Welcome back for another great Christmas gift guide, this week I’m focussing on Bloggers. If you missed the first two you can catch them here: The Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide for 3-5 yr old girls and The Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide for 8-10yr old boys.
All of these items are either products I already use and love and highly recommend for any bloggers out there, or are things that I would absolutely love to receive this Christmas.
£10 and under
There are loads of great blogging related mugs out there but I think this one is pretty accurate for most bloggers, sorry 😉 At £4.99 on Amazon it would make a great stocking filler.
I don’t know what it is about pens, but in this house they disappear fast, so I like to make sure we have a good stock at all times. I’m also extremely fussy and when I find a pen I like I will buy in bulk. As they go missing fast I don’t want to be spending a fortune but at the same time, a lot of the cheap pens are terrible to write with. Snopake recently acquired Platignum and their new range (Platignum Tixx) solves all of that. They have coloured gel ballpoints and rollerballs that write super smoothly and my favourite, a disposable fountain pen with quick drying ink to prevent smudges. They all write like really high quality pens but they are priced low and can be picked up for £1.49-£1.99 in most good stationary shops. They are slightly more on Amazon when bought individually, but work out cheaper if you’re buying a box of 12.
It’s a well known fact that almost every blogger is a bit of a stationary addict and all gifts of cute notebooks, post-it notes, even bulldog clips and paperclips will always be gratefully received. There are so many amazing options out there, even supermarkets have a great choice these days with loads of cool designs. I picked up some great heart shaped post-it notes in Tesco and Home Bargains has some great rose gold coloured stationary sets all kept neat in their own pots. These things all make great stocking fillers, or find a few co-ordinating pieces and put them all together for a bigger gift.
As well as a love of stationary, many bloggers share a love of quotes. There are loads of great quote posters these days in a wide variety of styles and sizes and would be great for decorating their workspace and adding a touch of daily motivation. There are literally thousands to choose from on Etsy, this one is from UrbanCreativeUK for £9.99. Be aware though that most will come unframed so you’ll have to pick up a nice frame too.
This planner is fantastic for planning out your editorial content in advance as well as keeping track of your posts and your stats each month. It also starts with a mini business plan section and has a place at the back for keeping track of affiliate logins and passwords too. It’s currently £11.69 on Amazon.
I’m not normally a fan of phone cases for everyday use as I prefer the look and feel of my phone without one. Having said that, I saw what happened to my mum’s phone when she dropped it on a day out taking pictures of the kids and I really can’t afford to be replacing mine. For a lot of bloggers their phone is part of their business. I don’t have a fancy camera, all my pictures are taken with my iPhone as well as all the social media elements of the job. Speck have an amazing range of extremely tough phone cases many of which meet or exceed military standards for drop protection. In the past those kind of cases were always big and bulky and pretty ugly. Not anymore. Speck have a huge range from completely clear cases, to ones with grips, glitter effect, beautiful images, there is bound to be a style to suit everyone. I may not use mine everyday around the house, but when on days out and I know I’m going to be taking lots of pictures, I will definitely be using one of these. Prices range from £14.94 to £54.95. My personal favourites are the Candyshell Grip and the Candyshell Clear both £19.95.
We’ve already established that bloggers are stationary addicts. They’re also planner addicts. I have tried out a number of different planners and journals over the years and bullet journaling is my preferred method. But, although its great for listing out my tasks it’s not great for scheduling. I also like keeping a gratitude journal but find it gets a bit lost in a standard bullet journal system. I recently tried out the free pdf version of the Self journal (yes, they actually let you print one for FREE to try it out) and I’m in love with it. It fits so much into a two page spread. I use the notes section for my bullet journal, the timed section for planning out the day, there’s a gratitude section for morning and night as well as a place to set the goals for that day and a place to reflect on what you achieved, lessons learned etc. There’s also a great facebook community built up around it where people share their goals and spur each other on with theirs. I could in theory continue using the free version but it’s a bit bulky so now I want the real hardbound copy. This is top of my Christmas list. Hint hint! It’s £30 direct from Best Self and they have a range of other accessories as well.
Similar to the phone cases above the majority of these iPad sleeves have been drop tested to military standards. I had a hard time knowing where to fit this one in terms of price bracket as they have a number of different ones ranging from £10-60 depending on the size of the case and the level or protection required. I have the STM Atlas Sleeve for iPad Pro 9.7″ and I love it. I previously just had the very basic Apple style cover which although nice and lightweight didn’t really offer any protection and I also needed a separate case for the Apple Pencil to keep small hands off it. This case is defintely more robust and when I have it propped up for typing, it stays put, unlike my other case. The best feature though is that it has a built in slot for the Apple Pencil so that they are always together and as it clips in there’s no way it can fall out. This usually retails at £54.95 but at the time of writing Amazon have it on offer for an unbelievable £11.95!
I have been to the last two BlogOn conferences and they were both fantastic. The next one will be held in May in Manchester and the tickets are going on sale on 1st Dec. I don’t know the exact price but they usually release early bird tickets giving a cheaper price for the first 50 bought and I have never paid above £50 yet.
When it comes to blogging, writing is the easiest part. If you want you posts to be found and read, you need to be promoting them regularly on Social Media. While being present and interacting with followers will build you a greater following and loyal ‘fans’, you can’t be on there all day every day. There are two tools I pay for to help me out and SocialOomph is the first. With this amazing tool I can write a tweet (or series of tweets) with a link to a post and then set it to send to twitter every 8 hours for the next week. Or any timeframe really. If the post is evergreen (always relevant) you can set it to go out every few days/weeks forever. Not only does this mean I’m covered if I forget to tweet about a post that day, but it saves me hours or time every week and has massively increased my twitter referral rate. A lot of bloggers feel bad about spending money on their blog if they’re not yet making money from it (or that’s not their intention) but this is one gift that will be very gratefully received. It’s currently $6.97 (just over £5) every two weeks so perhaps you could give them credit to spend on it for a couple of months to see how they get on with it.
My other favourite tool for bringing traffic to my site is Tailwind. To make the most of Pinterest you need to be pinning regularly throughout the day but of course it’s not always possible. With Tailwind you can spend an hour a week finding pins you like (as well as your own) and add them to your queue. Tailwind will then pin them to whichever boards you have selected at regular intervals. When I use it regularly Pinterest moves from my worst referrer, to my second best (behind Twitter), and I’m still not using it to its full potential. You can pay for Tailwind monthly for $15 a month, or for a full year for $119.88 (around £90) which works out at $9.99 a month.
My amazing husband bought me some of these a few months back and they are AMAZING. I’ve never got on well with in-ear earphones and they always seem to fall out, even sports versions. But not these. I don’t know why or how but the stay put and the sound quality is great. Not having any wires getting tangled up is also a massive bonus of course. I use them every single day. I use them for listening to podcasts while I’m walking the dogs or cleaning the house. I use them to listen to Facebook Lives so that I can hear them above the noise of the kids. I use them for my daily meditations. Honestly, they may be pricey at £159 but they’re worth every penny, and at the time of writing Amazon were selling them for £143.50.
- Subscription to a stock photo site, the best one will depend on their personal style and type of blog so you will need to discuss this one with them.
- A new blog theme. These can range from £35 to hundreds of pounds but you can generally pick up a good one for around £50. Again this is a very personal choice so you would need to discuss this with them.
- If money is no object a shiny new camera will always go down well. Or a new laptop/computer.
Possibly the best gift of all
If the blogger in your life is also a parent, chances are they will never have enough hours in the day. One of the best gifts you could give would be to arrange to take the kids out for a few hours so they can get some work done in peace, or just take a nice long soak in the bath!
So there you have it, my top gifts for bloggers. What else would you add?
Don’t forget to check out my other gift guides:
- The Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide For 3-5yr old girls
- The Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide For 8-10yr old boys
Disclaimer – Items with (*) were gifted in exchange for inclusion in this guide but I only accepted items that I would personally choose to buy, all thoughts and opinions are my own. This post also contains affiliate links in accordance with my disclosure policy.