tees by Charli Marie

Ampersand Necklace
This one's for that special someone who's obsessed with design!

Society6
There are SO many awesome designers & artists sharing work on Society6 (lolz at this adorable pug pattern!). Has anyone ever ordered leggings from here? Totes want to check them out!


Still haven't found what you're looking for? Choose a client gift based off of something they would find helpful or enjoyable in their business. Are you designing for digital creative entrepreneurs? Gift them a stock photo subscription. Depending on how your relationship is with your client, you could always have a little fun with it - perhaps try a wine bottle subscription!