20 Christmas gift ideas for graphic designers

11. Pebble Time Steel

Pebble has been churning out smartwatches for years now, and their latest effort has a lovely metal case, a variety of straps, and a colour e-ink screen meaning its battery life will make Apple Watch owners weep. It'll notify you of your calls, messages and more, and there are apps and funky watch-faces aplenty.

12. Screen Printed Arrow Book Bag

We love a bit of screen printing and this colourful tote bag from Laura Spring is the perfect gift for someone who loves the technique, too. Screen-printed in-house, this tote with its vegetable tan leather straps and a navy waxed cotton base is a sturdier design than your usual cotton bags.

13. Geometric retro print poster

Looking for something colourful for the studio walls? Check out this retro print poster from Etsy shop Yumalum. Inspired by the forms and dynamic shapes of Brutalist architecture, the bold colours and minimalist shape are sure to create a statement look against a white wall.

14. Zig Zag Tea Towel

Who says you have to keep cool colour and design for the studio? Bring a bit of Scandinavian design into your kitchen with these cool tea towels from Etsy shop. FiberStationery – perfect for the designer who also spends a lot of time over the stove!

15. Geometric Design Laptop Case

Jazz up your boring laptop case with this screen printed geometric design from Rolfe & Willis. Fitting a 13" laptop, the case is quilted for extra padding to keep your laptop secure and comes with a drawstring bag to hold your power cord. It's also made fair trade by women in India with 100% organic materials.

16. Wacom Intuos 'Photo' Pen and Touch Graphics Tablet

The small version of the Wacom Intuos pad is the perfect gift for someone looking to get started with digital illustration. The pack includes a pressure-sensitive pen and touch tablet, as well as software and online training to help you get the most out of it.

17. Upcycled Retro Chest of Drawers

Inject some colour into your home with a beautiful and unique chest of drawers by Handsome Vintage. An original 1970s piece, the wood has been sanded and hand painted with a modern geometric design – the perfect gift for someone who loves retro furniture.

18. Pantone GPG301 PLUS Essentials Formula Guide

Owning your own collection of Pantone colour guides is essential for any designer and this is the sort of Christmas gift that you'll own and use forever, quite literally. The formula guide includes the complete collection of Pantone colour guides and resources to help you understand and communicate colour.

19. Derwent Graphik Line Maker Drawing Pens

A great gift for any illustrator, this set of line marker pens from Derwent Graphik come in three colours ranges – black, graphite and sepia – and filled with water-based, lightfast pigment ink. The Japanese nibs also come in six different sizes, allowing you to create the perfect line effect for your work.

20. Owl Cushion

Another one for the studio, or even for the end of your bed! This fun hand made character from Robin & Mould forms part of a range of pals, including a cat, hedgehog and bear so you can choose the most suitable friend for your animal lover.

Bonus! Computer Arts Gift Subscription

What better way to stay in the know about the design industry than with a regular fix from Computer Arts magazine. A print and digital gift subscription gives you 13 print editions delivered to your door, as well as the option to devour the latest design content via your smartphone or tablet.

Words: Natalie Brandweiner

Natalie Brandweiner is a freelancer writer and social media specialist based in Bristol, UK. You can find her on Twitter at @Natalie_Brand.

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