Gifts for outdoorsy folks? Grab them a fleece.
Knitting enthusiasts? Grab some crazy yarn.
But what about gifts for bloggers? Podcasters? WordPress nuts? SEO slaves? Side hustlers?
(It’s ok if you don’t know what these words mean. We’re here to help!).
Here are some solid gifts for bloggers:
Pro Tip to save cash: Make sure you’re using Ebates to save money while shopping online. You can often get up to 20% cash back from places like Amazon, Wal-Mart, and more.
Blogging gifts under $25-$50
1 – Books ($)
There are plenty of amazing reads for bloggers to help them grow their audience and learn!
- CREATE Blog and Editorial Planner: Create Exceptional Content, Get More Done and Smash Through Your Blogging Goals – Honestly? This book is GOLD. Highly, highly recommended for any blogger–regardless of where they’re at on their journey. Meera Kothand has written a lot about blogging!
- The 4 Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss – THE go-to book for any online entrepreneur and blogger. This is a life-changing book.
- Purple Cow by Seth Godin – One of the best marketing books of all time.
- How to Blog for Profit by Ruth Soukup – The top-selling blogging book of all time. It’s practical and actionable!
- Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income by Problogger – A story and
guideby one of the most successful bloggers ever, Darren Rowse.
Can’t go wrong with those ????
2 – A GOOD set of Earbuds or headphones ($)
Anyone who works at a computer should invest in a decent pair of earbuds or headphones. Good news is….you CAN get a decent pair for less than $9.
The Panasonic Ergofit Earbuds ($9) are absolutely incredible, but if you feel like splurging a bit more, go with the Audio Technica M20x.
I use the big brother M50x myself 🙂 🙂
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I’m not joking when I say that a good portable charger can change your life. I HIGHLY recommend these as Christmas gifts–they’re incredibly useful for everybody and affordable!
- Jackery 6,000 mAh Portable Charger – If you can spend $10 more–upgrade to the 10,000 mAh version. It’s what I have and I LOVE IT.
- 2-port USB Wall Charger (3-pack for $11!)
- POWRUI Multi-Wall Outlet Surge Protector – 4 USB plugs? Yes please.
3 – Laptop stand ($$)
For laptop users, the computers overheat on your lap and can get uncomfortable. Laptop desk and lap stands are affordable and effective.
The Amazon Laptop Stand ($19) is super easy, but the Rain Laptop Stands are bar-none. (It’s also rated 5/5 stars on Amazon, which is rare).
4 – A sturdy laptop bag ($$-$$$)
Laptop bloggers often carry around a LOT of stuff. Journals, USB drives, External SSDs, Miss, Webcams, Chargers, and more. Their gear is expensive, so a solid bag is essential.
For podcasters, or anybody with lots of gadgets (mics, webcams, etc), the Case Logic DSLR bag ($63) should do the trick.
If you’re looking for something more snazzy, I love all the CoolBELL bags I’ve tried over the years. (try this messenger bag)
5 – A WordPress theme ($)
First, ask your blogger if they’re on WordPress. If so, write “5 Pro WordPress Themes” on a piece of paper and wrap it. Sit down together with your blogger and pick out the themes!
Let him or her choose why they want. It’ll be fun for you too 🙂
I HIGHLY recommend a StudioPress Genesis Theme. There are loads to choose from.
They make beautiful themes at a great price.
6 – A productivity app designed for digital creators (bloggers and podcasters) ($$)
Distractions stink when you’re trying to get stuff done! Our personal favorites are Freedom.to ($30/year) and Hey Focus ($20) (Mac only).
Both of these can block social media sites, etc to force your blogger into, ya know…blogging.
Then there’s TextExpander–one of the most useful and time-saving tools ever. ????????
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You could grab a year’s worth for LESS than $40–and it’s an amazing gift for any blogger.
7 – Coffee! ($)
No explanation needed, right? May we suggest Death Wish, The World’s Strongest Coffee ($19)? Or for mere mortals, how about a tea variety box ($11)?
8 – USB Flash Drive ($-$$)
These are pretty handy for everyone, but especially those of us constantly creating images, graphics, videos, and content for our blogs. These are incredibly cheap these days. Grab a metal Samsung 32gb for $14. This is an excellent gift idea.
9 – A Writing and Organization App ($-$$)
Bloggers = writers, and getting an app specifically designed to enhance the writing process can make a world of difference.
We use Bear Pro ($15/year and FREE!) for all-things brainstorming and writing, but Evernote ($40/year and FREE!) is still the gold standard for organizing notes, to-do lists, writing, and pretty much everything you can think of.
10 – A Journal ($-$$)
This might seem like an odd gift for a digital-enthusiast, but a physical journal provides a much-needed break from computer screens.
You can start basic with an Amazon Basic Journal ($9), nerd out with the Traveler’s Notebook ($25), or grab a more guided journaling experience with The Freedom Journal.
Medium-sized Blogging gifts $50-$100
11 – Gift Cards ($$-$$$) Let’s be honest, this is the easy AND effective route.
You can never go wrong with an Amazon gift card.
Is it kinda lame? Only from your point of view as a gift-giver? I personally love getting gift cards lol.
12 – Personalized Mouse Pad
This is more fun and quirky, but we’d sure love a Do You Even Blog Podcast mousepad. Shutterfly is easily the fan-favorite for customized…well, anything really.
13 – A Pro upgrade to their favorite Social Media Management Tool ($$)
Managing social media can be a pain, but luckily there are fantastic (and affordable) tools to help with this.
Buffer ($120/year) is widely-used, but SmarterQueue ($20/month) is actually our platform of choice. It has just as many features as MeetEdgar ($50/month, it’s arch rival), but at half the cost. Click here to get a double-length free trial!
If your blogger uses Pinterest, grab them Tailwind. It’s the gold standard.
14 – ConvertKit Subscription ($$-$$$)
This is the single most valuable SOFTWARE blogger gift idea in this entire guide.
Email marketing is crucial to the success of any blogger, and while there are dozens of platforms on which to host your newsletter, ConvertKit ($29/month) is the only one specifically made with bloggers in mind.
If you really to support your blogger loved-one, grab her a ConvertKit subscription, a book, and one of the online courses below.
You’ll be her favorite relative by FAR.
Ok, now for some audio and video focused gifts!
Gifts for Podcasters and YouTubers!
Podcast & YouTube gifts under $100
Podcasting books! ($)
There is only ONE book on podcasting I really recommend, and it’s So You Want to Start a Podcast by Kristen Mienzer.
I listened to this one on audiobook a few months back, and it’s solid ????
USB Microphone ($$-$$$)
If your blogger creates any kind of webinar, YouTube videos, podcasts, etc, a decent microphone goes a long way.
The Blue Snowball ($49) and Blue Yeti ($129) are great choices for bloggers, along with the Audio-Technica ATR2100 ($65, definitely better for podcasters).
Oh, and here’s the desktop mic stand ($30) we use for the ATR2100.
Podcast & YouTube gifts over $100+
A decent Webcam (and/or a light!) ($$-$$$)
If there’s ANY video involved, a decent webcam is mandatory. The Logitech C920 ($49 on sale at the time of this writing!) is the only choice.
It’s the gold standard, and it’s affordable.
If you’re doing any YouTube work, you’ll also benefit from some light! It helps more than you’d think.
The tiny Neewer LED ($33) is fantastic, as are the LimoStudio Umbrella 2-kit ($52).
Recommended cameras for YouTubers. ($$$)
I personally recommend Canon! I’ve been using them for years, and have had ZERO disappointments.
There are 2 cameras I’d recommend for aspiring YouTubers, and these are both in the YouTuber gift price range as well 🙂
- Canon SX740 (above)
- Canon Rebel T7i (below)
Both of these have HD video quality (up to 4k), dual-pixel autofocus (a MUST for YouTubers), and are generally awesome.
A new Laptop ($$$$$)
Mac-fanatics love their upgrades, and this very blog post is being written from a high-powered MacBook Pro w/ Touch Bar ($2,300). Expensive but worth every penny.
But you don’t NEED to spend $2k+ on a computer!!
The big thing every blogger should care about is the processor, and thankfully you can grab a Window’s based Lenovo Thinkpad for around $600, and an Ideapad for under $250.
That is more than enough!
Online courses your blogger is sure to love (and find immensely valuable)
Blogging is hard, and courses (both free and paid) are the QUICKEST way to help you blogger grow their audience!
FREE – My mega-guide to starting a blog.
If you’re loved one doesn’t actually have a blog yet, there’s no need to spend any money–I’ve put over 100+ hours into that guide above, and it covers EVERYTHING they’d ever need to know for their first year!
$197 – Michelle Schroeder’s Affiliate Marketing Course ($$$)
Michelle makes over $100,000 a month from her blog. Yes, you read that correctly. Her course, Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing ($197), is a crash course on using affiliate marketing, in connection with a blog, in order to generate side-income (or full-time income!)
It’s highly regarded as one of the best online courses for monetizing a blog.
Membership to Online Impact (a private community of experienced bloggers and podcasters) $50/month
This program is game-changing for bloggers.
There are over 15 full-sized courses.
- Affiliate Marketing
- Blog Traffic
- Website Design.
Everything’s in there!
Sadly, this membership community is only twice a year, but if you email me, I can let you pre-purchase access as a gift for when the membership community opens up again.
some great ideas here and an equally great post topic!
Thanks Rich! Appreciate that 🙂
Hi, such a helpful post. Deciding gifts for your friends and family on Christmas is such a difficult task.
I have many blogger friends and so I find it hard what to choose for them on their birthdays or Christmas which is going to be equally helpful in their profession. So this is great for me at least. By the way, last year I gifted Salt Lamps for some of my friends and they loved it. These lamps are incredibly beautiful and they are extremely cheap. I also have three salt lamps at my home. I bought them from Saltean, you can check their website for more details if you want.
Yes! Thanks Betty!
Those lamps are incredible. Such a small and unexpected little thing that proves really, really fun. And you’re correct, for super cheap as well!
Say Merry Christmas to all your bloggers for me 🙂