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Gift Guide for Creatives


I have mixed feelings about Gift Guides. In general, I try to remind myself at the holidays and otherwise that I don’t really need All.This.Stuff. Videos like this one from Patagonia and this one from Free Range Studios & Story of Stuff have been especially thought provoking this holiday season. In spite of all this, I’ve chosen to go ahead a post a gift guide for creatives, because a.) it’s cheery and b.) it’s my hope that these things are tools you can use rather than “more stuff.” I hope these gifts will help the creative folks in your life (or you!) come up with great ideas, express themselves, and live 2013 to the fullest. Feel free to add your own ideas to the comments!

  • Stendig Wall Calendar ($40) | I’ve though this calendar was cool ever since one of my favorite bloggers, Elise Blaha, wrote about using hers to organize blog posts. I think its large size makes it ideal for mapping out projects and goals via post-its.
  • Moleskine 2013 12 Month Daily Planner ($36) | I used these for 2012 and though they were great! I make to-do lists for each day and sometimes include grocery lists or details for appointments.
  • Designer’s Notebook ($20) | This is my current “idea log”. It’s small enough to fit in my purse, has dotted rather than lined pages, and also has some neat reference features in the back.
  • Evernote Pocket Squared Smart Notebook ($25) | I haven’t tried this one but it looks really neat. Apparently, both the pages and the stickers make it super easy to use OCR and tagging for converting your paper notes into digital ones.
  • Targus Ultralife™ Stylus ($20) | Isn’t she lovely? My company, Continuum, helped create the design for this snazzy stylus for Ultrabooks, but it will work on any capacitive touch screen.
  •  The Sketchnote Handbook ($20-$27 with video) | I think sketchnoting/visual notetaking is the coolest, so I’m jazzed about this how-to manual, the development of which I’ve been following on instagram (@rohdesign).
  • Winning the Story Wars ($16) | I’m 75% of the way through and finding it a very worthwhile read. Read this to learn about how to learn from myths and apply their structures to marketing campaigns or really any convincing brand story.
  • Young House Love: 243 Ways to Paint, Craft, Update & Show Your Home Some Love ($17) | I pre-ordered this one, and what a fun book! So many great projects to tackle.
  • The Creative Habit ($11) | An inspiring, down to earth read about what you can do to keep your creative juices flowing.
  • Paper (free but $7 for brushes) | A super simple app for sketching out notes and ideas on the iPad.
  • iFontMaker ($7) | An app for turning your handwriting and handdrawn lettering into digital fonts for the computer.
  • Totally Rad Actions ($149) | I read about Totally Rad Actions on A Beautiful Mess and was completely intrigued – such an easy way to add pizazz to your photos!
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