It’s that time of year again to put on your best thinking cap and compile giftlists before Christmas. Having done just that for you, this wishlist contains an assortment of reasonably priced gifts that are great ideas to give to your designer, photographer or creative friends. Or if you’re sneaky, you can slip them into your own stocking!
1. Wacom Inkling Digital Sketch Pad from $199
This is cool, really cool. The Wacom Inkling allows you to sketch on paper and your idea is transferred digitally. Each stroke is captured allowing you to essentially create layers in your file before you’ve even pulled it into Photoshop.
2. iPad Dry Erase Board from $26.95
This iPad Dry Erase board is just plain cool. It’s a quick and easy way to sketch up wireframes or quick ideas within the frame of an iPad. This could be a great tool to use in a conference room or even while on the phone.
3. Steve Jobs Book by Walter Isaacson from $17-30
This is the book that everyone is talking about. Author Walter Isaacson thoroughly interviewed the great Steve Jobs about his life as well as business. In the book Jobs speaks very openly about his life. Very highly recommended.
4. G-TECH 2TB Hard Drive for $249
If you know your friend isn’t doing their routine backups or always complains of hard drive issues, you might consider treating them with this G-Tech drive. It’s a guarantee that you won’t have to listen to them complain any longer. The drive has all the necessary inputs and most importantly it is fast and reliable.
5. Pantone Chair from $66
These Pantone chairs come in an assortment of colors and are surprisingly comfortable to sit in. They have a padded seat cushion and padded backrest. They make great corner-of-the-room or conference room chairs.
6. Tycho ‘Dive’ Album from $10-28
The newest Tycho album establishes a different musical position that is entirely refreshing. While some of the tracks are more upbeat, listening to the album is the ultimate way to tune out and get shit done. Highly recommended for that first gift so that you can listen to it while opening others.
7. Supergraphics Book from $10-28
Supergraphics is an absolutely beautiful book showcasing some of the simplest forms of geometric design. Jean Philippe Lenclos, a French symbolist and color theorist, talks about the appreciation of color and the use. This is an inexpensive book with high value.
8. Leica M9 Camera from $5999
Leica cameras have to be one of the most sought after products of all time. If you’re feeling in an ultra giving mood, gift a loved one or friend this silver Leica M9. The M9 is a small, 18-megapixel rangefinder with a 24 x 36mm sensor (35mm format).
9. Saul Bass A life in Film & Design Book from $75
Freshly published in November 2011, this hardback book is one of the first to be published about Saul Bass, one of the greatest corporate identity designers of the 20th century. The book includes 1484 illustrations and is 440 pages long.
10. Monarch Playing Cards from $6.95
Like playing cards? If so, these are for you. If not, that’s ok because this packaging is undeniably beautiful and that alone may sell you on gifting these. Inexpensive stocking stuffer.
11. Field Notes Memo Book from $9.95 (3-pack)
Simple and useful at its core. These memo books are perfect for jotting down notes or working on your sketches. Each book measures 3-1/2″ wide by 5-1/2″ tall and is bound with a rugged three-staple saddle-stitch process. Hint: gift these to your family if you know they like writing down things.
12. Tattly “Hustle” Tats & Field Notes Memo books from $15 set
Tattly + Field Notes have teamed up to bring the ultimate “get stuff done” set. In this set you get three Field Notes Memo notebooks and three Tattly Tat’s to get you ready to rock and roll.