Friday, October 31, 2014

Ten Gifts for Bloggers

If you have a blogger in your life, it may very well be that s/he (let's face it, mostly she) would actually like something blog related as a gift. Bloggers get pretty excited about blogging things. If you have a blogger in your life consider the following:

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gifts for bloggers

A Blog Consultation
This is an opportunity for the blogger to meet with someone who has a greater understanding of blogging, search engine optimization, social media, and more.
For consultation packages that have great reviews for a great price see here and here.

A Subscription
Monthly subscription boxes are so popular right now--especially with bloggers. They are fun and they give them something to blog about. Some different subscription boxes include:

Stitch Fix (you can pay the styling/shipping fee, but it isn't until the clothes arrive that the additional charges are made)
Le Tote  (this is a flat monthly fee, and the clothes are only on loan)

Birch Box
Beauty Box 5

Citrus Lane

Bulu Box

Books About Blogging
There is so much to learn about blogging--HTML, design, promotion, photo editing, writing, networking, monitizing, and more. Some books you may find worthwhile:

Blogging For Dummies

Blogging for Creatives: How designers, artists, crafters and writers can blog to make contacts, win business and build success

Blog, Inc.: Blogging for Passion, Profit, and to Create Community

The Ultimate Guide to Blogging

How To Make Money Blogging

A New Blog Design/Layout
If the blogger in your life has recently started talking about improving the look or feel of the blog or "branding" the blog, this might be a perfect option.  Some great resources for excellent design on a budget are

Jana Tolman Design
Ready or Not Design 

A Blog Sponsorship
A blog sponsorship gives a blogger an opportunity to work with another blogger--typically in the same niche, with a larger reader/blog community. Sponsorships help give bloggers exposure and a chance to interact with new potential readers. I wrote about a wonderful sponsorship here. It's hard for me to give a recommended list of sponsorships when the blogging world and blog topics are so huge. Instead here are a few posts about what to look for in a blog sponsorship:

 8 Questions to Ask Before You Sponsor
Getting the Most Out of Blog Sponsorships

Business Cards/Things with the Blog Logo on them
If blogging is turning into more than a hobby, money is being made or products are being reviewed, or the blogger is looking to attend a conference in the near future--business cards would be a great option. If you don't feel comfortable having the cards made, buy a gift certificate. Some great business card design options include:

Grace and Vine Studios
Ready or Not Design

If you don't think business cards would be helpful, perhaps have a mug designed with the logo from the blog--as seen here or here.

A Camera
This is a big ticket item, but any blogger who is serious about blogging is eventually going to want a DSLR camera. Some great (more affordable options) are listed below:

Canon EOS Rebel T5
Nikon D3200 24.2 MP CMOS

Other Blogging Equipment 
Bloggers use a lot of tools for blogging. They use planners, computers, phones, memory cards, and more. Think about your blogger--Is the computer running slow? Is the memory card always full? Is her phone too full to engage in social media? Does she constantly jot down ideas on napkins, paper, and her hand? She'd probably love the thoughtfulness and the usefullness of a gift to help with any of those things.

Here is a post with some additional camera equipment that might be useful for family photos or fashion posts. 

Here is a post with some great new day planner choices for the new year!

Something to Blog About
Bloggers blog for a number of reasons, but they all have one thing in common: something to talk about. They're here to tell a story--so help them write it. Think about the topics that are generally covered on her blog--relationships, motherhood, healthy, beauty, fashion, book reviews, etc...and try to find something that goes along with that. Maybe a special date night, new beauty products, new workout gear or equipment, etc.

Have you ever given or received a blogging gift? Do you have any other suggestions?

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