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Gift Guide For The Creative Type

By Simone C. Porter
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It’s gift-giving time again, but you’re feeling like you’ve spent one too many holidays in the gift card section at Walgreens. Why not mix things up this year?

If you’re still on the fence about what to get the writer, the incense-burning bohemian, the aspiring photographer or the designer in training, look no further.

We’ve gathered a few really unique items to fit their tastes and your budget, no matter what they happen to be.

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Photo Credit: Photojojo

It’s The Thought (Under $25)

For the perfect shot, these camera lens shot glasses from Photojojo at $18 are just what your budding photog needs. Modeled after the Canon EF 24-105mm zoom lens, and just as detailed, right down to the raised switches, they come in sets of three. They can also be used as tiny planters or storage for memory cards.

For the truly crafty, Mark Montano, designer for the TV show “While You Were Out,” recently released “The Big-Ass Book of Crafts 2.” This sequel to the wildly popular 2008 edition is the ultimate in creative inspiration, covering everything from decking out your living space to making your own all-natural body products. Find the 384-page gem on Amazon Gift Guide For The Creative Type for just $13.17.

The Ticket Stub Diary lets those sentimental scrapbookers save tickets from museums, concerts and movies and jot down their thoughts. Maybe this will inspire them to finally dismantle that shrine to Lady Gaga. The diary retails for $10.09 at goHastings. The “Q & A a day” 5-year journal, available at Overstock, prompts the writer to answer a new question everyday. This will help your favorite creative track their progression, both as an artist and a person. If they have commitment issues, opt for something a little less intimidating. The “One Sketch a Day” visual journal from Chronicle Books for $15.95 is a charming little keepsake with spaces to draw for one year.

Camera Lens Shot Glasses – Photojojo ($18)

The Big-Ass Book of Crafts 2 Gift Guide For The Creative Type – Amazon ($13.17)

Ticket Stub Diary – goHastings ($10.09)

“Q & A a Day” 5-Year Journal – Overstock ($11.43)

“One Sketch a Day” Visual Journal – Chronicle Books ($15.95)

  • Zahirah

    That was a GREAT peice done on 60 minutes about hmseleos families.I am a volunteer director at a Food Pantry in Troy, NY and when I watched your video on Hard Times Generation about the children who are hmseleos/hungry in Florida it really hit home. We too are seeing such an increase in families coming into our pantry looking for help. Many of them are what we are calling The working poor . They are families that are trying to stay afloat in this tough economy and often have to choose between feeding their families or paying electric bills, mortgages, medical costs and so many other bills. We opened our pantry in 2000 and have seen a GREAT increase in just the past year. It is sad to see these parents coming in with their heads hung in shame and asking for help when they tell us only a year ago they themselves GAVE food to local pantries. More months than not we worry that we as a pantry will run out of food and personal products to give to those who come looking for help, but through the grace of God it always comes. We have gone from averaging 25-30 families a month looking for assistance to more than double that in most months. When people come to us and want to know why we do this we usually just say.. We are all one pay check away from being in their shoes, so while we can, we help !

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