2013 Holiday Gift Ideas for Designers and Artists

We all get a little stuck picking presents for friends. A great gift should be one that is both creative and useful. Find out what to get designers and artists for Christmas this year with this list of twenty great gift ideas and one terrible one you must avoid.

Nanoblock Sets

There’s a new brick on the block and these little bricks will be a big surprise for your friend. Nanoblock look like Lego but they are many times smaller which lets you create high-detail objects. If the person you know is into pixel art, they’ll love Nanoblock because it’s a great way to convert their pixel art into real tangible objects. Nanoblock sets can easily be found at many stores including Toys “r” Us, Amazon, and eBay, but if you’re going for the larger and more expensive sets, you might save money by buying it straight from Japan on Rakuten or Plamoya.

Approximate Price: $8 to $200

Professional Stationary Set

Artists love new tools so create a custom stationary with high-end tools like the Lamy Safari fountain pen or a set of Faber-Castell brush pen set. There are many quality tools available and the best way to see what they are using now and finding better versions. Add some Moleskin notebooks and finish the present with a beautiful hand-made pencil case from Etsy. Alternatively, you can get this cool Keyboard Stationery Set that’ll match their workspace. When adding everything up, it can get pretty expensive so adjust your items to fit your budget.

Approximate Price: $20 to $100

Pen Tablet

A pen tablet, like the Wacom Intuos, is one of the most practical and fun items you can get for any designer, artist, or even photographers. But be sure to ask for a gift receipt because not everyone will find it useful. For something more affordable, go for a tablet from Monoprice.

Approximate Price: $100 to $2400

DIY Printable Paper Craft

These cute and quirky printable paper craft models by TaraHandmade from Etsy are great looking desk decorations and they sell at a great price. You will have to print the files out yourself because the purchase includes the PDF, but that also means you can customize them with the receivers name for an extra personal touch.

Approximate Price: $2 to $7

Silhouette Portrait

For the crafty friend, this cutting machine will be their favorite tool. It is like a printer except it cuts out any shape you like and you can create an sell your own custom cards. They also have an online store where you can buy premade templates instead of creating them yourself. This gift is perfect for scrapbookers and card designers.

Approximate Price: $120 to $270

Camera Lens Mug

Have a friend into photography? Why not get them a mug in the shape of their favorite lens! When these mugs first came out, there were only one of two lens you can get. Now there are plenty of different styles including mugs with stainless steel barrels and more secure lids.

Approximate Price: $15 to $35

Nerf Gun

If you’re getting a gift for a friend in the office, a Nerf Gun is a cool and quirky thing to have. When enough people in the office have one, start a cheezy office nerf battle!

Approximate Price: $15 to $50

Lomo Camera

Lomo cameras can be cheap or expensive depending on which camera you get. They embrace their flaws to create nostalgic looking photos. The original Holga 120N
and Lomography Diana F+
are some of the more popular Lomo cameras. There are a lot of other fun lomo cameras so be sure to check them out before you buy. Almost all lomo cameras use film so remember to add a pack of film if it is not already included.

Approximate Price: $20 to $250

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