23 last-minute gift ideas for all the marketers in your life

If the fact that Christmas is less than a week away makes you feel panicky, never fear. We’ve got you covered!

We know that marketers can be a bit eccentric, which is why we’ve put together a list of different last-minute gift ideas for all the marketers in your life.

There’s something for everyone – from food to gadgets to books. So whether your favorite marketers are the creative types, the analytics freaks, or somewhere in between, here’s your comprehensive list of gift ideas to help you through the holiday season.

Take a look and then let us know: What other gift ideas do you have for the marketers in your life?


For Creatives


A mini Buddha board
What makes the Buddha board so therapeutic is the fact that the doodles disappear after a little while – the perfect gift for the creative perfectionist (especially those of us who do NOT have a steady hand).

Pretty much anything from the Pantone lifestyle store
Pantone is the authority on color, as the organization behind the Pantone Matching System. Delight your designer friends by selecting a special gift from the Pantone lifestyle store, whether it’s a travel mug, a keychain, or a phone case.

Quirky desk and office accessories, like this and this
Creatives are all about self-expression, and what better way to express yourself at work than with fun desk accessories?

A set of colorful pens
Whether for doodling or note-taking, these colorful pens can help take the workday from drab to fab. Okay, maybe not – but they are definitely more fun to use than the boring black and blue pens you’ll find in the office supply closet.


For Data Freaks


Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions by Dr. Dan Ariely
This statistic-rich book provides an interesting look at human behavior – and how marketers can apply different principles for more effective campaigns. Give the data marketers in your life an entirely new insight into what drives human choices.

Storytelling with Data: A Data Visualization Guide for Business Professionals by Cole Nussbaumer Knafflic
If you know a marketer who is great with numbers, but not so great at explaining what those numbers mean to others (upper management, for instance), this is the perfect gift. Whether it’s showing how the latest campaign performed or delving into web analytics, Storytelling with Data is meant to help data-focused marketers get to the most important information for colleagues in the simplest way possible.

Noise-cancelling headphones
A good pair of noise-cancelling headphones would be a great gift for anyone who spends a lot of time working with spreadsheets and may need to get in the zone from time to time.


For Digital Marketers and Techies


A snarky t-shirt
Do you know a digital marketer or SEO who is super proud of his/her work? Help ‘em wear their skills proudly with a snarky t-shirt.

A Portable phone charger & Travel cord roll
We all know how important a fully-charged phone is for digital marketers and social media managers –between checking emails and social media notifications, having access to all kinds of software or apps, to being ready to shoot that amazing video for Instagram stories. Enough said.

Kaci QI Wireless Charger
Speaking of keeping phones powered up… With the ability to charge five phones at the same time (three wirelessly and two in USB ports), this $38 charger could be a gift for the entire office.

A 360 degree camera
If you really want to splurge on your favorite marketer, a 360-degree camera would make an awesome gift. Just keep in mind that this gift idea would be best for event marketers, outdoorsy-types, or those who have interesting or exciting spaces to show off.

The Moleskine Smart Writing Set
Of course we LOVE this Moleskine Smart Writing Set… It’s the perfect application of combining print and digital! For the marketers, the Smart Writing Set is an easy way to take and share notes, save notes and ideas in a safe (digital) place, and it’s just freaking cool.


For Any Marketer


Work-Day Essentials:

A Starbucks gift card
Do we really need to elaborate?

An oil diffuser and essential oils to help them during the workday
An oil diffuser is the gift that keeps on giving. For high-stress days, your beloved marketer can use lavender or other stress-relieving essential oils. For the days where inspiration is in short supply, they can diffuse creativity-boosting tangerine. Really, the options are endless.

A big-@$$ calendar
Because marketers have A LOT of deadlines to remember.


Reading Material:

Everybody Writes: Your Go-To Guide to Creating Ridiculously Good Content by Ann Handley
Author and long-time marketer Ann Handley believes that, in a world filled with terrible content, the ability to write well matters now more than ever. That is especially true for marketers, whose jobs include writing – whether they’re creating website or social media content, writing copy for print marketing, crafting scripts for in-person events, or simply managing their personal brands online.


Your Ad Ignored Here by Tom Fishburne
This book is ideal for the marketer with a sense of humor. Marketoonist Tom Fishburne has a knack for poking fun at the worst (and most outrageous) aspects of working in marketing in the 21st century, and so this collection of more than 15-years-worth of cartoons makes the perfect coffee table book


An Audible Subscription
Why settle for just one book when you can gift an entire year’s worth of audiobooks for your dear marketing friends? Beyond audiobooks, Audible includes “Audible Channels”, a library of podcast-like pieces including original content and that from major publishers. It’s the perfect gift for marketers who are constantly looking to learn.


Just plain fun:

A Feisty Toy Unicorn
Because sometimes you are a happy unicorn and sometimes you’re not. Practically speaking, this unicorn (or any other animal, for that matter) can serve as an alert system to let coworkers know when a marketer is on deadline. Think of it like a creative “Do Not Disturb” sign.

A necktie travel roll
Do you know a man who works in marketing and travels from time to time? Help him stay tidy and save space with this travel case for ties. It’s functional – and looks cool, too.

Runners High Necktie
It’s a well-known fact that marketers can get away with quirky accessories. Help your favorite male marketer show off his favorite hobby with the “Runners High Necktie” from Uncommon Goods.

Zingerman’s Camp Bacon Box
Okay, so this one doesn’t have to be reserved just for marketers… Who doesn’t know a bacon fanatic? The Camp Bacon Box is the perfect gift for someone who can’t get enough of the salty, savory goodness that is bacon. We’ve already ordered four…



There you have it: our 23 somewhat random, ridiculously awesome gift ideas for all the marketers in your life. Now you tell us: What are you getting us… er, them?   


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