5 Gifts For A Designer

It’s that time of the year again! If you’re anything like me, you hate the cold and would do anything to avoid leaving the house. Especially if that means running from store to store, hunting for the perfect gift for that one friend who is especially picky in the receiving end of gift-giving.  Have no fear, online shopping is here! There is no doubt that if you have a friend or a relative in the creative industry, you already know what you gift must be up-to-par; they have a keen eye for useful well-designed knick-knacks? I know just the thing.

If you want to go safe, the best bet for a creative individual is to provide a surface for their choice of artistic medium. A sketchbook! You’ll have to consider a few factors, such as, are they a painter, a poet or a sketcher? This will affect the type of paper, lined or not lined, and hard cover, or binded? Nevertheless, once you’ve made your decision, head to the nearest paper store- wait, you’re right, it’s winter and it’s cold! Here comes the handy online shopping and shipping. (Some even have it gift-wrapped ready)!

1. Sketchbooks!

Moleskines are well-known for their special place in every artist’s heart. There’s many reasons why, and one of the best is because they have notebooks catered to all types of individuals and needs. From travel-holics to list addicts, there’s a book for everyone! Pocket sized sketchbooks will only you set back a cool 12$ CAD while an A3 size can take a hit at 50$ CAD. Really, the budget is up to you but it is the thoughts that count.

If you are looking for an alternative notebook source, be sure to check out Rhodia too. They have dotted papers and graph papers, and is just as popular as Moleskines!



2. Tablet Stylus

If tablets have taken over your household as much as laptops have, then you’ll love the next idea- a stylus pen. Not just any stylus, however, it’s a Sensu brush! These brushes mimic the flow and motion of a real brush, so it feels like you’re actually painting. It is lightweight and modern while still upholding a contemporary appearance. The best part? It starts from only 25$ CAD!


3. A 3D Doodler

If you’re looking for an alternative pen that can satisfy the creative soul, maybe the 3D Doodler can help? Unsurprisingly this can get quite expensive, as it starts from 50$ and can go up to 250$. Take a look below to see its capabilities!

4. T’is the Season To Read!

If you’re looking for a more traditional gift, a good book is always a good answer. Books can cater to all different budgets so don’t be afraid to combine presents or gift it solo!

5. DIY Camera

Here’s a twist in contemporary and traditional presents. A DIY SLR camera kit! At around 35$ USD, your friend, or relative can get the fun of building their own camera, and then using it too! It’s a win-win for both of you.

With an abundance of online resources, it is almost inexcusable to claim you just couldn’t find anything right, so let’s get shopping!

Author: Crystal Yung

Hello! My name is Crystal Yung and I am an undergraduate student studying architecture at the University of Waterloo. Please feel free to check our my online portfolio of my works: https://issuu.com/crystalyung/docs/portfolio_2017

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