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Holiday Gift Ideas For Bloggers

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Every blogger has a wishlist of items they’re lusting after, but have put off purchasing them for whatever reason. If you’ve got a blogger friend or family member in your life, chances are they would absolutely love to receive any of the gifts on this list! If you’re a blogger, add your own ideas to the comments!

For WordPress

To get the most out of WordPress, you’ll want to make sure you have an amazing theme! I love ElegantThemes because they’re so user-friendly and easy to customize. For $69 a year, you get access to all 87 themes, 6 plugins (Monarch and Bloom and my jam), plus customer service! Developer pricing is available, as well as a lifetime one-time fee option ($249). Theme Forest is another great place for WordPress themes, so consider treating a blogger that sharp theme they’ve been lusting after.

CoSchedule is another blogging must-have. Why? Because it literally holds everything together: blog, social media, and your brain! CoSchedule is the #1 marketing calendar and organizer out there and I don’t know where I’d be without it. I’m super scattered these days, so it helps to have everything in one place to avoid loading multiple sites and tabs… because ADHD (not even joking).

 

Tools & Software

Give the gift of design this holiday season! Send a blogger a Creative Market gift card where they can shop for the perfect design elements and fonts to brand their blog to use in Canva or Photoshop. Canva is free and good for beginners. It can be used for designing pinnable images, gift guides, newsletter graphics and pretty much anything lovely that goes on the blog or social media. It’s an amazingly simple online graphic design tool. For the advanced, I suggest Adobe Creative Suite for advanced techniques, illustrating, and photo editing.

For managing emails, ConvertKit is all the rage. I’ve been fumbling with other systems, but ConvertKit seems to be the most user-friendly, so it’s at the top of my wishlist. Growing your email list is the best way to grow your income, so investing in an email service is important. If you’re giving this as a gift, check out the annual price! You’ll save quite a bit.

To track emails, I recommend Sidekick. Instead of wasting time, refreshing your inbox and wondering if someone has received your email, Sidekick tells you when your email has been opened. Sidekick is a great “checks and balances” system for collaborators and contributors as well, because it alerts you when mail is read. No more “but I didn’t see it!”. The jig is up!

Bloggers spend a lot of time online. Extended time spent staring at a screen can be damaging to your eyes! I have computer eyewear on my list this year since I’m near-sided and spend an embarrassing amount of time in front of my computer. These special lenses reflect and absorb a portion of the blue light that computers, smartphones, and other digital devices emit.

Photography & Gear

The key to having a great blog and social media accounts can be attributed to great photography. It starts with choosing a camera that works best a blogger’s content needs and budget. Stunning photos are accomplished by learning how to truly work a camera’s functions and having a good understanding on how to compose shots. This can even be achieved with a smart phone.

Lighting is also key to stellar photos. It’s tough to get a good photos in darkness! ‘Tis the season for shorter days which can turn a blog project into a race against the sunlight. Don’t get caught without proper lighting especially if you tend to work during nights. I recommend getting an external flash (for DSLR users), an inexpensive lighting kit, and daylight bulbs to use in home fixtures. Having these lighting options have saved me during several winters.

Office Supplies

If you really love a blogger, get them the EPIC Blog Planner. Designed by one of the best bloggers ever, Regina Anaejionu of byregina.com, the EPIC Blog Planner is the best way to help a blogger get their stuff together – and keep it together!

Another great gift idea for bloggers is business cards. I love moo.com for business cards because they’re classy, durable, and even though they cost a bit more, you clearly get what you pay for here. If you use my link, you’ll get $15 off your order!

A lot of bloggers that I know go through a ton of sticky notes, but sticky notes are borrrring. What’s a girl to do? Grab a handful of colorful notes from Oh So Paper! Nothing like getting your mojo flowing with new stationary.

Staedtler Triplus Fineliners – Trust me when I say these pens are the gods of all writing utensils. Bonus: They double as markers when you want to color in that motivational coloring book or doodle in your journal.

Cord Organizers are a godsend when you have a dozen cords to deal with. This is a simple way to keep your cords from turning into a rat’s nest.

Novelty Gifts for Bloggers

Blog for It Tee – We all have specifics we’re willing to blog for; cash, airfare, Disney. What are you willing to blog for?

Hustle Pillows – Blogging requires hustle, man. Every bloggers needs a Hustle pillow in their works pace. There are so many to choose from, the toughest decision will be narrowing them down to one!

Listen, blogging can be very lucrative, but it’s no gravy train. Working for several different companies with different pay periods at once can sometimes throw a wrench in things especially if a project unexpectedly goes left or a company goes bankrupt… Freelancing ain’t loyal, y’all, which is why I decided to make this mug. *sips tea*

The Facebook Ad Fund

Facebook Ads are a hot topic. Once you get into the groove of how they work, you can use them to bring quality traffic to your blog and leverage your endeavors. A lot of bloggers and entrepreneurs have been simply asking for money for Facebook Ads because they can get so expensive, especially when experimenting with them. For my birthday, my mother-in-law got me a Facebook marketing course and I can’t wait to dive in!

This is how you love a blogger!

Bloggers, what’s on your wishlist? Leave a comment below!

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18 Comments

  • Reply CourtneyLynne

    Omg so many awesome gift suggestions!!!! Last year I got my DSLR from santa and couldn’t be happier!!!

    View Comment December 21, 2016 at 8:50 PM
  • Reply Anosa

    Since I have coschedule already I would love the FB ad fund lol, loving this list. I want the hustle pillows as well

    View Comment December 21, 2016 at 3:32 PM
  • Reply Shannon Graham

    I use CoSchedule all the time. It really is a useful tool for scheduling posts ahead of time.

    View Comment December 21, 2016 at 2:03 PM
  • Reply Nancy at Whispered Inspirations

    OMG, I love that mug. These are all such great ideas, I give them all double thumbs up.

    View Comment December 21, 2016 at 10:37 AM
  • Reply Rebecca Swenor

    These are great gift ideas for any blogger. I love the idea of the computer eyewear because any blogger is going to sit in front of a computer for hours. Eyewear can really help with reflections, eyes playing tricks on you, etc. while protecting the eyes. Thanks for the blogger gift ideas.

    View Comment December 20, 2016 at 11:29 PM
  • Reply Mimi Green

    All of these are great gifts that keep on giving. I have photography items on my list for sure. I need to thing bigger. lol

    View Comment December 20, 2016 at 9:40 PM
  • Reply ricci

    This is a great, comprehensive list of gifts that bloggers would love!! Great post!!

    View Comment December 20, 2016 at 9:16 PM
  • Reply Bella

    I am all about this gift guide – it’s like it was made for me! haha I use so many of these tools on a daily basis so would love them as gifts.

    View Comment December 20, 2016 at 6:47 PM
  • Reply Sarah Bailey

    These are some awesome ideas, I didn’t know you could get computer eye-wear I totally need to check that out for myself as I have such issues with my eyes.

    View Comment December 20, 2016 at 2:29 PM
  • Reply Pam Wattenbarger

    These are great gift ideas for bloggers. I definitely would get a lot of use out of the EPIC Blog planner. I rely on my planner for everything.

    View Comment December 20, 2016 at 11:50 AM
  • Reply Stephanie Jeannot

    Yes.i would love some of those expenses given as a gift. Especially the photography gear. I love snapping photos. So necessary.

    View Comment December 20, 2016 at 11:48 AM
  • Reply Jeanette

    Being a blogger myself I can definitely say that all of these things are something a blogger would want! Photography equipment alone I could use for my business.

    View Comment December 20, 2016 at 11:21 AM
  • Reply Jenn @ EngineerMommy

    These are great gift ideas for bloggers. We always need new photography gear and props! I also love the idea of giving a subscription to an online service!

    View Comment December 20, 2016 at 11:16 AM
  • Reply Paula Schuck

    I’m a blogger myself, and I can say that office supplies are an EXCELLENT gift for anyone in business. I go through so much paper and pens!

    View Comment December 20, 2016 at 10:22 AM
  • Reply Heather

    I purchased a tool for my best friend who happens to also blog. I love your ideas, especially the pillows!

    View Comment December 20, 2016 at 9:43 AM
  • Reply Heather | All Roads Lead to the Kitchen

    I’d definitely love a new lighting kit so that I can take photos late in the day. I also want one of those under-desk cycling things, so I can keep moving, even when I’m sitting and working.

    View Comment December 20, 2016 at 7:38 AM
  • Reply Robin Masshole Mommy

    These are all great ideas. I loved Sidekick, but there is a free tracker through Gmail, so I ended up switching to that one like a year ago :)

    View Comment December 20, 2016 at 5:55 AM
  • Reply Alli Smith

    I received the camera of my dreams last Christmas and this year I would love to add to my lens collection. It’s on my list. Fingers crossed! :)

    View Comment December 20, 2016 at 5:14 AM
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