Believe it or not, it’s that time of year again. Maybe you have a friend or family member who’s a designer. Perhaps you yourself are an artist, and you’re purchasing a well-deserved Christmas gift for yourself. Either way, there are a few items every designer should get in their stocking this holiday season.
Designers are working everywhere, from the office, the coffee shop and the park to their own beds. That said, designing in bed is the dream.
This laptop bed tray is perfect for any designer. There’s enough room for a laptop, mouse and phone. Designers can have their own personal office from the comfort of their own bed. This is a great gift for any designer.
A designer’s life is hectic, especially if they’re freelancing. There are many clients, multiple projects and a lot of tasks to do throughout any given day. Organization is necessary in a designer’s life.
Every designer should have an at-a-glance desk calendar for the New Year. This calendar makes it easier to plan daily tasks for weeks at a time. And because it’s so large, your favorite designer will have plenty of space for all their tasks.
“100 Ideas that Changed Graphic Design” ($23.39)
Inspiration is all around you. The people you meet, the buildings you walk around and the billboards you see are all sources of revelations. However, you can also find inspiration from design books.
“100 Ideas that Changed Graphic Design” explores revolutionary design ideas throughout history. There are plenty of design elements featured in this book that the designer in your life can look to for inspiration. Whenever they’re stuck, they’ll take a look at this book and have their creativity sparked.
Inspiration doesn’t have to come from a book. It can come from life. When it does, you’d better be ready to capture it.
The Pentalic Traveler Pocket Sketch Journal should be in every designer’s pocket. This sketchbook will always be there when a groundbreaking idea suddenly comes to mind. Even if you don’t have an idea, it’s empowering to carry this sketch journal with you at all times.
Make life easier for the designer in your life. Give them this little book so they can keep all their original ideas in their pocket.
Phones, tablets and laptops. These gadgets are all important to designers. It’s important that everything is fully charged for a productive day of work.
Every designer should want a charging station for Christmas. Not only will they have one place for all their electronics, but everything will be organized. Plus, the wires will be tucked away and won’t take up space on the floor.
Color is important for design, lending character, tone and style. Color defines your design and gives it valuable identity.
A color wheel poster is perfect for any designer’s office. You’re giving them a tool they need for work. It’ll also be displayed proudly in their office, where they can always look to it for answers.
Every designer has a go-to playlist. You know, the songs that help them get into a productive workflow. Help them blast their music proudly with this JBL Flip 2 portable wireless Bluetooth speaker.
With 4 to 5 hours of battery life, they can take this speaker with them anywhere they go and have it last for a substantial amount of time. They can also connect any device to the JBL Flip 2, and the sound quality is incredible for its price. Designers will love this gift.
Surface Pen ($59.99)
Drawing is essential for designers. What’s even more important is being able to transfer those drawings to their computer. They can accomplish this quite easily by drawing on a tablet.
The Surface Pen is a stylus that works well with the Microsoft Surface Pro 4. This stylus can be customized with many different pen tips, so it feels like they’re drawing with a pen or a #2 pencil.
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 ($749.99)
What’s the point of having a stylus without having a tablet? Many designers prefer the Microsoft Surface Pro 4. And since it’s a Microsoft product, the designer in your life can use all the design products they’re accustomed to using.
This is the premier tablet for designers. With 16 GB of RAM and 9 hours of battery life, there are fewer tablets that can meet your designing demands. If you’re a designer, the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is the ultimate Christmas gift.
Make a Designer’s Job Easier With These Christmas Gifts
Any gift that makes the design process easier is a meaningful gift for designers this Christmas. Make sure the people closest to you can work on something convenient and inspirational.
About The Author
Eleanor Hecks is the Editor-in-Chief of Designerly Magazine, an online publication dedicated to providing in-depth content from the design and marketing industries. When she's not designing or writing code, you can find her re-reading the Harry Potter series, burning calories at a local Zumba class, or hanging out with her dogs, Bear and Lucy.