Gifts for Web Designers and Developers

Hosting & Domains

Solid general hosting. Great for reselling! Get SiteGround

Superior managed hosting for WordPress or otherwise. If you need heavy duty, get Liquid Web.

Great, cheap hosting if you need something to learn on. Get Web Hosting for Students

Whenever a great idea for a website comes along, step one is securing the domain is Priority #1. The best place to buy domains is Hover.com.

Tech & Accessories

Headphones

The Bose QuietComfort 35 Noise Cancelling headphones are fantastic. Whether you work from home, an office, or a coworking space, these will help you focus. And they're great while traveling. I never leave home without them.

If you're looking for good, sub-$200 headphones, I recommend the Audio-Technica ATH-M50s. They are light-weight, block out most noise, and sound incredible. They are also one of the few sets of headphones I can wear for a long period of time without getting a headache.

I absolutely love my Apple Airpods and take them everywhere with me. And lately they've been discounted like crazy. If you're looking for small, wireless, unobtrusive headphones that just work, these are it.

If you (or who you're shopping for) are more of an earbuds person, these are excellent and just under $25.

Storage

External Hard Drive: Everything we do is computer-based nowawadays, so a solid external drive is necessary. I've used the Western Digital My Book for as long as I could remember. If you need more space, the 8TB model should do the trick.

Cloud / Off-Site Backups: Another important aspect of working online is having solid off-site backups - especially if you work from home. There's only one service I recommend for this, and it's Backblaze.


Portable Hard Drive: With "the cloud" there's less of a need for portable storage, but I still like to have some on me. Here's a few good suggestions:

nas

Network Area Storage

I've been considering this for my home office: the Synology 2 Base Storage NAS. Working across multiple devices and platforms, it would be nice to have a central, network connected drive for me to access. If you work from home, this can be especially nice.

Just a heads up that this the bay only - so you'll have to get some hard drives too. For the total cost, I know some folks who've also on the route of a Mac Mini as their home server. But with the new price hike/refresh, I'm still going with this.

 

Learning Resources

Books

Every year I recommend the entire A Book Apart collection. They are the best! For hot topics this year, I recommend these specifically: 

Online Courses

Online Courses are becoming increasingly popular, so a gift card or membership is an excellent option for the web designer or developer you have in mind. Here are some of my favorites:

Communities & Memberships

Aside from online courses, communities are a great place to exchange ideas and get advice. Here are a few on my favorite paid communities:

Erin Flynn's Unstoppable Basecamp is a great place to learn from, and interact with experts in the field of web design. Her membership includes courses, live webinars, and guest instructors. 

Post Status is an excellent community for WordPress Developers. The regular newsletter that goes out keeps members informed, and the Slack channels help everyone interact and connect. 

Travel & Accessories

eBags Professional Slim Laptop Backpack

Pretty much every year, I get myself a new bag. While I list my favorite list over on the Remote Worker's Gift Guide, it is important for pretty much everyone to have a good back, web designers and developers included! I love this one because it's got places for a laptop and iPad, lots of compartments for chargers and miscellaneous wires and tools, and a hard case pouch for fragile stuff. Check it out

last updated: Nov. 2017 | Contains affiliate links