Merry & Bright – Gifting for the Creatives in Your Life Part 2

As the holiday shopping season is drawing closer (or maybe it’s already started for some of you crazy early birds), I have realized that a holiday shopping guide has become essential for me to put together for the people in my life. Maybe you suffer from the same sickness I do – specificity.

The ghost of Christmas past could tell you that I have received some really amazing gifts over the years, but also some that I was less than thrilled with. It’s not that I didn’t appreciate the very fact that someone would even think to give me something, it’s just that as I got older, and toys no longer became an option, people seemed to have a harder and harder time understanding what it was that I would actually enjoy. Don’t get me wrong, gift cards for clothes are ALWAYS nice, but for someone who really enjoys gift giving (it’s one of my “love languages”) I really want people to understand me enough to find something I really enjoy, in the same way that I put a lot of thought and effort into the gifts I give them. It’s more fun if you just KNOW they are going to love it. I’ve decided the root of the problem is that I’m creative, and some people aren’t. It’s not a bad thing, but there are definitely things that my relatives would never even think about buying anyone, because they don’t know they even exist.

Maybe you’re at the other end of this story. Maybe there is a creative person in your life, that no matter how hard you try, you just never can find something great to give them. This series is your answer.

Everyday I’ll be posting a smattering of cool ideas for creative people. Yesterday I posted the Design Work Life 2011 Holiday Gift Guide – which is an amazing place to start! So check back here for more gifting inspiration, pass it on to your friends and family – if you’re a creative and need a Christmas list they’ll rejoice, if you’re not and they are – ask them if they like any of it – they’ll thank you later.

Today’s gifts are for the bookish.

1.  Ultimate Creative collection from HOW Print’s

This 8-book collection is a designer/illustrator’s rocket fuel. Any one of these books would make a great gift as well, but if you know a creative who is also a voracious reader – this would be amazing, but hurry because you only have until Nov. 30th.









2. Pilgrimage by Annie Liebovitz

This one is, obviously, more of a photo book than a reader’s book, but Annie is undeniably good at what she does. Plus, she explores the old homes of some of the greatest authors in history: Dickinson, Woolf, Thoreau, and Emerson. This book is very Americana (with the exception of a few subjects), but not in the homemade apple pie way. Looks like a great read/view, especially for those who love photography/ America’s intellectual and arts history.









3. Vintage “book covers”

If you’re creative loves the feel of a real book in their hands, but just can’t get over the ultimate storage a tablet or e-reader offers, these are the perfect fit. This shop upsycles vintage hard back book covers into amazing covers for ipdas, tablets, nooks, kindles, etc. They’ve got everything from comic books to cook books and even some Dr. Seuss.







4. Publish with Unbound

Maybe your creative is a writer. In that case, get them published, or show them how, at unbound. Unbound’s philosophy is that readers should get to decide what’s published. So readers sign on to fund the publication of whatever interests them, and get recognition for doing so. Even if you’re creative isn’t a writer, this site is full of independent projects, and some cool ones at that. Fish around and see if there’s something they’d be interested in. This one is on my list, but there are quite a few projects to choose from.










5. The Vignelli Canon

Massimo Vignelli (creator of the American Airlines logo, among numerous others) is one of the greats. I haven’t personally read this one, but it looks like a great primer on Vignelli’s design philosophy. This, and the “customers who bought this also bought” list at the bottom, are great resources on design theory and practice.

Via Amazon: The famous Italian designer Massimo Vignelli allows us a glimpse of his understanding of good design in this book, its rules and criteria. He uses numerous examples to convey applications in practice – from product design via signaletics and graphic design to Corporate Design. By doing this he is making an important manual available to young designers that in its clarity both in terms of subject matter and visually is entirely committed to Vignelli’s modern design.










Tomorrow’s guide: gifts for the pop culturists, get pumped!