Holiday Gift Ideas for the Web Crowd

As some of you may or may not be aware of the holiday season is upon us. It’s been coming for a while now, but the deadline is now only days away. If you’re still struggling on those last minute gift ideas for a web developer or designer you know, here’s a quick wish list that may help you out. You may even consider getting yourself one of these. We won’t tell!

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Spend less time reading text from the screen, and more time reading it from actual pages. These web development books will make your time spent in front of your monitor much more productive.

The Essential Guide to Flex 3
I’ve always been a fan of the friends of ED books. This book was my first real introduction into Flex 3 development and it does an excellent job. RIA has become big news and big business recently and this book is a great way to join the crowd.

Web Standards Solutions: The Markup and Style Handbook (Pioneering Series)
Most web designers have heard enough about “Web Standards” already, but if you’re looking for a more in depth practice and logic for this industry buzzword this book is a great place to start.

The Principles of Beautiful Web Design
If you’re looking to learn about the impact of textures, color choices and layouts on successful web design, this book is the best.


Having the right tools for the job makes a world of difference on productivity. Here are some of the best.

The Griffin Elevator – Computer Laptop Stand
Macbook Pro’s tend to run a little hot. The Griffin Elevator is a laptop stand that keeps the airflow around your laptop while raising it to monitor level. If you know a design who is constantly hunched over a laptop all day, give their back a break with one of these.

Apple Wireless Keyboard
Spare USB connections are a luxury with the amount of perphirals that most web designers have today. The Apple Wireless keyboard frees up another valuable space on top of having built in Mac control keys with an extremely low footprint.

Sony MDR-XD400 Stereo Headphones
Web workers need to be in a sound bubble sometimes in order to work effectively. A solid head of headphones can cancel out any sort of background noise and flip on productivity. I’ve linked to my personal favorite, the MDR-XD400 because it is incredibly light.

Wacom Intuos3 Pen Tablet
There are designers that live or die by their Wacom. I recently got myself one and have been absolutely shocked at how often I have an opportunity to use it. While the Intuos line is nice, the Bamboo line is probably a better fit for the casual or budgeted designer.


The virtual tools of the trade have just as much impact on productivity. If you’re working with a piece of software every day, it’s big news when an update happens.

Adobe Creative Suite 4 Web Premium
Adobe’s new Creative Suite 4 would be a pinnacle gift for any web worker. If you’re feeling generous, go for the whole package. Otherwise pick one and make someones day.


As nice as a prepaid membership to the local gym would be, here are some virtual membership that your web designer or developer may appreciate just a little bit more. Online memberships also typically have the benefit of being instant purchases. Skip the lines and add one of these memberships to your shopping list.

Flickr Pro
For the photography hobbyist or even the graphic designer who wants to host their latest compositions, Flickr offers unlimited upload and storage space for every type of image enthusiast. I absolutely love mine. Only $25/year too!

Media Temple Gift Card
Sure, most people would probably never think of server space as a great gift idea but to a web developer or designer it may very well bring tears to their eyes.

Anything Else?

This was only a short list for those holiday shoppers still itching to get the last of their gifts. Have any other suggestions or absolutely must have items for this year’s holiday season? Let us know in the comments. Happy holidays!

Posted Saturday, December 20th, 2008 · Back to Top


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  1. Corey Freeman Author Editor

    Nice list. I would definitely love to get a tablet or the creative suite. Alas, our budget is thin this year, haha. I’m really liking the blog, keep up the good work!


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