If you’ve had the pleasure of working alongside (or living with) a graphic designer, you’re aware that they can be picky creatures — especially when it comes to items they deem worthy of introducing into their carefully designed workspaces/living rooms/wardrobes.
Luckily, the members of Kick Point’s “Design Island” are here to help! Here are some items we’d be proud to welcome into our lives this Christmas — or anytime, for that matter. Of course, taste is unique to the individual, but we hope that this list helps you put a smile on a designer’s face.
“Thick Lines” Poster Series by DDC
The Canadianist is a collectable series of foil and letterpress prints produced in Canada by Canadian illustrators — and issue #3 was just released! The theme of this edition is ‘cozy abodes’ and features some of “the coziest spaces across the country” (see: log cabins, Boler trailers, etc).
Thick cover stock, luscious inks, and a hit of gold foil — these prints check off all the boxes!Get Prints
Good Luck Socks
Thanks largely in part to the pandemic, 2020 could also be dubbed “year of the puzzle”, due to the sheer amount of puzzles sold while we were all doing our best to stay at home. Available in several different color combinations, these tasteful pattern puzzles will keep any colour obsessed designer busy for hours!Get Puzzle
As a leader in daily pin-wearing — and owner of several pins from Super Team Deluxe already — Emma can vouch for the quality and attractiveness of these pins. Whether you’re shopping for a lover of Adobe Illustrator or a web design wonder, there’s a pin to suit the person.
At the very least, you have to check out the website — those hovers! That navigation! 😍Get Pins
Blackwing are the best pencils, as officially voted by Design Island. With a slogan like “Half the pressure, twice the speed” how could they not be? We go through these fairly quickly, so receiving a box of them as a stocking-stuffer would always be appreciated, and we’re sure other designers would agree. Pair it with a Moleskine notebook to really tip this gift over the edge!Get Pencils
Moment lenses are portable and lightweight, which makes them easy for a designer to carry in their pocket when they’re documenting on the go. These detachable iPhone and Android lenses come in fisheye, wide, tele portrait, and macro to capture any scene!Get Lenses
“Hegarty on Creativity: There Are No Rules” by John Hegarty
Winters are chilly and being cold sucks. Help keep your designer warm and cozy with these beautifully made pillows and blankets that add a bit of Koselig spice to any office. From their site: “When you choose Swell Made Co. you’re also choosing to support Plan Canada’s Because I am a Girl project to help girls access basic human rights that will give them the ability to transform their lives, and become agents of change in their own communities. 5% of each purchase goes directly to this project to champion gender parity and sustainability.”Get Swell
Camp Brand Goods
Desktop clutter is the worst. These bowls are great for storing loose change, random clips, or even those tiny USB sticks that designers still have kicking around for some reason.Get Bowl
RIESS Ladles & Kitchen Rack
Looking to add a little extra something to your designer’s kitchen setup? Turn back time with these nostalgic ladles!Get Ladles
Felt Tissue Box
It can be a balancing act between a designer needing to blow their nose and being horrified at the hideous ‘art’ on tissue boxes, so cover them up with this stylish felt box that will blend nicely in any home office.Get Box
Bellroy Phone Wallet
Life is easier when you can minimize the items you need to carry when you’re headed out. This phone case protects your phone and doubles as a card holder, and comes in a variety of colours to match any designer’s style!Get Case
Have you recently hit it out of the park with gift-buying for a graphic designer? Share your gift ideas with us!