Christmas can be a stressful time of year, especially when there is less than three weeks to go and you have a geek in your life to buy a gift for. This year I thought I would share some of the cool things the talented people I follow on Twitter have made.
Handpicked Gifts from Talented Twitter Folk
The Elements of F*cking Style – $9.99
The Elements of F*cking Style drags English grammar out of the ivory tower and into the gutter, injecting a dull subject with a much-needed dose of color.
Today Is The Day – $14.00
The Today is the Day pocket planner looks like those old hardcover books with gold lettered-titles. The Art Deco-inspired interior planner pages include full-page typographical illustrations of quotations by Emily Dickinson, Emily Bronte, John Gardner, Anthony D’Angelo, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and others.
The spine reminds you to “write every day”, and the back cover exhorts you to make it happen.
Ze Frank asked fans to recreate their favorite old photos using the exact same people and poses. The results are interesting, funny, and heartwarming.
Bandito Design Co. Prints – From $5.00
Ryan Brinkerhoff’s illustrations are beautiful pieces of work and that is why you should buy his prints.
Luke Beard Art Prints & Posters – From £7.00
Luke Beard designs pretty posters, some with Barney Stinson and Steve Jobs quotes. Awesome.
Rory’s Story Cubes
Rory’s Story Cubes – £9.99
Rory’s Story Cubes are a remarkably simple and effective means for inspiring creative thinking and problem solving in all of us. Simply toss all the dice, examine each of the nine face-up images and let them guide your imagination through a story that begins with “Once upon a time…”. It is quite simply the most fun you can have with dice.
Droplet – £6.95
Droplets are multi-coloured, poop-shaped vinyl toys. If that doesn’t intrigue you I don’t know what will.
sugru – From £11.50
sugru helps gadget lovers repair their cables, mount components, customise controllers, tidy their leads and protect their phones with bumpers. It’s basically magic.
StickyGram – $14.99
StickyGram is a personalised printing service that turns your Instagram images into lovely little magnets.
The Manual – $25.00
The Manual beautifully chronicles the maturing of design on the web. Every issue captures the voices of six authors who each write two pieces: a substantial article and an illuminating life lesson. Each article is paired with the work of a top, talented illustrator. It’s good, so it is.
8 Faces Magazine – £8.00
Printed on heavy stock, with a foil-blocked cover, and pressed at just 2000 limited editions, each issue is a true collector’s item. 8 Faces will be more at home on your bookshelf than in your magazine rack. Who said print is dead?
Tattly is a temporary tattoo store for design-minded kids and kids-at-heart. When you have such an all-star line up of designers submitting designs, there’s not much that can go wrong.
POPA – £49.99
POPA is the big red button for your iPhone camera. Push POPA onto your iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S and the free POPA app springs to life so you can start snapping photos like you used to – with a lovely big button! *drool* buttons…
QRapping Paper – $14.99
Even terrible gifts are worth opening when they’re wrapped in QRAPPING PAPER™, the world’s most interactive wrapping paper. Behind each QR code is an original holiday video that can’t be seen anywhere else. Over 50 in all, turning any gift into a tiny holiday film festival. Vive la QR Codes! Sort of.
More Gift Ideas
Here’s a list of places to find even more gift ideas, along with a few gifts that didn’t fit above.