Listen, you’ve gone and done it. We get it—it happens to the best of us: you’ve waited to the last minute to get your holiday gift shopping taken care of. Don’t panic, friend, we’re going to save you from falling back on gift cards or a comfy pair of DIY earmuffs. While you may have seen our previous gift guide, you might need a special last-minute gift intervention, and we’re here to help.
We took a gander at Amazon to see if we could put together a go-to list of last minute gift ideas perfect for the design enthusiast in your life. This queued-up litany of cool gifts should be able to be delivered by Christmas time—even better if you’ve got Amazon Prime, where you can leverage some free two-day shipping to make sure no giftee goes empty-handed. But you need to act quick, so continue reading below!
Writing, Drawing, & Sketching
We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: some of the most fruitful design process breakthroughs come through when pen or pencil hits paper. Here are some stylish writing, drawing, and sketching holiday gift ideas that make for lovely stocking stuffers for the designers in your life.
- Grids & Guides: 12 Pencils for Visual Thinkers — $12.21
- Belle Calligraphy Kit — $21.94
- Mobile UI/UX Design Notebook — $5.95
- Rifle Paper Company Tapestry Notebook Set — $17.99
- Fisher Space Pen — $25.87
- Field Notes Pitch Black 3-Pack — $12.95
- Rifle Paper Company Passport Pocket Notebooks — $10.00
- Bright Ideas: 20 Double-Ended Colored Brush Pens — $27.53
- Grids & Guides Tracebook: Tracing Paper Notebooks for Visual Thinkers — $18.95
- Modern Typography Notecards — $8.05
Always a thoughtful gift—even as the Christmas clock ticks down—hardcover books are a go-to treat for gifting. On top of that, books geared towards designer audiences typically have fit-and-finishes that make them stand out as objets d’art in addition to providing great inspiration or know-how to the recipient. Here are a few that caught our eye!
- The Golden Secrets of Lettering — $19.69 USD
- Feck Perfuction: Dangerous Ideas on the Business of Life — $14.21
- In Progress — $20.79
- Pretty Much Everything — $25.49
- Thinking With Type — $12.99
- Typograhic Knitting: From Pixel to Pattern — $25.78
- Brand by Hand — $23.49
- House Industries: The Process Is The Inspiration — $38.21
- Handstyle Lettering: From Calligraphy to Typography — $24.97
- Junk Type — $31.50
- Elegantissima: The Design and Typography of Louise Fili — $32.50
Tools & Gadgets
Designers often rely on a myriad of tools to make sure their work setup is just right. Here’s a litany of tools, tech, and gadgets that’ll make great gifts, while also putting a spring in the giftee’s step as you help them work smarter.
- Apple Pencil — $119.99
- Wacom Intuos Wireless Tablet — $156.99
- Spark Courage: 50 Ways to be Bold — $12.95
- Avantree Headphone Stand — $24.99
- Aluminum Silver Laptop Sand — $21.99
- Stapleless Stapler — $11.97
- Pantone Coated & Uncoated Formula Guide — $149.94
- Tile Mate 2020 — $19.99
- Anker PowerCore Portable Charger — $21.24
- Stainless Steel UI Stencils — $8.78
Around the Studio
Remember, there’s nothing wrong with family members who appreciate nice design! So even if you’ve got a loved one who’s more a design-lover than an in-the-trenches design professional, here are some of the best gifts that would make a nice addition to not only a creative studio space, but also many a household’s decor in the office or kitchen.
- Book Buds Twin Pins: Two Enamel Pins — $14.95
- Chemex Classic Coffeemaker — $45.13
- Gray Felt Letterboard — $29.95
- Rifle Paper Company Recipe Box — $34.00
- A Stylistic Survey of Graphic Design Poster — $30.00
- Vintage Sparkle: 15 Festive Ornaments to Fold, Fill & Hang — $13.38
- Philips Hue Starter Kit — $179.99
- Hydro Flask Travel Coffee Flask — $21.95
With a little luck and the wonder of expedited shipping we hope you’ll find the perfect gift for the creative folks in your life—hopefully, these gift ideas jump start your hunt. Wishing you a lovely holiday season!
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