J’adore – Gifts for Bloggers (Updated for 2021!)
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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I love all the planner suggestions! I have too much in my head and post it notes. I used to keep a Google spreadsheet with my editorial calendar and other to dos but I really like the idea of having something right in front of me. Great suggestions!
I actually don’t know how I feel about wearing or drinking my blog. Haha. My mum loves to talk about my blog, but I’m a bit more bashful.
Love this list Andi!
I am asking for that mug if anyone has room for a stocking stuffer – great gifts!
Great gift ideas! Thanks!
Ok, I want everything on this list. Love that passion planner – so many great sections to it! I’m only bummed the smaller size is sold out until February. Looks like lots of people love that planner, but good things are worth waiting for!
This was an awesome post! Loved all your suggestions, thanks for sharing ways on how to get organized, especially appropriate for the new year 🙂
So many awesome suggestions! I love the yearly planner. I just need to find a wall for it. And I definitely am getting Guy’s book!
Hahha I love these ideas, especially the “I’m famous on my blog” mug. Great ideas!
Ahhh I love the mug and the planners are so practical!!
these are all really cute ideas! 🙂 my vote goes for artifact uprising books! i guess i should check out some of these physical planners. so far i have a giant excel file to organize my days, months, weeks, years. but having a visual would be good.
Love, love, LOVE that coffee cup!! So fun!
Ha ha! Love these! Way to think of the bloggers! I love Blog Inc. and that tshirt is cracking me up! 🙂 And calendars, calendars, calendars, of course! 🙂 Nice job!
AHH! These are such amazing gifts! I love each of them. Especially that first planner.
I adore the T-shirt.!
That coffee cup is super cute! Love it.
These are adorable, love the planner. Thanks for sharing.
I’m really bad at organizing my blog stuff, but I love the idea of the planner and the Artifact Uprising book (I love their products).
Ha! I love that mug so so so much! And I’m definitely checking out the first book 🙂
these are all great ideas for a blogger
Great stuff! I love this list!
I love the planner and adore the cup. They’re cute together.
Those are some great suggestions! I am actually tempted to gift myself with one or two of these.
Ok, that blog folder – the first one looks incredible and exactly what I need!! I will definitely refer you if I decide to get it!
These are great ideas! Thanks for sharing ;o)
I love this gift guide!! Awesome list 🙂
Great ideas! Love the mug 🙂
I NEED that shirt in my life! So cute! And seriously need to put my planner to better use this year. Great list!
Such cute ideas! Blog planners are amazing, and I heard that Blog INC book is really good.
These are some great ideas! I definitely need to check out Blog, Inc, and I’m planning on taking A Beautiful Mess’s Blog Life class in January!
Interesting and great read! Like the planner. I’m thinking of beginning blogging in a few months. Maybe I could get some starting infor for you.
What great ideas! I loved the mug “I’m famous on my blog”.
A planner would be the BEST gift!
I like the first planner, looks really detailed
Love all of this!! I need that mug, and that EPIC BLOG planner is on my to buy list!
@Rebekah, I just started using the planner and love it!
Ordered it yesterday shortly after reading your post, as well as Blog, Inc which looked like an interesting read!
@Rebekah, so glad there were thinks you liked! Blog Inc is a great read!
I HAVE to have that Epic Blog Planner! It will definitely help me with my goal in 2015.
@Amanda, I just started using mine and love it!
I love ALL OF THESE. I’ve save them all for myself.
@Lana, I can’t chide you, I have them all except the cup!
These are all absolutely adorable! Wow! I would be quite pleased with any single one of these. I just forwarded the post to my hubby! haha. Food for thought 🙂
@Katie, hopefully he takes the hint!
I really love the Passion Planner. Strongly considering purchasing one! I put a lot of my stuff in my calendar but there is just something about having a planner in your hand where you can write stuff in, cross stuff out. These are all great gifts for bloggers!!
@Fatima, I hope you pick one up. I just got the pdf version and LOVE it!
I’m so excited, I bought the Content Brew course! I’ve been looking for something like this. Happy Christmas to me!
@Angela, oh that is a really good one! I took it a few years ago and still use some of the tools Melissa recommended.
Uh oh. I think there’s something wrong with me if I really could benefit from every single thing on this list!!!! I’ve been so focused on actual photography in 2014 that my blog has totally been the red headed step child of my freelance life 🙁 I need that to change in 2015. Thanks for sharing these, Andi!!!!
@Kirsten, trust me you are doing just fine! But I have all these products except the mug and love them all so you can’t go wrong with anything on the list!
I love ALL of these! Especially the paper planner (so glad I’m not the only digital geek that still plans on paper). I’ve just opened it in a new tab to place my order. And thank you for the tips on the classes! I’m always taking new classes online to help grow my business. Wonderful post!
@Rachelle, so glad you liked everything. I am totally analog when it comes to note-taking and planning. I found the classes to be do helpful! Melissa is great!
Oh my gosh I love that shirt and mug!! These are great ideas! Thanks for sharing them. Defintley passing them along! Have a great weekend! 🙂
@Corina, I have the shirt and it is always fun, and I want to get the mug, it is the only thing I don’t have!
I love all these great ideas for blogger gifts. I want them all!
@Michele, if you have been especially good I don’t see why you couldn’t have them all!
I must have that shirt!!!!!
@Sarah, I always get fun comments when I wear mine!
I love this!! So many great ideas and I’m left with an even greater determination to become better organized this next year! 🙂
@Kimberly, so glad I could inspire you a little bit!
These are some great ideas! (And, that Tshirt made me laugh out loud)!
@Karisa, I always get the best comments when I wear mine!
Thanks for sharing this list! I’ll be buying Blog Inc as a Christmas present to myself!
@Amanda, did you do it? It’s a great book!
You have a great collection here Andi! A must for me is Regina’s EPIC Blog planner. I’ve heard so many great things about on the web. Thanks for sharing.
@Regina, I have been using it a few weeks and love it!
I’m bookmarking this! Too many good ideas.
Just ordered the (backordered) Passion Planner and included your email addy as the referral! Thanks for introducing this to me.
Very unique gifts ideas for bloggers indeed! I like all of the ideas, but will for the the first one “The Passion Planner”. Hopefully this will help my blogger friend up to date of regular schedules anytime and anywhere. Thanks for a nice contribution.