As the holiday season is quickly approaching, this post has been on my mind for a while. Since I started my blog I received a few questions from my friends and family about what practical gift ideas for bloggers they can get me this Christmas (or my birthday that’s also this winter).
To be honest with you, they were clueless about what kind of resources it takes to run a blog so I wanted to write a practical gift guide, not only for them but for those of you who want to support a family member or friend in their creative ventures to run a blog.
Before I get started and list some of my absolute favorite practical and novelty gifts for bloggers, I just want to mention that this post contains affiliate links. In the event of a sale through such links (at no extra cost for you), I will receive a small commission that helps me keep this blog and up and running.
So here are 21+ practical gift ideas that every blogger would love:
1. A CAMERA FOR THE PHOTOGRAPHY LOVER
Here’s the deal with having a blog in 2017: no matter how great your writing is, how amazing your ideas are or how many readers you have, it’s hard to keep up with all the other blogs out there if you don’t have stunning photos.
When starting out, a point and shoot camera might do the trick (I’ve been there). But if you want to take your blog to the next level, a DSLR camera can make a world of a difference.
So if you know a blogger that’s just starting out or wants to go full time, the best possible gift you can get them is a digital camera.
WHERE YOU CAN FIND IT: KEH Camera has amazing deals on DSLR cameras and other photography equipment. (Click here to find out how to use them to turn your old camera into cash!) If not, Amazon is a great place to turn to for a quick delivery and a decent digital camera that would make any blogger’s day!
2. PHOTO PROPS FOR THE FLATLAY EXPERTS
Amazing photos are not only required on your blog if you want to “make it”, but social media plays a huge role in spreading the news about your little corner of the internet.
And as Instagram is the fastest growing platform of this year, you might want to get a piece of that. Because we don’t all have the perfect Instagramable lives, photo props can make a huge difference!
WHERE YOU CAN FIND IT: Amazon has a great selection of marble backgrounds and photography equipment while Hobbycraft is the ultimate photo prop shop, with things like white foam boards, wire letters, fake flowers and much much more.
3. BLOG HOSTING FOR DEDICATED BLOGGERS
If you have a friend or family member who was started blogging on a free platform and you want to encourage them and support their dream, there is no better gift then offering them the option to go self-hosted! Find out more about what hosting is and why bloggers need it here.
WHERE YOU CAN FIND IT: I recommend either Bluehost (the company that I am with) or Siteground. Both are amazing companies that work very closely with bloggers to help them build professional websites.
4. DESK EQUIPMENT FOR THE OFFICE MOUSE
Bloggers tend to spend a lot of time in chairs, at desks and in front of computers. And I can’t think of a better gift but one that would make our lives easier when we have to spend hours in the same place.
WHERE YOU CAN FIND IT: Amazon is the perfect place to get all kinds of desk equipment and accessories online. If you want something with a more personal touch, Etsy has a lot of personalized mouse pads and office gifts to choose from. For shelves, office chairs, eco desks and any other office related goodies, The Green Office is a perfect choice!
5. A BLOG THEME FOR THE NEW BLOGGER
A necessity that all new bloggers have and that could radically transform the appearance of their website (even if they have 0 coding or tech skills so far) is a stunning blog theme.
A great website theme can really showcase your content in the best light and differentiate you from other bloggers and I know that a blog theme was one of the first major investments I took on for my blog.
WHERE YOU CAN FIND IT: Bluchic, Pretty Darn Cute Design, and Theme Forest are my favorite blog theme shops and they have a lovely selection of templates that range from $40 to $150 and would be a gift that will be extremely valued by new bloggers.
You can also see here some of my favorite WordPress Themes For Female Bloggers here.
6. STATIONARY FOR THE STUDENT BLOGGER
What is a blogger without the adequate stationary, I ask? Because bloggers don’t only like to write using a keyboard. They love to scribble down notes, write to-do lists and be surrounded by cute notebooks!
From organizing our little home offices and using desk accessories daily, we have become addicts to adorable stationary and we never say no to more of it.
WHERE YOU CAN FIND IT: For unique, vibrant and absolutely adorable stationary of all types, I recommend Paperchase. (They have a large collection of notebooks, writing sets, pens and other practical desk accessories.) If you’re looking for office supplies, desk organizers and more mousepads and wrist rest accessories, then I suggest checking out The Green Office.
7. EMAIL TOOLS FOR THE TECH SAVVY
Starting an email list can and knowing how to manage it can be a huge investment, especially for new bloggers, but it pays off big time! You can read my post to find out why bloggers need an email list here!
So if you know a blogger that is ready to really dive in the world of online marketing, providing them with the tools to start and grow their email list is going to be invaluable!
WHERE YOU CAN FIND IT: I highly recommend Mailerlite as an email provider (read my full review on it here) and List Thrive as an introductory online course to everything you need to know about email marketing.
8. BLOGGING PLANNERS FOR THE METICULOUS
If the blogger you know is into planning and loves writing excruciatingly long to-do lists or be very meticulous when planning a project, a blogging planner is the best thing you could possibly get them.
Nowadays there is a multitude of choices for personalized blog planners that can help with anything from blogging tasks to organizing the month ahead and planning your content. You just have to know where to look.
9. AFFILIATE TRAINING FOR THE EARNER
Affiliate marketing is the best way to monetize a blog in 2017, but bloggers often feel overwhelmed and don’t know where to start. The best gift you could give a blogger that is trying to make an income from their hobby is some affiliate marketing training.
WHERE YOU CAN FIND IT: There’s no better teacher for this topic than the blogger who’s already been there and is now turning a profit. My favorite course on this, Pin To Profits, is written by such a blogger who uses Pinterest of all places to generate affiliate income.
If you’re just getting started and want to use affiliate marketing to monetize your blog, my Affiliate Marketing Training Bundle is created to help you make your first $1000 in affiliate sales!
10. PRINTS & WALL DECOR FOR THE DREAMER
I cannot think of better gifts for bloggers than a few stylish prints with inspirational, motivational or amusing quotes. And as a bonus, these make for great office decor items and photography props!
WHERE YOU CAN FIND IT: You can find really unique prints and designs over on Etsy. I also love being able to help small businesses and other bloggers who opened up their own shops by purchasing from this platform!
- Pinterest Training to help bloggers increase their traffic and income
- Themed Shirts for stylish bloggers
- Tailwind Subscription to help bloggers automate their pinning
- Audiobooks for the passionate learner & listener
- Photography Classes for bloggers who are getting started
- Hard Cover Books for the avid reader
- Online Classes for the self-development junkie
- Social Media Templates for the social blogger
- Work At Home Bundle for bloggers who are looking to go full time
- Stock Photo Membership for the bloggers who don’t have time to take their own photos
- Accounting Software for the bloggers who started making an income online
- External Hard Drive for the bloggers who want to back up their blogs and files
What do you think of these practical gift ideas for bloggers? Do you know someone who could benefit from them?
If you’re a blogger yourself and you’re reading this, I challenge you to treat yourself to at least one of these awesome gifts this Christmas! You deserve it!