Christmas is coming and everyone is running around looking for gifts. Stop! You don’t have to worry! We collected 105 amazing gifts for web designers and for all other creatives, and just about anyone who has a geeky side in them. Best of all, the gifts are really affordable – mostly from $10 to $100!
If you have a friend who is a web designer or developer and you want to surprise them, you have come to the right place!
In fact, this collection is for any occasion. Birthdays, Valentine’s, Christmas, Thanksgiving, or just an ordinary day surprise to show someone how much you appreciate them.
Ready? Let’s start!
HOT: 1stwebdesigner.com’s Build Flat Responsive Website From Scratch – Complete Course
This course takes you from very little knowledge about web design to being able to create beautiful, thorough and problem-solving websites and get you going as a web designer.
A great gift for students and people who want to learn web design! This is the ONLY course they will ever need, I promise!
A modern and neat docking station for charging that will look great beside a Mac computer.
Coffee during breakfast, second breakfast, elevensies, lunch, afternoon coffee, supper, and dinner? Let this Typography Mug accompany any typophile!
Designer by day, designer by night, and still a designer while sleeping. This is a fancy gift to designers who are totally in love with Adobe products!
A neat traditional wireframing tool that won’t hurt your wallet. Hand sketching stimulates different parts of the brain, and that’s exactly what creatives need! Besides, this sketch pad is more portable and faster to use than any laptop.
For the classy web designer that can’t go anywhere without wearing his/her identity.
Mac computers are neat, especially with those wireless peripherals. But do you know how you can make it neater? With this Mac desk organizer. Save space and organize any desk by hiding your keyboard and mouse underneath. Plus it will look good on most desktop colors!
For designers who loves writing or sketching their ideas on notebooks. This notebook will not drill a hole in your wallet, and I’m certain that any designer would love to have one!
Not all web designers wear pyjamas all day, right?
Just another neat gift you can give to yourself or a web designer friend. Never buy another calendar for several years. Plus this looks good with the Mac Desk Organizer above!
For the Mac lovers. Command Z is similar to Control Z in Windows, which is the shortcut for undoing things.
Ah, the epitome of being a geek web designer. I’m not a web designer myself but I definitely will buy a kit!
Starving artist? I don’t think so. But no web designer would refuse money. Help your web designer friends veer off the “Hey, you’re a web designer, can you design a website for me for free since we’re friends?” type of conversation.
Command O is the shortcut for opening files, but in this case it will be a door. It’s a neat addition to any home!
14. Chisel iPad Dock
A great gift to iPad readers. They will thank you for saving them from numbing their hands. We’ve all been there, reading for hours, adjusting our tablets every several minutes because our wrist or necks start to hurt.
Retina display here, retina display there, why not go old school by going 8-bit? It’s sleek, funny, and useful!
16. Balcony Desk
For the fresh air and sun lovers. Extremely useful if your web designer friend has a balcony, of course.
Another perpetual calendar. The first one was more of a natural and retro type while this one is modern and borderline sci-fi. A perfect gift!
18. Inkling Bamboo
Effective for sketching and taking notes. The best part? Every stroke you make is recorded and can then be converted for digital use on Photoshop.
I’m pretty sure that anyone who has enjoyed Etch-a-Sketch will find this gadget absolutely lovely. In fact, I just ordered one!
An organized desk reflects an organized mind, do you agree?
Mail Icon Paper sleeves promise to protect your iPad, iPad Mini and iPhone from scratches.
22. Pixel Ruler
Pixel Ruler can be your best friend in drafting responsive design.
For those who are always on the go! Pebble displays notifications of email, SMS, calendar, Caller ID, and your favorite apps on your wrist.
You don’t need to worry again with your cables being tied together. Maintain a neatly organized work space with this product.
Hedgehog made of silicon that will help you hold your business cards in place.
Keep your desk dry and your geekness too with these stylish 8-bit hand coasters.
Web designers spend most of their day sitting. That’s bad for their health. Help them be healthier by making exercise fun! With this heart rate monitor, web designers will run several miles just to break their own records. Because, you know, web designers are competitive people!
Okay, aside from being competitive, there’s a stereotype that web designers are lazy…or simply don’t have the time to deal with trash. Well, why not make the trashcan go to them?
Web designers and developers, including geeks will love this shirt. There’s no place like home!
For the passionate web designer who does nothing but eat, sleep, and design. That’s the dream life!
This is an alternative if your web designer friend is not a t-shirt lover. Or you can give them both.
Never worry about time when you are with friends. Stacking these coasters introduces a different design.
33. Newspaper Bag
Simple and gorgeous for female web designers. Keeping the spirit of fancy fashion wherever they go!
34. Keyboard Coaster
A simple coaster that will complement any kind of laptop or desktop on any kind of table.
35. IQ Alarm Clock
Are you smarter than a fifth grader? If not, you won’t be able to turn off the alarm! Good bye five more minutes!
We asked around and found out that this is a likeable mouse for designers. It has no lag, it’s very much responsive, built for comfort, and has several functions like back and forward navigations, a programmable button, thumb controlled trackball, and many more that no standard mouse has.
An ergonomic keyboard to help web designers protect their hands because it’s the only pair they will have for the rest of their lives!
Take good care of a web designer’s eyes with this computer lamp. A designer who can’t see properly is a no-no!
Admit it, web designers are funnily crazy, and as a friend to one, you need to feed them with more crazy fuel!
Finally, a flash drive that can fit in your wallet!
Aside from Newton’s Cradle being a cool addition to any desk, it also has a calming effect, which many web designers need several times a day.
42. iPad Paper Pad
Not an iPad, but an iPad Paper Pad. Just a cool pad to jot down anything, including paper prototyping.
Go old school with these sticky notes! I guess this is the saying “Only 90s kids will get this.” come into play!
Daily geeky t-shirt for everyone! It’s simple but stylish enough to be a great gift to outgoing people.
45. Floating Shelf
A great home or office decoration!
A good shirt for everyday use or for the gym…tell everyone you know Photoshop!
Not all designers use an iPhone, you know? This will be a neat gift for Samsung users, I bet they don’t know this case even existed!
Ah, yes, instead of punching a client or the boss, punch this ball instead. Or save your laptop from your wrath. Help save a friend or yourself from unemployment!
Because every sane web designer has to protect their desks from intruders, right??
A great toy/design to tinker around to let the creative juice flow in during slow days.
One of the safest gifts to give to any professional, trust me. Writers, web designers and developers, marketers, you name it.
52. Rhodia Grid Book
A perfect pad for designers. It has subtle dots that form grids for symmetrical sketches.
The BEST gift you can give to any designer, especially the ones who don’t bring their computers with them all the time!
54. Macbook Stand
I really have no idea what’s the practical use for this, but I’ll include it here since it looks sleek.
55. Mug Warmer
Web designers tend to focus on their designs while their coffee gets cold…no more!
56. Phillips Hue
Wireless personal lighting for your office or room that can be controlled using smartphones or tablets. No need to stand up just to turn off the lights. Hue, hue, hue.
Another t-shirt that tells the whole world the wearer knows HTML5. Talk about walking advertisement!
One of the few effective web design pickup lines!
A great gift for iPad users who also happen to love writing on their notebooks.
60. Urban Bag
A bag small enough to wear anywhere and big enough to accommodate an iPad mini, Kindle, or Nook. There are also two quick access pockets in front for smartphones or a music player.
62. Watch Diary
Keeping track of the things you need to do has never been this easy. A journal with a working clock!
For the classy Macbook Air user. It’s a great gift for the frequent traveler.
Traditional desk lamps are boring. But not with this Tetris-inspired desk lamp!
This web stencil kit is best for quick wireframing and laying out brainstormed ideas. Something every web designer would want to have.
It’s very ironic for a web designer to have this, yet I’m pretty sure they will love this. Ironic how? Many designers hate seeing individual pixels on their screens!
A web designer friend lives or works in an arid place? That’s bad for the skin! Help combat this situation by giving them a humidifier!
68. Cyber Clean
Well, keyboards won’t clean themselves, no?
Scan and capture colors and integrate on your design programs. It’s not sci-fi!
A much cuter humidifier, I have nothing else to add. I want this.
From the best selling series, this third installment of The Web Designer’s Idea Book is a must-have for every web designer – from beginners to masters.
A gift for designers and young artists in general, including art students.
Literally 50 shades of grey. Inspired from the best-selling erotica novel 50 Shades Of Grey.
74. Calendar 2014
A fun calendar that goes beyond the monotonous traditional calendars. It’s loaded up with one-liners that will bring a smile to anyone’s face.
The problem with standard power strips is that they take too much space. You can’t bend them or mold them the way you want, but with Pivot Power Strip, it’s like playing with Lego bricks!
76. Paper Email
A fancy way to send notes to friends and colleagues, but personally I’ll use it to make fun of others.
A perfect gift for social media enthusiasts and web designers. Why? Because no one can resist these fluffy pillows in today’s social media world!
Many web designers never see this mythical place called The Outside. Bring this Outside atop their desk!
A perfect gift for both single and married people. You don’t have to turn on the lights just to go to the restroom!
Add some flair to your music! I’m pretty sure that designers will love this gift. Music with colors!
81. RC Helicopter
A real flying toy helicopter. I mean, come on, I’m pretty sure that deep inside your heart you want one since you were a kid.
It’s not like someone will actually use this thing, but it’s a great gift nonetheless.
83. Beer Glass
Alcohol boosts creativity, right?
For the web designer who loves music, just take a look at those colors!
A neat desk organizer for any office or home office. It has a cup holder, a dock for phones, two USB ports, and an amazing…paper holder.
Aside from the cool design, this is one of those bags that you’ll never regret having…especially when it’s raining. It’s waterproof and can protect your precious gadgets from water!
Perfect for book lovers and for the office. It also has a built-in speakers that can amplify any music you play.
Quadcopters are the cool new toys of the modern world. Everyone will want this! I bet you will get your hands on this one instead of giving it as a gift.
Ever wished of having an extra hand just to hold your phone where you want it to? Well, Spiderpodium solves that! You can twist its arms in several different ways to either make your phone stand on its own, cling to a railing, hang on your bike, and several more usages, the only limit is your imagination.
A spin-off of The Web Designer’s Idea Book, a best-selling series that focuses on great web designs. A book series that every web designers NEED to have.
A great book for beginners and people looking for direction in the web design industry.
The purpose of every design is to make it intuitive as much as possible, not just for desktops but also for mobile devices. This book tackles fresh perspectives on how web usability should be done.
Because running out of battery is a very, very, scary thing, right? You’ll never know when you will need one!
Doctor Who fans will love this decal quote in the form of TARDIS.
Very cool posters to design a rather plain room. Give that room some attitude!
The most popular memory card on Amazon.com. Portable, it can save up to 64GB of data. A perfect gift for photographers, web designers, graphic artists, and just about anyone.
Not all cars have mounts for iPhones. And with this holder you can now use iPhone as a GPS.
98. 8-Bit Sunglasses
8-bit sunglasses to help you protect your eyes while looking like a geek!
Stream movies or TV series straight to your television via HDMI port.
100. Raspberry Pi
The cheapest computer ever at $25. You can host a server, a media box, and any basic thing that you can dream of. It can run word processing programs, quadcopters, surveillance systems, a gaming console, and many more!
This is one of the earliest generations of Kindle, and it’s actually the best Kindle at $69. In my opinion, Kindle Fire is less useful. If you’re planning on buying a Kindle, be sure to check older versions like this one.
A great addition to anyone’s nightstand either for cheer notes or for a to-do list the next morning.
Something fun to have. A robotic ball that runs on Android and iOS, you can control it remotely. Purpose? Fun!
Are you sleeping well? Is your heart pumping like it’s supposed to? Sleep and heart problems are common to web designers because they just sit most of their working hours…and while at home.
OUYA is a virtual reality gaming console that will be the next big thing for gaming. For decades, gamers have been yearning for virtual reality and now it’s here. I am certain that everyone, even non-gamers, will love this. It’s the coolest item to have in this list, I swear.
Oculus Rift is a virtual reality gaming console (this is the real one, OUYA is different).
I hope you enjoyed this collection. If only I had the money I will definitely buy 7/10 of these. Note that I asked several web designers (people I know personally) for their recommendations and this is what we came up with.
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Rean concurrently served as the Head of Operations and Editor-in-Chief of 1stwebdesigner from 2011 up until Aug 2014. He regularly writes about freelancing, technology, web design, and web development with a little touch of internet marketing here and there.