Have a blogger in your life? Not sure what to get them? Or hey, self-gifting? No matter! I've got some great gift suggestions for this edition of J'adore, my series where I bring you some of my favorite finds while traveling the interwebs. I think all of these would make great gifts for bloggers.
Help a Blogger get organized.
I am a little nutty when it comes to organization. I have shared some of the tools I use to keep me that way, but when no matter how many digital tools I have, I always love analog notebooks and systems to keep me going.
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A Blog Planner
There are SO many planners out there! The Passion Planner first caught my eye in 2014 when it was a Kickstarter but I didn't purchase it during its campaign period. Then I saw another blogger post about it and my curiosity was piqued again. I checked out the website and read it in its entirety and ordered the 2015 Passion Planner and have been ordering it every year since. I still do a lot digitally, but I also like having a physical book to plan in. Whatever planner you choose for your blogger I am sure it will go a LONG way to help them stay organized! In 2020, I added both the physical and digital Content Creators Planners.
A few places to find planners:
- Passion Planner
- The EPIC BLOG planner
- Erin Condren planners are WILDLY popular!
- Etsy (both regular life planners and blog specific planners)
- Amazon (both life planners and blog planners)
A Year Planner
I have also been buying Crispin Finn's Year Planner since 2015. When I had an office I had one both there and at home, now that I work remotely I just have the one, but it is a great way to visualize the year and plan accordingly. Blogging requires a lot of planning or thinking of the seasons, trends, and holidays and I have found no better way to do this than a big ass wall calendar! Having an editorial process makes a blogger's life easier, trust me! And this is a great way to notice patterns when it comes to series and gaps.
There are other organization tools that I mention in my post on blog tools, many of which have pro versions that would make a great gift.
Help a Blogger take her Blog to the Next Level.
I have been blogging for over 12 years and one thing I can tell you is that you never stop learning. There are a ton of great courses out there that will help any blogger hone her skills. Here are a few of my favorites. There are general blogging courses, writing courses, photography courses as well as SEO (my current personal favorite!).
I recently completed the Stupid Simple SEO course and loved it! I have also always been a big fan of Melissa Culberson of Blog Clarity. I have taken many of her courses including Content Brew where bloggers can learn how to plan and create content ideas for your blog and the tools you will need to do it. And Media Kit Smash, a course that helps bloggers create a professional, informative media kit. I've also taken Pinning Perfect which helps bloggers increase traffic from Pinterest. I highly recommend each one of these!
Pinterest Templates & Tools
Speaking of Pinterest, this year, I have purchased Pinterest templates and use monthly subscriptions from Kara at Simplifying DIY Design and Carly from Blogging Like You Mean It. They certainly come in handy and any blogger would appreciate this gift! I edit the templates in Canva. I have a Canva Pro account which allows me to upload custom fonts, create brand palettes, and use pro elements like animations, stocks, and videos without paying extra. Consider buying your favorite blogger this subscription at $12.95 a month.
It's actually hard to find books out there on blogging, people who want to read about blogging, generally read about it on blogs! There are a couple of older books out there covering general aspects of blogging that I think is timeless. Here are two standouts. The Art of Social Media from Guy Kawasaki and Peg Fitzpatrick is filled to the brim with great tips and resources for any blogger who wants to use social media to amplify their blog posts. I recommend buying the hard copy as opposed to the Kindle because they are going to want to mark up this book! Another book I really enjoyed is Blog, Inc from Joy Cho of Oh Joy! blog. Joy's book has a lot of ideas for building a blogging community and how to go about earning money.
On the SEO side, I have read purchased, and re-read the ebooks from Make Traffic Happen, in particular, the Revive Old Content book.
Lastly, if your blogger is getting into podcasting, there are a couple of things that would make great gifts. There is hosting, editing, audio interfaces, and more. I'm just in the planning stages so honestly, I don't feel comfortable giving recommendations yet, but I do know you need a good mic and I have a Yeti (in red of course) and love it.
Help the blogger in your life ‘Shout it loud and proud' with some of these fun items!
I've seen so many cute mugs that if I bought them all, our kitchen cabinets wouldn't close! But seriously, one can never have enough coffee mugs including one to remind the blogger in your life how badass he or she is as the mug from WestStudio Co. shown above does!
Artifact Uprising Photo Books
Many bloggers use Instagram and have a full feed of images. Why not turn them into a fun photo book? You can do one for specific series, certain trips, or maybe monthly recap images that can be turned into a “year of blogging” book. There are a lot of creative options and I am sure no matter what you choose you will love the end result as Artifact Uprising products are gorgeous!
My favorite Raygun shirt (I'm Not A Player, I Just Blog A Lot shirt) is out of circulation again, I bought mine in 2014 and lost it between all our moves. I was sad because they didn't produce it anymore, until 2019 and I bought it again. Let's hope they bring it back. Whenever I wore it people always asked me about it, it is a great conversation starter! BUT Raygun is an awesome local Iowa-based company so maybe support them by buying one of their other awesome tees. In the meantime, I found a bunch of tees I will be picking up, all great for any blogger on your list! Check out Etsy for:
- I am totally blogging this! > I love this expression (or rather “I am so blogging this”) so much I bought the domain name in 2010 and still own it!
- Will Blog for Food > I have a version of this I bought at a museum in Washington, D.C.
- Blogging is my Cardio > me to a T!
That's it for this J'adore roundup. If you have a blogger in your life or are self-gifting, any one of these makes a great gift for bloggers!
What about you? Got anything you would add?
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