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Your Gift Guide for Creatives!

December 22, 2023
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It’s that time of year, friend!

If the holiday hustle has you on the lookout for last-minute gift ideas for those creative and design minded folks in your life, then we totally understand how stressful it might be!

And whether your loved one is a seasoned professional or an aspiring artist looking to break into new ground, we want to make finding the perfect gift for them an enjoyable and stress-free journey.

That’s why today’s blog is your gift guide, designed to help you find a great gift to inspire, elevate, and spark creativity for that creative in your life!

Let’s dive in now!

What Do Creatives Want?

Creatives are a simple people!

If you’re tearing out your hair trying to decide what to get a creative this holiday season, then relax! Picking out a great gift doesn’t have to be difficult. 

Whether they’re artists, writers, designers, or creators in any form, creatives value functionality and enjoy gifts that integrate into their creative process and overall experience! 

Look for something that can be considered an essential tool for their work, or something that makes their days easier or more enjoyable!

Of course, you can never go wrong with a gift card or an online course, but if you want something they can unwrap themselves, below are our picks for the perfect stocking stuffers for creatives in your life (or for you!).

Best Gifts for Designers

A gift box full of graphic design tools like color swatches, a laptop, and a painter's palette.

If you’ve got an illustrator, an artist, or a designer in your life, then here are some gifts they’re sure to love.

Take a peek and see what your creative would like best!

Wacom Pro Pen 2

This stylus pen makes for easy sketching and refining and is something your artist is sure to love!

Featuring 8192 levels of pressure sensitivity, exceptional tilt response, and lag-free tracking, this pen gives your gift recipient perfect precision and much greater creative control.

Price: For $89.95, this bad boy can be yours! Find it here at the Wacom e-store.

Pantone: The Game

If your graphic designer is the competitive type, then they’re sure to love Pantone: The Game!

Use the color swatches to create and recognize pop culture characters, represented only by abstract arrangements of colors from Pantone, the leading color expert!

With gameplay designed for 2–20 people, this party game will bring loads of fun, laughs, and creativity to your next get together.

Price: Get it here at Cryptozoic Entertainment’s store for only $24.99! 

Rocketbook Core Smart Notebook

This unique and innovative notebook may look like simple pen and paper, but it packs all the convenience of digital artistry and cloud storage!

Perfect for the designer on the go, the Rocketbook makes for easy note-taking, sketching, drawing, and anything else your artist wants to fill the pages with. Best of all, when the pages are filled, a simple wipe with a damp cloth makes them ready for reuse in an instant!

Price: Pick up your nifty Rocketbook Core Smart Notebook here at the Rocketbook product page for only $36.99!

Designer’s Dictionary of Color

This useful resource, created by award-winning educator Sean Adams, provides your designer with an in-depth look at 30 colors key to art and graphic design in general.

With colors organized by spectrum and in separate sections for easy navigation, this book documents each color with charts showing its range and palette variations!

Price: You can pick up this guide in Kindle or Hardcover format for $9.99 and $27.39 respectively on Amazon!

 

Procreate Dreams

This all-new animation app is packed with powerful tools to turn hand-drawn creations into animations and motion graphics!

Available only on iOS on iPad, this app makes a great gift to unleash the storytelling within your favorite graphic designer!

Price: Pick up Procreate Dreams on the app store for a one-time fee of $19.99.

Fun Tote Bags

Any of these fun and clever tote bags will make it easy for your graphic designer to cart around all of their gear!

Have a look at the collection and find the bag that works best for their personality and personal flair!

Price: Pick up a fun tote bag at Redbubble, starting at $13.49.

Best Gifts for Writers

If you have a copywriter, sportswriter, creative writer, poet, aspiring writer or any kind of writer in your life, here are some gifts guaranteed to spark their creativity!

Explore our unique gift ideas for writers below for a token your wordsmith would absolutely love to receive!

 

ProtoArt XK03 Foldable Ergonomic Keyboard

Hours of typing away can put some definite strain on wrists and forearms, so this ergonomic keyboard can be an indispensable writing tool for that writer in your life.

The ProtoArt XK03 is a portable and foldable Bluetooth keyboard that features a U shape that helps create a more natural typing position that minimizes pressure and keeps your writer working comfortably.

It’s compatible with Mac OS, iOS, and Android, so ready to go for almost everyone!

Price: Pick up this ergonomic keyboard at the ProtoArt online store for $49.99!

reMarkable 2 Tablet

This nifty writing tablet aims to replace all of your writer’s notebooks and printouts.

It may feel like paper, but it’s not! It’s a digital tablet that converts handwritten notes to typed text and offers a place to keep notes, PDFs, and eBooks perfectly stored and in one easy-to-find place!

Price: You can pick up your reMarkable 2 writing tablet here on the reMarkable website for $279.

Writing Dice

Writer’s block is no joke, so the next time your writer friend finds themself staring at that dreaded blank page, they can pull out this trusty source of inspiration!

With just a roll of the dice, these fun writing dice can provide a thoughtful framework to guide and inspire any type of creative writing!

Price: You can get your writing dice here on the Two Tumbleweeds website for only $19.95.

Funny Coffee Mugs

Sometimes the perfect piece of creative writing or a bit of copy requires some serious caffeine to overcome the dreaded writer’s block and get those creative juices flowing again.

Check out these fun mugs for your writer friends to give them a much-needed smile and a dose of both caffeine and inspiration while they work!

Price: Pick up any of these fun mugs at Zazzle.com, starting at $12.92!

Qwerkytoys Qwerkywriter S Typewriter

If you ask us, nothing beats the good old “clackety-clack” of an old-fashioned typewriter.

And even though they’re a few decades obsolete, you can still bring back that classic vibe for a writer in your life with this retro typewriter-inspired keyboard!

It’s all metal to withstand even the toughest writing sessions and works with Windows, MAC, Android, and iOS!

Price: Grab this retro typewriter for $249 on Amazon!

Best Gifts for Animators and Video Editors

A video camera and film.

If you have a video editor, animator, motion graphics artist, or any other visual storyteller in mind, then here are some gifts guaranteed to ignite their creative spark.

Check out our offerings below to see if there’s a gift that special person in your life will love!

DJI Osmo Pocket 3

For that video producer on the go, this pocket-sized gimbal camera is perfect for capturing film or vlogging for those social media followers!

With a huge range of upgrades over its predecessor, the Osmo Pocket 3 ensures high-quality, low-noise footage in any environment!

Price: Pick up this handheld gem at DJI’s online store for $519.

Editor Shortcut Keyboard Skins

Adobe Premiere Pro is a popular video editing software, so if this is what the video editor in your life uses, why not make their life easier with these keyboard covers for MacBook and IMAC?

Literally putting all of Adobe Premiere’s shortcuts at your fingertips, it allows editors to not only work faster and more efficiently but protect the keys of their beloved laptop or keyboard!

Price: Pick up your editor keyboard skins here at Editor’s Keys online store for $33.00.

Seagate Portable 2TB Hard Drive

Video and animation files can be huge so give your video production expert the space they need to save their work!

This portable hard drive holds up to 2TB of data and is compatible with PC, Mac, PlayStation, and Xbox to meet everyone’s data storage needs.

Price: You can find this external hard drive on Amazon for $64.99.

Sennheiser HD Headphones

Sound editing is tricky work and equipping a video production expert with the right headphones can make all the difference.

But whether for work or for pleasure, the Sennheiser HD over-ear headphones allow your editor to enjoy rich and detailed sound with optimal comfort even during long editing sessions.

Price: Take your pick of wired or wireless headphones from Sennheiser’s online store starting at $119.95.

The Animator’s Survival Kit

Based on the sold-out master classes of animation expert Richard Williams, this book aims to pass on the master’s knowledge to a new generation of animators.

So, whether your animator is a pro or a budding enthusiast, they’re sure to find something to learn and be inspired by in this industry standard!

Price: Pick up The Animator’s Survival Kit on Amazon in paperback format for $20.99!

Best Gifts for Web Developers

If you're thinking about a web developer, designer, programmer, or coding enthusiast, here are some gifts guaranteed to fuel their creativity and make them smile!

Check out our picks below for the perfect gift for that special developer who loves to code!

Linux Command Line Mouse Pad

Mastering Linux is a task that takes a lot of time.

For developers of all skill levels, this mouse pad aims to make the job just a little bit easier. Featuring over 200 Linux commands, this mouse pad is sure to increase productivity and keep your developer working happily all day!

Price: Grab your Linux Command Line mouse pad on Amazon for only $26.50.

IT Rubber Duck

When programmers talk, rubber ducks listen.

A common and amusing method of debugging involves a coder explaining a problem to an actual rubber duck on their desk. So, why not lend that developer in your life an ear with this adorable IT rubber ducky?

Price: Grab up your rubber duck here at Ducks In The Window’s website for only $12.99! Or if you’d rather choose a different duck, check out the rest of what they’re offering for a duck that best fits your developer friend!

Logitech MX Vertical Wireless Mouse

Long hours of coding take a toll on the wrists.

But with this advanced ergonomic mouse, your developer can rise above the discomfort! Designed to reduce muscle strain, decrease wrist pressure, and improve posture, this vertical mouse will have any developer or coder working in complete comfort!

Price: Find the MX Vertical Mouse here at Logitech’s online store for $99.99.

The Smashing Book

Written with web designers and developers in mind, The Smashing Book by Vitaly Lennartz covers a variety of topics related to web design, front-end development, user experience, and more.

Full of great advice and techniques, it’s sure to bring a smile to the web designers and developers in your life!

Price: Pick up a paperback copy of The Smashing Book on Amazon for only $10.88.

Curve Riser Monitor Stand

This premium metal stand both showcases and elevates your external display for more comfortable viewing and improved posture.

With a convenient storage shelf for hard drives, hubs, or other personal items, the Curve Riser monitor stand both saves your developer’s neck and declutters their workspace!

Price: You can find this monitor stand on the Twelve South website for $79.99.

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Best Gifts for Just About Anyone

If you’re looking for a gift idea for anyone else in your life, we have another source of inspiration for you!

Have you heard about Designity Art?

Designity Art is a place where members of the Designity community can turn their wild ideas and amazing talent into beautiful wall art that perfectly complements any space.

Have a look through our Canvas Art collection for a piece that speaks to you or someone you love!

And don’t forget to take a peek at our Designity merchandise as well for those creatives in your life in need of a little artistic flair!

There’s plenty more to come, so be sure to check back often to see our growing collection!

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