2014 Gift Ideas for Designers and Artists

Nanoblock Sets

Nanoblock SetsThere’s a new brick on the block and these little bricks will be a big surprise for your friend. Nanoblock look like Lego but they are many times smaller which lets you create high-detail objects. If the person you know is into pixel art, they’ll love Nanoblock because it’s a great way to convert their pixel art into real tangible objects. Nanoblock sets can easily be found at many stores including Toys “r” Us, Amazon, and eBay, but if you’re going for the larger and more expensive sets, you might save money by buying it straight from Japan on Rakuten or Plamoya.

Approximate Price: $8 to $200



Professional Stationary Set

Artists love new tools so create a custom stationary with high-end tools like the Lamy Safari fountain pen or a set of Faber-Castell brush pen set. There are many quality tools available and the best way to see what they are using now and finding better versions. Add some Moleskin notebooks and finish the present with a beautiful hand-made pencil case from Etsy. Alternatively, you can get this cool Keyboard Stationery Set that’ll match their workspace. When adding everything up, it can get pretty expensive so adjust your items to fit your budget.
Approximate Price: $20 to $100


Pen Tablet


A pen tablet, like the Wacom Intuos, is one of the most practical and fun items you can get for any designer, artist, or even photographers. But be sure to ask for a gift receipt because not everyone will find it useful. For something more affordable, go for a tablet from Monoprice.
Approximate Price: $100 to $2400



DIY Printable Paper Craft

free-printable-winged-elephant-3d-animal-craft These cute and quirky printable paper craft models by TaraHandmade from Etsy are great looking desk decorations and they sell at a great price. You will have to print the files out yourself because the purchase includes the PDF, but that also means you can customize them with the receivers name for an extra personal touch.

Approximate Price: $2 to $7