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What to buy the picky designer who already has everything

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Kristin Hillery  •  Dec 14, 2018
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You’ve gotten Uncle Larry a pair of camo Heelys, little Adeline a limited-edition Big Mouth Billy Bass, and your best friend a lifetime membership to the Sausage of the Month Club. Ahhhh, the relief of taking care of your holiday shopping list and knowing that you are a championship gift-giver.

“But wait!” you shriek, suddenly noticing a name at the very bottom of your list. “I forgot to get a gift for my designer friend who already has literally everything.”

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Not to worry, dear do-gooder—we’ve got you covered. We asked some of our designer pals what gifts they’d absolutely love to receive, and here’s what they told us.

Tarot Cards of Tech

Image: Tarot Cards of Tech

A perfect gift for anyone who works on digital products, the Tarot Cards of Tech help designers ask important questions of their work and put human-centered design into practice. You don’t even need to worry about getting these delivered on time—you can print your own deck for free.

Hiring Hand

Image: Hiring Hand

For those who are bored with the hiring process (hint: everyone), Hiring Hand is a deck of 60 cards, each with a question designed to illuminate a candidate’s deeper self. Teams at Facebook, Uber, and Airbnb are already using it.

WordArt enamel pin

Image: Studio Cult Co

This WordArt enamel pin from Studio Cult Co is sure to add just the right amount of extra flair to your designer friend’s favorite denim jacket.

RBG and CMYK earrings

Image: Yellow Owl Workshop

RBG and CMYK earrings from Yellow Owl Workshop capture that complementary combination in a set of petite gold-gilded colorful cloisonné studs.

Scrabble Typography

Image: Amazon

At a cool $189.99, Scrabble Typography would make the perfect present for that someone you either love very much, or owe a huge apology to. The official description promises that this is the most fun, beautiful, and functional Scrabble set ever, which sounds very P-R-O-M-I-S-I-N-G.

MacBook mirror

Image: Fancy

Just one look into the Macbook air compact mirror, and the recipient of this gift will see that their future looks bright. (Sorry, but it’s true.)

This Book is a Camera

The title says it all: There’s an actual working camera inside of this pop-up book.

Gradient puzzle

Image: Areaware

This looks… incredibly challenging. Your designer pal will absolutely love it.

Are you a designer who recently received a wonderful gift that is not on this list?

Let us know what you got and why you loved it, and we might add it to this list: @InVisionApp.