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Saturday, 30 November 2013

A Gift Guide on What to Give to Graphic Designers

What do you give to a graphic designer? A book? A quirky object? The good ol’ mug for their coffee? A shirt with a hilarious graphic design related pun? If you are having trouble what to give to them then this post is for you.

Everyone knows Christmas is that time of the year wherein people have some trouble with what to give to members of their family, relatives as well as their closest of friends. If you have someone in the family or a good friend of someone who is a graphic designer and wants to give them something a little bit special for the coming holiday. That’s why we have created this gift guide to help you out in the picking process for a hassle-free Christmas.

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If your friend is one great bookworm here are some books to help expand their knowledge about their field:

1. New Ornamental Type: Decorative Lettering in the Digital Age – $29.17

Perfect for someone who is trying out their hand in typography, type aficionados and for those who just love a design made well with amazing typographic work. The book is filled with amazing and not to mention really inspiring works.

2.Go: A Kidd’s Guide to Graphic Design – $10.77

Written by famous American Graphic Designer Chip Kidd. Go is not your typical book about graphic design. The book also showcases how to creatively use the many graphical elements. Apart from that, the book invites it’s readers to complete projects that they can share at the site GoTheBook.com.

3. Paul Rand: A Designer’s Art – $250

We are sure that by just a mere mention of Paul Rand’s name to any graphic designer will make them squeal like little kids at the sight of chocolate. But what about giving them a book written by Paul Rand himself ?

4. Grid Systems in Graphic Design/Raster Systeme Fur Die Visuele Gestaltung (German and English Edition) – $61.00

A perfect gift for those who have graphic designer family or friend who are raving about grids. This is also perfect for students who are going to take graphic design next school year.

5. The Graphic Designer’s Business Survival Guide – $18.44

Here’s something great to give if you have a friend whose dream is to start their own design firm. This one great thing about this book is that it offers loads of advice to help designers on how dealing with clients and building a great relationship with them.

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If your friend is a total neat freak or if they have a nice good desk but are having troubles organizing their stuff:

1. Quirky Cordies Desktop Cable Management – $6.99

Here’s something to manage those annoying cords better. Perfect for those who have a ton of stuff plugged but the problem is those tangled wires.

2. DEWALT DWST17804 Tstak 2 Drawer with Dividers – $38.53

If you have a friend whose looking for a nice desk drawer then this one is perfect for them! Can be stacked with the same product, durable and not to mention it locks! We suggest you get two of this awesome space saving drawer.

3. Victor Wood Midnight Black Collection, Tidy Tower Desktop Organizer, Black, (5500-5) – $89.99

A clean desk is a productive desk! Help your friends organize their things. Chuck those paper, notes, magazines even folders in this nice desktop drawer.

4. iStick: Multifunction Desktop organizer with built-in USB Hub and Memory Card Reader (US Only) (Black) – $39.99

Apart from the fact that this is an awesome space saver, the Cyanics iStick Multifunction Desk Organizer has a USB port, a compartment to place your phone and it has a nice design. What more can your designer friends ask for right?

5. U BOARD SMART – Monitor Stand and Multi-function Board with built-in 3 Port USB 2.0 – $44.89

Similar to the Cyanics iStick Multifunction Desk Organizer the only difference is that it doesn’t have the multicompartments that the other one has. Instead it has a clear glass that acts like a mini table. Perfect for those who want to sketch out their ideas while working in front of the computer.

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If your friend is always on the go this is perfect for them:

1. Drawing and Sketching Pencil Set In Zippered Carrying Case - $6.24

It’s a pencil case and a sketch pad rolled into one. Apart from that the set is only 10-3/4 by 6 inches big which makes this one pretty compact. If that won’t put a smile to your friend we don’t know what is.

2. Kattee® Vintage Canvas Leather Hiking Travel Backpack Tote Bag Fit 17 Inch Laptop – $56.99

Designers bring a lot of stuff with them and one of the most frustrating part in packing is where to put that humongous laptop of theirs. To make things worst some laptop bags doesn’t last that long. This travel backpack here by Kattee is perfect since it offers a nice big room for a laptop that can even fit a 17 inch laptop not to mention it is very stylish and durable.

3. Anker Potable Charger – $29.99

It’s frustrating and annoying for everyone with a smartphone or a table to find their gadgets out of juice before getting to their destination. Same thing for graphic designers even double at times since they need their smartphones or tablets to check emails, send out proofs and do minor tweaks. This is where Anker Portable Charger comes in it gives those gadgets extra boost of power specially during long travels.

4. Royal & Langnickel Essentials Art Cargo Carry Bag – $29.37

Speaking of bags Royal Essentials Art Cargo Carry Bag just looks amazing! Made by artists for artist is great for holding all your friend’s tools. It even has a detachable case to hold brushes.

5. EZOPower Portable – $39.99

This device is pretty neat! It’s a multifunctional, portable and user-friendly device that allows you to  transfer photos, music, movies and other files from an SD card and USB storage device to any smartphone and tablet. Not only that but it also doubles as a power bank. We suggest get 2 of this one for a gift and one for you.

 

With that we are going to end our gift guide for this coming holidays and we hope that we helped you guys a lot. What do you guys think? Did we miss anything? What do you want for this Christmas? Tell us at the comments below!

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