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20 great gift ideas for web designers

Are you struggling to come up with a useful, interesting or playful Christmas gift idea for the web designer in your life? Check out our list of 20 amazing gift ideas.

We asked some top web designers and developers what they wanted for Christmas, and the results include some real crackers! If you’re stuck for ideas, or simply fancy treating yourself to a gift this holiday, check out our 20 favourite Christmas gift ideas.

01. Responsive Design Sketchbook

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  • Price: $12.95

This handy sketchpad provides 50 pages of grid-backed blueprint paper with four different viewport grids on every sheet, as well as a single grid on the back showing breakpoints for each viewport size. The grid markings are shown at 32px intervals, which works perfectly for any 960-grid lovers, and covers a range from 320px wide all the way up to 1200px. Pages are perforated for easy detach-and-paste too!

02. UI Stencils

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  • Price: from $29

This is a great little work-aid provides a series of apertures cut into a stainless steel rule, each defining a different UI element. The basic kit comes with a mechanical pencil and is designed to work with either a specific sketch pad, or a download-and-print A4/Letter template. You can also get nicer writing implements if you’re prepared to spend a little more.

While you’re there, there’s also a series of stencils covering UI elements for iPhone, Android, Windows 8 and even user flow.

03. Typodarium 2014

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  • Price: £13.91

Typodarium is a daily calendar that provides a showcase of 365 different fonts. Perfect for the typography lover, the 2013 edition had a beautiful silver and red finish, while the 2014 version features a rich blue and some wonderful fonts!

04. Lifta Desk Organiser

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  • Price: $125

These beautifully crafted monitor stands are available in Ash, Oak and Birch Ply, and provide an aperture underneath the monitor/computer to store your mouse and keyboard. Perfect for the web designer who knows quality, but be warned: the lead time is several weeks.

05. Cascading Style Sheets Tee

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  • Price: $24

Part of a range of geeky web designer t-shirts, this particular option from The Unrefinery calls out CSS. Also available are HTML, WWW and battery-charging designs. There are some nice web-inspired pin badges and earrings available in the same store, so it’s well worth a browse around.

06. Pixel Mouse

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  • Price: £10.61

For the web designer who has absolutely everything, this quirky pixel mouse replicated the 'pointer' cursor type most commonly seen when you hover over a link on a web page. More suited as a secret santa gift than anything else, it’s a fun-if-twee option.

07. Cosmonaut Wide-Grip Stylus

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  • Price: £22.99

This beautifully packaged tablet-friendly stylus looks and feels a lot like a chunky marker. It’s perfect for the web designer who likes to draft out designs on their tablet, offering a comfortable grip and an excellent tip that’s responsive and durable.

08. Cooking for Geeks

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  • Price: £26.99

This fantastic book, written by Jeff Potter, offers some of the science behind cooking and answers burning questions such as how quickly will a pizza cook in a 500 degree oven? It’s orientated towards anyone with a technical approach to life, so is more likely to suit a developer than a designer, but we’ve read it ourselves and can thoroughly recommend it for everyone.

09. Foldable

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  • Price: $11.99

foldable.me offers a service whereby you can design a paper-craft person, and the net will be shipped out to you on pre-scored card stock. The online design tool makes it easy to customise the design to match the recipient, or you can buy a gift certificate and let them design their own.

10. EcoDIY Elephant Speaker

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  • Price: $22.50

This charming cardboard elephant incorporates a speaker in the ear, with a 3.5mm headphone jack allowing you to connect it up to your phone, tablet or laptop. Made from recycled materials, this is part of a wider collection of eco animals each offering a different purpose including a desk lamp and a pen holder.

11. Balcony Desk

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  • Price: €118

We’re not sure whether this would work so well in the British climate, but for web designers in sunnier climes, this is a great concept. The desk hooks over a balcony railing to create an instant work area, complete with integrated flower box! It’s available in orange, blue, red, grey and blue, and also doubles as a party table!

12. Leaf Cable Ties

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  • Price: $7

You can never have too many cable-ties, and this leaf design offers an eye-pleasing alternative to the usual white plastic options. They’re available in a variety of colours including bright red and pure white, so you can choose to match the décor too!

13. Build-On Brick Mug

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  • Price: $19.99

This LEGO-inspired mug from ThinkGeek offers the perfect way to keep a designer’s hands busy while they’re sitting in client briefing meetings, and works with all popular building blocks including LEGO, Mega Bloks and K’NEX.

14. Letterpress Cookie Cutters

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  • Price: £12.54

These letterpress cookie-cutters make an excellent gift for the typography-obsessed designer who also likes to cook. It includes a complete set of 26 letters, plus an ampersand and exclamation mark, and comes in a gift box.

15. TÎAN White and Walnut

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  • Price: €385

This is ideal for the cycling web designer in your life. It’s a wall-mounted bicycle rack that incorporates a handy drawer. This version is finished in white and walnut, but there are other versions available if you prefer a lighter wood colour. It’s unobtrusive without the bike, and helps store the bike safely out the way when occupied.

16. Day-ruining Invoices

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  • Price: $25

These tongue-in-cheek notepads from designer Jessica Hische are full of tear-out sheets, each featuring a form to help the web designer vent their frustration after dealing with an awkward client.

17. Smart Wall Paint

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  • Price: from £99

This kit allows you to paint any porous surface (think walls, coffee tables, desks and so on) and instantly convert them into a whiteboard surface. Perfect for the web designer who likes to get their inspiration up in ink quickly.

18. HTML necklace

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  • Price: £15.05

This pendant is made of white oak with a naturally scored finish to accentuate the grain. This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to HTML-inspired gifts on Etsy, but if you’re looking for something simple and web-themed, this might be a good bet.

19. Walls Notebook

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  • Price: $16.95

A doodle pad for those times when your web designer friend is seeking inspiration, this notebook contains 80 pictures of New York City walls, ready for sketches, graffiti or notes to be drawn over the top.

20. net Subscription

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  • Price: £54.49 print/£44.99 digital for a year

You can’t accuse us of being shy, here at Creative Bloq! net Magazine is the world’s best selling magazine for Web Designers and developers, so if they haven’t already got a one, getting the web designer in your life a net subscription is bound to be popular. Subscriptions are available in both digital (iPad/Android/Nook tablet) and print editions.

Words: Sam Hampton-Smith

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