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13 Sleek Gifts for Graphic Designers

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Designers are known for their finicky love for aesthetics. Give them a gift that celebrates their ability to make the world a prettier place.

1. TYPOGRAPHY MEMORY GAME; $22

Language on deck: This memory game challenges typography lovers to remember the names of various font types. The 50-card kit also includes a typographical glossary detailing the main terms and the evolution of type design.

Find It: Amazon

2. DUST CLOUD SCREEN CLEANING SET; $18

The screens that some designers need to create clean images can get dirty pretty often. Present your loved one with this whimsical approach to desktop hygiene. The cloud-themed collection includes a cleaning cloth, a misting bottle, and three cleaning stickers, which can can hang out on the back of a smartphone until they're needed.

Find It: Uncommon Goods

3. RAINBOW TEMPORARY TATTOOS; $15

Temporary tats aren't just for kids anymore. These non-toxic tattoos from Tattly are made in the U.S. with safe, vegetable-based ink and each of the eight designs feature colorful images by Swiss artist Tina Roth Eisenberg.

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4. RAINBOW GRADIENT CARDS; $9

Is there anything more satisfying than a good rainbow gradient? These colorful cards from Brooklyn duo Frederick & Mae are sure to make any artistic giftee swoon. The colorful deck—housed in a thick black box with a silver foil design printed on the front—features a small booklet that explains the history of card decks and various traditional games.

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5. FACE BANK; $30

This bank from Japanese designer Takada is nothing like the traditional change-holding pigs. The mechanical bank resembles a mouth and nose and reacts to touch by beginning to chew. It's unclear if anyone really wants a battery-operated bank that nibbles on loose change, but it's likely to be a hit with fans of the comic artist Joan Cornellà.

Find It: Amazon

6. WORD CLOCK; $80

Mix up your loved one's routine with a time piece that breaks the mold of traditional clocks by spelling out the time. The out-the-box approach to time is sure to inspire some other groundbreaking ideas.

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7. POLAROID DIGITAL CAMERA; $99

Go retro: This Polaroid instant camera is less than 5 inches long and fits neatly into a shirt pocket or small purse. Despite its small size, it has a 10-megapixel sensor and a micro DS that holds up to 32 GB. It uses ZINK to print out vibrant 2 by 3-inch prints that have adhesive backs in under a minute. (That's right—instant stickers.)

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8. CMYK PIN; $8

Enamel pins are all the rage. This particular pin is designed after the CMYK color model, which is commonly used in color printing. Cyan, magenta, and yellow overlap to create black (key) at the center.

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9. COLOR MATCHING MUG; $13

These ceramic MyCuppa mugs offer color matching swatches on the inside, designed to help determine the strength of each cup of tea or brew. Each mug has four colors for comparison, ranging from black/just tea to milky.

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10. PANTONE CARD HOLDER; $9

Business cards will have a nice home in one of these sleek card holders modeled after Pantone paint chips. They come in real Pantone colors—like Keepsake Lilac, Sunshine, and Indian Teal— but are not meant for color identification. Instead, the vibrant colors are just a celebration of the company and their iconic color matching system. They can fit eight to 10 credit cards or about 20 business cards.

Find It: Amazon

11. DESK HAMMOCK; $8

Long hours at the computer can take a toll on anyone. If you know a web designer who's working late into the night, gift the chance to secretly kick back while on the clock. This tiny, 25-inch-long hammock fits comfortably under most desks and includes rope and brackets so that it can be installed just like a regular hammock.

Find It: Amazon

12. KEYBOARD WAFFLE MAKER; $70

Ever want to eat your keyboard? No? Well, you still can, in the form of a waffle. Give your friend this keyboard-shaped waffle press and then invite yourself over for breakfast. This aluminum iron features a heat-resistant handle, so it can be placed on the grill or a stovetop for quick cooking.

Find it: Uncommon Goods

13. EO2 BY ELECTRIC OBJECTS; $299

Art lovers don't have to be restricted to a single, motionless image. With Electric Objects, designs can be changed instantly, right in their frame. Once the EO2 is installed, a corresponding app will allow the user to change the artwork right from a phone or tablet. Owners can upload their own pieces or choose from the expansive EO library that's filled with over 30,000 different works.

Find It: Electric Objects

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15 Smart Gifts for Administrative Professionals’ Day
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Without the tireless work of administrative professionals, offices would surely fall apart. This holiday, formerly known as Secretaries Day, is all about showing thanks for their great contributions. It falls on Wednesday, April 26 this year, so there's still time to pick out a thoughtful gift for the people in your office who make life easier for everyone.

1. NESSIE TEA INFUSER; $13

Steeping loose tea is a lot more fun when you can create a cryptid sighting right in your mug. This dishwasher-safe, silicone tea infuser looks just like a baby Loch Ness monster that stores tea leaves in its belly.

Find it: Amazon

2. KNIGHT PEN HOLDER; $30

With this regal display, a good pen will always be close at hand. The resin knight statuette comes with its own refillable black ink pen and works as a nice reminder that the pen is mightier than the sword.

Find it: ThinkGeek

3. MIRA WATER BOTTLE; $19

Give the gift of hydration: These 17-ounce bottles are perfect for carrying water, coffee, or tea. The insulation will keep drinks cold for 24 hours or hot for 12 hours, and its leak-proof top makes it a mess-free travel companion.

Find it: Amazon

4. CAFFEINE SOAP; $7

Morning showers can be a lot more energized with bars of soap charged with caffeine. The peppermint-scented soap is infused with caffeine, which can be absorbed through the skin (at roughly 200 milligrams per washing) to give a little pre-latte jolt before work. 

Find it: ThinkGeek

5. HANDICORN; $8

Downtime at the office can now mean a visit from a friendly unicorn. The five piece set comes with four hoofed feet and a unicorn head that fit neatly over most fingers.

Find it: Amazon

6. SOLITAIRE CARDS; $18

It's just like the computer game, but in real life! This deck of cards from Areaware uses the original artwork of Susan Kare from the Windows 3.0 Solitaire game. Kare even designed joker cards just for the physical set of cards.

Find it: Amazon

7. RETRO PENS; $7

Note taking is about to go old school with these cute, retro-styled pens. The set of five click-top pens come in satisfying muted colors that would dazzle any '60s corporate employee.

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8. PICTURE HANGERS; $11

These paper clips are topped with the recognizable Facebook icon, letting owners give a thumbs up or thumbs down to pictures in real life. Each pack comes with seven clips and a string for hanging up all the best pictures, and perhaps the worst reminders on deadlines.

Find it: Amazon

9. SHEEP PUSH PIN HOLDER; $14

At first glance, this is just a sheep with a lovely wool coat. In reality, this sheep is covered in white push pins that can be easily removed and replaced. The clever pin holder is great for any animal lover with a constant need for thumbtacks.

Find it: Amazon

10. CAT POST-IT HOLDER; $6

Here's another helpful animal office product: A cat that dispenses sticky notes. The whiskered feline comes with one pack of Post-Its and can be refilled with any 3-by-3-inch notepads.

Find it: Amazon

11. 30 DAY CHALLENGE; $12

This charming little note dispenser spits out encouraging words and advice. Geared toward self-care, each note suggests one thing the reader can do to slow down and enjoy each day.

Find it: Urban Outfitters

12. SPACE NOTEBOOK; $4

Jot down notes that are out of this world! This astrological notebook has a nice matte cover and an elastic band to keep it shut. The notebook comes with 256 lined pages for plenty of thoughts on the cosmos, extraterrestrials, or conference call numbers.

Find it: ModCloth

13. CACTUS CANDLES; $12

For the coworker who just can't seem to keep a desktop plant alive, these cactus-shaped candles are almost too cute to light. Each box comes with six candles in three different styles.

Find it: Amazon

14. HEAT SENSITIVE PAC-MAN MUG; $11

Pouring hot liquid into this mug is a lot like turning on an arcade game. As the mug heats up, a Pac-Man game emerges—cherries, ghost, and all.

Find it: Amazon

15. SCRATCH OFF BOOK POSTER; $35

This helpful chart recommends 100 different classic books, dating back to 1605. Each book is illustrated and coated with a gold foil design, which proud readers can scratch off to keep track of—or show off—how many tomes they've tackled.

Find it: ThinkGeek

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11 Brilliant Gifts for the Hostess
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Sure, you could just buy another bottle of vino. But if you really want to impress that friend known for their Pinterest-worthy fetes, scan this list for a unique gift they’ll want to put on display.

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1. NEIGHBORWOODS MAP COASTER; $36

Help your pal raise a glass to their beloved hometown or adopted ‘hood! Representing 14 major cities across the U.S. (plus a few in Europe), each cedar coaster in the set of four is etched with a different section of town and serves as a great conversation starter.

Find It: Uncommon Goods

2. BARREL AGED VERMONT MAPLE SYRUP; $20

Consider it a head start on the morning after breakfast. The organic syrup is aged in barrels normally used for rum or bourbon. And while it likely won’t work in a hair-of-the-dog situation, it does make for a delicious pancake topper.

Find It: Uncommon Goods 

3. SUGARFINA 3-PIECE BENTO BOX; $25

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Fill the three slots of this decorative box with a mix of your BFF’s preferred candies—anything from champagne-infused gummy bears to chocolate bacon toffee.

Find It: Sugarfina

4. POETRY MATCH STRIKER; $25

 

They’ll need a way to fire up all the gingerbread- and Christmas tree-scented candles they’re sure to receive. Help them find the light with this glass, apothecary-style jar filled with 120 four-inch matches (there’s a piece of flint on the side for striking) and printed with an inspiring phrase.

Find it: Uncommon Goods

5. ALTER ECO SEA SALT TRUFFLES; $7

Give ‘em a treat they won’t feel compelled to share with their guests. Made with Ecuadorian dark chocolate and a sprinkle of sea salt, these truffles are the perfect salty-sweet combo.

Find It: Thrive Market

6. JANE BAKES COOKIE JARS; $10

Slaving over homemade Christmas cookies not your thing? Save yourself some time and snag a mason jar of these whole grain, high fiber confections. (Read: They’re slightly healthier.) Choose from flavors such as vanilla bean or coconut and caramel.

Find It: Jane Bakes

7. EVERY PERSON IN NEW YORK; $16

Your bestie will make room for this one on the coffee table. The 408-page tome is packed with thousands of artworks Jason Polan sketched during his mission to draw every person in New York. Former Saturday Night Live cast member Kristen Wiig provides the foreword.

Find It: Amazon

8. HOMESICK CANDLES; $30

Provide a scent-sational reminder of their hometown. These soy wax candles (burn time: 60-80 hours) are packed with fragrances reminiscent of each state. New York’s candle has hints of the Adirondack forest, apple orchards, and pumpkin, while Michigan’s has notes of cherries and chocolate.

Find It: Homesick Candles

9. VEGA COFFEE HOLIDAY GIFT BOX; $30

A great buzz: This java is roasted, packaged and shipped from Nicaragua, where climate conditions are ideal for coffee growing. The direct-from-the-farm-to-your-cup setup keeps costs down and helps farmers earn more.

Find It: Vega Coffee

10. STATE SLATE CHEESE BOARDS; $20

Let them serve up that triple crème brie with a side of state pride. You can buy these slate boards—naturally cool to keep the fromage fresh—in the shape of any state or Washington D.C. Or take a stab at unity and buy one shaped like the whole U.S.

Find It: Uncommon Goods

11. VINTAGE BOOKSHELF SCRABBLE; $35

Perfect for your book club host—or just your most verbose pal—this vintage Scrabble game board folds to be stored inside a linen-wrapped book.

Find It: Amazon

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