The holiday season is here. Do you know what you’ll be getting for the designer in your life? If not, find inspiration from this list of most coveted gifts this year from SendGrid’s User Experience and Design team.

Most Wanted From SendGrid’s Design Team

Field Notes Notebook

$12.95

“A designer can never have too many sketch books. Field notes has become a cult favorite among designers due to its simplicity and small size. You can fit it in your pocket and take it everywhere you travel. Plus this season’s limited edition has dark metallic foil on the cover!” – Tyler, Sr. Product Designer 

A Book Apart Gift Card

$25.00

“As a web designer, lifelong learning is a necessity to stay sharp and up to speed. Nobody provides better primers on the essentials of building the web well than A Book Apart, from Javascript for Web Designers to Responsive Design.” – Nate, Web Developer 

Particle Internet Button

$49.00

“Remember that feeling when you got a set of LEGOs and couldn’t wait to build something with it? The Particle Internet button is that, but for grown-up geeks. This IoT device couples accelerometers, LEDs, and physical buttons with a wifi-connected Photon chip. You can start building things immediately—no soldering or electrical engineering expertise required!” – Todd, Sr. Product Designer 

Nintendo Classic

$60.00

“The Nintendo Classic is a replica NES system the size of your hand, preloaded with 30 classic video games. Relive your childhood memories playing games like Super Mario Bros 3, Kirby’s Adventure, and The Legend of Zelda.” – Jason, Sr. Interaction Designer

Subscription to Spotify

$60.00

“As a designer, it’s important to focus. Having access to music you love makes it easy to put on your headphones, get into the flow, and get some stuff done.” – Travis, Sr. Product Designer 

Beoplay A1 Portable (and Beautiful) Speaker

$249.00

“This ultra-portable and ultra-beautiful speaker is the perfect companion for the designer in your life. Perfectly designed to slip in your backpack for inspiration-seeking adventures or to hang from a hook in your home office so you have your music with you every step of the way.” – Katie, Web Designer 

Silhouette Cameo

$299.99

“You can make decorations, personalized tags for gifts, and cutouts to be used for personalized cards or scrapbooking. It allows me to get my creative juices flowing while adding a personal touch; it takes paper-crafting to a whole new level.” – Ramona, UX Researcher/Analyst

U-Turn Turntable

$359.00

“Perfect for every audiophile. If you care about high-fidelity sound then this beauty is for you. They come in a wide range of colors to fit your home. If you pony up you can even get a walnut veneer version of it.” – Evan, Manager of Creative

Our Favorite Books

You can never go wrong with a book! This collection of favorites ranges from graphic design to front-end development:

  1. A Book Apart’s Responsive Design Collection
  2. Dangerous Curves – Mastering logotype design
  3. Kern and Burn: Conversations With Design Entrepreneurs
  4. Lean UX
  5. The Art of Rock
  6. Big Magic
  7. Creative Confidence
  8. The Elements of Typographic Style
  9. Thinking with Type
  10. Los Logos
  11. Scripts
  12. Identity Suite
  13. Sprint
  14. A Book Apart’s Front End Fundamentals Collection

Shopping Sites That Our Designers Love

Looking for even more ideas? Here are the shops that our team loves:



Katrina Lindohlm
Katrina is Senior Director of User Experience at SendGrid where she leads customer-centered research and design processes.