A Gift Guide for Creatives

It’s that time of year. The snow has fallen, and people are flocking to the shopping malls to complete their Christmas shopping. Finding the perfect gift for your loved ones can be difficult, and the amount of options can be overwhelming. As a business that dabbles in creativity, we want to make finding a gift for the creative in your life a little easier. Whether they’re a graphic designer, an artist, or a writer, we’re sure that something on our list will cater to their interests!

Enamel Pins

For something a little simpler, consider getting the creative in your life a pin representing their career or hobby. Depending on the type, the pins can be inexpensive and the perfect stocking stuffer. There are numerous places around the Internet (like Etsy or Super Team Deluxe) where you can find a pin that you think your loved one will appreciate.

MVMT Watch

MVMT began in 2013 in response to the overpriced and outdated looks in the fashion industry. By utilizing social media, Jake Kassan and Kramer Laplante grew their small business into a community made up of over 1.5 million people. MVMT creates beautiful minimalist products at affordable prices, which can help the creative in your life keep track of time.

Pantone – Color: Messages & Meanings

Who would we be if we didn’t mention Pantone? A few weeks ago, we discussed what Pantone is and the importance of the Colour of the Year. However, Pantone does more than just organize colours, the company also has a line of products you can buy! Our favourite product from Patone is Color: Messages & Meanings. Color: Messages & Meanings is filled with essential guidelines and illustrations that can help creatives find the perfect colour combination. Choosing the right colour is extremely important and this book is certainly a valuable resource.

Lap Desk

This may be our top suggestion for anyone in need of a gift, not just creatives! Have you ever noticed that the bottom of your laptop heats up while it’s resting on your lap? That’s because the fan installed in your laptop isn’t able to get the excess heat out. This is why we recommend getting a lap desk. Lap desks are extremely handy when flat, hard surfaces are unavailable. Some lap desks are designed to keep laptops elevated, allowing air to reach the bottom of the laptop, while others provide a flat, hard surface to work on. You can find a lap desk at Best Buy and Staples!

Wacom Tablet

Since its inception in 1983, Wacom has become known as the #1 drawing tablet for artists and designers. If you’re willing to spend the money, then we recommend looking into the Cintiq. The Cintiq is wonderful for those who have made a professional career out of digital art and would rather look at the tablet while working then at the computer screen. This tablet also comes highly recommended for those who do a lot of line art. The Intuos series comes in different sizes for your convenience and is more affordable than the Cintiq. Those who use the Intuos normally use them for simpler tasks but are capable of handling digital art as well. Unlike the Cintiq, the Intuos is easy to use with keyboard shortcuts and can fit into a backpack.

Modern Calligraphy Set

Calligraphy has been around for centuries and is certainly pleasing to the eye. No matter the language, calligraphy has the ability to make any letter or character look beautiful and has inspired many different fonts. Luckily, the art of calligraphy hasn’t disappeared. Give the creative in your life the chance to create a flowing script with their own calligraphy set. Just make sure you stock up on extra ink for the pens!

Chalkboard Mug

While we think most of our suggestions are pretty neat, owning a chalkboard mug would certainly be something different. Sometimes ideas come at the most inopportune times but having a mug nearby that can be written on would be incredibly helpful. A New Museum exclusive, the chalkboard mug is fully erasable and microwave-safe, so your coffee or tea can be reheated at any time. Best of all, coloured chalk is included, so the mug can be as colourful as you want it to be!

That concludes our gift guide for this holiday season! Comment on what your favourite gift on this guide was or feel free to reach out to JLS Decals & Signs on social media. We’d also love to hear what other products you think would make a wonderful present for the creative in your life.

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