10 Fresh & Original Gifts for Designers

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Ho ho hoo – The Christmas is imminent! We should act while there’s still a chance to get some decent gifts for our friends before December 20, so here’s our shortlist of gift ideas for design heads. As usual, feel free to add other links and suggestions in the comments area.

Swine Fun


Wear your protective mask with pride! Pimp it with the coolest vinyl stickers on the market. The vinyls fit the most of the sizes available worldwide and make a fantastic gift idea as well

The Advertising Concept Book


How do you write a great ad? Pete Barry, who worked at Ogilvy London and now teaches in New York, goes straight to the basics: work out what you want to say, who you are saying it to, and how you want to say it. hands down the best advertising & creativity book I have ever read!



App idea? There’s a page for that! Three 60 x 110mm, 100pp Notepods printed on both sides. 80gsm laser throughout with a stiff black strawboard back

Food Face


Here’s a chance for junior to play with his food and exercise his creativity at the same time! So bring on the mashed-potatoes and peas…

London Design Guide


The 2010 Edition of LONDON DESIGN GUIDE is the first publication dedicated to the multi-faceted designscape of London

Tweet Bottles


A tweetbottle isn’t just 80% recyclable, it’s 100% reusable!

Andy Awesome Paintings


Andy Warhol meets 8-bit iconic game characters



Readymechs are free, flatpack toys for you to print and build. They are designed to fit on an 8.5″x11″ page and printed with any printer. You’ll need double-sided tape, thick matte paper, and 10-15 minutes for build time

Bulb Lantern


industrial duct hose + Japanese traditional lantern = amazing gift idea

Vintage Tumblers


Set of four glass tumblers with vintage glassware designs in relief. As seen in Oprah Magazine, Daily Candy and Better Living Through Design. Dishwasher safe

Catalin is the founder of Mostash – a social marketing boutique – and he’s always happy to share his passion for graphic design & social media.

  • These are so cool. Where was Food Face when I was a kid?

  • Notepod will definitely be on my list :D

  • Good stuff, and weird that I wrote a very similar blog today. Check it out at here: http://www.paper-leaf.com/blog

  • Great list, for some reason I really want the books on here the most, though. I like books…especially books on design.

  • My birthday soon! Fun stuff Thanks :)

  • Hey that was a really nice post… I work in a website designing company and appreciate it a lot…

  • aWesoMe stuFF!! I want that bulb lantern!! ..but I would probably draw on it.. and would therefore need extra sheets of paper to replace old art.. :P

  • Really nice gifts. I enjoyed the character canvases. Brillaint!

  • awesome gifts, thanks

  • Really love the Bulb Lantern – very inspirational! Wouldn’t mind one of them in my office when I move to a two bedroom house/flat! ;)

  • Sanel

    very creative!

  • really awesome!! :D
    thanks for sharing.

  • I would love a notepod…

    Thanks for the post!

  • Thanks for the great post

  • I like a lot all the ideas Thanks!!!

  • Andy Jones

    Great list – but this is a good one too – remember top trumps? how about top trumps for fonts? You can’t get more designer-geeky than this:


  • I know what’s going on my Christmas list.

  • Anyone else getting a javascript popup on http://advertisingconceptbook.com/

    I disabled AdBlock and it loaded properly.

  • Jonathan Fufkin
  • Nguyen Duy ANh

    OMG! I really love the masks and the bottles. They are so great. Thanks for the post

  • Oh I am definitely adding these to my wishlist for Christmas haha..

  • haha – the swine fun is ver funny :) i like one

  • Loving the ideas, especially as designers are hard to please! I know, I am one!

    check these out too.

  • I’ve already sent this to a few people, as acceptable things to get me whenever it tickles their fancy. Great set.

  • Too much choice? Here is the solution help your designer friend become “liberated from the burden of choice”, they won’t regret it. Check out the Hipstery http://hipstery.com/

  • I’d like to recieve a Tweet Bottle, so cool )

  • Oooh these are awesome :) !
    As a designer, my favourite would be the Tweet Bottles. I’d love to get that for my birthday.

  • Nice gift ideas

  • Awesome gift ideas
    thanks for sharing!

  • We’ll be adding Notepod and London Design Guide to our list for Santa!

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  • Suhail

    Cool stuff ! I loved the Advrt Concept book, London design guide and Food face.

    My email below, just someone want my address to send me my wishlist. :)

    btw, how can i share this to my LI group?

  • AliciaO

    Ever checked out vidafine?
    Awesome products that make even more awesome gifts – at really reasonable prices too.
    Today, I ordered the headphone cord manager buddy and the “I’ll quit tomorrow” ashtray :)

  • These would make great stocking fillers. Those vintage tumblers might have to go on my list.

  • Noice! I really like the light bulb! Have always liked the Readymecs!

  • The lantern is for me ;)

  • Great design. Love it. I am also working on some design products

  • I always want to create more creativenesses in my all designs. I really appreciate your design indeed. Very inspirational. People have to be more creative and innovative to explain their particular designs. Keep it up

  • Hey that was a really nice post… much appreciated

  • Very nice, the tweet bottles are very funny.

  • The bulb lantern is great, very creative!

  • I realize the concernandI am very r happy to hear that you got your Supra fixed; I remember reading about some of your questions2x4 !.

  • Nice gift ideas.thanks for sharing!

  • ist zwar alles Englisch aber es gibt ja übersetzer hoffe das ich alles richtig verstanden haben

  • was ist den das ,
    absolut der hammer gefällt mir
    super so

  • Cool ideas. I hope i would found them in Turkiye