Well, it’s that time of year again everyone! Not only is it the first of December, but it’s the first day of Blogmas!! I participated last year and consistently posted once everyday from December 1st to December 25th. It was a huge accomplishment when it came to my blog and it helped its growth immensely. I’ll be honest I wasn’t sure if I wanted to try it again this year though. Since starting my job and graduating college, consistency has still been difficult for me and I don’t want to commit to something I can’t follow through with. However, I remembered how much I enjoyed Blogmas last year and I really don’t want to miss out on that. With that being said, I’m going to try my absolute hardest to post everyday while making content I love.
So kick off the first post of Blogmas, I thought I’d make a little gift guide for the blogger in your life. Whether that’s yourself or someone close to you, these are a few items that I couldn’t create a post without!
Where would I be without my Nikon?? I received this camera a few years ago and it has made the biggest difference when it comes to blogging. While it is definitely a big investment, there is no doubt that high quality photography will be an enormous asset to any blog. I personally find photography a great creative outlet, so I love editing photos to add into my blog posts. I took a digital photography class in college, so I got a chance to learn in the ins and outs of my camera. While I’m definitely not close to being a professional, it’s a learning experience with each post and each photo. Taking blog photos with your phone is totally acceptable, but having a DSLR camera simply makes your posts much more impressive. Another great camera brand is Canon. I’ve actually considered switching to Canon in the future. From my research Canon is a better brand when it comes to video creation. So if you or a friend also enjoys creating videos, I’d recommend a Canon.
I have a post dedicated to Etsy photo presets and how to find them, so I’ll link that here. To recap, you can find extremely affordable photo filters on Etsy! This would be such a unique gift to any blogger or Instagrammer in your life. Most of the presets are only $1 to $8. If you know the person’s aesthetic, this could be a gift they really appreciate and actually use. I know I personally would love to have a collection of Etsy presets, especially if they’re being created by other bloggers or creators. Here is the url if you’d like to search some of Etsy’s photo presets.
This is something I bought a few weeks back for a few reasons. First of all, I’d love to have the perfect lighting when I’m taking product or outfit photos indoors. Secondly since I work all day, it’s nighttime when I get back home so there’s no opportunities for me to take photos outside or in any decent lighting. A ring light will eliminate all issues like these and make your blogger’s life so much easier. If they like to create videos as well, this will be the absolute perfect gift for them. While they also get a bit pricey, there are some cheaper options on Amazon, which is where I got my ring light.
This is definitely a cheap option when it comes to blogger gifts. From personal experience, some of the best and most popular posts I’ve written have been planned out in my notebook first. I’ll write down all the details to a post or video and allow them to guide me as I create. If it’s a simple lined paper notebook from Michaels, or something a little more ornate, it really doesn’t matter much. The fact that you are encouraging them to write, plan out, and release blog posts is such a huge gesture and sometimes the simplest way to support them is with a little notebook. Even though we live in such a digital age, I still strongly believe in writing things down whether you are studying or being creative.
Blogger Gift Basket
Jumping from that idea, a blogger gift basket would be such an incredible present. Buying a small wicker basket from a craft store and filling it with small notebooks, pens, and pencils would be incredibly cute and thoughtful. Another blogger hack: Michael’s sells poster board with textures and patterns. For example they have a white wood pattern option. We’ve all had to buy these for projects in middle school and high school and they’re seriously so cheap. I’m talking a buck or two. Including these in a gift basket to be used as lay flat backdrops would be perfect. Maybe throw in some healthy snacks like almonds, protein bars, microwaveable popcorn for your blogger to snack on while they write posts. This is totally customizable and depends on the person but I know I’d love to receive this as a gift this Christmas!
If you have someone in your life that loves to blog, I hope this gift guide was helpful! It can be difficult to find that perfect gift for someone but whether you splurge or create a customizable present, it’s the thought that counts. As someone who is fairly creative, I love receiving anything that will help me with my blog. Even if it’s something so small like a photo backdrop! Let me know what other blogger gifts you’ve found this Christmas! Talk to you all on Blogmas Day 2! xx