The countdown is on. There are just weeks, days even, remaining until the holiday. We all know that designers can be tough to shop for, so our gift list should be a life-saver!
We’ve collected a list of super cool gift ideas for designers, to help you be the perfect secret (or not-so-secret) Santa this holiday season. We’ve got you covered with everything from 3D printing pens to metallic artwork!
New iPad Pro
We couldn’t compile a gift guide without something new from Apple. The newest iPad Pro is this season’s most-wanted item. It’s got all the power of a computer, works with the Apple Pencil for easy drawing, features an add-on, full-size keyboard. Plus, this iPad will even run Photoshop. It’s the perfect tool for working on the go, playing or both.
Timbuk2 Laptop Bag
The Timbuk2 backpack is better than any laptop case and is commuter-friendly. This bag looks great and has pockets for everything from a computer to pens and chargers. The sleek design is appropriate for men or women, too.
Mark One Pen
Mark One is a minimal, seamless pen that looks as good as it feels. It’s custom machined, all-metal, retractable pen with a ceramic-based exterior coating for long lasting durability. These pens are designed to last forever and it will likely be the favorite of whoever gets it.
The Lap Desk is a lightweight all-in-one solution to using your laptop on the couch or in bed. It features a large area to hold a computer (15 inches), built-in mousepad and place for your phone.
Panobook is a panoramic notebook that’s made to lay flat on a desktop for easy use with a beautiful cover and materials, so you’ll want to keep those sketches even after the notebook is full. The pages feature dot grid markers to make it easy to draw, sketch UI designs and outline artwork.
LED Word Clock
The LED Word Clock displays time as text on a black and white, minimal-style display. It comes in several sizes – for a desk or wall – and can be a real conversation piece for a home office or other workspace.
Pantone Solid Guide Set
Every designer loves a Pantone Guide. The Solid Guide Set includes all five spot color guides: Formula Guide Coated & Uncoated, Pastels & Neons, Metallics, and Premium Metallics. It includes all 2,678 colors in the Pantone Matching System to provide designers with the greatest array of Pantone’s spot colors.
Displate Metal Poster
Take your poster game to the next level with Displate magnet-mounted metal prints. These posters are way nicer than paper prints and serve as a true talking point in a room. Each print – and there are so many to choose from – features a matte finish on a metal backing using a giclée print process. They even come gift packed to make the holidays that much easier.
“Lettering and Modern Calligraphy”
Hand lettering is a trend and useful design technique. This book provides tools and techniques for beginners to start drawing letters by hand – it’s a lot like sketching. (Pair it with a nice notebook and pens for a gift that almost any designer will love.)
Forget trying to find a coffee mug with the perfect saying on it – let your favorite designers write their own on this chalkboard mug. The microwave safe item allows you to use standard chalk to pen a doodle or message and then erase it and try again later.
Micro Sleeve Slim Wallet
The Bellroy Micro Sleeve is a slim, leather wallet that fits a few credit cards and bills. It’s so small that you won’t worry about carrying too much junk, but just the right size for essentials in a sleek design.
Gather Desk Organizer
The Gather desk organizer in a minimal, modular organizer. You can adapt it to your workspace by moving elements on the organizer within the sliding grid tray. The design is sleek as well – something designers will love – and it will look great in any workspace. You can also add extra pieces such as a coaster, sticky notes holder, headphone stand and more.
Sometimes a total geek-out gift can show how much you care. These CMYK socks are just that gift. The artwork is simple, and designers will know this comes from the heart.
The 3D Doodler is a pen that allows you to draw real objects. Draw shapes, lines and anything else imaginable for a sketch that comes to life. It works using click-to-extrude heated plastic which hardens rapidly, allowing you to draw in 3D, freehand or using stencils. Make art, fix things, design wearable items, build models and decorate a space. Plus, it brings out your inner child in a hurry.
Wake-Up Alarm Clock
If getting up in the morning is an issue, this clock gradually adds natural light to the room. The lamp and alarm can make it easier to get moving … and keeps you from waking in the dark.
Wireframe Card Deck
Here’s a card deck that’s fun and practical. The Wireframe Deck includes 80 cards with common website and UI elements to help you arrange and build projects on the tabletop before starting with a computer. It’s a great brainstorming and visualization tool.