2020 Holiday Gift Guide for the Creative in your Life
Updated: Nov 19, 2020
Take it from me, a self-proclaimed creative, it's the little things in life that excite us. From getting a new notebook or a fresh set of pens, buying for the creative in your life could potentially be a lot easier than you think.
This Holiday Season I'm offering some gift ideas for the creative man or woman, boy or girl in your life. It's so meaningful when you pay attention to what your loved ones appreciate in life and if it's a creative outlet of some sort, this is the gift guide to help YOU find something that's guaranteed to light up their faces this Holiday Season.
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The 2020 Gift Guide for the Creative in Your Life
A Brand New Notebook
It's the little things - remember? Considering writing is a daily part of many creatives lives, give them the gift that keeps on giving all year round with a beautiful new notebook to store all their thoughts and ideas.
Ban.do Floral Rough Draft Mini Spiral Notebook, 9" x 7" with Pockets and 160 Lined Pages, Daisies, $12.95.
Ban.do Hold That Thought Mini Notebook Set of 3, Includes 32 Lined Pages Per Book, Coming Up Roses, $12.95.
DesignWorks Ink Standard Issue Split Twin-Wire Bound Personal Journal, Taupe, $14
DesignWorks Ink Classic Bookbound Planner Journal, 7.5" x 10.25", Black - Bad Ideas, $20.55
A New Sketchbook
Maybe the creative in your life is more a doodler than a writer. Consider buying them a new place to house all their doodles and designs with a new sketchbook.
Arteza 8.5x11" Hardbound Sketchbook, Set of 2 Heavyweight Hard Cover Sketch Journals, 100 Sheets Each, 80lb/130gsm, Perfect for Drawing, Sketching, and Journaling, $22.98
Strathmore 400 Series Recycled Sketch Pad, 11"14" Wire Bound, 100 Sheets, $13.54
Erin Condren Coiled Sketchbook (Blank Page Layout) - Watercolor Blooms Designer Interchangeable Cover, Measures 8.5" x 11", Boost Creativity, Durable, Pretty, Cute, Blank Pages, $22.99
Ever since falling in love with Poppin Pens this year, I know, I didn't think it was possible to fall in love with pens either, I feel like I've become such a pen snob! Well maybe not a snob so much as an aficionado, always on the hunt for the next great pen. Say what you want but writing with a good pen makes such a difference.
Poppin Retractable Gel Luxe Pens 4 CT, $15.99
KACO Retractable Gel ink Pens,Extra Fine Point (0.5 mm)-20 Pack,Assorted Colors (I860), $11.48.
OOLY, Yummy Yummy Scented Glitter Gel Pens, Set of 12, $10.50
The Writer's Journey - 25th Anniversary Addition
This book recently came recommended by way of a friend (and extremely talented writer might I add - no it's not me. LOL.) and so I thought it fitting to add to this year's gift guide. Apparently it's one of the books "all great writers" have in their library. This "great writer" does not yet so I will be adding it to my personal list. LOL.
The Writer's Journey - 25th Anniversary Edition: Mythic Structure for Writers 4th Edition, $19.49.
The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity
Another book that is most certainly in my own "cart," The Artist's Way has inspired countless authors and creatives. In fact, this is the very book that inspired Lauryn Evarts Bosstick of The Skinny Confidential to practice stream of consciousness writing with her three "Morning Pages," which in turn inspired me to do the same and share the practice with all of you.
The Artist's Way: 25th Anniversary Edition, $11.28
After the Rain: Gentle Reminders for Healing, Courage and Self-Love
Author of After the Rain, Alex Elle's daily affirmations and words of encouragement on her Instagram have been my saving grace this year. Her vulnerability and transparency makes her a great writer and her book a great gift this Holiday Season.
After the Rain: Gentle Reminders for Healing, Courage, and Self-Love, $16.39.
Feel it Out: The Guide to Getting in Touch with Your Goals, Your Relationships and Yourself
As creatives, we can spend a lot of time in our own heads whether it be overthinking things, strategizing on a new creative project, or just living in our various emotions. This book was on a recommended reading list for creatives that I saw recently and I thought it sounded like an incredible read and worthy addition to the creative's gift guide.
Feel It Out: The Guide to Getting in Touch with Your Goals, Your Relationships, and Yourself, $17.73.
Blue Light Glasses
Truthfully this is a gift that should be on ALL gift guides this year but especially important for creatives who likely spend lots of time looking at screens. Whether working my 9-5, writing, blogging, watching YouTube videos or editing pictures, I spend a LOT of time staring at various screens but thanks to my blue light glasses my eyes don't get as strained as they may traditionally.
Gaoye 3-Pack Blue Light Blocking Glasses, Fashion Square Fake Nerd Eyewear Anti UV Ray Computer Gaming Eyeglasses Women/Men, $16.98.
SOJOS Cat Eye Blue Light Blocking Glasses Hipster Metal Frame Women Eyeglasses She Young, $19.99.
SOJOS Retro Round Blue Light Blocking Glasses TR90 Computer Eyeglasses Ashley SJ9001, $19.97.
If you are a creative, or know one, then you should know that creatives LOVE supporting creatives. Giving your favorite creative an Etsy Giftcard allows them to support local, small businesses and buy a unique gift they're guaranteed to enjoy.
Pen Case and/or Gadget Holder
I am a crazy pen lady. At any given moment I have a sparkly gel pen, a black/blue ink pen and a highlighter, just carrying them around like a crazy person. That being said, I personally am going to invest in a pen case that slides over my notebook not only to keep my belongings together but together when traveling as well. I love the idea of a "gadget holder" also which allows you to organize chargers, etc.
Durable Book Pen Holder,Pencil Holder, Pen Sleeve Case for Journals, Notebooks Hold Multi Pens,Ruler, Detachable Elastic Band, $9.99.
AGPTEK Case Holder for Apple Pencil 2, Premium Carrying Case for Stylus iPad Pro Pen, Pencil, Samsung, Huawei, Apple Pen Accessories, USB Cable, Earphone, Fountain Pen, Gray, $9.69.
EASTHILL Large Capacity Colored Canvas Storage Pouch Marker Pen Pencil Case Simple Stationery Bag Holder For Middle High School Office College Student Girl Women Adult Teen Gift White Plaid, $9.99.
Another gift item that could (and should) truly be on everyone's wish list this year - candles! Candles make a great gift whether the holiday season or not but there's something so special about gifting candles that remind you of the magic of this special season.
Bath & Body Works Leaves Scented Candle 14.5 Ounce 3 Wick, $27.95
Bath and Body Works Tis The Season For 2018 Scented 3 Wick Candle 14.5 oz (Red Apple, Cinnamon, Cedarwood), $25
White Barn Candle Company Bath and Body Works 3-Wick Scented Candle w/Essential Oils - 14.5 oz - B&BW Sweater Weather, $29.90
I'm well aware I may sound like a weirdo but if I had a dollar for every time I was in a car at night or on a dark plane and wanted to read but had no light (or didn't want to turn on the blaring, obnoxious overhead light) - I WOULD BE A RICH WOMAN!
Giftable Amber Book Light - Blue Light Blocking - Night Reading Light by Amber Light Store. Rechargeable. 1600K for Reading in Bed at Night. Perfect as a Giftable Kindle Light and LED Book Light., $13.85.
Vekkia Bookmark Book Light, Clip on Reading Lights for Books in Bed, Infinite Brightness Levels, Soft Light Easy for Eyes, Built-in USB Cable Easy Charge. Perfect for Avid Readers, $12.99.
Energizer Clip on Book Light for Reading in Bed, LED Reading Light for Books and Kindles, 25 Hour Run Time, Kindle & Book Reading Lamp, $9.99.
Most creatives love capturing moments and there's just something about a polaroid camera that can't be replicated with an iPhone (or Smartphone) camera. Great to have at parties and special events, a polaroid camera is guaranteed to help create lasting memories for years to come.
Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera Flamingo Pink with Custom Case + Fuji Instax Film Value Pack (50 Sheets) Flamingo Designer Photo Album for Fuji instax Mini 9 Photos., $119.95.
Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Instant Film Camera (Brown), $119.99.
Polaroid Originals Now I-Type Instant Camera - Black (9028), $99.99
Adult Coloring Books
Sometimes you just want to mindlessly create - enter adult coloring books. While some of the coloring books seem to take a lot more concentration and focus (how on earth am I supposed to stay inside THOSE lines?!), it's still a great way to relieve some stress and create something beautiful in the process. I mean, who doesn't love coloring?!
Coloring Books for Adults Relaxation: Adult Coloring Books: Flowers, Animals and Garden Designs, $6.98.
Coloring Book For Adults: 100 Mandalas: Stress Relieving Mandala Designs for Adults Relaxation, $6.99
Penguin Books Book, 1 EA, Assorted, $9.73
Cozy Throw Blanket
There's nothing better than curling up with a cup of hot tea and a warm and fuzzy blanket and reading, writing or whatever your creative outlet of choice may be. Personally, I'm so excited for cooler temps and to actually enjoy being cooped up inside (unlike during summer) so a cozy blanket is the perfect finishing touch to a snuggly day inside.
Barefoot Dreams CozyChic Barefoot in The Wild Throw Leopard One Size, $190
LOMAO Sherpa Fleece Blanket Fuzzy Soft Bed Blanket Dual Sided Throw Blanket fit Couch Sofa (Grey,51x63), $29.99
BEDSURE Sherpa Fleece Blanket Throw Size Grey Plush Throw Blanket Fuzzy Soft Blanket Microfiber, $22.99
With working from home being the new normal for the foreseeable future, investing in a good laptop stand is sure to make your at-home working conditions a lot more bearable, not to mention comfortable. It's crazy what a difference a little stand for your computer can do! The creatives in your life likely spend a whole lot of time on the computer in which case they will be very grateful for this generous (and necessary) gift.
Soundance Laptop Stand, Aluminum Computer Riser, Ergonomic Laptops Elevator for Desk, Metal Holder Compatible with 10 to 15.6 Inches Notebook Computer, Silver, $32.99
There you have it, 2020's Gift Guide for the Creative in Your Life. Have any additional suggestions or thoughts? Don't forget you can always reach out to me either via my Instagram (@almostfabme) or by emailing me directly at email@example.com.
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