Gift Guide for Creative Types

I know I’m a little late to the game. But I know that there are probably some of you out there who are still looking for gift inspiration, if not for Christmas then for new year birthdays. So without further ado, here are some of my picks for gifts for creative types.


So you all know I love Adam JK. Things Are What You Make of Them is his latest book and it’s incredible. It’s the pep talk we all need from time to time. It’s chock full of great advice and support. Each page is in full colour, and is perforated so you can save it for later or even share it. This is the gift you’re going to want to get two of, because there’s a good chance that as soon as you start reading you won’t be able to give it up.


Travel is one of the best forms of inspiration, and while in the age of the smart phone you might not necessarily need a printed travel guide these ones are so gorgeous that your recipient is really going to want one.


Give the gift of learning. Picking up new skills is essential, but it can easily be overlooked. So vouchers for classes work as a great reminder, and give someone the opportunity to expand their horizons and their practices.


So who doesn’t love stationery? Keep your loved one full stocked throughout the year with a stationery subscription. There are plenty of good ones out there. In particular, I like the Paper Gang by Oh Deer and Post by Katie Leamon. It’s the gift that keeps on giving.


It makes sense that artists love art. Getting someone a print by a maker they love is a great way to show you care, and to give them something that they’ll look at and think of you every day. You can even support a good cause or two, by buying prints where the profits are given to charity or inspire social action like The Good Cause.


The studio can be a lonely place. Get your friend a little company.


So one of the best things I’ve bought this year are a pair of noise cancelling headphones. If you’re feeling a little spendy, they’re an incredible gift. They’ve helped me focus and kept me on task and sane throughout so many hours of work this year.



  1. December 11, 2017 / 1:19 pm

    These are REALLY great ideas! Never thought about a stationery subscription! Thanks for sharing.

  2. December 25, 2017 / 12:57 am

    I actually think is my favorite gift guide for creatives I’ve seen this season. Adam’s book looks like a lot of fun – I love how colorful it is and the messages look quite useful too!

    The online classes is something unexpected but something I’d definitely appreciate. I think when you’re in school the idea of getting a class for the holidays can sounds like torture, but after being out of school for a couple of years I can safely say I miss learning and challenging my mind. I think many adults would agree, especially if the classes relate to hobbies that they didn’t tackle while in school!

    The stationary subscription is also another unique but appreciated suggestion! I’m pretty sure all creatives love subscriptions. And as someone who also loves sending snail mail, I definiitely would put such a gift to good use.

    I’m going to have to bookmark this page to send to my husband. It may be too late for Christmas, but my birthday will be here in five months, haha. It’ll him give some variety to work with instead of the set list of art tools I’ve been requesting.

    • Natalie
      January 16, 2018 / 1:12 am

      As a fellow snail mail fan I get you – you can never have too many cards in your supply! I hope you get some lovely goodies for Christmas (and your now imminent birthday)!

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