10 Ultimate Holiday Gifts For a Designer

With Christmas and New Year around the corner, you probably find yourself wondering what to put under the tree for your creative friends. Just in time for last-minute holiday shopping, we made a list of gifts that will undoubtedly make any designer’s heart beat faster.


1. Wacom Cintiq

A universal way to make a designer happy is to give him a Wacom graphics tablet. Cintiq 13HD is one of the best compact models out there, that offers great drawing experience directly on the screen.


2. Readymag Gift card

For a curious web designer, a bedroom publisher, an online zine creator and everyone in between a Readymag prepaid account for either one month or one year will be a best gift option. And if he never used Readymag before, you will be thanked not only for a gift but also for a professional discovery.



3. Pencil by FiftyThree

One of those cool interactive pens would be the hottest present of them all. FiftyThree Pencil made everybody talk about it and desperately want to try it out. Plus who won’t be charmed by its beautiful seamless design.

4. Braun Watch

If you are up to something timeless look no further, this watch is a perfect example of classic design. A person who works with shapes and colors will truly appreciate the clean and minimalistic look.

5. Oculus Gear VR

Another device that is tailor-made to make every creative geek excited. Oculus Gear VR turns your average smartphone into virtual reality goggles, that will carry their owner to the highly addictive world of 3D-gaming.

6. A Louise Fili book

Famous Louise Fili designed more than 2000 book covers, some of which got into Cooper-Hewitt Museum and Bibliothèque Nationale collections. Besides designing books, she writes them herself. Any item from this list will make a perfect holiday read for a designer —

7. Visual Design in Action by Ladislav Sutnar

Reprint of the iconic 1961 book by a Czech-American visionary of information design Ladislav Sutnar will be a nice addition to a designer’s library. Visual Design in Action is a great read about the power of design and design thinking.


8. CMYK Color Swatch Calendar

While the absolute bestseller from Verlag Hermann Schmidt publishing house —Typodarium typography calendar — is long sold out by now, you still have a chance to grab CMYK Color Swatch Calendar 2016. For those who love to create their own color compositions, this gift will be a lot of fun.


9. Complete Neue Grafik Issues

If you are ready to go the extra mile to find a perfect gift, take a look at this wonderful facsimile reprint of all Neue Grafik issues with a commentary. Legendary Swiss graphic design magazine will be a highlight of every bookshelf.

10. A Systems Collection Poster

Pick one from these fascinating posters made by leading designers to celebrate the legacy of Braun and you are good to go. The entire collection is dedicated to the most famous pieces of modernist product design.