20 Unique Gifts for Graphic Designers & Creatives 2017

Find the perfect gift for your creative friend! Check out our 2017 list of the best gifts for Graphic Designers.

This article was contributed by 9ightout. 

Chocolates, photo frames and books are the obvious gifts but how can you find something different and exciting for a loved one? Especially, when there’s an artist, designer or a techie on the receiving end.

Relax. We’ve got your back. Scroll through this list of the best Christmas / Holiday gifts to give to a designer and put a dash of happiness in their artistry!

Best Christmas Presents / Gifts for Designers, Artists and Creatives

  • Multitouch Drawing Tablet

  • Graphics Tablet

    I won’t say it isn’t the most obvious choice, it surely is for many. But, with technology getting better every passing month, gifting a multi-touch tablet having the latest specifications is a great option. Artist16, Wacom Mobile Studio Pro, Wacom Cintiq 13HD and so forth are within a feasible price range.

    These tablets allow designers to draw directly on the screen where they can collaborate with others, and electronically & manually make changes.

  • Extra Storage / BackUp Drives

  • NAS

    Backup storage, of course, is a mind-blowing gift any time. It is a life-saving gift you can present to your designer friends whose work is their vigor. There’s no way they want to lose it; a thoughtful gift idea indeed. So, why not?

    This storage software allows syncing data with other cloud services. Whether you want backups, security, file management or just cloud storage, they meet all the requirements. Some of the best disk managers are Seagate Personal Cloud, Synology DiskStation DS216j, Synology DiskStation DS716+. Learn more about network attached storage devices here.

  • Power Dock Station

  • PowerDock Station

    To cut out the mess and make your friend`s life a tad easier, here is another superhero gift on the list. Power dock stations will make your buddy`s desk a clean slate. No cluttered wires and no entangling. These dock stations can also fit cables, wallets, phones, tablets, and keys. Allow them some fresh space that`s clutter-free.

  • LaMetric Dashboard & Speaker

  • LaMetric

    Live display of pixel notifications together with a speaker; could life be any better? This gadget displays notifications of multiple things; for example, business metrics, emails, tasks, news, etc. Fully customizable, one can connect it either to the mobile phone or computer.

  • QlockTwo Touch

  • ClockTwo

    There’s a unique thing about designers. They cannot settle for common objects and decorations. They always have eyes for something that`s equally beautiful and functional. Qlocktwo Touch is a perfect item in the gift wrap. This alarm clock includes a matrix of letters that illuminate to tell you the time. For instance, if it is 8.15, the clock will show ‘fifteen past eight` in the most stylish way.

  • Headphone Amplifier

  • Headphone Amp

    Working for long hours on computers can become tedious, but to boost concentration, designers prefer listening to music. Therefore, headphone amplifiers are an ideal match for them. Designed with high-impedance and low-sensitivity, these make a good fit & can also be used on a small workstation.

  • Vanamco DeviceLab

  • DeviceLab

    Eye candy and a very useful gift for designers. DeviceLab is a receptive developmental stand. It helps designers test responsive sites at once by bringing several devices like mobile phones and tablets together in a single place. Besides, it also helps increase productivity at par.

  • Dot Grid Sketchbook

  • UI Sketch Book

    Let your designer buddies play with dimensions and space to design logos, UI ideas or UX wireframes. Integrated with a dot grid pattern, this gadget is especially useful for UI Stencils and saves a lot of time. Also, the product is 100 percent recyclable which means a safe sigh for mother nature too.

  • Re-markable Paper Tablet

  • Remarkable

    Read, write or sketch, this Paper Tablet will make it all worth the  experience. For those designers who spill their creativity on papers, this tablet will prove to be a promising gift. Besides, the experience is digital which means combining old ways with new. A perfect combo!

  • Big Big Cursor

  • Big Cursor

    Your friends no longer have to use the conventional pen type stylus on their touchscreen devices! Gift your buds this out of the box Big-Big Cursor. Available in shape of a gloved finger and cursor version, this cool accessory comes with a magnet. So, it can be easily stuck to a metal surface to prevent it from getting misplaced.

  • Wacom Inkling Digital Sketch Pen

  • Inkling

    Most of the times, designers work on laptops and computers. It’s tiring and strenuous. So, how about gifting them something as casual and free like drawing on paper?

    Inkling is an ace gadget that allows sketching on paper and records the drawings digitally. Plus, these images work flawlessly with Illustrator, Photoshop, and many other graphic design computer programs. A complete layer control to their design, what else one could ask for?

  • The Re-Fold MultiFold Portable Table

  • Multifold Table

    All day sitting and working is harmful. Hence, why not gift them something flexible? This multifold table is not only flexible but also portable, affordable and 100% recyclable. Easy to assemble, this foldable desk will be a thoughtful present for your mate.

  • Mollaspace Keyboard Coasters

  • Keyboard Coasters

    As creative and versatile as the designers, the Mollaspace Keyboard Coasters features a modern and contemporary design. Their design is a statement style and complements any workstation module. Make your friends’ work feel appreciated by gifting them something work-related.

  • Touch Gloves

  • Touch Gloves

    Winter is here in the northern hemisphere, which means freezing hands and numb fingers. A tough time for creative amigos. Worry not! Gift them a pair of touchscreen gloves that seamlessly work with smartphone and tablet screens interface. These gloves are integrated with special capacitive thumb and index fingertips to operate your smartphone or tablets. They`re cheap, and they`re fashionable! What`s not to love?

  • Online Courses / Subscriptions

  • Courses

    In the era of online shopping and online gift ordering, why not purchase online course or subscription for a gift? Scratch your head and think of a book or course your designer mate wanted from long. If you can, you`ve probably found a great Christmas gift for them because it was already on their wishlist. Try browse Udemy or Skillshare for a great course.

  • Computer Glasses

  • Computer Glasses

    Another useful gift for designers could be a pair of Anti-glare spectacles (see this article: Do computer eye-glasses really work?). Designers and developers often have to stare at computer screen for long hours, which mostly causes eye strain. Computer eyeglasses with advanced lens technology are designed to minimize these ill-effects. Not only do the glasses look cool, but they also make a superb addition to a designers` accessories!

  • Slate 2.0 LapDesk

  • Slate Desk

    Classy and functional as hell, this Lap desk is for times when you’re all up to work while sitting on the bed or couch. Support your lazy lads and offer them a gift of comfort. The ergonomic design of this desk is meant to make their laptop appear cool while giving them optimal space for work and play. This desk is compatible with laptops ranging from 11?-17? as well as the iPad Mini, iPad Air, and iPhone 6/6s and 6/6s plus.

  • Walls Notebook

  • Walls Notebook

    Bare city walls decorated with fresh coats of design-is there anything more appealing to doodlers, designers, and graffiti artists? This type of gift invites them to fulfill their inner vandal without the risk of jail time. They can take notes, carve sketches, or draw, whatever they like. It is their minimalistic version of wall that they can draw on.

    This Walls Notebook gift is super quirky for those creative gems.

  • Wake-Up Light with Sun Rise Simulation

  • Wake Up Light

    No one in the world would vouch for early to bed and early to rise, anymore. Therefore, to help your friends have a morning experience in night or at noon here is something incredible.

    This wake-up light imitates sunlight to wake them up in a natural way. Also, it has an FM radio, with another option of setting wake-up sounds. All in all, an amazing treat for night-owl designers and party lovers.

  • Projection Keyboard

  • Keyboard Projection

    This little box of joy is a dreamy reality. This projection keyboard provides designers with a full-size keyboard for typing. Moreover, this keyboard is smaller and easier to carry than a regular-sized portable keyboard. Again, a fine present for designers and techies.

    From the most expensive ones to the not-so costly, these Christmas gifts will surely entice your designer amigos. So, what are you waiting for? Hurry up and get wrapping! What other christmas gifts would you add?

    More Gift Ideas for Creatives

    Browse the BlackFriday Deals post, there are some great ideas in there!

    The designer gift idea compilation is presented to you by 9ightout

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