100 Creative holiday gifts for freelancers

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As freelancers we are busy, picky, and at times eccentric.

What a nightmare to buy for!

So, if you’re shopping for fellow freelancers, a designer friend or co-worker, or just looking to treat yourself for the holidays, you’re in luck! Today, we’ve got you covered with a list of 100 Creative holiday gifts for freelancers.

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Take a look and then add your must-have holiday gift by leaving a comment.

We’ve broken them down into 5 main categories (click link to jump):

On the Go



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On the Go

Mophie Juice Pack Air Battery Case for iPhone 5


Macbook Air Case



Design Duet App

Design Duet


PAVINA Double Wall Glass



Font Nerd App

font nerd


External hard drive

Cloud storage (Pre-Pay a subscription for them)

USB Flash Drive

Backup software

A tablet

Compact Power-bar

Electronics tracking software

Cord Taco


Foldable Keyboard

Solar Phone Charger


Mini Colored Pencil Set

Braun Travel Alarm Clock


Home / Office

City Map Poster



Roll / Rule



Letterpress Desk Calendar

Type letterpress calender


Letterpress Drawer



Eames Office Chair




Favorite Pens ( Here’s Mine )

Drafting Pencils

Wacom Tablet

Color Correct Light Bulbs

Thesaurus / Dictionary

Graphic Artist’s Guild Handbook of Pricing and Ethical Guidelines

Paper Cutter

Bladeless Fan

Pendant Lamp Cord


Letter Opener

Computer Brush

Architect’s Cubes

The Greatest Album Covers of All Time (Book)


Time Savers




Timezone Wall Clock

4 clock


Desk Organizer

Desk thing


12 Month Planner



Vector Sets

Book keeping software

Pantone Swatch Books

Adobe Creative Classroom Books 

WordPress Themes

All-in-One Printer

Coin Card

Project Feedback Service


Project management software

Wacom Inkling

Human Figure Drawing Model

Perpetual Calendar

Social Media Blocker


Just For Fun

Just My Type (Book)

just my type


 Eats, Shoots & Leaves (Book)

Eats shoots


Wood Business Card Holder

card holder

Scrabble Typography



 Robo Vacuum



A Custom Logo Stamp

Screen Printing Kit

 A Workshop at the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum

Font Specimen Book

Helvetica the Movie

 Flat Life Clock

Adobe App Pillows

USB coffee warmer

Copic Marker Set

 Lettering Paint Brushes

Funny Graphic Design Mug

Graphic Design Magazine Subscription

Dot Grid Notebook

Braun Calculator

Pantone Postcard


Gadgets / Software

Celluon Magic Cube

Magic cube


Lytro Camera



USB Port Hub





Doxie Flip Scanner

Doxie Flip Scanner



Pen Mouse


Charging Stations

Wireless Speakers

Adobe Creative Cloud Subscription

iPhone Polaroid Printer

iPhone Camera Lens

Leap Motion

Email Marketing Service

Electronic repair kit

A Second Monitor


 Multi Tool

Tape Measure


What have you guys got on your holiday wish lists? Did any of these make your list?

Let me know in the comments on this post!


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About Ben Brush

Ben Brush is a graphic designer working and living in Nova Scotia. You can view his work on his website. Find more posts by Ben on his graphic design blog Design Puffin or connect with him on twitter.

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  1. Ben,

    These are really awesome gifts – my favorites include the travel power strip, architect’s cubes, and Pantone books…but my boyfriend would be all over that bladeless fan!

    Thanks for compiling – great work!


  2. Some good items Ben. I like the letterpress calendar and Doxie scanner. The usb hub in nice as well. Couldn’t tell you how many of those things I’ve had to replace because they always break. The one you link to seems to get really good reviews though.

    Here are some more gift ideas I’ve accumulated this past month over on Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/derekkimball/gifts-for-graphic-designers/.

  3. melissa chernow says:

    What a thurough list! I am very grateful that you have taken the time to research and put it together. FInally! A list for those who have everything.

    • Thanks, Melissa.

      I’m really glad you liked it. It was a lot of fun to compile, although it was kind of hard to resist buying everything on it! haha

      • I just love this list! Do you plan to create an updated 2014 one? I’m interested in the latest gifts sand gadgets that you’d recommend! My hubby is in the creative design field and I’m always trying to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to gifts!

  4. Great list Ben! We do Kris Kringle in my family and anyone that draws my name out of the hat breaks out in cold sweats because they all think I’m sooooo hard to buy for!

    Thanks to your list, I’m just going to send them to this page. You have the eternal thanks of my immediate family! 😉



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