If you’re looking for cool Christmas presents for bloggers, to celebrate the number one writer in your life, you’ll be pleased to know I’ve
wasted spent a good few hours trawling the internet in search. Whether you’re looking for travel blogger presents, gifts for fashion bloggers, or even a lil prezzie for one for those gamer bloggers I’ll never understand, I’ve got a few suggestions here for you.
And of course, now you know what to buy your most favourite travel blogger for Christmas too…
Christmas Presents for Bloggers
1. Little Miss Blogger Mug
This Little Miss Blogger Mug needs a good home. It’s dishwasher safe and ceramic, meaning it does exactly what a mug is meant to to do, but in a more aesthetically satisfying way for the blogger in your life. I first saw these on sale last year and really, really wanted one but they were sold out everywhere, so quicky quick, off you go. Buy from Amazon now.
From £6.99 on Amazon.com.
Planners are such personal things, right? It’s hard enough to choose one for yourself, never mind a friend. With the way my blogging mind works, I reckon I’d go for one of the family planner types like the above. That way your blogger mate can write their categories along the top, and then fill in their top thing to do for the day underneath. Just helps with planning what to do from the never-ending to-do list.
From £7 on JohnLewis.com.
House of Fraser actually has LOADS of potential
Christmas presents to choose from!
3. Books about photography
Photography can be one of the most difficult parts of blogging to master, there’s always so much more to know. And in the heat of the moment I find it difficult to get the settings right.
Here are a few books that have helped me in the past, although it’s definitely about time I referred to them again!
Check on Amazon: The Beginner’s Guide to Photography – £10.
Check on Amazon: The Complete Digital Photography Course – £13.60
And I’ve just bought myself an early Christmas present – the Pinch of Yum eBook on how to master food photography. I’ll let you know how it goes when I get stuck in. Or you can follow me @VickyFlipFlop on Instagram and see for yourself!
From £10 on Amazon.com.
4. Ragdale Hall vouchers
For my mum’s birthday I treated her to a night at Ragdale Hall to try out the spa and treatments. It was brilliant, and so relaxing. One of the hardest things about being a blogger is that you never get a chance to switch off. For a lot of the bloggers I know, the line between work and play is very blurred and we just can’t leave our phones alone. If you’ve got a few pennies to spend then a gift voucher for two nights at Ragdale Hall would be a much welcome Christmas present for a blogger, guaranteed.
From £25 at ragdalehall.co.uk – make sure you tell them you saw it here!
5. Wooden lap desk
One of the reasons a lot of bloggers started blogging was to escape their desk job, so for some, to replace it with another desk can seem kind of bonkers. But this wooden lap desk from iwantoneofthose.com is awesome. Adaptable enough to help you sit comfortably at your laptop either in bed, on the sofa or even out and about, you can also use it for watching TV on your iPad.
From £11 on iwantoneofthose.com.
6. NomadicMatt’s Blogging Course
I’ve just finished NomadicMatt’s Travel Blogging course. He goes from start to finish of how you can start making more money from your blog. The course isn’t just for travel bloggers either. Look, check out my review here.
The course is one of the most expensive things on this list, but to be honest, use it right and it could provide the most value too.
From £295 on superstarblogging.com.
7. Meaningful wall art
Full-time bloggers spend a lot of time at home alone, and even part time ones probably wish they had some more time to spend with their friends. So, for Christmas it’d be nice to celebrate the times you have shared together with a personal piece of wall art. Have a look on iwantoneofthose.com to see what posters they have – I love this one of Lake Garda that I’d buy – if I had a wall to put it on.
From £11 on iwantoneofthose.com.
8. Name a star after them on Oxford Street
I’ve just bought two stars for my parents, and named them for them too (‘Holby’ and ‘Captain Croatia’). It’s a cool thought to know that the money spent is going to a good cause, and that you have a star named after your loved one on Oxford Street too.
You can buy a star on the NSPCC website. Just choose your favourite one, name it, and the money will help National Society of the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.
From £5 on NSPCC.
9. A hotel night on Booking.com
Booking.com is my number one, go-to source for finding hotel nights. And the number one reason for that? Because you can rearrange and cancel most stays for free. That means you could choose a date to book your favourite blogger in for a Christmas present, and then it’s up to them to change it to a date more suitable, if they need. It’s so easy to chop and change on Booking.com, that’s why 9 times out of 10, I use it.
From £5 on Booking.com.
10. A mug to tell them what you really think
My parents bought me a ‘This is What an Awesome Blogger Looks Like’ mug and I love it very much. Look, here’s a picture of me from last Christmas enjoying it on its first day. See how happy I look?
I can only find the black one on Amazon but it’s definitely a cool mug for the blogger who loves a good cup of tea. Drinking copious amounts of tea when I’m in work mode is the best form of procrastination, and one of the things I miss most when I’m away.
From £9 on Amazon.
11. Blog branded items
You could use a site like Snapfish.co.uk to make them some branded stuff. For Christmas you could get your favourite blogger some cards and stationary with their logo on, or even some sort of wall art with their photos. Just take a look at their social profiles – their Instagram and Facebook for example – and you’ll be able to find some photos to use.
If it’s just for a present for them, I’m sure they won’t mind!
Snapfish.co.uk have all kinds of special offers and deals and this is a great way to buy something a little more unique.
From £5 on Snapfish.co.uk.
Buy your blogger some luxury chocolate items for Christmas and you can bet they’ll love it so much it’ll be all over their Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter before you’ve even poured the Bailey’s. Or maybe that’s just me, but I’d appreciate it all the same.
Check out John Lewis for some luxury chocs, or Amazon if you think they’d like your chocolates a bit more like sweets, and with that retro vibe.
Check it out on Amazon: box of retro sweets
13. A weekend away
– Me and my bro in Tromso, Norway
Gotta have something to write / tweet / pin / vlog about as a blogger, right? It’s Christmas, show your favourite blogger how much you love and appreciate them with a weekend away. Take a look at my top 5 cheapest European destinations for some inspiration – or how about a weekend away in England?
My weekend in the New Forest was lush a few weeks ago…
14. Books about blogging
There are SO many books about blogging. I can personally recommend:
– You Are a Writer (So Start Acting Like One) – Jeff Goins
– Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear – Liz Gilbert
– Brave Enough: A Mini Instruction Manual for the Soul – Cheryl Strayed
– I Will Teach You To Be Rich – Ramit Sethi
And according to their 4.5-5 star reviews these ones look pretty good too…
– The Million Dollar Blog – Natasha Courtenay-Smith
– How My Blog Got 1 Million Visits in 7 Months – Patric Morgan
From £5 on Amazon.
15. Instax camera
The Instax Camera is an absolute favourite of bloggers, the blogosphere over. The camera comes in all different colours and is kind of like an old school Polaroid, in the way that the photos print out instantly. You have to be a bit crafty, seeing as the camera is pretty basic, but the instax Mini is great fun to have at parties and always makes for good piccies to then photo again, and put on Instagram.
Bloggers love them, trust me.
From £65 on Amazon.
16. Your time
No matter where your blogger friend is on his or her journey, I’d bet you a tenner they feel like they’re just not getting enough done and that there are not enough hours in the day to even make a dent in what they want to do.
One of the best presents you can give anyone is your time. Whether you tell your friend you’ll look after the kids, wash the car, clean the house or something else you know they need so they can work on their blog – this can be a lovely and thoughtful present that will always be well received.
17. Lens cap straps
I can’t tell you how many lens caps I’ve lost. I actually can’t, it’s ridiculous. As soon as I found out separate lens cap straps existed I bought one for all the lens caps I own, all three of them. At just £1.59 each with free delivery, they make perfect stocking fillers for bloggers, and you might as well get one for yourself too.
These ones come with handy strings attached to attach to your camera as extra insurance that you won’t lose round two.
From £1.59 on Amazon.
18. Portable battery
I have the Anker portable charger shown above, and then this charging phone case for my phone too. I mean, I still find I get out of battery with the bloody iPhone 6 but at least your blogger will have back up if you get them this for their stocking this year.
From £12 on Amazon.
19. Amazon Basics backpack
I have this one from Amazon Basics and love it dearly. Even when I was getting totally grilled trying to get into the States for three months, the immigration officer paused to ask where my bag was from.
There are many different sections – but not too many – and everything is securely fixed in. My laptop has its own safe spot at the back, where I can store anything I want to keep straight. There’s also space on the sides to slip your tripod in too. It’s got everything a blogger could possibly need in a backpack, honestly. Unless, maybe, you’re a fashion blogger. Not quite the most stylish of all the bags is it?
Good job I don’t care about that kind of shiz.
From £35 at Amazon.
20. Fancy coffee machine
Those late nights, early mornings, and just having something to consume that isn’t food, means that coffee machines are a favourite for bloggers. Just do me a favour though, don’t get the ones with the capsules – their popularity is threatening our planet’s resources even more than before. And the capsules are expensive.
I don’t actually have a coffee machine, seeing as I’d have nowhere to put it, so can’t vouch personally, but after too much research this Excelvan Espresso and Coffee Machine is the one I’d get.
From £53.99 on Amazon.
21. Noise cancelling earphones / buds
Whether it’s the dog barking at the neighbours, the kids screaming on the plane or just needing to zone out from the world around you, a pair of noise cancelling earphones are key for bloggers.
They’re an investment I promise. Sometimes I wear my earphones without any actual music coming through, just having them on helps me to focus. Check these Kinden Wooden beauties out – stunning hey?
And only £68.99 right now, or these £29.99 Betron HD1000 earphones look pretty sweet too.
From £29.99 on Amazon.
22. Olympus PEN EPL-7
This is the camera I use most of the time, and it took me a while to get used to it, but now I think it’s great. Check out my recent pictures from Costa Rica for further evidence.
I’ve got the lens situation sorted and now I’d recommend the Olympus PEN-EPL7 to anyone who doesn’t want to spend a few thousand on the base kit and lens you’d normally associate with decent photography. It was designed as a camera for bloggers, and makes for a great Christmas present for your favourite blogger if you’re looking to splash some cash.
These are the lenses I bought:
A wide angle lens which has allowed me to do vlogging on the Olympus without thinking I have ‘too much face’. It’s also really good for taking pictures of hotel rooms. I got it for £360, and it was definitely worth it.
This is an absolutely incredible, for the price, zoom lens. I paid £82 from ebay (which I wouldn’t necessarily recommend because it’s hard to insure) but here’s the Amazon link, which is currently £142. Any animal photo from my Costa Rica photos was taken using this. I actually couldn’t believe the quality.
Olympus Mirrorless cameras can take lenses from any of the other Mirrorless camera ranges. This Lumix pancake lens is awesome for taking photos of food. I strongly recommend it. I bought it for £176 a year or so ago, looks like it’s £250 now.
From £300 on Amazon.
These ones are £46 for the set from Topshop
Ooo don’t they look comfy? These are £12.99 from New Look.
Little duckies. From £24.99 on Joules.com.
It’s an urban legend that freelancers sit around doing nothing in their pyjamas all day, but, speaking for myself, I do like to stay in my pyjamas for as long as possible, working.
Pyjamas make for a lovely Christmas present, and you’ll never know if they take them back either :). Oh, unless it’s your boyfriend or girlfriend, of course. Oh, that reminds me, I need a picture of man PJs too. How about these ones from House of Fraser, from £28.
From £12.99 at the High Street shops online.
So, kind of leading on from the before, how about some slippers?
OH MY GOD I WANT THESE.
When you’re working from home, trying to build up your business, the last thing you want to do is have the heating blasting all day, racking up the bill. Buy your favourite blogger some of these Joules booties for Christmas and not only will they like them, they’ll also save many a pound over the years on heating. Dreamy.
From £19.95 on Joules.com.
25. Joby Gorillapod
The amount of equipment the average blogger could buy for Christmas is insane. There’s so much out there to make you feel like you’re top of your game. You don’t need it all, but I would recommend a Joby Gorillapod. These design feats mean you can set up your camera wherever you feel either captures the action, or your best side. The legs can wrap around most things, allowing bloggers to film in difficult places.
You can buy GorillaPods in a few different sizes, but basically, if they take photos on a big DSLR they’ll need this larger one, and if it’s just a small camera, or phone, then go for the smaller one here.
From £14.50 at Amazon.com.
26. Blogosphere Magazine subscription
Bloggers love magazines – it’s where many of them pictured their career heading, before this whole blogging thing came along. Blogosphere Magazine is great. I know, I’m the Travel Editor for it. It’s the best place to discover new bloggers and learn about the latest trends in blogging, from craft to mummy blogging to travel, of course.
Buy a blogosphere subscription for Christmas and you’ll get Blogosphere delivered to your door when it comes out quarterly. Just like one of those gifts that keeps on giving.
From £25 per year on blogospheremagazine.com.
27. Attraction Tickets
Most bloggers like to travel, well, the fashion and travel ones I know anyway. If you know your favourite blogger is getting ready to go travelling somewhere take a look at a site like AttractionTix.com and take a look at all the places you could buy them tickets for.
A few personal favourites…
You get the idea, right?
From £8 on AttractionTix.com.
28. An experience to write about
Check out buyagift.co.uk. They’ve got experiences for every kind of blogger, from craft to cars to beauty to animals. Is that a thing? I’m guessing it is.
Ok, so I’m going to pick a few of my favourite things from the site, just to show you what kind of a range of things you could buy from there.
From beer tasting trips around the UK, to skydiving and parachuting, afternoon tea experiences in London and a whole section of Christmas gifts that would be great to write about from meals out to boat trips and spa days.
From £10 on buyagift.co.uk.
29. Photo frame, with photo!
Why doesn’t anyone print photos anymore?
Because they’ve not got the incentive of a beautiful frame to put the pictures in, that’s why. Buy your blogger friend a photo frame for Christmas AND print the photo, or photos out to put in it, and they’ll love you for it. John Lewis has some really pretty frames that would look good on the slickest of bloggers’ desks.
From £3 at John Lewis.
30. Gig tickets
You can easily gleam so much information from your blogger friend before you buy their Christmas presents, even if you don’t actually follow their blog (blag it). Just find their search box that looks like this, type in music, and see what comes up. Surely they’ll have mentioned their favourite band or artist somewhere?
If not, try and find them on Spotify and see what they’ve been listening to. Don’t take it any further than this though, might be a little bit stalker-esque.
Then you can just go on TicketMaster, work out which of their favourite bands is in the vicinity, and buy up some tickets. That’ll be nice won’t it?
From £10 on TicketMaster.
31. Superdrug bloggers’ range
Is the blogger you’re trying to buy a Christmas present for under 15? Yes?
Well, I’m pretty sure they’d love anything from the Zoella or Tanya Burr blogger ranges at Superdrug. I haven’t tried a thing from either, and to be honest, probably never will. But I’m sure your underage blogger friend will enjoy a little gift or two.
Here are just a few bits you can buy from the ranges.
Spa in a Jar – Zoella
Body Creamy Madly Deeply – Zoella
The entire Tanya Burr range – no idea what’s good, sorry!
From £2 at Superdrug.
32. Diary for 2017
This is a tough one. Diaries are such a personal thing but if I know bloggers, and I do, they love a bit of stationery, whether they use it or not. WHSmith is the first place I think of when I think of diaries, Amazon has a good selection, or you can try Paperchase, the bloggers favourite.
From £2 at Amazon.
33. Charging station
One of the most annoying aspects of blogging is keeping everything charged, but this 6-port desktop charging station looks awesome. It works for so many different devices and will keep your desktop tidy too. It’s universally charging, with a super charge, and totally safe. Currently riding high in the Amazon charts with 4.5 out of 5 in satisfaction rating, I reckon it’s a goer.
From £29.99 at Amazon.co.uk.
34. Mermaid blanket
Look. At. This.
If you don’t feel ready yet to transform into the world of mermaids, there are plenty of normal blankets to choose from too, don’t worry (check out the Snug Rug above). They make a great Christmas present for the blogger in your life as it’ll keep them warm during that cold January, and save on the heating bills to provide for a more blog friendly way to spend some money.
From £17.39 on Amazon.co.uk.
35. Wireless speaker
This wireless speaker from Anker has 5 out of 5 from over 1500 reviews on Amazon. I mean, this is a good piece of kit. With 24-Hour Playtime, Bluetooth 4.0, Low Harmonic Distortion, Patented Bass Port and Built-in Microphone for Calls, at £27.99 for the black one, it’s an absolute ruddy, bloody bargain.
From £27.99 at Amazon.co.uk.
36. Aqua notes
These Aqua notes from Amazon are such a cool idea. If you’re one of those people who does their best work and has the best ideas when you’re getting hot and steamy under a shower then there’s no need to lose those trains of thought anymore. Attach these to your shower wall and no idea will ever escape you ever again. You can write under water with these guys too, so perfect for the bath!
From £6.99 at Amazon.co.uk.
37. Backgrounds for photos
Having a cool background for your photo is essential, but can be quite difficult if you’re in the house all day. This is where these crafty backdrops come in. You can order your blogger one of these for Christmas and from then on they’ll be able to give the illusion of their fantastically clean and white floorboards, when really, the rest of the house is in an absolute shambles.
You can get them in a few designs and colours, but I’d definitely recommend the Studio Pro White Wash Floor I’ve chosen above.
From £24.95 from Amazon.
And that’s it… all the ideas I have for Christmas presents for your favourite blogger.
Have you got your shopping list / wish list sorted now?
Let me know what you want most in the comments below
and Santa just might be good to you this year!