Gift Ideas for Designers - 2016

2016 Christmas Gift Guide for Designers

I've collated the best gifts for designers I could find. I'm a designer myself, so really I just made my own gift guide. But if you need to buy your designer friend a gift here are some cracking ideas. I certainly hope there is one gift that will be just perfect for them. Happy hunting.

Prices are correct at time of publishing. Dollar and Euro prices are estimates.

How to be a Graphic Designer, Without Losing Your Soul

This book by Adrian Shaughnessy came first in our recent top graphic design books article.

£15/$18/€17

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Lego Architecture – New York City

I think most designers love Lego whether they like to admit it or not. I do. Plus this would look great on a desk.

£34/$41/€39

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Lino Cutting & Printing Kit

Designers are stuck in front of a computer most of the day. Give them an excuse to get their hands dirty.

£20/$24/€23

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On Writing Well

Potentially the best book I've ever read. On Amazon it's quite expensive but have a hunt around and you might find it cheaper somewhere else.

£20/$24/€23

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Jewellers Lens/Loupe

A great tool for checking print quality. A lovely little geeky gift.

£5/$6/€6

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Designing Brand Identity: An Essential Guide for the Whole Branding Team

This book by Alina Wheeler featured in our recent top graphic design books article.

£27/$33/€31

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SoundMAGIC E10 Earphones

I have these headphones and love them. They are the second pair I've bought.

£30/$37/€35

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Casio Watch

Geeky but trying to be a bit different = Stereotypical Designer. Which is why this watch is perfect. I wear a yellow one. Love it.

£15/$18/€17

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Universal Ruler with cm Angles Scale

Designers are a weird bunch. Buy them a nice ruler and they'll be happy as Larry.

£13/$16/€15

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Wreck This Journal

This journal by Keri Smith looks like great fun.

£6/$7/€7

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Indoor RC Helicopter

I was given one of these. Fantastic fun, especially if you have little children to chase with it.

£17/$21/€20

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Helvetica Movie

Again, a bit expensive on Amazon so have a hunt around.

£30/$37/€35

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LEUCHTTURM1917 Whitelines Notebook

There is a huge range of these notebooks. This one enables you to more easily transfer sketches to computer.

£15/$18/€17

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Lamy Safari Fountain Pen

The perfect compliment to a LEUCHTTURM1917 notebook. I have two black ones and love them. They come in loads of colours.

£15/$18/€17

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21. The Print Handbook

A cheeky entry but I do think it makes a great gift.

£9/$11/€10

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