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Ideas of Gifts for Graphic Designers

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Picking out a present is always thrilling for me, especially if I sincerely love a person. Maybe I am too serious and worry too much about things that should bring nothing but joy and happiness... In any case, I can do nothing about it and start preparing for a coming event beforehand. Hate grabbing some useless stuff at the last moment and presenting it to the guest of honor taking an educated guess and squealing “Surprise!”

How do you choose presents for your friends? Do you have any secrets to share? I take person’s occupation and passion into consideration. As I work for the IT company, it’s quite understandable that most of my friends and acquaintances are designers, artists, and simply creative people. That’s why this blog post is actually a compilation of my ideas of awesome holiday gifts for designers. There are 28 of them. A weird number, but geeks like everything that is out of the common. Anyway, I hope this will be enough to fuel up your imagination and make a note of possible gifts for creative people for the nearest holidays.

The list can also be considered a collection of ideas of gifts for fashion designers, cool gifts for artists, gifts for painters, gifts for graphic designers, etc.

What is the first idea that comes to your mind when you start thinking about gifts for a graphic designer? I bet it’s a gifts template. Am I right? A fine present, by the way. I am sure it will gratify your beloved nerd, so gifts themes have taken their well-earned first place on my list.

Would you like to know what goes after them? Then, just scroll down.


Website template

A website template is a universal present for web designer/developer. Save their time for the party!


Current and past issue of award winning design magazines

A very useful resource where you can find current and past issues of design magazines. Great content on the who, what, when, where, why and how's of graphic design may become the best present for a web designer who likes to learn.


Graphic Tees

You may say that t-shirt is a trivial present… But you didn’t see the t-shirts from these guys. Embedded in the culture of Design By Humans is a passion for brilliantly designed tees, detailed illustration and a strong appreciation for all things creative.


Zzz Bedroom Wall Decal (61" x 29") Wall Sticker Wall Decoration Typography

This handmade item made of oracal indoor vinyl to order will decorate your or your friend’s bedroom wall.


Temporary Tattoos for Graphic Designers

A set of 3 bold + beautiful gold ampersand metallic temporary tattoos is a great gift for a graphic designer, writer, or font nerd.


Graphic Designer Coffee Mug

This is a must have coffee mug for a graphic designer or web designer, a perfect gift for a coworker with text saying: "I'm silently judging your font choice."


Personalized Business Cards

These beautiful foil business cards will add an elegant touch to any brand. They make a lasting personalized impression and help to stand out from the competition.


Fox Tote Bag

Fox Tote bag is made in France in Rennes from organic textile. The illustration is made by designer brand Solis and Lunae illustrators and designers.


Origami Birds White Tights - Hand Printed, Great Design, Creative Patterns

Luxury, covering tights made of microfiber and elastic fibers, 60DEN thick. The patterns on the tights are handmade in limited editions which guarantee their uniqueness.


Graphic Designer Gift - CMKY Badge

This set of three badges makes a perfect gift for your favorite graphic designer, photographer, artist or anyone who appreciates super fun and colorful badges.


CMYK Wood Bead Necklace

Stylish and modern, this would make a great gift for the designers or artists in your life.


Color Wheel Earrings

These are 1/2" locking leverback dangle earrings with professionally printed art prints handset under glass domes. The glass nicely magnifies the artwork underneath.


Color Wheel Charm Bracelet

This is a 1/2" charm bracelet with a professionally printed art print handset under a glass dome and comes with a matching charm of your choice. The glass nicely magnifies the artwork underneath.


Vintage Metal Letterpress Font Toiletry Bag

A perfect present for typography person who wants to scream every time they see bad kerning. The bag is made from photographing groupings of metal letterpress type.


Copy and Paste Earrings

Fun earrings with hand stamped words "copy" and "paste" on U.S. Made of metal discs. The discs are brushed to give them a subtle texture. They are made with a tin-based metal alloy that is heavier than aluminum, but less expensive than sterling silver. They also retain their silver color longer; Sterling silver does tarnish over time.


Oh Crop Mouse Pad

Dress up your/your friend’s work area or home with this computer accessory. This would make a great gift for graphic designers and photographers.


Science Diagram Pillow

Top quality wool felt was meticulously hand cut then sewn in place to create this light/color theory diagram. Mounted on beautiful decorator-weight neutral colored fabric, the pillow measures approximately 16 x 16.


I hate being sexy but I'm a GRAPHIC DESIGNER so I can't help it - Unisex Hoodie

This Hoddie is heat pressed with Thermoflex Plus vinyl, a durable polyurethane based material that is highly flexible matte material finish, this vinyl is designed to adhere to 100% cotton shirts and last for years to come. Unlike screen printed shirts that will crack, peel, or fade after a few washes, Thermoflex Plus vinyl is made to last for years on 100% Cotton items without diminishing the quality.


Lorem Ipsum scarf

In publishing and graphic design, "Lorem ipsum" is common placeholder text used to demonstrate the graphic elements of a document without adding implied the meaning of words the reader could understand. Designers will appreciate this present.


Freestyle Typography Bow Tie

This freestyle, a self-tie bow tie is made with 100% organic cotton in typography print - black text on a white background. The text is in Latin and is the 'Lorem ipsum' text that many graphic designers use to fill in copy.


Love Card

This 'You're Just My Type' funny love card is a must for the typography lover in your life.


Graphic Designer Novelty Gift Teddy Bear

Teddy bear wearing professionally printed design t-shirt. The design is printed onto a 100% polyester t-shirt. It measures 23cm tall (18cm in sitting position), made of lovely soft fluffy fabric, makes a great novelty gift.


Creative Workshop: 80 Challenges to Sharpen Your Design Skills

Within Creative Workshop, you'll find 80 creative challenges that will help you achieve a breadth of stronger design solutions, in various media, within any set time period. Exercises range from creating a typeface in an hour to designing a paper robot in an afternoon to designing web pages and other interactive experiences. Each exercise includes compelling visual solutions from other designers and background stories to help you increase your capacity to innovate.


Sakura 30181 Pigma Micron Blister Card 01 Ink Pen, 0.25-mm, Black

When accuracy, minute details, and preservation count, the unparalleled archival quality of Pigma Micron pens makes them everyone's first choice. Artist, writers, and illustrators reach for Pigma Micron and know their work is safeguarded with the permanence of Pigma ink. Experience smooth, skip-free writing and crisp ink colors that leave consistent lettering and lines every time. It has achieved universal appeal and is carried by technical professionals, artists and crafters alike anthropologists, entomologists, scientists, research laboratories, archivists, architects, professional diamond cutters, cartoonists, manga and anime artists, illustrators, heirloom quilters and decorative fabric artists. Features archival quality ink for use in acid-free environments, chemically stable, waterproof, fade resistant, no smears, feathers or bleed-through on most papers. Applicable for graphic art, scrapbook, archival recording, pen and ink illustrations, freehand art, rubber stamps, cartooning and fabric design. Technical qualities are archival quality Pigma ink, six point sizes, no smear or feather when dry, waterproof and chemical proof, fade resistant, does not bleed through most papers, meets ASTM and ACMI nontoxicity standard and not evaluated for cosmetic use on skin. Nib size for precise line width is 0.25mm.


Infographics Designers' Sketchbooks

We are living in a golden age of data visualization, in which designers are responding to the information overload of our digital era with astonishing feats of visual thinking. Using a wide variety of techniques, they transform complex ideas into clear, engaging, and memorable infographics. In recent years, books and websites have been collecting the field's best. While stimulating, these finished projects offer little insight into how visual solutions were reached, making them of limited use to designers wanting to produce work of their own. In Infographic Designers' Sketchbooks, more than fifty of the world's leading graphic designers and illustrators open up their private sketchbooks to offer a rare glimpse of their creative processes. Emphasizing idea-generating methods—from doodles and drawings to three-dimensional and digital mock-ups—this revelatory collection is the first to go inside designers' studios to reveal the art and craft behind infographic design.


SinoPro 8.5 Inch LCD Writing Tablet Digital Handwriting Pad Drawing Board with Stylus Built-in Button Battery as Gift for Kids, Designer, Teacher, Student and Business Use (Black)

What’s the LCD Writing Tablet? It’s a flexible LCD panel, the new technology to create a real pen and paper experience. You can use your fingernails to write on it, repeated writing up to 50,000 times. The words and pictures written on the board can be retained as long as you do not delete. No need to plug-in, a built-in coin-cell battery which is replaceable. It protects your eyes and is safe for your body.


6 Books For The Artist, Designer, Art Student, Textile Artist

This is what you get:

  • A Treasury Of Design For Artists and Craftsmen - 725 paisley and geometric folk and primitive motifs by Gregory Mirow. It contains an incredibly rich collection of bright, modern design material that is immediately usable — all selected especially for this volume from historical periods, and from such favorite styles as pop art and Art Nouveau. And everything in this book is copyright free! Just select the designs you need, use them alone or in combination with other elements, apply them intact or altered to your needs, and repeat individual items in form patterns.
  • 376 Decorative Allover Patterns From Historic Tilework and Textiles By Charles Cahier and Arthur Martin - A 252-page book full of many patterns during 19th century manufactured goods. Extremely rare and valuable portfolio of 376 motifs assembled more than a century ago by two Jesuit Scholars. A collection of floral, animal, bird, geometric patterns.
  • Japanese Floral Patterns and More - Madeline Orban -Szontaugh - 45 copyright-free form floral designs on Japanese art and costume for use in many different arts and craft projects. All over, nature scenes, floral sprays, tree branches and more.
  • Illustrations For Holidays and Special Occasions - Copyright-Free Designs Printed on one side - Designed by Ed Sibbett Jr 650 original - ready to use illustrations Motifs for every holiday.
  • Richard Hofmann Decorative Flower and Leaf Designs - 124 Illustrations - Floral and Foliate motifs from a rare late nineteenth-century German collection of illustrations for surface decoration, textiles, and other uses.
  • Old Fashioned Sports Illustrations - Carol Belanger Grafton - Copyright-Free Designs Printed on one side - Sports in the good old days over 460 detailed line illustrations featuring players of every kind of sport.


The Incredible Pink Toe Press Color Puzzle Cube

This is an excellent statement piece, desk accessory, or gift for a graphic designer or puzzle-lover in your life. As if the aesthetics were not enough, the cube works in several wonderful ways:

  • You can use the puzzle cube to make custom color combinations. It's great for working out designer's block or painter's block. The cube turns and rotates like any other puzzle cube, BUT you can rotate horizontally to match bands of colors (see the last photograph) to get a lovely combination. The possibilities are truly endless!
  • You can use the Pink Toe Press Puzzle Cube as a regular puzzle. It is a good size and is compact enough to take with you anywhere. No batteries or chargers needed for this toy! But please use supervision when children are playing with the puzzle.
  • Conversation piece. Use it as-is as a desk accessory or part of your retro-inspired Cabinet of Curiosities. Bring it with you on the train. You'll be the talk of the town.


You have just viewed the last item of my gifts for creatives list. I hope it will save your time, efforts and birthdays, anniversaries, professional holidays, and other outstanding events won’t drop from the clouds as you will be ready for any of them.

You may also take a look at gifts for designers and gifts for creative people showcases. I promise they are worth your attention.

Please don’t forget to write me a quick message at the comments section. I would like to know whether this article was useful for you. What gifts do you consider the most unhoped-for? What would you present to your dear artist?

One more thing before I say bye-bye 😉

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