Bloggers are humans like you and me. They enjoy gifts, particularly if they’re ones that can be used to “GET IN THEIR ZONE” when it comes to blogging.
That’s a fancy way of saying: if you’re going to buy something for a blogger because he or she is a blogger, make it something practical.
There are a bunch of lists around the Internet that say to buy your blogging gift recipient a WordPress theme or hosting or an email marketing service or what have you.
That’s a cool idea and might be useful for some bloggers, but for many bloggers those things can be really personal choices and based heavily on their goals, preferences, etc.
So I usually recommend sticking to physical gifts so you don’t feel disappointed when your blogging friend doesn’t use that killer sewing WordPress theme you bought for them last Christmas.
Without further ado, here’s a list of gifts that I myself would appreciate as a blogger, or things I would consider gifting to other bloggers if I was the gifting type, WHICH I MIGHT BE.
1. Fisher Space Pen
According to the company, there’s been a Fisher Space Pen on every manned NASA flight since 1968. If that’s not good enough for your food blogging friend who’s always going on and on about meal prepping on Sundays, I DON’T KNOW WHAT IS. WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM US KELLI??
2. Filing Cabinet
Does a filing cabinet sound boring? Does receiving a filing cabinet as a gift seem boring? Maybe! But I wouldn’t mind having one, so I’m adding it to the list.
This one’s a good option because it’s colorful and has more design sense than your standard filing cabinet from some bland corporate office that doesn’t believe in splashes of color.
3. Desk Lamp
In my younger days, I would’ve scoffed at the idea of a desk lamp as a gift. Now, I go to bed before 11pm and wake up at 5-something and a desk lamp seems real nice right about now. There’s a bunch of options out there, but I dig this slim, dimmable one that looks like it came from the future.
4. Word Clock
This seems like a gift you’d see on your flight to Dallas, but we’re going with it. Reading and telling time can be something of a lost art these days, so you can brush up on your esoteric skills while knowing what time it is. Not that we really need to know what time it is these days, but if you wanted to know, there it is!
5. Lap Desk
I have a few night routines that happen when the kids go to bed. On productive nights I’ll work out and do the dishes or laundry before falling asleep on the couch, only to be woken up by the sounds of my wife prodding me with various kitchen utensils.
Other nights, I’ll do some work on the couch before falling asleep and waking to the sound of the laptop crashing to the floor because I fell asleep mid-sentence. This gift is for those nights.
6. Workspace Bundle
Baron Fig makes excellent notebooks, but they also have some cool desk space accessories and goods that make it easier to stay productive at your blogging space.
Their Workspace Bundle includes a mouse pad, index cards, sticky notes and a writing pad for making sure your ideas get written down in one form or another.
7. Camp Flag
There’s no way around it: blogging is about putting your butt in the chair (or in the air if you blog at a standing desk) and doin’ the damn thing. Here’s a nice USA-made reminder that the only way things take off is to put in the hours.
8. Letter Board
A letter board‘s the perfect gift for bloggers who don’t want permanently sewn motivation on their wall. Instead, they can choose their own adventure, from quotes by John Muir to Bible verses that can be used to slay even the most vocal haters. AND YE SHALL NOT STOP ME FROM BLOGGING!
9. Blue Snowball iCE USB Mic
If your blogging acquaintance is looking to break into videos or podcasting, or you think they should, consider this USB mic. It’s one of the most commonly used mics for bloggers, and I’ve used one to record random how-to blogging videos over the years. Also it looks cool.
10. Computer Speakers
Every blogger vibes to a different beat, and you can help them vibe out even harder with a nice set of computer speakers. With this particular set from Bose, the vibes come so hard and refined that it can be difficult to get work done, however, so we recommend warning your blogger friends ahead of time what they’re getting into. LET’S GOOOOOOO.
11. Noise-Cancelling Headphones
What’s the opposite of computer speakers? Noise-cancelling headphones of course! If your blogger friends are anything like me, they love the feel of headphone vibes, especially when doing rote blogging and SEO work like competitor analysis and keyword research. Rote to some. Exciting to others.
12. Voice Recorder
Some bloggers blog the way they talk, and in that case, a voice recorder is the perfect way to get ideas and content down without having to be at a computer. Sure, there are phone apps for this, but there’s something substantial about having a physical voice recorder and saying stuff like “thought: what if the only way to prove the universe isn’t a hologram is to become a hologram?” You get the point.
13. Ring Light Kit
You know when you watch a YouTuber’s video and fall into a vegetative trance staring into said YouTuber’s eyes? This ring light kit can give your blogging friends the same appeal. With any ring of this magnitude, it comes with great responsibility.
14. Ergonomic Keyboard
I used to think I had carpal tunnel syndrome, but now looking back, I was just terrible at typing. Just kidding. I do have carpal tunnel! Not officially anyway, but it feels like it after a long week at the computer.
Fortunately, there are all sorts of ergonomic solutions for that, including a keyboard, and all jokes aside I have noticed when I use the right keyboard and mouse combo, my wrists and muscles feel better after a long day of work.
15. Portable Hard Drive
Sure, uploading everything to Google Drive or Dropbox is “cool” but you know what’s really cool? Having digital backups in case all that stuff goes wonky, or you don’t want to pay for extra online storage. I have years worth of pictures and writing on a few portable hard drives and it’s a fun drive down memory lane to open them up every once in a while.
Journals & Planners
16. Full Focus Planner
While I haven’t personally used the Full Focus Planner, I’ve heard good things and I enjoy Michael Hyatt’s productivity content, so it seems like he’d put out a good product. It’s one of the top-selling personal organizers on Amazon and has hundreds of 5-star reviews.
17. Self Planner
I have used the Self Planner and I’d like to think it helped me focus a big part of my blogging and work-related journey. I’ve never been good at following through on planners and organizers, but the Self Planner is designed for the distracted among us – and the procrastinators. I found it’s delivery and presentation to be helpful without feeling overbearing or too structured, and it’s made to work with just about any type of goal or process.
18. Baron Fig Confidant
I’ve used the Confidant for a few years now and always love how simple and durable these notebooks are. Sure, they’re only half-filled with notes, ideas and journal entries. But if I wanted to – I mean really wanted to – I could fill the whole thing up with coherent writing. However you use them, these are excellent notebooks.
19. Field Notes
Sure, Field Notes aren’t new, but they’re always coming up with interesting fresh designs, and they’ll always hold a special place in my heart as the smaller notebooks I half-filled with ideas and thoughts that weren’t coherent or interesting enough to remember. I love the idea of Field Notes, but my execution is still lacking. But that’s why I bought a productivity planner. It’s one big cycle.
20. Leuchtturm1917 Medium A5 Dotted Hardcover Notebook
This is the largest of my half-filled notebooks, and it’s one of the sturdiest. The paper is good quality, and when I do manage to write in it, it looks and feels wonderful. You would think at this point I’d stop buying new notebooks, but nope!
21. Big Magic
This book from Elizabeth Gilbert really put the creative process into perspective for me. Big Magic dispels a lot of creative myths and fictions and gets down to the heart of what matters when you’re making things, whether it’s a blog, a book, a painting or a life. Gilbert has an uncanny ability of putting things in a new light and perspective, and this is a book I revisit often when I need to get out of a creative rut.
22. The War of Art
Steven Pressfield’s The War of Art is all about doing the work and like Big Magic, dispelling myths to focus on what it really means to make stuff. Pressfield has a no-nonsense approach to doing the work that I really enjoy. Where Big Magic is more storytelling and imagination, The War of Art is about sitting your ass down and doing the job, day in and day out. Both are good sources of inspiration and motivation for bloggers.
23. Think and Grow Rich
For the longest time, I didn’t pick up Think and Grow Rich because I thought it was just about getting rich. Really, the book’s about developing a mental approach and state of mind that helps you lock in on your goals and do what it takes to make them happen.
It’s an oldie but a goodie, and even if some of the anecdotes seem outdated, many of the principles still apply to working on your goals today. Out of all the “inspirational” books I’ve read over the years, this is the one that kickstarted my work habits the most.