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Holiday Gift Guide for the Creative Types in Your Life

Posted by Jammes Luckett, Taryn Gamboa & Analise Seltzer on December 19, 2014

If you’re unsure of what to get your creative-minded fellow or coworker at the ad agency, look no further! Here’s a handy gift guide for us creative advertising types. We know we can be difficult to shop for us; our work is our life and sometimes we care more about the ad, branding and packaging than the actual gift. We’re also always on the go and sometimes we can be a little bit off our rocker, but you love us anyway! Let’s take a look at the best gift ideas for the creative in your life.

Gifts for the Graphic Designer

Herschel Backpack ($56-180)

These backpacks are stylish and durable. If you know any designers they usually come with a multitude of sketchpads, computers, pencils and cameras. These Herschel backpacks would be a welcomed surprise. Herschel backpacks can be found online at fashionstealer.com.

Sensu Artist Brush and Stylus ($39.99)

Now if your graphic designer is also a techie, the Sensu Artists Brush & Stylus will be the absolutely perfect gift for him or her. With this brush and stylus combo you can bring your digital sketches to life with a genuine look of bristles from a paintbrush. This tool also works great as a navigation tool on any touchscreen device and/or tablet.

Moleskine Creative Cloud Connection Notepad ($32.95)

The ultimate in convenience for your favorite designer who doesn’t want to sacrifice the speed of capturing ideas on paper nor the flexibility of developing ideas in his or her Adobe Creative Cloud product suite. This notebook allows them to capture hand drawn sketches and quickly convert them into Photoshop and Illustrator-ready work files.

Gifts for the Creative Director

Cruiser Portable Turntable ($79.99)

This is a great gift for the creative director or music lover friend in your life. Having your favorite records at the ready is a cool way to bring the party to your desk and get those creative juices flowing. This Cruiser Portable Turntable comes in a variety of colors, plays 3-speeds and is available online.

Galaxy Gauges Art Director's Reference Set ($48)

Now if you’re creative is just always about design 24/7 (as most creative directors are), this would be his or her dream gift. The Galaxy Graphic Design set comes with Galaxy Gauge 18, the ultimate font and typography tool to communicate components to clients and coworkers. Also included, color map pro, press ranger cards, Font I.D. and Galaxy postcard, plus a great deal more. Your designer will be all set and happy for the New Year.

EdgeStar Mini Kegerator w/Draft Tab ($114.95)

Even your creative genius needs a break sometimes. With the Mini Kegerator from EdgeStar, he or she can have a fresh brew on tap, anytime. The Kegerator will keep their favorite drink cold for every appropriate occasion: whether unwinding after a long day, burning the midnight oil, or celebrating a masterful feat in problem solving.

Gifts for Copywriters

MEElectronics Sport-Fi M6 Noise Isolating In-Ear Headphones ($17.99)

Make sure the writer in your life, has the luxury of peace and quiet when inspiration strikes. These noise-isolating ear buds will keep the noise at bay and the ideas pouring out. They’re water-resistant, too, for the most intense of writing sessions involving a lot of brow wiping!

LiveScribe 3 SmartPen ($149.95)

For the copywriter who finds digital solutions helpful to manage a flurry of ideas but isn’t quite ready to give up on traditional paper. The Bluetooth-enabled LiveScribe system works on Apple iPads and iPhones. It will capture everything the writer hears, writes or draws on paper and converts it into editable, searchable content to use within digital devices and applications.

Vintage Typewriter (typically $10 - $200)

Yes, we’re in the Digital Age but your wordsmith likely still swoons at the sight of these beautiful icons that symbolize the writer’s life. Most machines were built to last and ribbons are plentiful, cheap and long-lasting so they’re still in use, worldwide. Practical uses for manual typewriters (and some electric models) include distraction-free composition, postal correspondence, forms and artful displays of intricate design and history. For especially great deals, try thrift stores, garage sales, classified listings, auction sites, or even Etsy.

Gifts for Social Media Gurus

SelfieBrush ($14.99 – $21.99)

What good is a selfie, if you’re not 100% certain that you look your most fabulous in it before the shutter snaps? This one-of-a-kind hairbrush includes a built-in mirror and a slot for an iPhone 5 or 5s, so your favorite social media addict can use the brush handle to find the right angle and lighting, for the perfect shot. And they can still access all of the phone’s other features, such as the music player… and “give face” as though they’re on a Parisian runway.

Wearable Technology ($50 – $1,300)

The social media lover can never have too many smart tech gadgets. From phones, to computers and tablets, the latest and greatest internet-connected releases keep them ahead of the technological curve and also allow them to experiment and communicate in a myriad of ways. One of the newest trends is wearable technology: smart watches, fitness trackers and optical gadgets, such as FitBit, Pebble, Google Glass and the upcoming iWatch from Apple. They can interact with friends, family, co-workers and clients, wherever they are. Whatever gift you decide upon from these categories… your social media expert will certainly click the “Like” button.

Conductive Finger Pads for Gloves ($11.99)

If there’s anything that any social media addict hates is not be able to tweet or like because their gloves don’t work on their touchscreen. Not only that but sometimes touchscreen-friendly gloves aren’t the prettiest. That’s why you should consider buying conductive finger pads for gloves by Digits. These finger pads can attach to any pair of gloves and will enable your digital junkie to post as much as they please!

Gifts for Web Developers

UX Kits -- Website Deck ($19)

Helping to bridge the communication gap in a creative visual way, the Website Deck is a deck of a cards that allows your Web Wizard to quickly layout a site map and other core ideas before his or her team and/or clients and all without having to be tied to the computer. Printed on French linen cardstock, the wireframe cards are numbered with common page names, so the team can decide on the site’s layout much faster.

Killer Inc. – Sticker UI Book and Digital UI Kit ($33)

These sister products from Killer Inc. allow your web designer to quickly mock up websites and apps with ease, through the use of notebooks with pre-made stickers and a digital version. These handy “storyboarding” resources work for all platforms and incorporate basic user interface elements that can be customized according to the projects needs. Complex thoughts can be expressed with ease and clarity, while maintaining great habits.

Belkin WeMo Insight Switch ($59.99)

The full genius of this smart device is revealed when paired with the free Web-based programming service IFTTT.com. Your developer will be able to unleash mad scientist experiments, along with practical tasks at home or at the office. He or she will have ultimate control, monitoring and electronic equipment and receiving notifications about performance, energy usage and costs. An example: to protect sensitive machines from overheating, the A/C can be programmed to power on when the room reaches a certain temperature. Every software engineers' dream is to automate their life! This handy gadget is the first step in automation.

Gifts for Account Managers

NomadKey ($29)

The NomadKey will make sure that no account manager or executive will ever be saddled with a nearly drained battery again. When you need to make that crucial phone call and/or presentation this durable key-shaped charging device fits onto your keychain so you’ll never be without it. Comes in your choice of Lightning or Micro USB cable connectors.

Satechi X-Presenter Smart with Laser Pointer ($29.99)

Account managers will greatly appreciate this handy cross-compatible gadget and accompanying app, which allows those giving mobile pitches to control Microsoft Powerpoint and Apple Keynote presentations via Android or iOS phones and tablets. Also includes an intelligent laser pointer that plugs into the headphone jack. Never again, does the account manager have to fuss with unfamiliar, faulty or quirky third-party equipment. They will always be prepared with their own trusty solution.

Jammy Pack ($34 - $110)

Because an account manager’s life doesn’t just unfold at the agency, there’s the Jammy Pack, which is one part utilitarian and one part a recreational blast. These fannypacks also double as audio speakers, so he or she can enjoy music and podcasts anywhere, including the beach! Available in a wide range of sizes, shapes, colors and patterns.

Gifts for The Bosses

The Ultimate Wine Glass ($17.95)

Your boss will never run dry, whether celebrating your agency’s finest moments or helping the team work through some strategies. A fun gift, that also has a practical use. Fill it one time and keep the momentum going!

Shhh… Almost… Now You May Speak Mug ($16.95)

When your boss arrives first thing in the morning there’s an unspoken grace period of silence, which all should honor until after the first cup or two of coffee has been enjoyed. This mug respectfully pays homage to this code, by serving as a measuring cup. As the cup is drained, your boss’ friends, family, colleagues and clients can prepare themselves to approach at the precise moment of full alertness. It's never good get on your bosses’ bad side, especially before their morning coffee!

Mad Men – The Complete Collection ($140 – 210)

This is an absolute essential for all in the advertising business. Let your favorite ad exec transport themselves into the Golden Age of Advertising with every episode of this iconic series. As of this writing, the recently concluded show is available as complete set only through digital formats — which is perfect for a viewer who travels a lot. However, Seasons 1 through 6 are available on disc, for DVD and Blu-Ray lovers.

Now that we've covered what we'd love to receive for the holiday, it's time to get out there and wrap these up for your creative's delight! Happy Holidays from the MM team!


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