What do you gift to your creative blogger and vlogger friends? If they’re constantly traveling purchasing physical “things” isn’t ideal and if they’re lifestyle or fashion bloggers, they probably seem to have everything you can already think to gift.
I’m here to let you in on a secret: bloggers want practical tools. So often we get gifted travel towels (I think I have six at this point) and shampoo bars but what we really want is more computer storage or a new premium WordPress plugin.
So to save you from buying yet another travel towel, I put together a list of 15 amazing gifts for bloggers that your creative friends will LOVE! This guide is divided into three sections for splurge-worthy gifts, moderately priced gifts, and budget-friendly gifts.
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If you’re looking to give the ultimate gift to the creative person in your life, Lost Creator Academy is a fantastic gift. This course is perfect for budding photographers and videographers looking to monetize their creative talents. The best part about this course is that it’s a one-time price but new content is consistently added and the community is very active. Check out the free one-hour content creator training before purchasing.
Being a blogger can be a lonesome experience. We spend most of our days hiding behind a computer despite the glamourous appearance on Instagram! The Wanderful community is an ever-growing community of women and gender-diverse travelers and creators. The community has daily virtual events about everything from mindfulness masterclasses and sustainable travel to mastermind blogging circles and affiliate income guides. This is an ideal gift for bloggers that keeps on giving!
If you’re looking for a practical gift for a blogger, you can’t go wrong with a camera. There are hundreds of different choices and prices but the best camera for a blogger really depends on their priorities. If they’re just creating content exclusively for their own website and socials, a smaller and more practical camera, even a nice phone, will do. However, if they’re creating content for clients as many more advanced bloggers do, it’s beneficial to have a nicer camera or one of the latest phones so that photos can be blown up to larger sizes.
If the blogger in your life does a lot of action or water activities, a GoPro or accessories is a great gift!
Because choosing a camera for a blogger is so situation-dependent, I recommend a gift card. Adorama is a photography and videography site with high-quality new and refurbished camera equipment that offers gift cards from $25+ so you can choose an amount within your budget. Find an Adorama gift card here.
Another practical gift for a blogger is a laptop. Bloggers spend so much time on their blog, editing photos and videos, managing emails, creating contracts, and more. Because of this, having a high-quality computer with plenty of storage, a fast processor, and not too much weight so it’s easy to carry around is so important.
Like cameras, the perfect laptop for a blogger is very dependent on the blogger themselves. I use a 16-inch Macbook Pro which works well for me because of its large screen size and decent processor. I frequently have Premiere Pro, Lightroom, and Chrome with WordPress going so a high-quality processor is a must!
However, if you’re looking for a very affordable computer for a blogger, a Chromebook is another option. Chromebooks start around $100. However, the downside of a Chromebook is that you can't download any software so products like Lightroom and Photoshop won't be able to be used.
Just like you, the blogger in your life has a never-ending to-do list, at the very bottom of which is making their blog GDPR compliant. One of the best gifts for bloggers that I can personally recommend is this GDPR Compliant Course for Bloggers. I personally invested in the course and at about $100 it’s 100% worth it. The course is created and updated by a lawyer to provide bloggers with templates and a step-by-step action plan to make sure that blogs are compliant. The course is very easy and items can be implemented in a matter of hours.
I personally use these documents for both my travel blog and my vegan digital marketing business and am satisfied that my business is protected. Bear in mind that for licensing purposes each blogger does need their own paid copy!
The best present for creatives like bloggers and vloggers is education! There are plenty of affordable courses out there that offer so much more than just insights into growing an Instagram account. Club Life Design is an online school created by two prominent Instagram travel couples. They offer courses about editing photos and videos on a mobile device and harnessing the power of Instagram to grow a successful business. The course is more than its name suggests so be sure to check out our full review.
One of the biggest sources of income for bloggers is affiliate marketing. However, affiliate marketing is so much more than just creating a post, tossing in a few Amazon links, and watching the money roll in. Affiliate Marketing Superstars is a course created by Leanne. I sat in on one free webinar with her, applied the basic principles she outlined and made my first $1500 in affiliate sales. I can only imagine how great her full paid course must be!
Most bloggers have a fair bit of camera and video equipment that they have to lug around with them from cameras and laptops to tripods, lens filters, clothes changes, and more! Most content creators spend a fair bit on their gear but when it comes to camera bags, a standard backpack does the job. I’m a firm believer that expensive gear needs to be protected and Wandrd is my choice of camera bags. The bags have a lifetime guarantee, are desired specifically for traveling photographers, and are very high quality.
Lightroom Presets are a way of editing photographs that can help give photographs a consistent look and unique style. To use a Lightroom Preset, your blogger friend will need either paid Lightroom desktop or the free Lightroom app. Presets usually aren’t more than a few dollars and are completely digital!
Not only is Keysearch a very affordable gift for a blogger, but it’s super practical as well. To explain Keysearch, you first need to understand what SEO is. Now, there are full blogs explaining what SEO (search engine optimization) is and how to do it but in short, SEO is a way of using specific keywords to get website pages and blog posts to rank at the top of Google which increases organic traffic and is key to success in the blogging and website world.
Keysearch is a keyword research tool that helps creators figure out which keywords to target. It’s the most affordable keyword research tool on the market and also can be used for Youtube SEO research, making it a great gift for vloggers as well!
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If these gifts for bloggers are feeling a little too impersonal and you want to gift an experience, try Tinggly, whose motto is “Give Stories, Not Stuff”. Tinggly partners with experience providers around the world so you can gift an experience in your budget without having to pick out dates. Essentially, you go to the Tinggly website, choose a gift box (experience, occasion, location-based, etc.), purchase it, and it’s then sent to the recipient who can redeem the gift on their own timeline and can pick out their own experiences.
Prices for Tinggly range from $90 to $500+. Emissions from activities and shipping are offset so it’s a very eco-friendly gift for a creator too!
No one wants to worry about losing files but finding affordable backup solutions can be tricky. One of the best things that you can gift the vlogger or creator in your life is peace of mind with extra storage. Backblaze and external hard drives are my storage method of choice.
Backblaze is a software that you download and install on your computer and for $7/month your computer and any external hard drives that are plugged in are backed up and kept on the server for 30 days. Essentially, Backblaze makes a copy of these devices so if a file is deleted, you’ll still have access to it up to 30 days later on Backblaze. It’s not a storage solution but it does offer peace of mind.
To address storage issues, external hard drives are the most affordable solution. I use external hard drives that are between 2TB and 4TB to store photo and video files and just make sure that I plug these into my computer at least once a month so Backblaze can back them up.
A big part of blogging is taking photos for the website, social media, and brands. Not everyone has great friends like you that will head out at 3 AM for a sunrise photography mission 😉 so a tripod is essential! One of my favorite tripods that works for both a big DSLR camera or a phone is the GorillaPod. This small tripod is strong and flexible so it can attach to a variety of surfaces. Pair it with a phone attachment and you can gift the perfect on-the-go setup!
For many bloggers, affiliate sales can be one of the biggest income streams. Affiliate sales are when someone clicks through a specific link that the blogger provides, purchases the product, and then the blogger gets a percentage of the sale. There’s no extra cost to the purchaser so affiliate sales are a big win for everyone.
ThirstyAffiliates is a way of managing affiliate links. As you can imagine, the number of links can become overwhelming and Thirsty Affiliates Pro provides an in-website management system that creates uniform links, link tracking, and auto-linking for specific keywords that are associated with an affiliate link. This might not mean much to you but trust me, it’s a big time saver which makes the ThirstyAffiliates plugin a great gift idea for bloggers.
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