Did you get stuck with the new social media intern you have never exchanged a word with for Secret Santa? Your father-in-law’s birthday is coming up and he just happens to run a marketing agency? Or you just simply want to give your partner a hint of what you would actually like to receive this year?
Then worry not, because we have compiled a list of 50 gifts (one of them is even free!) with marketers in mind. Just to make your Christmas shopping season a little bit easier.
And if you don’t have any cash to spare, then at least you’ll get to update that forgotten Pinterest account.
For the Foodie Marketer
#1 Personalised Gin & Tonic coaster
Any person can feel like Don Draper or Joan Holloway with a fancy cocktail in their hands. Give the marketer in your life something to talk about the next time they have a drink.
#2 Collapsible water bottle
These are great for taking to the office and refilling without taking up a bunch of space at the end of the day.
#3 Contigo® AUTOSEAL® Kangaroo Water Bottle with Pocket
The marketer in your life probably doesn’t have time to go home between the gym and work (who does, really?) and sometimes this means leaving our valuables in the gym locker room. With the Kangaroo Water bottle this would be no problem since you can store keys, cash and credits cards inside the water bottle!
#4 Stainless steel travel mug
Whether they want to keep things hot or cold, this mug will do the job.
#5 A Starbucks e-gift card
Did you know you can send someone an electronic gift card for coffee? Surely appreciated after those long hours in front of the computer screen.
#6 Lunchbox set
It makes brown-bagging it just a bit nicer.
#7 Morning, noon and night coffee
Help them make the perfect cup of coffee at any time of the day (they’ll need it!).
#8 Bacon delivered to their door!
Yes, you read that right. Cure & Simple is a startup that does just that, deliver fresh hand-made bacon to your door. What does this got to do with marketing? I have no idea, but everyone loves bacon! Unless they’re vegan, that is — in that case we’d suggest something like seeds.
For the Bookworm Marketer
#9 Book on Book
Lunch break is often times the only time we have to catch up with our reading. But as any book lover can attest, flipping pages and eating aren’t exactly compatible activities. If you have ever found yourself in a balance act between your penne al pesto and Emma Straut’s Modern Lovers then you know what I’m talking about.
The good news is that there is a design company in Japan that came up with a solution; simply put, it is a transparent, plastic book that lays on top of your real book. It holds your pages in place and allows you to read while your hands are free to do other things.
#10 99U essay collection
This book is a collection of essays all about how you can be creative both at work and in your personal life.
#11 The Art of War by Sun Tzu
A classic — great for learning how to deal with difficult clients and negotiations.
#12 Everybody Writes: Your Go-To Guide to Creating Ridiculously Good Content
This book delivers on its promise.
#13 Salt, Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us
This investigation covers a lot of unethical, yet fascinating marketing case studies of major food companies.
For the Neat Freak Marketer
#14 Jazz History, limited edition Moleskine
Marketers, as the creatives they are, are always writing down ideas so a new notebook is never unwelcome – specially one as wicked as this one!
#15 Best Self Success Journal
Help your marketer reach their goals with this organised notebook.
#16 Business card case
Even with all the great stuff going on online, most people still need an actual business card — and somewhere to hold those cards.
#17 Staple-free stapler
It sounds like an oxymoron, but this is a real thing (and a cool thing — we think).
#18 The Bullet Journal Notebook
The “bujo”, as it’s called by those in the know, has really taken off lately.
#19 Travel tie holder
Stop ties from getting wrinkled with this clever holder.
#20 Travel-sized bottles
If they travel often for work reasons, these reusable bottles are handy and eco-friendly.
#21 Notepaper roller
These are so handy for jotting down little notes.
For the Techy Marketer
#22 4-Port USB Power Strip
Keep everything neat and organised with this cute 4-Port USB Power Strip.
#23 A Hootsuite account
Something any social media manager will appreciate. If they happen to already have an account, then you can go for any of these other apps.
#24 iPad Stand
These are small and lightweight but can still lift up an iPad, making it more comfortable to use and, why not, cooler.
#25 Moleskine smart notebook
This isn’t the same as the one above — this one can turn whatever you write or doodle into a digital file in an instant.
#26 On-the-go phone charger
Chances are, your marketer (as everyone else) may have a smartphone that’s always running perilously low on batteries. Avoid it.
#27 Extra-long phone charging cord
Along the same lines, a 10-foot charging cord might seem a bit dull as a gift, but we bet they’ll get some use out of it!
#28 1Password app
$50 may seem excessive for an app, but not when it saves you all the hassle of having to remember a password ever again.
These stickers let you keep track of al your stuff (keys, wallet, phone, etc.).
#30 Solar-powered laptop charger
This is perfect if your marketer loves gadgets (though not cheap — you have been warned).
#31 Signature lighting system
Not that this is especially related to marketing; we just think it’s cool.
#32 Tote that charges your phone
Yep, a bag with a built-in charger really exists!
Dropbox is great – but the free version has limited space. Could your marketer do with an upgrade?
#34 A smartwatch
Help them stay up-to-date with one of these gadgets.
#35 Phone sanitiser
PhoneSoap promises to clean all that nasty stuff off your phone – which we bet your professional friend uses a lot!
#36 Nice noise-cancelling headphones
Those little white earbuds are super stylish, but for getting serious work done noise-cancelling headphones are where it’s at.
For the Design Loving Marketer
#37 A Spotify subscription
Most people enjoy listening to music while they work. Why not sign them up for a few months?
#38 A zen garden
Because sometimes, organising a tiny zen garden can be as relaxing as a bubble bath — forget that. Nothing beats a bubble bath! But for those moments when you can’t get out of the office, I guess the zen garden will have to do.
#39 Desk dots
These are more than just a toy — they’re functional! (Sort of).
#40 Plush Humongous Heart
Every time the boss complains about how leads are staling, instead of smoking a cigarette, they can go to their special corner and release stress by hugging this humongous heart plush.
#41 Percy the Pencil Porcupine
Or have them play with pens — organising pens have never looked this cute.
#42 Personalised clock
Sure, digital is great, but these minimalistic clocks with a heartfelt message are pretty nice as well.
#43 A garden in a bottle
A beautifully green addition to any desk.
#44 A desktop toy
For those marketers that are in touch with their inner child.
#45 Office darts
Because everybody loves blowing off a little work-related steam every now and again.
#46 Bubble wrap calendar
Yes, please! Who doesn’t love a good session of bubble wrap popping?
This Kickstarter project has already raised $4 million (and counting), so we bet you know someone who would like one.
#48 Hand Shit
Don’t give me that look. It’s just cream! Keep your marketer’s hands moisturised with this cleverly named product. Even if they don’t need the cream, at least the naming will make them smile.
#49 A gift card
If you don’t know what to buy your marketer, get him/her a gift card of their favourite store. iTunes and Amazon are popular choices.
#50 A hug!
This time of the year can be tough on some people. We remember everything we set out to accomplish and weren’t able to; often times, we also think of those who are gone. Needless to say, a hug is not out of order. John Lennon said it best in his holiday single “Happy Christmas”.
So this is Christmas
And what have you done
Another year over
And a new one just begun
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