2022 Holiday Gift Guide for Design Enthusiasts — Lidia Varesco Design

Lidia Varesco Design
5 min readDec 1, 2022


If you have a design enthusiast in your life, you know that buying gifts can be a challenge.

Here are some gift ideas to both delight and inspire-including several from my own collection. Plus many of them are from fellow small businesses (yay!)

For the Typography Fan

Here are some ideas for anyone who loves words, fonts, and lettering (like myself!)

Wooden Ampersand Bookend

I have always been a fan of the humble ampersand. This wooden bookend gives it the attention it deserves and accentuates any decor.

Alphabet of Typography

I have had this poster hanging in three different offices. Even for a seasoned designer like myself, it’s a nice reminder of typographic terminology.

Buy on Pop Chart

Be Kind Stacked Colorful Stickers

You Are Beautiful is a Chicago-based company that created the now-famous silver “You Are Beautiful” stickers that you may have seen all over the country. They also install kindness-inspired typographic installations in public space across the country.

Buy on YouAreBeautful.com

For the Color-Obsessed

Pantone Mug

My favorite color-PMS 179-is no longer available and my mug broke (boo!) but they do have a nice new palette of colors.

Buy on Pantone.com

Hex Color Chart T-Shirt

Your gift recipient can go for a fashion statement with this hex color t-shirt. They’ll never need to search for another web color again.

Buy on Zazzle

Pantone Color Palette Coffee Table Book

If your favorite artist struggles to find amazing color palettes, consider this Pantone color palette coffee table book. Not only will they find the palette they need, so too will their guests!

Buy on Pantone.com

For the Nature Lover

Christine Rains is a designer, illustrator and nature-lover, so naturally (pun intended) she created a line of products featuring her trail-inspired illustrations. Her realistic illustrations will brighten up any home or office.

Buy on Society6

For the Lover of Words

MyWeek Weekly Planner

Crystal Ink is a friend and fellow woman (and mom)-owned design studio in Canada. Her handmade MyWeek planners bring focus and clarity to your week and are available in a variety of designer-approved colors and designs.

Buy on Crystal Ink

United States of Letterpress Notebooks

Field Notes is a Chicago-based company that produces a myriad of notebooks and journals. They partnered with nine independent letterpress shops from across America for these special designs.

Buy on Field Notes

Pockitudes Gratitude Journal

Pockitudes donates a portion of their proceeds to one of my clients, the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA). I purchased their gratitude journals as client gifts (they were very well-received!)

Buy on Pockitudes

For the Pint-Sized Designer

Go: A Kidd’s Guide to Graphic Design

I checked out this book from the library for my kids, but I fell in love with it. The design is bold and the book includes 10 design projects that both kids and adults can have fun with.

Side note: I met Chip Kidd at a HOW Design Conference and he was funny and gracious, writing a clever note for my son on the poster he signed for me.

Buy on Bookshop

Meet the Marks by Frederic & Misa Terral

When I heard the founders of Pockitudes wrote a children’s book, I added it to my cart immediately. My 7 YO mini designer loves the typographic family of characters.

Two Noisy by Nadine Noble

Nadine Noble of IdeaNest is a graphic designer, illustrator and mom who created a clever story about two monsters just trying to fit in. My little ones have loved reading it as well as admiring the colorful illustrations.

Buy on Bookshop

We Are Shapes by Melinda Beck

I found out about Melinda Beck ‘s illustrations from a fellow small business owner and was excited to find out that she had published a board book based on shapes.

Buy on Phaidon

Celebrate Their Passion

No matter what you get your design enthusiast for the holidays, they’ll love the fact that you thought of creative ways to celebrate their passion.

These picks also make great gifts for your team or vendors and partners. Many of them (such as Pockitudes and Field Notes) can be purchased in larger quantities and/or personalized.

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Originally published at https://lsvdesign.com on December 1, 2022.



Lidia Varesco Design

Empowering organizations and entrepreneurs to make a change through branding and creative marketing | Work-life champion | Founder of @bizmamas #BizMama