Christmas gift guide for web designers under £100/$125

Brighten up a web designer's festive season without breaking the bank; here are 10 excellent but inexpensive gift ideas.

It's not easy being a web designer; one minute you're on top of your responsive web design game and nailing that CSS3 animation, then a whole load of new technologies come along and you have to go straight back to school to keep up with the competition. 

So why not show a web designer a bit of love at Yuletide? Here are 10 delightful gifts that are sure to raise a smile on Christmas morning, all of them priced under £100/$125. And if you're feeling a bit more generous, check out our list of 10 web designer gifts for over £100! 

01. Gunnar computer glasses 

These specs take the eyestrain out of sitting in front of a computer all day
  • Price: $83/£65.97
  • Check out this gift at: Amazon

Tense, nervous headache? That's what sitting in front of a screen all day, trying to get your layouts to line up with pixel accuracy, will do to you. Gunnar computer glasses can help with that; their amber lenses filter out the unnatural high frequency blue light from your monitor to protect your eyes, and they also add contrast to define shapes and sharpen detail for easier viewing. 

02. Vintage DAB/FM radio 

It looks like something from the 1950s but this radio's bang up to date
  • Price: $107/£84.99
  • Check out this gift at: Etsy

A bit of background noise is always a welcome addition to any studio, and we reckon the best way to do it is with a real radio; you don't have to mess about with choosing albums or setting up playlists, and of course you can have some great arguments about what station to listen to. This retro radio is just the ticket and comes with 20 preset stations; 10 on DAB and 10 on FM. 

03. Lemon Jelly Lost Horizons poster 

Each of these limited edition posters is signed by Lemon Jelly's Fred Deakin

The Airside-designed artwork for Lemon Jelly's second album, Lost Horizons, is a lovely thing to look at, and if you know of a wall that would benefit of a high-quality print of it, you're in luck right now. Fred Deakin is organising a 66x125cm reprint on fancy fine art paper, each one numbered and signed; if you want to nab one, get on the case before 3 December. 

04. Taster Kit and One Month of Craft Beer 

How quickly can you get through a month's worth of beer?

What better way to finish off a hard day wrangling responsive layouts than with a lovely beer? But instead of glugging down a pint of mass-produced lager drink, how about something with a little more class? This delicious gift consists of six craft beers, a tasting glass and tasting guide, followed up by a delivery of 12 more beers. Not sure if that really counts as a month's worth, but cheers! 

05. Bike wheel clock 

Can't afford a whole bike? Go for this magnificent clock instead

If you're stuck for an idea for a web designer, you can be reasonably sure that they like bikes. Check out our £100+ gift guide if you fancy springing for a whole bicycle; if not, this amazing statement clock is surely the next best thing. Made from a genuine bike wheel with a steel chainset and chrome hub, it's a unique and practical decoration for any wall. 

06. Pantone backpack 

These nifty backpacks come in a choice of Pantone shades
  • Price: $82/£64.97
  • Check out this gift at: Amazon

A decent backpack's guaranteed to make a thoughtful gift for any designer, whether it's for lugging all their kit to a coffee shop for a bit of off-site work, or for packing everything they need for a client meeting. These durable lightweight backpacks will accommodate a 15-inch laptop and much more besides, and they come in a choice of eight on-trend Pantone shades. 

07. Personalised memory stick cufflinks 

With these cufflinks you'll always have some extra storage to hand
  • Price: $63/£50
  • Check out this gift at: Not on the High Street

These rhodium-plated cufflinks look fantastic and can be engraved with up to three initials, and they're useful too; each one contains a little USB stick with 1GB storage; easily enough for that important Powerpoint presentation, with room to spare for a bunch of mock-ups and a test build. 

08. Build your own cigar box guitar kit 

All music sounds sweeter when it's strummed on a guitar you built yourself

Need a bit of a screen break? Why not strum on a cigar box guitar for a bit; it's a splendid way to relieve stress and it’s sure to delight your co-workers. And it's even better if it's one you made yourself; this kit contains everything you need to build a cigar box guitar with a solid carved poplar neck and maple/mahogany body.  

09. Street Fighter II hard drive  

This retro gaming external drive makes backing up data at least 38 per cent more fun.
  • Price: $93/£74
  • Check out this gift at: Etsy

Back up your data in style with this fantastically retro external drive, lovingly crafted from an original SNES Street Fighter II cartridge. Inside there's a 500GB hard disk, more than enough to safely store all your important stuff, and its USB 3.0 connection means everything gets transferred nice and quickly. And if you'd prefer another game, custom options are available.

10. Mini beer pong 

Raise your beer pong game even further by playing with absinthe
  • Price: $83/£65.57
  • Check out this gift at: Etsy

There's nothing like a game of beer pong for a bit of after-work team bonding, but why wait until after work? This gorgeous hand-crafted mini beer pong set can be set up on your desk or in your meeting room, you can get it engraved with your company logo or anything else, and its one-ounce glasses are ideal for upping the stakes by playing with spirits instead of beer. 

Note: prices listed are based on exchange rates at time of article publishing and are subject to change.

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