By Kara Mason

Creative Gifts to Give This Holiday Season


Gifting a little inspiration is easy to do.

“Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.” — Albert Einstein 

Some gifts keep on giving, and those are the best kinds. Creative gifts may take a little more effort, but they’re always worth it in the end. Beyond being a lovely gesture, these gifts inspire your recipient day after day.

If you want to give a great creative gift, remember it should first and foremost be personal. Creativity manifests differently for everybody (art, writing, baking, building, storytelling, gardening… the list can go on forever!), so make sure you are speaking to something your recipient really cares about.

For some, creativity is sporadic and for others it’s a process. While some people might make it their full-time gig, others use it as a way to relax and wind down. Whatever the process is for the person you’re shopping for, remember to keep that personal process in mind.

Think about gifts that will get ideas stirring. That’s always a great place to start. These gifts do just that. They’re also a little outside of the ordinary, making them extra special. 

Ink+Volt Gratitude Journal 

A little gratitude can go a long way, so it’s no surprise that scientific studies have found that a gratitude journal can make you happier. Happiness is a great gift. 

Starting a practice is easy with this gratitude journal because it features more than 60 prompts to keep the habit up for months. Thoughtfully designed, the journal is perfect for creatives, serious business types, and everybody in between, because anyone can benefit from gratitude.

Custom Front Page Puzzle

What was the biggest news event on the day you were born? Or anniversary? You could probably Google it, but it wouldn’t be as fun as piecing it together at your kitchen table. A custom front page puzzle from the New York Times can be made for any date, which makes the possibilities limitless (the paper dates back to 1851). For history buffs and sentimental types alike, these front pages puzzles are fun, relaxing, and creative.

Creative Juice Candle

If you’re close to a creative person, you know they have a very specific sequence of getting in the productive mood. Maybe it’s listening to music or taking a bath. Whatever it is, this handmade soy candle probably can’t hurt. The more inspiration, the better, right?

Affirmations on the candle (like “I freely express the creativity that flows through me”) are perfect mantras alongside the fresh and herby aroma.

For even more inspiration, throw in these creativity "matches" with inspiring daily prompts. 

Daily Lettering Class

We can’t all be born with beautiful, loopy handwriting, though wouldn’t that be great? The bright side is that it can be learned! For anybody on your gift list that’s artsy, loves learning something new, or could use a calming hobby, this 30-day lettering class is a great option. 

In it, they’ll learn types of lettering, when to make thin and thick strokes and how to letter on various surfaces. This gift is great for someone with some extra time on their hands this year...

Prefer to give a physical gift? Wrap up this Calligraphy Made Easy hand-lettering workbook and throw in some brush pens to get them started, and you've got a perfect creative gift.

Ink+Volt Inspirational Coloring Book

Creativity and de-stressing can go hand-in-hand. A coloring book helps you escape reality for a little bit and create a world that’s expressive, and the big plus is that it’s not intimidating or overwhelming. You can use as many colors or techniques as you’d like. 

The Ink+Volt Inspirational Coloring Book combines intricate pictures with uplifting mantras, which is an added bonus to all the benefits a coloring book can bring (like better sleep, reduced stress, improved focus). That’s a lot of great gifts all in one, if you think about it!

Bubble Tea Kit

Few things beat a delicious bubble tea, but making them at home can be difficult if you don’t have tapioca pearls on hand. This kit offers two flavors of tea, plus those tasty bobas and two extra wide straws (so the bobas don’t get stuck!) in this kit. For adventurous foodies and those who love to get creative in the kitchen, this kit is the perfect gift. 

The Executive Notebook

For creative types, nothing beats a good notebook. Whether you’re into journaling, design, or art there’s so much joy in cracking open a new notebook. The pages are so full of possibilities and potential. 

If you know somebody whose eyes shine a little brighter when they flip to a fresh page, gift them a notebook that’s sure to elevate their practice. The Executive Notebook features creamy, smooth paper, a subtle dot grid (so it works for just about everybody), and a durable cover made that makes you look, well, executive. 

Shattered Glass Ceiling Necklace

Is the person you’re shopping for this holiday season absolutely crushing it? A good reminder that they are doing it all is this Shattered Glass Ceiling Necklace, which represents the milestones women have reached and broken despite hundreds of years of setbacks and oppression.  

We love this necklace for what it stands for and because it can hold so many meanings for anyone who wears it. 

Pet Portrait Cookie Cutter

Cookies that look like our favorite furry friends are just better, we’re not really sure why! It must be because we love them so much. Luckily, getting a custom made cookie cutter of Mittens or Fido isn’t that difficult! This Etsy seller will create a pet portrait in a cookie cutter that is sure to impress. And the creativity? Well that’s endless here. Your gift recipient can have a blast decorating sweet treats or even DIY dog biscuits. Attach this personalized cookie cutter to a basket or jar of baking supplies to make it extra special. 

We’re Not Really Strangers Card Game 

Inspiration can strike just about anywhere, but a little nudge never hurts. This card game’s goal is to forge meaningful connections between strangers. Draw a card with questions like “What character would I be in a movie?” and “What about me intrigues you?” 

Whether this game is played among friends or in a group of strangers, there’s sure to be some bond by the end.