A new blog is born every second, right? Well, maybe not every second, but there are millions of bloggers out there – from product reviewers to kitchen dwellers sharing drool-worthy food photography. And with that, an exciting door opens to a wealth of gift ideas for the blogger in your life. Before embarking on this adventure, take a bit of time to peruse the blog of your loved one or friend (if you haven’t already). It will make narrowing down the endless number of possibilities much easier. And now, here are a few suggestions to get you started:
1. Blog-Related Apparel
T-shirts, hoodies, and hats decorated with a logo or blog banner are fun items to gift a blogger, who often like to show off their online ‘baby’ with pride. Doubling as a gift with a functional purpose (keeping you from getting wet) and serving as creative advertisement, consider ordering a customized umbrella that features the blog logo or tagline of a blogger’s site.
Blog-themed clothing, like the ‘I’m Blogging This’ crop top shown here (also available in tank tops and long sleeved shirts) sold by ShopZoetic, allows gift givers to add a bit of humor and amusement to their apparel choice.
2. Personalized Stationary/Address Labels
Just like any business, blogs also benefit from having customized stationary and address labels. Bloggers may need to contact companies and individuals they’d like to work with, interview or write about. Perhaps they need to communicate or contact one of their readers, sponsors or even the media. Having stationary featuring logos and other blog-identifying information get noticed and remembered
3. Social Media Jewelry
A blogger who uses social media to promote their brand will appreciate a gift that represents their presence on platforms, like Twitter or Instagram…in style. For example, Survival of the Hippest takes the likes of chosen hashtags, blog names and Twitter usernames, and turns them into custom-designed ‘status symbols’ – necklaces, bracelets, anklets and other accessories such as tie clips, pins and keychains.
4. Travel Accessories
A lot of bloggers incorporate travel into their yearly plans, or attend at least one conference, meeting and/or company event at some point in time. Being able to blog while on the road or in the air is a must for many. Therefore, a frequent traveling blogger will appreciate gifts that make on-the-go blogging much easier to accomplish. A few ideas:
- Charging Products for multiple devices, such as a power bank
- Portable Battery Pack for phones, tablets and other gadgets
- Portable Microphone (for blogging podcasters)
- External Hard Drive
- Tablet (for those who get tired of dragging a laptop everywhere)
- Personalized Luggage Tags (ideal stocking stuffer)
- Flash Drives (ideal stocking stuffer)
- USB Hubs (ideal stocking stuffer)
5. A New Planner
Gifts that keep a blogger organized help them stay on task with the planning out of their days, weeks and months in advance. For some, it can become a lifeline when trying to juggle their blog and personal commitments.
Erin Condren is a favorite amongst bloggers, especially the company’s line of LifePlanners, which offer horizontal or vertical weekly layouts for their stylized organizers. In addition to the shine of the personalized Metallics line shown here, you can also order custom, personalized covers simply by uploading photography and other designs to the site.
Not sure what kind of planner to get? Choose a few favorites to add to a PickUrGift Reverse Wishlist™. Send it to the blogger in your life, and let them tell you the designs they like the best.
6. A Decent Chair
Ideal for the blogger who spends a great time at a desk or table, a comfortable (preferably ergonomic chair) makes a great difference in the coziness, posture and overall health of a loved one or friend as they type away on their laptop.
7. Camera and Photography Accessories
Photography and images play an important role in the blogging world, and a camera wrapped under the Christmas tree is an unforgettable gift. Varying in price ranges and capabilities, there are digital cameras priced under $100, while more expensive DSLR cameras can cost more than $1,000 with plenty of options floating in the $250 to $500 range.
8. Stock Photography Subscription or Credits
If purchasing a camera is outside of the budget (or you know a blogger is particular with the type or model), a less expensive yet helpful gift idea for a blogger is to purchase a subscription or credits to a royalty-free stock photography site, where they can download necessary images, clipart, illustrations, infographics, icons, vectors and other visuals for their blog.
9. Amazon Prime Subscription
Many bloggers blend reviews with their usual topics of discussion, and an increasing number of companies are seeking people to write pieces about their products in exchange for free or significantly reduced-priced items. However, most don’t want to pay for shipping; therefore, they prefer to woo bloggers with an Amazon Prime membership…since they receive free shipping. Additionally, Amazon Prime grants access to freebies to music, books, videos, apps, and other resources which can be beneficial to bloggers.
10. Pay for a Blogger Conference or Event
One of the most beneficial and eye-opening experiences for a blogger is to attend a conference, where they get a chance to network with companies, meet up with other bloggers, attend workshops, learn about the latest trends, and walk away with plenty of ideas on how to enhance their blog – but they cost money.
Blogger conferences are held virtually anywhere in the U.S. (and beyond) with larger gatherings taking place in major cities. These events can be more generalized, such as Blogalicious, Bloggy Bootcamp and BlogHer; or niche-specific extravaganzas that concentrate on a narrower field, like BlogHer Food or the International Food Blogger Conference.
No blogger will turn down the following:
- Surprise tickets or conference passes to a local event
- Covered expenses to a pre-planned event, from hotel room stay to airfare
- Ticket to a special blogger-related workshop
- An all-expense paid trip
11. Personalized Anything
Having the name, logo and tagline of a blog featured on any gift is often a welcomed surprise. From customized water bottles to a Twitter-inspired keychain, there are endless possibilities to consider. You never know what you’ll find when you shop retailers and marketplaces such as Cafepress, Zazzle, Etsy, and PersonalizationMall.com.
ArtsCow.com is another place to browse – they sell a wide range of personalized goodies from photo watches to makeup bags.