Stuff & Nonsense Christmas gift guide 2021

This year has been a hard one for a lot of people—just like last year, and maybe next year too. To help you make a designer or developer you know smile, I’ve put together my Christmas gift guide 2021.


When compiling this Christmas gift guide, I chose items which are not specifically work-related. They’re not geared towards designers or developers and should be appreciated by everyone. That said, with plenty of people still working from home, these are all nice items to have around in a home office. (These are Amazon Affiliate links so I earn a tiny fraction in commission if you buy after visiting this site.)


Under £10

UniPin fine line pens

5 UniPin fine line pens

A great set of fine line pens in several line widths from 0.05mm–0.80mm which are ideal for sketching or writing short notes. I keep a set on my desk drawer and another in my backpack for when I leave the house.

Sharpie permanent markers. 12 Assorted colours

12 Assorted colours Sharpie permanent markers

What’s better than a black Sharpie for writing on Post-It notes or flip chart paper? A set of coloured Sharpies.

Microfibre cleaning cloth for MacBooks

Microfibre cleaning cloth for MacBooks

For years, I’ve tucked a thin microfibre cloth between my keyboard and screen whenever I close my laptop to prevent finger grease from getting to my display. It’s also handy for cleaning my glasses and phone.


Under £25

Moleskine A4 hardcover dotted notebook

Moleskine A4 hardcover dotted notebook

Moving up a price bracket. Pocket sized Moleskine notebooks are great, but you really can’t beat a bigger backpack/desktop size Moleskine notebook. This A4 (21cm x 29.7cm) Moleskine has 192 pages. They’re dotted rather than lined which makes them perfect for sketching.

CROSS Click black lacquer ballpoint pen

CROSS Click black lacquer ballpoint pen

When it comes to buying a pen for writing longer notes, they don’t come any better than this CROSS ballpoint. It has a slim body which has a balance and finish which make it fabulous to write with. It’s also the perfect companion to that Moleskine notebook. So, why not buy someone both?

POP Design stainless steel insulated water bottle

POP Design stainless steel insulated water bottle

Let’s face it. Water isn’t the most entertaining beverage. Luckily, these stainless steel bottles can carry other liquids too. Vimto, maybe even vodka. They’re also insulated, so if tea is your tipple, these bottles will keep it cold or hot.


Under £50

Anker 622 MagGo foldable magnetic wireless battery

Anker 622 MagGo foldable magnetic wireless battery

Up another price bracket. I love Anker products and there are two included in this year’s gift guide. This clever little product doubles as an inductive battery charger and—thanks to its foldable kickstand—a stand for MagSafe compatible phones.

BODUM French press coffee maker/mug

BODUM French press coffee maker/mug

I care a lot about the things that I use everyday. While the Bodum vacuum travel mug is, as its name implies, a mug to take traveling, I use mine all day, every day. And, this French Press lid is ideal for making cups of ground coffee (or tea) with very little fuss.

Heated throw electric blanket

Heated throw electric blanket

Let’s face it, web professionals spend a fair amount of time stationery and in colder months this means either feeling chilly or putting on the heating. I have a thermal blanket over my knees most cold days, but this heated throw goes one better, keeping you nice and toasty whatever the weather.


Go nuts

Anglepoise Original 1227 mini desk lamp

Anglepoise Original 1227 mini desk lamp

Feeling flush? There are lights, then there are Anglepoise lamps. This smaller version is styled after the original Anglepoise lamp. It has a heavy cast iron base and a fabric braided cable, but the appeal of an Anglepoise is its looks. And this one looks fantastic.

Anker PowerCore power bank with 65w PD charger

Anker PowerCore power bank (25600 PD 60w) with 65w PD charger

The second Anker product in this gift guide is a battery bank powerful enough to charge a laptop. I keep mine in my backpack for when I need extended battery life and a change of scene by working in coffee shops. It comes with a fast 65w PD charger which also doubles as a handy second mains charger when travelling.

Apple MacBook Air M1 (2020)

Apple MacBook Air M1 (2020)

Although I carry a maxed out M1 Max MacBook Pro, that’s not a laptop designed for everyone. The 13" M1 MacBook Air is. Whenever anyone who isn’t a heavy professional user asks me which laptop to buy, the answer is this one. Every, single, time.


So that’s the Stuff & Nonsense Christmas gift guide for 2021 to help you make a designer or developer you know smile. Happy gift buying.


 
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