Oblique Strategies : In 1975, Peter Schmidt and Brian Eno created a creativity kickstart pack of strategy cards. They are the original brainstorming cards with phrases like "small clouds obscure the sun", "disconnect from desire" and "faced with a choice, do both". Over 100 worthwhile dilemmas are hidden in this pack that help snap you out of a creative rut. In its fifth edition now, it's a creative classic.
Flux by Belew, this is a great stocking stuffer for anyone who has an iphone. Kidsleepys got this and we haven't stopped playing with it since, as the visuals and music constantly change this has now become the office-music-app. Really fun.
Digital Doesn't Matter: (and other advertising heresies) - actually digital matters a great deal, but this is not the revolution you might think it is. Selling something still requires persuasion, storytelling, strategy and branding, all of these things existed before digital. Advertising people today are inventing the future, do you want to join the ride? Yes, we contributed to the book.
Pantone Christmas Ornament 18-2120 Honeysuckle - you simply can not have christmas without Pantone ornaments. Get them in a bunch of colors, like blue,green, grey. Or why not a purple and lavender tree?
Advertising Design & Typography , available at Amazon.com and directly from Allworth press is a design bible that breaks down design as strategy, as a vital part of the communication, and it has over 1500 examples of great design in advertising (disclosure my work included). Give this to your ad-pups, your copywriter who wants to learn more about the visual craft, or anyone who likes looking at good ads & design.
More Pantone! More stocking stuffers! Get your pals some Pantone postcards, a snazzy business card holder in the right red, or the ever useful to go thermos cup. All between 10-16 bucks so you won't break the secret santa budget. If you want to splurge, the pantone key tray is sure to keep your keys and coins neat, and the really fancy Pantone Honeysuckle Cufflinks will impress.
Animal crayons £9 - great stocking stuffer, because yes, we are all kids at heart or we have kids and these are just too cute. Plus they're on sale, so grab 'em! (UK)
Predatory Thinking: A Masterclass in Out-Thinking the Competition, it's like having Dave Trott drop truth bombs all over you, while you're caressing a cover that feels like smooth velvet. The cover is just so unexpectedly smooth... as is the medicine served inside.
The Ad Pad £15 FACT: Your creatives start drawing on the walls when they have nothing to draw on. You do not want them to do this. Keep a full stock, year round, and stuff their stockings with the multiple size-pack, A3 and A4, as well as one plain pad to ensure clean walls...
The adjustable Clampersand, last but not least if you have a few extra bob to spend, it's available at handeyesupply for $55. Both practical and pretty, clamp it around the house or office for book-ending puns, or actually use it when you start that next project involving wood glue, mini-cameras, some balsa-wood and a drone....