The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for Web Designers
By Lauren Elrick on 11/30/2015
Your web designer friends are probably the ones you typically run to for advice on the latest gadget or gizmo. They know all the cool web hosting platforms are always up-to-date with the latest and greatest technology. How could you possibly find a holiday gift that’s cool enough for them?
But before you throw in the towel and purchase a gift card, let us help you find the perfect gift for that special designer in your life. We scoured the web for a variety of gift ideas that are perfect for web designers. So no matter what your budget, you’re sure to find something your trendy friend will love!
11 gift ideas for web designers
1. Logitech M570 Wireless Trackball
With a five-star Amazon rating, a comfortable shape and a movable trackball, this wireless mouse lets you control your laptop, desktop or home theater PC from as many as thirty feet away. It’s a given that web designers are on their computers all of the time. This mouse will not only comfort their hand but will give your designer friend the freedom to lounge on his or her couch and design from afar. No lugging of the desktop computer necessary.
2. Quirkie cordies desktop cable management
This cable management system makes it easy to organize power cords, USB cords, cell phone chargers, headphones and more. Its weighted base, five rubber grips and four slots will ensure your designer never gets tangled up in cords again. Stray cords will stay neatly organized, helping promote a clean and effective workspace.
3. Pixel ruler
This ruler is your best bet for a responsive screen size sketching tool. Both stainless steel and heavy duty, it has markers for mobile, tablet and widescreen (laptop) sizing. Web designers are constantly working on creating layouts that fit a variety of device sizes. This handy stocking stuffer will make job easy for them, so they’ll never have to question dimensions when meeting with a client.
4. Command O doormat
Pressing “Command O” is the signature key move to “open” a folder or program on an Apple computer via your keyboard. This quirky doormat features the “Command O” symbol, signaling visitors to open the door – it’s a little geeky, just like they are! And as an added bonus, it’s made of all-natural coconut fiber, which is perfect for clearing dirt from dirty soles.
5. Minimalist desk organizer
The Lifta minimalist desk organizer was created to raise your computer the proper height, provide space to organize desk extras underneath and keep one’s desk looking orderly and neat. It will give any office a sleep, modern look. It also comes in three different wood types, because we know designers can be picky about their colors.
6. PANTONE Capsure color matcher
This state-of-the-art device allows you to perfectly match PANTONE colors from fabric, walls or just about any other surface and easily integrate them into Adobe Creative Suite and QuarkXPress. It also records color captures with a voice recording and time stamp. This gadget will help your web designer find inspiration from the colors that surround them in everyday life, allowing them to seamlessly integrate them into their designs.
7. Cyber Clean home & office cleaning gel
Made for cleaning a variety of surfaces, this spongy, 100 percent biodegradable cleaning gel pulls dust and dirt from hard-to-reach areas like between keyboard keys and other computer crevices. It even kills bacteria! With a fresh scent and interesting shape, this gift will make cleaning dust and dirt off of devices easy – and even enjoyable!
8. Eyestrain reducing computer lamp
This computer lamp features flexible gooseneck and a 13-watt compact fluorescent bulb that produces a bright white light, making computer work easier on the eyes. There’s also a switch on the lamp’s base that allows one to increase or reduce the intensity of the light. With the countless hours web designers spend staring at a computer screen, it’s important that they protect their eyes. This lamp is one way to help!
9. Microsoft Sculpt ergonomic desktop (L5V-0001)
This keyboard has split keyset design to help wrists and forearms sit in the proper, natural position. It also sports a fancy, cushioned palm rest, a natural arched key layout and a mouse with a thumb scoop to promote the correct ergonomic hand and wrist position. Just as your eyes need care, your hands and wrists do too! This keyboard will ensure that carpal tunnel syndrome, as well as other strained muscles, won’t dampen your web designer’s everyday work schedule as time progresses.
10. HTML & CSS book
This book is essentially a full-color introduction to the world of HTML and CSS. Web designers and programmers alike need helpful hints now and then, and this book presents them in an engaging, colorful way. While some web designers have a degree in their field, others are self-taught. Either way, everyone could use some practical pointers on the basics of HTML and CSS.
11. UI stencils
These stencil kits are perfect for laying out brainstormed ideas for a user interface (UI) on a laptop, the web, an Android, an iPhone or various other interfaces. It comes complete with a sketch pad and drafting pencil! This is an ideal gift if your web designer often meets with clients and sketches out mock-ups of UI’s before they’re built. The symbols on the stencils can also serve as inspiration when creative block strikes.
Design a beautiful holiday
Just when you thought it was impossible to find a proper gift for your favorite web designer, this list came along and saved the day! We did the hard part; now the wrapping is up to you!
Are you a web designer? This is your chance to throw out ideas of your own! Include any gifts we forgot in the comments below. And while you’re at it, send this to your loved ones to give them some great ideas!
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