What to Get a Graphic Designer for Christmas


It’s that time of year again. The time of year where you wonder what to get the Graphic Designer in your life that has everything. It’s also the time of year when Graphic Designers wonder what to populate their wish lists with to prevent being the victim of poor shopping choices. We’re here to help. Here’s our list of things to buy a Graphic Designer for 2008:

Item #1: A Swashbuckle from Veer – $65.00

Give the gift of typeface with this stylish belt buckle. Perhaps if the graphic designer you are shopping for does not wear belts (or pants), you might consider a hoodie instead. Heck! Anything from the store at Veer seems like a good choice.

Item #2: Keming Mug from Cafe Press – $14.99

If design isn’t your cup of tea, the premise of this mug may be lost on you. To let you in on the joke, kerning is the space between letters and if you move an “r” too close to a “n” you end up with an “m”. Your graphic design may find this quite funny and if you’re looking to impress him or her with fancy design jargon, this mug has “perfect” written all over it.

Item #3: WIFI Finder from Think Geek – $49.99

This is the perfect gift for someone that’s always on the move. This Digital WiFi Detector has a backlit LCD screen that provides information on signal availability and strength as well as essential network information. It will help you find out everything you need to know about a hot-spot before you set up shop.

Item #4: A Magazine Subscription – price varies

Why not give them a magazine subscription to a Design magazine like PRINT, STEP, or Applied Arts? There’s no better way to say “Merry Christmas” than with some good old fashion inspiration.

Item #5: A Houseplant Twitter Transmitter from Think Geek – $99.99

If a Twitter obsession is part of the daily routine for a Graphic Designer you live or work with, this gift will not only help keep him or her organized, it could save the life of your plants as well. This DIY Twitter kit will internet enable the plant of your choice. By subscribing to it’s Twitter feed, it will provide notification when it needs water, if you’ve over-watered it and provide periodic updates.

Item #6: Virtual Laser Keyboard from Think Geek: $159.99

Connect this to any Bluetooth capable hand held device and project a laser keyboard onto a flat surface for fast message notation without having to rely on a tiny keyboard. It even makes real clicking sounds!

Item #7: USB Keys from Mimico.com – $34.95

Why not stuff a stocking with a designer USB key? They come in all shapes and sizes and always seem to come in handy.

Item #8: Books – prices vary

You can’t go wrong with an interesting book. Can you? Here are some helpful suggestions:

  • In House Design in Practice by by Cathy Fishel
  • Beyond Trend, How to Innovate in an Over-Designed World by Matt Mattus
  • Creative Sparks by Jim Krause
  • Caffeine for the Creative Mind by Stefan Mumaw & Wendy Lee Oldfield
  • Women of Design by Armin Vit and Bryony Gomez-Palacio
  • The Web Designer’s Idea Book by Patrick McNeil
  • Inspirability by Pash

Item #9: A Print of a Raccoon in a Suit from Etsy: $15.00

Why Not? It’s a little bit random but who doesn’t like raccoons? It’s hand drawn by Berkley Illustration.

Item #10: A Goat from World Vision: $75.00

That’s right. A goat. Because everyone needs to be reminded from time to time that it’s not all about them. This gift will provide milk, cheese, and yogurt to a family in Haiti or Kenya.

Good luck with your Christmas shopping!

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