Top 10 Gifts for the Creative Thinker

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Are you struggling to buy for the creative thinker in your life? Here’s a list of ideas to get you started.


IdeaPaint‘s amazingly simple to use Whiteboard Paint

Creative thinkers want space to think. Lots of space. Give them this paint and a wall and they’ll create their own thinking space. Just make sure they have a wall available.


Very cool white board markers

With an entire wall made into a whiteboard, she’ll need some whiteboard markers. And for the green creative in your life, there are refillable white board markers!


Neocube magnet puzzle

Creative thinkers love magnets. And lots of tiny round magnets are even better. Just as the old joke goes, “How do you keep a creative thinker busy? Give them a pile of round magnets.”


Evernote gift pack

Your creative thinker will never lose another creative thought again. Web, smart phone, Mac and PC are all interlinked in this amazing tool.

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Tassimo‘s Home Brewing System

Every creative drinks beverages. It’s a fact. And with this amazing home brewing system, they can make any beverage they like. Coffee, tea and hot chocolate are only the tip of the iceberg. This little guy “knows” what you want and makes it. Cappuccino? Pop in the appropriate T DISC  and he knows what you want. Espresso? No problem.


Something that makes people take a second look

Creatives want to be noticed, but not overly so. Something subtle. I have a pair of non-symmetric earrings custom designed by La Luna Designs. For men, a bow-tie or curious tie-tack is nice.


Levenger paper

They have a whiteboard at home and Evernote on the run. But sometimes a thinker wants to snuggle down with their Tossimo coffee and a notepad to write or draw. Smooth elegant paper is the way to go.



Personalized License Plate

Is your thinker CREATV, SMRT or WITTY? Google search customized license plate <location> to find the right place to order a customized plate for your loved one. Some places even let you get gift certificates. I have a personalized plate in Texas and I love it!


Livescribe Smartpen

These pens record audio while you take notes. And they remember what part of your notes go with what part of the audio! A smart thinker needs a Smartpen.


Shrink Paper

This stuff looks lame (it’s just sheets of plastic) but in a creative’s hands it will turn into amazing things. Ornaments, wine glass charms, luggage tags, name tags, coasters… the list never ends.

Perfect for writing thank you notes, too. You write the note on the shrink paper, then bake it so it shrinks. It’s the kind of note that people will keep forever.


For a bonus, you could put them on the mailing list so they get all the best in creative thinking. Sorry, I couldn’t resist.

Are you a creative thinker? What do you want this Holiday Season? Please share in the comments.

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4 Responses to Top 10 Gifts for the Creative Thinker
  1. Cynthia
    December 7, 2010 | 12:54 pm

    I could have used that Smartpen back when I was doing a lot of face-to-face interviews. I always took notes as we talked and it would have cleared up some odd things on the page probably when I reviewed it all.

    Nice list

    • Idearella
      December 8, 2010 | 5:26 am

      Thanks, Cynthia.

      I don’t have the Smartpen, yet. But my brother-in-law does. I coveted it. I can imagine how beneficial it would be in an interview.

  2. Sarah Arrow
    December 9, 2010 | 3:33 pm

    I had forgot all about shrink paper, oh the fun you can have with that 🙂
    Great list, quite like the look of the evernote pack.

    • Idearella
      December 13, 2010 | 4:16 am

      Yes indeed! I even made tree ornaments one year with them – and used screenshots of our names on license plates to print. So we all have tiny license plate ornaments!

      Evernote is fabulous! Thanks for your comments, Sarah!

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