Christmas Wish List for Designers
It’ll soon be December and everyone will be making their annual trip up the loft to get the Christmas decorations down, to make their homes festive. The neighbours will be up ladders erecting their festive display and it will brighten the street once again. It will be time to bake mince pies and to douse your Christmas cake with more brandy before icing. Shops will be getting busier as everyone realises how little shopping days there are left. So following on from our ‘26 Gift Ideas for a Designer‘ we thought you’d appreciate some Christmas gift ideas for your fellow designer friends and family. At Ocean Print we have selected our favourites to give you a variety of options whether you’re buying for the young or old, male or female with a wide price range depending on how generous you want to be. Then it’ll be time to find the Christmas wrapping paper, light your favourite spiced fragrant candles, turn on the Christmas tunes and get comfortable for a long night of wrapping! We hope you find our Christmas gift blog helpful and welcome your comments.
Lego Macintosh MiniComputer (£tba)
How cool is this little Lego Macintosh creation? Well, we thought so here in the Ocean Print studio. Unfortunately this is not available to buy yet, however in order for Lego to approve this design they need 10,000 supporters. If you love it please click on the link and show your support, there’s no charge you’ll just need a Lego ID to log on to the website and spread the word, find the website here.
Minecraft Creeper Face Square Mug (£8.57)
Whether you slurp down a mug of tea or coffee, having your own special mug is an important part of looking cool at home or the office. Now you can truly set yourself apart from your colleagues with the Creeper Mug! Guzzle cup after cup in this one-of-a-kind mug. Don’t just be a square, drink from a square!! Available at popcultcha.com.
Pac-Man Earrings (£9)
Add an amusing touch to someones outfit this Christmas with these Pac-Man earrings, an ideal gift for the retro gamer! Both based on the classic characters and made of gold metal alloy or silver plated. Available at notonthehightstreet.com.
Adobe Throw Cushions (£12.50)
At the end of a long hard day there is nothing better than finally sitting down and relaxing, with these bright inviting cushions to welcome you home. A quirky must have for the avid graphic or web designer. These will add interest to a modern home or even a studio reception or break room. Available at redbubble.com for only £12.50 each.
Star Wars Origami (£12.99)
For those who have read our previous blog posts you’ll know that we love Star Wars here in our studio. Unwrapping this creative Star Wars origami book will be fun for both boys and girls this Christmas! Inside are 36 ingenious origami projects from a galaxy far, far away… make an X-wing Starfighter, Death Star or Darth Vader, Jabba the Hutt and Yoda. Full instructions for each project, 72 tear-out sheets of specially printed origami paper. Available at prezzybox.com.
Super Nintendo Gamer Soap Cartridges (£12.99)
Clean up this Christmas with these citrus scented soapy life-sized recreations of classic SNES game cartridges, including Donkey Kong Country, Street Fighter 2 Turbo, Super Mario Kart and The Legend of Zelda. The soaps are UK exclusive to firebox.com.
Engraved Power Bank Phone Recharger (£17.50)
For the days when a fully charged phone battery just isn’t enough, a spare power bank is a must! Red, Blue, Gold or Charcoal colours available. Compatible with all smartphones and any portable device that charges from a USB lead. Then you simply carry this “spare battery” around with you and use when needed, then recharge and reuse as required. Available at notonthehighstreet.com.
Happy Classic T-shirts (£19.45)
Clothing is always appreciated and what is better than a t-shirt with humour – a Mac t-shirt of course! Reminiscing over past Macintosh computers is another Ocean Print part-time here in the studio. This t-shirt is 100% cotton and available in 6 sizes at redbubble.com.
Apple Photoshop Keyboard Cover (£24.99)
Adobe Photoshop can be a really daunting program. Much like anything else, it takes time to get good at it. Now with this cover, your Photoshop projects will get edited faster because you can spend more time working on your project and less time memorising the programs shortcut keys. Compatible with three of the MacBook range (MacBook / MacBook Air / MacBook Pro). The cover is designed not to slip or slide and has a silky smooth feel that is soft and comfortable to the touch and will not restrict typing. Keep your laptop clean and in perfect condition. Available at cvp.com.
Perpetual Calendar (£59.50)
I love it when I find a product that is pure minimalist plus functional and this is one of them. Designed for the Museum of Modern Art, NY by the Award winning designer Gideon Dagan. The Perpetual Calendar is innovative and an eco-conscious product as it can be used year after year, available in two sizes and will look ultra cool at work or at home either mounted on a wall, desktop or side board. It’s string-tethered Maglev (magnetic levitation) ball is suspended in mid-air and is manually moved to mark each month. A second ball on the horizontal beam indicates the day. The new small version, designed in 2008, commemorates the 10th anniversary of the original design. You can buy this calendar here.
Sphero Star Wars BB-8 (£116.99 – £129.95)
If you know a die-hard Star Wars fan this is sure to make them smile with glee. BB-8 is an app controlled rolling spherical toy with its magnetically floating head, along with classic sounds and graphics. Just pop BB-8 on top of the charging dock, plug it in and it’ll start juicing up, with three hours of charging giving you around an hour of rolling around. In patrol mode set it of to roam around, crashing into walls and it’ll keep note of what’s going on around it or in Drive mode it will let you control the droid to your liking, giving it a quick speed boost at the touch of a button and in Message mode you can record and view holographic messages, just like R2-D2! It is capable of showing a few emotions by tilting its head from side to side. It is bound to be a top seller as the new film is gearing up for its launch in December. You can buy BB-8 here.
4th Generation Apple TV (£129 32GB – £169 64GB)
Steam all your movies, TV shows, music and photos from your computer to your HD television. The new 4th generation Apple TV is the future of apps on your HD television including games. Plus the introduction of Siri to the remote – great for searching, using touch and voice to interact with your TV screen. Everything you could possibly imagine in the comfort of your living room and you pick it up from the Apple store.
Meccano Mexxanoid Personal Robot (£169.99 – £349.99)
Technology has really come a long way and now you (or your kids) can own your own robot that you can build and program yourself, anyway you want with the latest Meccano parts. They tell jokes, play games and mimic your actions. The Meccanoid is available in two sizes, about 2ft tall and 4ft tall. Meccano Maker System allows multiple ways to build! Rebuild your Meccanoid as a dinosaur or anything else you can imagine. Meccanoid G15 KS and Meccanoid G15 features 3 easy and innovative programming options, smart device is required. Available at meccano.com and toysrus.com.
Harman Kardon Onyx Wireless Speaker (£499.99)
Sophisticated design features a stainless steel handle, aluminum-finish passive radiator and real leather and it’s portable too. Fill your home with room-filling sound from the fantastic Harman Kardon Onyx Wireless Speaker. The built-in Bluetooth, AirPlay and DLNA will easily connect to all your home and mobile devices, thus delivering an unmatchable music experience altogether. By just setting up the remote app for streaming your music from any source effortlessly in no time. Impressive battery life provides 5 hours of portable playback time (wirelessly) or 8 hours of playback (wired). Available at harmankardon.co.uk.
Drone Aerial Photography (Phantom 3 Standard £619)
Want to achieve a new angle for your photos? You need a flying camera. Great for a budding photographer or filmographer. Safe, easy and fun to fly, makes it possible for everyone to reach for the sky. The drone has a follow me mode and circles around a point of interest.
- Easy to Fly: An intelligent flight system automatically keeps your Phantom 3 Standard in the air and under your control.
- Amazing Images: Take stunning 2.7K HD videos and 12 Megapixel photos with the integrated camera.
- Stable Footage: DJI’s advanced gimbal stabilisation technology gives you movie-quality results no matter how you fly.
- Enjoy the View: A live video feed gives you a 720p HD real-time view of what your camera sees right on your mobile device.
- Peace of Mind: Fly up to 25 minutes on a single charge, and the Intelligent Flight Battery will automatically remind you when power is running low.
Available at store.dji.com.
TopBrewer Scanomat Home Edition (£7,194)
A tap with an app! Be your own barista. To make it clear a beautifully designed drinks dispenser without the bulky machine on your worktop. Not just for your coffee either, by the power of your Smartphone you’re in control, tap for tea, still and sparkling water, frothed milk or creamy hot chocolate at the perfect temperature. You can be your own barista by adjusting the amount of milk foam added for your perfect cup. It is simply revolutionary and you can grab it here.