21 Awesome Holiday Gifts for Bloggers

I create a holiday gifts for bloggers (and writers)  list each year because I hate lists of holiday gifts for bloggers. Seriously. As someone who once received a paper shredder for Christmas (Sorry to keep bringing that up honey, but it was a paper shredder for goodness sakes), I can tell you that practical is boring and just because someone blogs or writes for a living doesn’t mean you can’t step it up a little with the gifts. We can only receive so many books or journals.  So when I create lists of holiday gifts for bloggers and writers, it’s mostly because I’m frustrated with the lack of creativity suggested by others.

Here’s my list, which I hope has sort of a balance between practical and fluffy.

Also? If you ARE giving your wife a paper shredder for Christmas, my suggestion is to wrap it with some bling. Otherwise she’ll blog about it every year.

21 Awesome Holiday Gifts for Bloggers

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1. iPad

Now I know I’m not the only geek who has an iPad at the top of her Christmas list. Sleek and compact, this puppy travels well. Use it on a plane and carry it to conferences rather than lugging the laptop. I can probably think of about 800 reasons for wanting and iPad for the holidays. Let’s hope Mr. Ng can take this very subtle hint.

2. Kindle

For the record, the Kindle Wireless Reading Device has been the best birthday gift ever. I can read as many books as I want without cluttering up my end tables, and carry reading material around without breaking my shoulder. I can play Scrabble, read blogs, ebooks and magazines and even use the Kindle app to read using my Droid, and iPad and iPhone.

3. Web Hosting

Web hosting can get expensive, especially if you have to upgrade to a VPS or dedicated server. Show the blogger in your life you care by picking up the hosting tab for a specified amount of time. He or she will be so grateful.

4. Gift cards

Whether it’s for coffee, tunes, the Kindle or clothes, we love gift cards. They enable us to have exactly what we want for the holidays, and no returns.

5. Flash drives and external hard drives

You’re right! Flash drives are boring and practical. However, they make excellent stocking stuffers for geeks and we don’t hate them.

6. Coffee and related items

Maybe your favorite blogger could use a one cup coffee maker in his office, or maybe she’d like a pound of pumpkin spice coffee to have any time she wants. Bloggers love coffee. You could do a lot worse than a Starbucks gift card.

7. Conference pass

Let’s face it, at $500 – $1200 a ticket, plus airfare and hotel, it costs serious coin to attend a conference. You really want to get the blogger in your life a special gift? Send him to his favorite conference.

8. Laptop desk

If your favorite blogger spends a lot of time blogging in bed or from the living room couch, consider presenting her with a Laptop  Desk . It eliminates the awkward balancing, as well as overheated knees.

9. Flip camera


I love my Flip UltraHD Video Camera. It’s sleek and compact so I can fit it in my purse to take to conferences, kid events or to keep handy for whenever the occasion warrants. It’s also inexpensive and very easy to use. If you’re looking to get into video blogging, the Flip is a great starter product and you may end up using it exclusively.

10. Donations to Charitable Organizations

A donation in someone else’s name is a gift that gives more than once. Donate to a blogger’s favorite charity as he or she is sure to be touched by the gesture.

11. Gym membership

When you sit on your butt all day, you’ll appreciate the opportunity to work out. If it’s someone else’s dime, you’re more inclined to show up at the gym each day. Encourage your favorite blogger to stay fit with a membership for a gym or exercise class.

12. Comfy desk chair

As someone who works from an old kitchen chair pulled up to a folding table, I can tell you than an Ergonomic Office Chair would be welcome.

13. Social media jewelry

Name one blogger who wouldn’t want to wear her Twitter handle. I know, you can’t. These goodies come from Survival of the Hippest, and, yes, that’s where I ordered mine.

14. Books

Now that bloggers are becoming authors, there’s a lot of good reading out there. Some of my recommendations include: ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income, UnMarketing: Stop Marketing. Start Engaging., Sh*t My Dad Says, and Trust Agents: Using the Web to Build Influence, Improve Reputation, and Earn Trust.

15. Blog Custom Theme

It’s difficult for a new blogger to truly inject her personality into a blog because custom themes are so expensive. Give the thoughtful gift of a custom blog theme and watch her reap the rewards.

16. Courses, ebooks

Present your favorite blogger with a homemade gift certificate enabling him to take courses or purchase ebooks created by one of his blogging heroes. This may not have been something he could afford on his own and he’ll appreciate receiving the tools he needs to get ahead.

17. Child care

Why would a blogger who works at home need child care? Because it’s really difficult to work at home and tend to a child’s needs at the same time.  (Ask the folks at BlogWorld about constant interruptions from my son, for example.) We work at home to be there for our kids, but sometimes we also need quiet time for a conference call or to meet a deadline and a babysitter sure would come in handy.

18. A night out on the town

All work and no play makes bloggers dull, dull, dull. Surprise them with dinner out, concert tickets, a trip to a sporting event or a day at a museum or the theater.

19. Pro accounts & Private forum memberships

Maybe your favorite blogger wants to join Third Tribe or subscribe to the Scribe SEO plugin. Give them the gift of awesome for the holidays.

20.  Coaching session with a well known authority

Many top bloggers and social media professionals offer one on one coaching. There’s no better way to get ahead than by learning from the best and brightest stars in our world.

21. Magazine subscriptions

I enjoy my subscription to Wired but I’d enjoy it even more if someone else paid for it.

Thoughts?

Hopefully this list doesn’t suck and there are some useful and both practical and impractical suggestions for bloggers. And  here’s your chance to weigh in. What is your recommendation for the ideal holiday gift for a blogger?

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  • http://www.denisewakeman.com DeniseWakeman

    Love your list! Treats are nice too, like Fairytale Brownies or a good microphone or headset for recording podcasts. I’ll take an iPad if anyone’s asking! ;-)

    • http://kommein.com Deb Ng

      Headsets are also a good suggestion, Denise, and I don’t know anyone who would turn down brownies. Something else I thought of is a mini recorder since we can’t always be with near our laptops when inspiration strikes.

  • http://twitter.com/cliquekaila Kaila Strong

    I agree with Denise, Fairytale brownies would be awesome too. :) All great ideas in this post, can I have them all? :)

    This post reminds me of one I wrote around Father’s day, 50+ Gifts For the Internet Marketing Dad: http://www.verticalmeasures.com/search-optimization/50-gifts-for-the-internet-marketing-dad/.

  • Susan Fleming

    What a great list, Deb! Gives me some good ideas for myself for Christmas, and makes me want to go shopping right now. I’d also add these to the list: a massage, credits at iStockPhoto.com, and a netbook. Thanks for tweeting the link to your list!

  • Sandra

    I agree with the gift cards. Im getting a lot of my blogging friends gift cards for vacation rentals from MetroFlats.com.

  • http://almost60really.com Paula Lee Bright

    You list doesn’t suck in the LEAST! In fact, it’s perfect, right down to the Twitter Handle jewelry.

    I’m thinking I could benefit from a tripod for videos of lessons I teach. Now you’ve got me feeling greedy!

    Loved it. Must return often!

  • http://twitter.com/Melissa_Venable Melissa A. Venable

    I had no idea how much stuff I need ;) this list could come in handy. I might add a wacom tablet and speakers for the iPod/iTouch. Anything to make the home office a little more habitable. Also accepting iPads and brownies here.

  • Anonymous

    Number #6. Definitely #6. :) The gym membership is a great idea too, however. :)

  • http://twitter.com/AmidPrivilege Amid Privilege

    The post made me, more than anything else, think of myself as a blogger…

  • Anonymous

    Great list Deb. The social media jewelry is one of the coolest geek items I have seen in a long time and it is definitely going on my list!

  • http://www.ericasays.com Erica Mueller

    I think you could add pro accounts to places like flickr.com. It’s always nice to have that extra space!

    I do like the coffee and night out ideas. I flourish when I’ve had some time out!

  • http://www.empoweredpeace.org Chaplain Donna

    This is a great list! I have to pass it out for Christmas!

  • http://www.parmfarm.com Amy Parmenter

    LOVE the twitter necklace (@ParmFarm!) and the photo of the childcare is hilarious. How about a gift certificate toward future carpal tunnel syndrome. :0)
    You know it’s comin’!!

    Amy Parmenter

  • Anonymous

    Great list you came up with. Sounds like everything I would love to have.

  • http://wahmsurvival.com Genesis

    I would LOVE to get a Kindle for Christmas, but pretty much everyone on your list is right up my alley. :D Especially coffee. Great list!

  • Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.

    Fabulous!

  • Sharon

    A fabulous list. I’m sharing it on fb and tagging my husband. Hopefully, he’ll also get the hint LOL

  • Youngwifestale

    These are great ideas! I personally would love a necklace with my Twitter handle.