The Very Best Christmas Gifts for a UX Designer

and December 16th, 2016

What do you get for the UX Designer in your life? They know exactly what they like. And from a quick peek at their desktop, they already seem to have a ton of gadgets. So what makes the perfect gift?

Well, we gathered a few ideas from our design team…

Below are 17 awesome gifts for a UX Designer:


1. 99u Manage Your Day-to-Day

US $6.99


Being a UX Designer is not easy. Sometimes, we find ourselves distracted and overwhelmed. And that’s why we recommend 99u’s Manage Your Day-to-Day to help the UX Designer in your life to take on their professional stresses head-on.



2. Pilot FriXion Ball Clicker Erasable Gel Pens, Fine Point, Black, 3/Pack

US $8.49

UX Designers are especially good at conceptualising things, and the best way to do it is by sketching them out on Paper. So it is no wonder why pencil and paper are still the tools of choice for many UX Designers. The Pilot Frixion erasable pen extends the toolkit so much more and would be a welcome addition to any UX designer’s table.



3. Well-Designed: How to Use Empathy to Create Products People Love

US $10.54

Well-Designed, by Jon Kolko (the legendary interaction designer of frog design) is filled with insights from his many years of experience in 500+ fortune companies. In it, a UX Designer will find answers to vital questions like, “How does a company like Nest, creator of the mundane thermostat, earn accolades like “beautiful” and “revolutionary” and a $3.2 billion Google buyout?” We highly recommended this for its mentorship values.



4. 11+ World Clock

US $35

Designed by the Korean design company 11+, the World Clock is a minimalist cylindrical timepiece that will serve a dual purpose for UX Designers. Not only will it make it childishly easy to adjust to 24 different time zones in a click, but the intelligence of its design will also be a constant source of inspiration at all times.



5. UI STENCILS Everyday Carry Kit

Starts from US $39

The UI STENCILS everyday carry kit includes the most commonly used iconography and interaction techniques for all devices, from phone to tablet. It promises to make the life of a UX designer not only more efficient but also fun.



6. USERBRAIN Subscription

US $49/month

The best gift a UX Designer can receive is User Insights. And that’s exactly what USERBRAIN offers, every week in the form of videos of real users using their designs.



7. MUJI Wall Mounted Bluetooth Speaker with FM Radio

UK £90.00

We can’t have a list without an object by Muji. And this wall mounted bluetooth speaker is a great piece of aural and visual aesthetic for any UX Designer’s work area. You might not realize how dancing to some music while wireframing is immensely productive.



8. Sketch

US $99

What more can we say about this app – except that it is a must have for all UX designers. Perfect for designing for multiple devices, and delivering assets is a breeze. Sketch‘s growth is out of this world; new resources and plugins are coming out almost on a daily basis.



9. Less and More: The Design Ethos of Dieter Rams

US $106.10

Dieter Rams is one of the most influential industrial designers of the late 20th century, who developed products that were and are used daily by millions of people. This seminal book, covering his work and philosophy is sure to provide inspiration to any UX Designer for years to come.



10. GOOGLE Home

US $129

Google Home is a voice-activated speaker connected to the internet as well as other IoT devices. It can perform tasks such as controlling the thermostat and lighting or playing music over the internet.

To the UX Designer, however, this technology is a treasure chest of scenarios waiting to be explored and then designed for.



11. VANAMCO Device Lab

US $149

UX Designers often have to test their prototypes on multiple devices, and that can be a logistical challenge. The VANAMCO Device Lab solves this rather cumbersome problem. This stand can be set up in three positions, has a small desktop footprint, and can easily be transported from desk to desk. With this, you are gifting the next level of mobile and tablet testing.



12. REFOLD Standing Desk

NZ $200

Here’s another great gift idea for the UX Designer in your life. This 100% recyclable, super-portable Refold standing desk is sure to boost productivity and mood.



13. IDEAPAINT Create Clear

US $225

UX Designers love to visualize their ideas. But what if they didn’t have to be confined to the whiteboard?

With the Create Clear kit from Ideapaint, any room can be turned into a brainstorming environment. The erasable wall-writing technology is bound to inspire the UX Designer in your life to think BIG.



14. B&O Beoplay H7

US $399

UX work requires concentration. And these headphones from Bang & Olufsen are just what the doctor ordered for a quiet listening experience while working on some kickass designs. We recommend the Beoplay H7 for its superior Active noise cancelling and Bluetooth 4.0 wireless connectivity.



15. Rosenfeld Media (Library Pack)

US $399

UX is a fast maturing field, and that means there’s always more to learn about new processes and tools. The Rosenfeld Media UX Library Pack is an up-to-date and exhaustive set of 27 titles for the UX Designer of today.



16. OCULUS Rift

Starts from US $599

Virtual Reality is a reality now! And it’s about to change the way we interact with computers. When you gift a UX Designer an Oculus Rift, you are gifting a chance at designing the next wave of human-computer interaction. The future is here.



17. iPad Pro + Pencil

Starts from US $799 + US $99

Undoubtedly a gift for someone you love very much (mostly because of its hefty price tag!), the iPad Pro, combined with the Pencil, is arguably the most intuitive and fastest way to create design mockups. A perfect addition and huge treat if you are feeling very generous this holiday season.



Hope this list helps you to pass on the joy of Christmas to your loved ones. Let us know in the comments what on the list inspires you, or if we’ve missed out an essential gift idea for the UX designer(s) in your life that absolutely needs to be included!

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of us at Melewi!



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