When the time comes to find a present for a creative friend or coworker — whether it’s a holiday gift, birthday gift, thank you gift, or client gift — it feels like a lot of work to search for anything. Nevermind a gift that’s thoughtful and comes from a small business or women-owned business that you want to support.
To help you out, we’ve put together a list of gift ideas for creative people, and picked out a selection of our favorites that are available right now.
What do creative people like?
Creative people like to be inspired, and love to surround themselves with everyday items that match their aesthetic and help to spark creativity. Anything that could be “boring” or generic could also be beautiful and artistic. Creatives also love to support one another, so any opportunity to buy from another artist or small business is a huge win.
Gift ideas for creative people
- Notebooks or stationery
- Desk accessories
- Water bottles
- Sweatshirts, socks, and cozy work from home (WFH) wear
Gifts for any creative person
This inspirational calendar from Talking Out of Turn (or Toot) comes in a few options with different color schemes and motivational sayings. Give the gift of monthly uplifting illustrations and sayings, plus organization.
From personal experience, I can say these pens are fab. They have a nice fine point and look great in Reels or TikToks. Check out more pen designs from Pigment (some are NSFW for your cheekier coworkers or clients).
Proper hydration is the key to all good creative work — why not do it in style?
Where are our visual, pen-and-paper creatives? This big weekly planner desk mat from Ban.do is perfect for the creative who feels that “if it’s not written down, it doesn’t exist”.
- Dapperdesk Daily Planner from Simplified by Emily Ley $64
This is my all-time favorite planner ever — be warned, it’s a bit heavy but so worth it. The Dapperdesk Daily Planner has a page per day with a section for your daily schedule, to-dos, and notes. For the creative who likes to see their day visually and take pen and paper notes during the week, this planner is a game changer.
Keep your planner and pens together in this planner pouch from Emily Ley.
Bethany is a designer and artist from Burlington, Vermont who creates gorgeous patterns, murals, and more. Grab these fun stickers for a creative friend’s laptop or desk area!
- Collective Wisdom: Lessons, Inspiration, and Advice from Women Over 50 by Grace Bonney from Pigment $35
For the creative who likes to read and be inspired — grab this for your boss or favorite freelancer. It also makes a beautiful coffee table book to share the love with guests.
This fun 16 oz glass cup has colorful daisies and a motivational message for creatives. Good for hot or cold drinks, it doubles as a subject for social media content and a desk accessory.
Gifts for freelancers
Posh Candle Co makes the most incredibly rich scented candles (that last forever) with motivational phrases perfect for freelancers who work from home.
This fun mug for freelancers comes in a bunch of different fun, bright colors like yellow, pink, aqua, and more.
Freelancing can be hard, and feel lonely at times. Grab your freelance pal a copy of Jordan Sondler’s illustrated book, Feel it Out: The Guide to Getting in Touch With Your Goals, Your Relationships, and Yourself.
Whether you work from home or in an office, it’s always good to have a cozy throw by your workstation — why not grab one with a beautiful pattern that matches your vibe?
This fun coffee mug from Pigment is great for freelancers who are also content creators. Somehow, coffee-related content always performs well!
It’s cozy, it’s cute, and it works for Zoom calls or days in the office. Share your creative side with this classic black sweatshirt that freelancers can wear to social events or coffee shops.
Gifts for copywriters
We may be a niche crew, but we’re proud. Get your copywriter friends this cute hat so they can represent.
There’s just something about getting real mail, and as a copywriter, it can be fun to send handwritten notes to clients, coworkers, or partners.
18. Lined Notebook from Pigment $24
For any writer friend, a new notebook is always a welcome gift. This notebook from Pigment comes in a few colors, like this one in Teak.
This flowy, cropped tee is comfy to wear when you’re in deep focus mode writing, and also looks great for an unexpected Zoom call or lunch date.
Gifts for designers
Design sees design, and this graphic print from Hoodzpah is a great addition to any creative’s office.
There’s something about designers and Monsteras… Get your designer friends this mini Monstera from Pigment.
22. Ceramic Tumbler from Pigment $32
For the java (or tea) obsessed designer friend with a minimalist aesthetic — this ceramic tumbler in Terracotta comes with a cute protective sleeve.
Charge your devices (iPhones, Androids, Apple Watches, and AirPods) without ruining the look and feel of your desk area with this beautiful wireless charging pad designed by Elena Boils. It comes in a few different patterns and designs.
24. The Creative Cap $35
This distressed baseball cap for creatives has an adjustable strap and fits everyone. For the chic designer, it’s an easy everyday look.
Whether you’re getting ahead on holiday shopping, choosing a creative client gift for the end of the year, or looking for a birthday present for your best friend, we hope this list will help you out. Happy shopping!
P.S None of these are affiliate links or sponsored — we just like all of these brands. 🙂