Perhaps your friend or someone in your family is a blogger and you want to give them something useful for Christmas, their birthday, or any other occasion.
But damn, what are some practical gifts for bloggers? You don’t want to give them something they’ll never use, right?
Let me tell you straight away, blogging can be pretty expensive. There are some basic necessities each blogger needs to run their blog and those can be quite an investment.
But hopefully, you’ll be able to find something in this blogger gift guide that will suit your budget.
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I’ve put together a very basic pricing guide to make the search a bit easier for you.
$ – up to $250
$$ – $250 to $500
$$$ – $500 to $1000
$$$$ – $1000+
Use discount sites
As I already mentioned, blog equipment can be pretty expensive. That’s why, if you want to give your blogger friend or family member something from this gift guide, I suggest you use discount sites.
You can use sites such as Honey. It’s a Chrome extension that scans the internet for related discount codes and applies them for you!
By the way, this is by no means sponsored. I just think this is a great service!
Discuss before you purchase
Before we go any further, I’d just like to let you know that you should discuss everything with your friend or family member before you buy anything.
Each blogger has different preferences when it comes to the products they use. There are also different blogging niches and the equipment may differ slightly (or even significantly) from niche to niche. For instance, a person who blogs about “how to make money online” most likely won’t need a ring light. Unless they also have a YouTube channel where they are talking about the same thing.
Or buying a blogger the Divi blog them if they use and love the Genesis framework. You most likely have no idea what I’m talking about, but I’ll explain everything as I go!
And, also discuss before you buy, because they might already have the product! No matter the case, you don’t want to waste your money!
Practical gifts for bloggers
With that being said. Let’s dive into the list of practical gifts for bloggers. I’ve divided them into several different categories. So, hopefully, no matter whether you’re looking for gifts for fashion bloggers, food bloggers, home decor bloggers, or whatnot, you’ll be able to find something.
I’ll also tell you what each thing is and what it does so you know what you’re buying.
1. Blog basics
In this section, I’ll go through some of the basic necessities a blogger needs to invest in. This section applies pretty much to all bloggers of any niches.
$ – $$$
Web hosting is a crucial part of any self-hosted blog making it one of the most practical gifts for bloggers. Simply put, it’s what allows the website to be on the internet. A self-hosted blog means the blogger has purchased web hosting and domain name and is the owner of the website. He or she also needs a content management system, such as WordPress.org. But WordPress is free to use, so don’t worry about that!
Not all blogs work like this. Some blogs are hosted via a blogging platform such as WordPress.com or Blogger.
Check with your friend or family member if they have a self-hosted blog or want to switch to one. If they are on a blogging platform, you can offer to buy them a yearly subscription as those services are often paid as well.
However, I highly recommend self-hosting as it means your site can’t be taken down at any point whenever the blogging platform decides.
In general, web hosting services are billed yearly.
Check out this guide if you want to learn more about what web hosting is and the different types of web hosts.
I’ve been using SiteGround for years and I love their service. It’s shared hosting, but a good quality one. It’s fast and their customer service is superb.
I’m seeing a lot of bloggers recommending Bluehost. To be completely honest with you, I haven’t tried them. But I have seen a lot of bad reviews and people switching from them to SiteGround. So, be aware of that.
The most basic SiteGround plan starts at $6.99 per month, billed yearly.
But I can’t stress enough the importance of discussing everything first. Perhaps your friend is already using a different web host or is on a different plan. For instance, if your friend’s blog is generating hundreds of thousands of monthly pageviews, the basic plan won’t be sufficient.
Email marketing software
$$ – $$$$
Collecting emails for your blog is very important. That’s most likely where the biggest fans hang out and it can also be used to monetize the blog.
But to collect emails, the blogger needs email marketing software. This software allows them to send out emails and create a better connection with their audience.
There are quite a few email providers to choose from. A lot of bloggers use ConvertKit, Mailchimp, Aweber, and I’ve also heard great things about Flodesk.
I have been using and recommending ConvertKit. It has all the features a blogger needs. ConvertKit has a free version for up to 1000 subscribers. From there, the prices start at $29 per month and increase from there. In fact, the more subscribers the blogger has, the pricier it gets. So, keep that in mind!
You can choose to pay for the service monthly or yearly.
$ – $$$
Legal pages are a crucial part of any website or blog. They protect the website owner from potential lawsuits.
The issue is that many bloggers use free legal templates that are actually quite insufficient. Having them drafted by a lawyer can be very expensive. The blogger can also draft them themselves, but unless he or she is a lawyer, it’s most likely not a good idea.
Luckily, there’s a fourth option and that’s legal templates.
Amira from aselfguru.com is a lawyer who also blogs. She has drafted those three legal pages and sells them as a bundle. She actually has three bundles to choose from:
- The premium legal bundle includes six legal templates – the three basic templates, sponsored post contract template, independent contractor template, and guest blogger agreement template ($297)
- The VIP legal bundle includes 16 legal templates – the six templates I’ve mentioned, confidentiality agreement, design service agreement template, affiliate agreement template, LLC operating agreement template, media release agreement template, sweepstakes terms and conditions template, coaching agreement template, consulting agreement template, website sale agreement template, partnership agreement template ($597)
If your friend or family member is just starting out or has started just a few months ago, the starter bundle is perfectly suitable.
Premium WordPress theme
Having a premium blog theme is a great investment for any blogger. If your friend or a family member owns a self-hosted WordPress site (once again, check with them before you purchase anything!), there are quite a few themes to choose from.
A blog theme is essentially the appearance of the website. It allows you to create a website you like without having to hire a web designer.
Most bloggers when they are starting out just use a free blog theme. But there are quite a few restrictions that come with free WordPress themes. So, as time goes, it’s a good idea to invest in a premium theme.
Now, there are some things to consider when purchasing a premium blog theme:
- Browser compatibility
- SEO friendliness
Two very popular premium WordPress themes among bloggers are Genesis from StudioPress and Divi from Elegant Themes.
I haven’t used Genesis so I can’t give you an overview. However, I’ve been using Divi from Elegant Themes on my websites for a few months and I can’t complain. The theme is easy to use and thanks to the Divi Builder plugin, you can create pages that match your wildest imagination.
Just be careful, because too many features on a webpage can actually slow it down significantly.
If you want to purchase Divi, you need to purchase an Elegant Themes subscription that counts 87 different themes. The prices start at $89 per year and you have access to the entire library of themes. This means that if you’re not happy with Divi, you can try out different themes as well. You also have the option to purchase a one-time payment license that costs $249.
Keyword research tool
For SEO purposes, a blogger needs to perform keyword research before they start writing a blog post. The keyword research can be simplified with a keyword research tool. This tool tells you the search volume of each keyword and also the difficulty of your site ranking for that query at the very least.
As with everything in blogging, there are quite a few products in this category to choose from. There are tuned up keyword research tools such as Ahrefs or SEMrush that have very detailed insights into each keyword but are also very expensive. Think $100 per month. No, it’s not a one-time payment. In both cases, it’s a monthly subscription that costs $100 each month.
That’s a lot, isn’t it?
Luckily, there are more affordable options as well. I’ve heard great things about Keysearch, but haven’t tried that one.
I’ve been using KWFinder. It’s a fairly basic keyword research tool. But to be honest, It’s perfectly sufficient for most bloggers.
KWFinder has three pricing plans. The most basic one costs $29 per month and gives you 100 keyword searches per 24 hours, which in my experience is enough.
Tailwind is a scheduling tool for Pinterest and Instagram. I haven’t tried it for Instagram, but it’s been a life-saver for me when it comes to Pinterest.
If you didn’t know, with the new algorithm, Pinterest now wants its users to be pinning new pins daily. This can be quite a time-consuming task, so I find it easier to schedule them ahead. The issue is that the built-in scheduler on Pinterest allows you to schedule only a certain amount of pins before marking your account as spam.
This is where Tailwind comes in. Yes, the blogger still needs to manually pin every now and then unless they want to get marked as spam, but Tailwind can be a great help. It allows you to schedule as many pins as you like. What I like the most is the insights feature that tells you when your audience is most active.
A very popular feature is also Tailwind tribes. Those are groups of pinners where they share their pins and then repin or reshare others’ pins.
The price for each Pinterest and Instagram plan is $9.99 per month billed yearly.
Grammarly is a popular spellchecker. No matter how many times you proofread a blog post, you’ll always be able to spot some grammatical errors or misspellings in there. Or, if you’re like me, and English is not your first language, a good spellchecker can be a life-saver.
Grammarly doesn’t just correct misspellings. It also detects issues in the delivery, your word choice, fluency, and it also detects plagiarism.
I also like the voice tone detection feature which tells you how your writing sounds. This is great for branding purposes. If the blogger wants to keep their brand consistent and sound the same in each blog post, this feature might come in pretty handy.
The monthly plan for Grammarly premium costs $29.95 per month. You can also pay it quarterly ($19.98 per month) or yearly ($11.66 per month)
2. Technical gifts for bloggers
Blogging isn’t just about the software you’re using. It requires some technical gear as well. We’ll go over some of the most used technical gear in this section.
Camera & Lenses
$$ – $$$$
If the niche requires a lot of imagery (think fashion, beauty, food, travel, or home decor blogs), a good camera and lens can be a great investment.
Just a side note, camera equipment can be your best bet when looking for gifts for vloggers!
I’ve been using my Canon EOS 700D (Canon Rebel T5i in America) for my fashion blog and I’m very happy with it. It’s a beginner-friendly DSLR so it doesn’t have any incomprehensible features. What I also like about this camera is that it has a flip screen. That means you can be filming yourself while being able to see what you’re recording.
Each DSLR also needs a lens. You can either buy the body without a lens or you can also purchase it with the kit one (EFS 18-55mm). But to be honest, the quality of the kit lens isn’t great.
I’ve been using a 50mm lens. It’s a prime lens, which means you can’t zoom in or zoom out. You can buy this lens from Canon, but I purchased mine from Yongnuo. This is a cheaper version, but the quality is great.
The DSLR has a crop sensor, which means that these two together will crop the image quite a lot. When I’m shooting my fashion images with this gear, the person taking photos of me usually needs to be standing on the opposite side of the road to get a full picture of me. This can be quite annoying so you can consider purchasing a zoom lens.
I’ve been eyeing the 24-70mm lens. According to the reviews, it’s a great quality versatile lens for a lot of types of photography.
But some people don’t like DSLRs and prefer compact cameras. To be honest, I don’t own a compact camera, so I can’t recommend you any.
When purchasing cameras and lenses, also consider what type of photography the blogger is taking. A beauty blogger will have different needs than a home decor blogger.
A tripod can be a great addition to the photography gear. I have this one from Amazon. It’s a basic light-weight tripod. It’s also super cheap in comparison to other tripods on the market.
If your friend’s blog relies on indoor photography or videos, light equipment might make their job a lot easier. A good ring light or lightbox can be very helpful.
When it comes to the ring light, a lot of bloggers recommend this one from Neewer. Ring lights are generally great for beauty bloggers or recording YouTube videos. If your friend’s blog requires quite a bit more product photography, a better option might be a lightbox.
Laptop or computer
$$$ – $$$$
Surprise, surprise! Blogging requires a computer! Each blogger has different preferences when it comes to the type and also the brand of the laptop or computer.
I love my 12inch MacBook. It’s light-weight and small so I can put it in my tote and go wherever I like.
I’ve also heard great things about MacBook Air which is a similar size and weight.
$ – $$
Headphones or earphones can actually be a great gift for a blogger. They can be great for podcasting and video editing. I use them to block out any outside noises while working.
I’m using Apple AirPods. Yes, I’m an Apple stan!
Portable charger or power bank
A portable charger can be a real life-saver. It’s happened to me many times that my phone is about to die when I need it, but I don’t have the option to charge it. Sometimes, I shoot my fashion photos on my phone. But for some reason, this drains the battery like crazy. That’s where a power bank comes in.
I’ve had this one for a few years now and it’s amazing! It even has a flashlight. Although, I rarely use the flashlight.
Some bloggers don’t like working at desks. Some of us prefer staying in the comfort of our beds. If that’s the case for your blogger friend or family member, a laptop stand might be a great gift!
I have this laptop stand from Rain Design. It’s padded with cushions so you can rest your wrists to make the computer work more comfortable.
USB flash drive or external hard drive
$ – $$
Quite a basic item, but a useful one nonetheless. Bloggers create a lot of content that needs to be stored somewhere. Yes, you can keep everything on your computer, but it’s better to be safe in the case of your computer breaking.
ADATA has always been my go-to brand for flash drives. And this one has been my trusty companion for a few years.
A book can be an amazing inexpensive gift for anyone. Bloggers included.
There are quite a few books about blogging, and to be completely honest with you, I haven’t read any of them. But there are also quite a few books that are not about blogging, but I believe any blogger and business owner would benefit from reading. Here are my recommendations:
“Unlimited SEO Search Traffic” by Deon Christie
Deon’s ebook walks you step by step through promoting your blog on Quora and generating unlimited traffic from that and leveraging that traffic with affiliate marketing. The book is extremely detailed and will walk you through the process of setting up your Quora profile to indexing affiliate links. For the price, the book is a total steal!
“The 4-Hour Workweek” by Tim Ferriss
Okay, so the title might be quite a stretch, but it’s a value-packed book nonetheless. Bloggers are responsible for a lot of things in their business. And, let’s face it, it requires a lot of time to manage a blog business. “The 4-Hour Workweek” will teach you how to manage your time better and more efficiently, so you can focus on other things as well and not just work.
“She Means Business” by Carrie Green
Carrie is my absolute female entrepreneur idol. Of course, her book made it to this list! Carrie shares her entrepreneurial journey and teaches the reader how to start a business and become in her words “wildly successful”. She gives you practical advice on starting a business as well as how to program yourself for success by changing your mindset.
4. Photo editing and graphic design
As I already said, blogging is image-heavy. And apart from camera equipment, there are also a lot of programs and software that help bloggers produce amazing visual content.
Canva is graphic design software for beginners. It has a drag and drop feature and a lot of pre-made templates to choose from. A lot of bloggers use Canva for designing their social media graphics, freebies, and various elements of their blogs.
Canva Pro costs $9.95 per month billed yearly.
Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan
If your friend’s blog requires a lot of photography, editing software is a must. I like the Photography plan from Adobe. This plan includes Lightroom Classic, Lightroom, and Photoshop. Lightroom and Lightroom Classic are pretty much two versions of the same software. It’s a photo editing program that’s very easy to use. Photoshop is also an editing software but different from Lightroom.
The Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan costs $9.99 per month.
Some people prefer using premade presets for their photography. That’s a premade editing bundle you just copy and paste on the photo. Keep in mind that these are exclusive to Lightroom so they will only work if the person already has the editing software.
You can purchase Lightroom presets on sites such as Etsy or from individual bloggers or photographers. Most Lightroom presets cost less than $10 so they make up for a great affordable gift!
Stock photo membership
Blogging, in general, requires a lot of imagery. But not all bloggers like taking their own photos. Some bloggers prefer using stock photos. If that’s the case, a stock photo membership might be a great gift!
There are quite a few stock photography memberships to choose from. But I like the Ivory Mix subscription the most. It costs $197 per year.
$ – $$
To be honest with you, I haven’t taken pretty much any blogging courses, so I can’t recommend you any.
But, if you want to give your friend a course, look for ones in the following categories:
- Affiliate marketing
- Business or marketing-related
- Graphic design
- Email marketing
- Content marketing
- Social media courses
Keep in mind that the prices can vary quite a lot based on the size of the course.
If you know your friend or family member is using Pinterest to promote their blog, a Pinterest course might be the perfect gift! I highly recommend Pinterest with Ell. Ell is a blogger from Boss Girl Bloggers and her course is an amazing course for beginners who want to use Pinterest to drive traffic to their blog.
For $47, this course is a great investment!
Then, I also recommend Skillshare. Skillshare is a platform with thousands of courses on various topics. For the yearly price of $99, it’s a great value!
Here, you’ll find everything else that doesn’t really fit into a specific category.
My ultimate blog planner
I’m releasing a blog planner/blog kit next week, so I’ll update this list then. But it’s going to be a super practical and affordable gift for any blogger!
Fill out the form below so you’re the first one to know about the release!
A good old journal can be an amazing gift for any blogger. Running a blog requires a lot of organization and planning, which also requires a lot of journals, notebooks, and notepads!
Stationary, in general, can be a great gift for a blogger of any niche. As I said, us bloggers plan and organize a lot, and stationery makes it a lot easier.
Some people don’t like using traditional journals and notepads for various reasons. In that case, an organization app could be a great alternative.
I don’t really use organization apps as I prefer physical journals, but a few organization apps people recommend a lot are:
$$$ – $$$$
We’ve already talked about blogging courses, but some bloggers offer coaching services to others. To find one, simply type “blog coach” into Google Search, Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, or, well, any other social media platform.
But, what I would suggest is that you ask your blogger friend or family member who their favorite blog gurus are and find out if the person offers coaching services.
Just keep in mind that this option will be more expensive than purchasing a course.
What does a blog coach do?
A blog coach is a person who will lead you through the process of starting and running a blog business basically by hand. They will help you find the best niche for you, brand your business, create the best content for the blog, and also monetize the blog.
Blog and website services
$$ – $$$$
Running a blog can be difficult at times. Especially if there’s something not working on your website and you have no idea how to fix it yourself.
You can ask your friend if there’s something you could help with. For instance, your friend might be struggling with the loading speed, but fixing it would require them to dig into the code of the site, which is beyond their skills. You might offer to hire a web developer who will fix it for them.
$ – $$
If you genuinely have no idea what to give your blogger friend or family member, why not give them a gift card to their favorite store?
For instance, when it comes to gifts for fashion bloggers, clothes might be your first idea. But from my experience, whenever someone from my family gives me clothes, they don’t exactly hit the nail on the head with the style of the clothes.
A gift card would have done the job without you wasting your money!
Pinterest pin templates
As I mentioned, Pinterest wants its users to be creating new pins daily. This can be quite time-consuming. Luckily, there are bloggers out there who have created Pinterest templates that speed up the whole process quite significantly.
They are also pretty affordable. Most Pinterest templates cost less than $50.
Most bloggers won’t say no to coffee. Just saying! Ask them what their favorite brand is or give them a gift card to their favorite coffee shop.
Once again, if your friend’s blog requires a lot of imagery, especially flatlay imagery, photo props might be a great gift. This can be really anything. From plastic roses to pretty photo frames. Make sure to discuss this one with the blogger.
$$$ – $$$$
We’ve already talked about blog themes, but perhaps your friend or family member doesn’t know or have the skills to create a decent-looking website. If that’s the case, you can hire a web designer for them!
I will repeat myself, but I can’t stress this enough: discuss with your friend or family member before you purchase anything. Each blogger has different preferences and also some products suit different niches better.
Other than that, I really hope you enjoyed this blogger gift guide and let me know what you think!