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Web designers can be difficult to shop for because gifts need to be both visually interesting and tech-friendly. If you’re looking for a gift for the web designer in your life, or something for yourself, check out these 10 items.

1. Livescribe 3 Smartpen

This smartpen automatically transfers manually written notes to your computer. It also comes with a voice recorder for easily collecting feedback on designs. It’s a great gift for web designers handling multiple projects or just trying to capture ideas.

2. Creative Workshop: 80 Challenges to Sharpen Your Design Skills

A great book by David Sherwin, the senior manager of user experience design at Linkedin. The book contains 80 exercises to help designers sharpen their skills and get out of creative ruts. The challenges will help anyone from a novice to an experienced professional.

3. Mac OS X El Capitan Introduction Quick Reference Guide

If the web designer in your life is in love with their Mac, they’ll appreciate the tips in this guide. The handy cheatsheet will make sure they are up-to-date on the new functions and features in the latest build of OS X.

4. Pixel Ruler

Pixels are one of the most used units of measurement on the web. This pixel ruler lets you draw accurate web pages and layouts, and know that the sizing will work when rendered online. A great tool for accurate sketches or client mockups.

5. Black CSS ROCKSTAR T-Shirt (Short sleeve)

CSS is how web designers make the web look good without using clunky tables and heavy images. This shirt will resonate with the designer in your life.

6. Quirky Cordies Desktop Cable Management

How often do power cords end up cluttering desks or making it hard to work? Get this portable, low-profile, and stylish cord organizer to cut down clutter and make their desk look like someone actually works there.

7. Bose QuietComfort 20 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones

Sometimes a designer needs to block out the world to get in the zone. These Bose noise canceling headphones shut out background noise and sonic distractions.

8. Leuchtturm 1917 Notebook A5 Hardcover Dotted Medium Black

Leuchtturm notebooks are an alternative to the ubiquitous Moleskine notebooks. They offer more pages and perforated sheets so you can tear out and share some of your notes. A useful gift that will also let them stand out from other designers and get style points.

9. Dell UltraSharp U2715H 27-Inch Screen LED-Lit Monitor

This is the monitor to use when you want pixel perfect web designs. It offers a 16:9 aspect ratio with over 3.6 million pixels, and produces an amazingly rich picture due to its 2560 × 1440 resolution LED display.

10. Logitech MX Master Wireless Mouse

This super-responsive wireless mouse from Logitech makes it easy to draw, arrange, scale, and alter any elements in a design. With Logitech’s “dark field” technology, the mouse works on almost any surface, including glass, and supports hand gestures, so the experience can be optimized to fit anyone’s style.


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