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The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for the Designer

| December 18, 2013
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Looking for the perfect present for your favorite UX, UI, or web designer? Whether you want something practical, luxurious, or just plain fun, we’ve found this year’s coolest tech and design gifts for a variety of budgets.

Website Stencil Kit
Perfect for stocking stuffers, this stencil features the most common website icons, making wireframing a snap. iPhone, Android, and tablet stencils and accessories are also available. $29, UI Stencils.

web stencil


IdeaPaint

Unleash the designer’s brainstorming power by turning any surface into a whiteboard. Paint over walls, desks, hallways, and conference tables for an explosion of collaboration and creativity. $225, IdeaPaint.

ideapaint

Spotify Premium
The right mix of tunes is an essential part of the designer’s workflow. Give the gift of unlimited streaming music with no ads. $119.88 for a one-year subscription, Spotify.

spotify


Wacom Inkling

This nifty tool digitally captures pen strokes on real paper. It’s perfect for sketching on the go or for traditionalists who prefer the feeling of pen on paper. $99.99, Amazon.

wacom inkling


Hard Graft Back2Back Leather Laptop Bag

A really. nice. laptop bag. £495 (about $811.16), Hard Graft.
(For a more budget-friendly option, Fossil makes a great laptop-sized messenger bag, too.)

hard graft

lynda.com Membership
Even the pros can always find something new to learn. A lynda.com subscription gives your lucky recipient access to thousands of video tutorials on everything from Web Development to 3D Animation. $250 for a one-year basic membership, lynda.com.

lynda


The Art of Looking Sideways

This idea-packed book by premier designer Alan Fletcher stimulates the imagination as it explores the connected nature of imagery and the brain. $49.95, Phaidon.

 

the art of looking sideways

UX Sketchbook
A clean, practical, wirebound book for sketching out website mockups. Bonus: it’s also inexpensive! $12.95, AppSketchbook.

ux sketchbook

100 Questions
Banish creative block with this set of thought-provoking cards. Get a lively conversation started with questions about life, relationships, work, family, and more. £20 (about $32.77), The School of Life.

100 questions


Livescribe Sky Wifi Smartpen
Never miss an important note again! The Sky Wifi Smartpen records audio and written notes and syncs them to your Evernote account. $169.95 for 2gb, Livescribe.

sky wifi smartpen

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Razer Orbweaver Keypad
Built for gamers, this fully programmable keypad holds endless possibilities for designers, too. 20 keys and an 8-way thumbpad allow the user to set up macros for lightning-speed keyboard input. $129.99, Razer.

orbweaver

Wired Magazine
Keep up to date with the ways technology is shaping the world with digital and print copies of Wired. $5 for a 6-month print and tablet subscription, Wired.

wired

Dollar Shave Club
As if the idea of cheap, high-quality razors delivered to your door every month weren’t great enough, Dollar Shave Club’s website is a ton of fun — and it features some awesome design. Gift cards between $10 and $300, Dollar Shave Club.

dollar shave club

What’s on your wish list this year? Add it in the comments!