What NOT to get a graphic designer for Christmas

(Image credit: Simon Middleweek)

Looking for a Christmas gift for a graphic designer? Finding the right present can be a minefield because designers can be a picky bunch. Even the most thoughtful gift can fail to hit the right spot.

Sometimes, rather than focus on what you should give (for that, see our festive gift ideas for creatives), it can be better to understand what you absolutely shouldn't. Once you're clear on that you can work backwards and start searching for suitable presents. To help you start on the right track (and with tongues firmly in cheeks), we created a handy infographic guide. It's a few years old now but is still just as relevant for Christmas 2023. 

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Nick Carson

Nick is a content strategist and copywriter. He has worked with world-class agencies including Superunion, Wolff Olins and Vault49 on brand storytelling, tone of voice and verbal strategy for global brands such as Virgin, Pepsi and TikTok. Nick launched the Brand Impact Awards in 2013 while editor of Computer Arts, and remains chair of judges. He's written for Creative Bloq on design and branding matters since the site's launch.