Having difficulty finding the perfect gift for the blogger in your life? No problem, I’ve done the heavy lifting for you and found some amazing Christmas presents that any blogger will love. Check out these gifts for bloggers and add a little sparkle to your blogger’s Christmas morning.
I know this sounds boring but this software is anything but boring to the blogger in your life – believe me, they will be thanking you forever if you get them these tools, which make running their site a breeze.
A bloggers lifeblood is their email list – all bloggers depend on their subscribed readers to read, share and promote posts which creates a strong and vibrant community. So any tool that helps grow and nurture that list is a must have. Optin Skin enables the creation, testing and monitoring of optin boxes at the bottom of each post – helping to grow the listing and gain new followers. Check it out here*.
Price Range: Mid Range – $67 (single site) $97 (multiple sites)
Most bloggers have a range of products that they promote or expansive social networks that they create content for. Explaindio is a video creation software that creates “appearingly” hand-drawn, high quality videos very simply. So your blogger can create content that really stands out and gets attention. Check it out here.*
Price Range: Mid Range – $47
Another tool in the battle to win email subscribers. This WordPress plugin will enable your blogger to create amazing squeeze pages that encourage their readers to sign up to the blog’s mailing list. Check it out here*.
Price Range: Mid Range – $49
A fabulous mind-mapping software for writers and bloggers. There are loads of mind mapping software out there but Scapple’s endless canvas, that you can keep adding and adding to, makes it a winning proposition. Check it out here*.
Price Range: Stocking Filler – $14.99
My Ecover Maker
This site is great it enables your blogger to upload artwork and then output it in a variety of different 3D forms (books, magazines, cd’s, binders etc) as well as create advertising banners for websites or social media pages. Check it out here*.
Price Range: $99 per year
Give your blogger the gift of enhanced income with this super tool. A very simple solution to maximise affiliate revenues with little effort on the part of your blogger. They link affiliate programmes to keywords and the plugin will automatically update the keywords on the site to become an affiliate (income earning) link. Check it out here*.
Price Range: $37 (single license) or $97 (unlimited license)
OK I know these are large presents (definitely considered purchases) but I guarantee the blogger in your life will love you forever if you furnish them with one of these.
WD My Cloud EX2
When your business is based on data it’s always a great idea to have your own secure system. The WD My Cloud EX2 is a super simple (non techie) solution – with this piece of kit your blogger can create their very own cloud storage solution to back up all their precious files and data. It will speed up their saving process and provide oodles of room for their future needs. Check it out here*.
Price Range: $389 for 4TB up to $697+ for 12TB
Microsoft Surface Pro
For the purposes of a writer or blogger the Microsoft Surface so far exceeds the iPad. Hosting the full windows environment and tools (Word, Excel, Powerpoint etc.) it’s like the lightest laptop ever. So for those mobile bloggers who like to leave the house and write in coffee shops it’s a dream – its battery seems endless and it has USB ports so it’s simple to use with other devices or download data (unlike the iPad). With the detachable keyboard/cover and integral kick-stand it turns from a tablet into a fully functioning laptop. It’s a no-brainer for me I wouldn’t be without mine. Check it out here*.
Price Range: $799+ depending on the configuration you choose.
Apple MacBook Air
Some people would give up their arm before they gave up their Macs – if your blogger is one of these people then the Apple MacBook Air is the nearest equivalent to my beloved Microsoft Surface in terms of weight, ease of mobility and general all around great writing experience – at least that’s what my Mac obsessed friends tell me . So if Mac rocks your blogger’s boat – consider the MacBook Air. Check it out here*.
Price Range – $850+ depending on the configuration you choose.
The one thing all bloggers share is a chronic lack of time – there is always so much to do on a blog and we definitely always dream of extra hands or simpler processes to streamline our production. A virtual assistant to help with some of the admin or a library of amazing photos to minimize our editing time would be amazing but for most hard-working bloggers this is beyond their means. I know they would just love to have that support so why not gift them the ultimate present, that of time – time to blog more and worry about the niggling details less.
I haven’t used a virtual assistant myself – for the same reason the blogger in your life probably hasn’t, as I can’t justify the expense – but boy would I love one to help with finding content, organising my email, scheduling my social media messages etc. Why not spoil your blogger with the gift of some admin support and an extra pair of hands for the more time-consuming and basic jobs. I’ve sourced a few options for you below (but, as I said, I have no experience with them so can’t vouch for them).
Fancy Hands – They do gift packages and are the ones I would choose – Check it out here
AskSunday – Check it out here.
Fiverr Virtual Assistant – Check it out here.
TaskBullet – Check it out here.
Zirtual – Check it out here.
Price Range: Varies massively from $5 per hour & upwards depending on the package & hours purchased.
The images used on a blog make a huge difference to it’s impact and presence but it can get expensive buying photo-library images so why not get a subscription to one of the best photo libraries out there. Brighten up your bloggers day with the gift of vibrant imagery. Check it out here.*
Price Range: From $32 for 30 credits in the pay as you go plan upwards
How many people pay for themselves to go on a training course? Not very many – I think probably because it feels a little self-indulgent and, with so many other things to invest in, people feel reticent to invest in themselves. However the more a blogger learns, the more successful they will be in today’s marketing driven and highly competitive world. So you could gift them success with one of these truly awesome training courses.
Elite Blog Academy
This is something that I am secretly hoping someone will buy me for Christmas – I’ve heard so much about it and it all sounds great. I obviously can’t vouch for it personally but I’d certainly be one happy blogger if I received this on Christmas morning. If you purchase this quickly (ie by 5th December) you can also benefit from a $100 discount against the normal price. Check it out here.
Price Range: $399
Learn Photo Editing
Images are so important to a bloggers success both within their blog and on their social media feeds so gift your blogger the ability to turn perfectly ordinary shots into something totally extraordinary. With this amazing membership training course they will have access to a host of tutorials on editing and manipulating photo’s – it’s truly fab. Check it out here.*
Price Range: $25
SEO and Link Building
SEO is a fundamental marketing strategy for bloggers. Especially in the aftermath of Google’s Penguin updates, many blogs struggle with their loss of Google rankings, visitors and therefore profits. Hence, link risk management as well as link quality management are essential for any business that wants to have or to keep its online presence alive. Help your blogger drive traffic to their site with this Udemy course. Plus if you purchase it through this link and use the voucher code ‘THANKSDEC’! you should get up to a 65% discount (coupon valid until end January 2015). Check it out here.*
Price Range: $97
Okay, okay not the most original idea but it’s the content that’s the true gift in these books – years of expertise is distilled down into these volumes which will guide your bloggers career. Now that’s a gift indeed, the gift of knowledge.
Problogger is written by the publishers of one of the most respected blogging websites (conveniently also called ProBlogger) It’s a great resource to help take a blog and its earnings to the next level. A great gift for any blogger – the gift of potential income assistance. Check it out here.*
Blog for Profit
This book is a must have for any bloggers library. It really opened my eyes to some revenue opportunities that hadn’t occurred to me and it’s written in such an approachable and straightforward way that it makes all the concepts seem really achievable. I love this book and so will the blogger in your life – guaranteed. Check it out here.*
ProBlogger Full Library
The gift of experience and blogging success distilled down into the full ProBlogger library of workbooks and books. This is a fab gift for any blogger – with this reference resource in their library they will have everything they need to make their blog a huge success. Check it out here.*
Copywriting Headline Wizardry
A great headline can attract a huge audience and encourage existing readers to read the post, a bad headline can repel, so learning to write compelling headlines is critical for bloggers. This book is a master class in headline writing. A great addition to any bloggers library. Check it out here.*
Giant Headline Swipe File
Why re-invent the wheel when you can be inspired by the masters. This book is full to the gunnels with great headlines written by some of the copywriting masters of the last few decades and can be adapted to make your bloggers posts really jump out. Check it out here.*
And Finally………. More Gift Ideas
*In the interest of total transparency: I am an affiliate of some of the companies or products I’ve mentioned above (as indicated by a *). What that means is that should you purchase those items I will be paid a small commission for referring you. This doesn’t add to the cost for you at all – the supplier just shares some of their profit with me. I haven’t chosen the products based upon my affiliations, more often than not I choose an item and then see if it has an affiliate programme, if it does I join, if not then I cover the product anyway. This is how I fund my blog – (hosting, images, and all the myriad of products I use to keep this blog alive). I depend on my reputation so would never recommend something I didn’t think was totally awesome. Thanks for clicking.