20 Gifts for the Productivity Nerd in Your Life

Here at 99U and Behance, we believe that organization is a key component in creative execution. So, with that in mind, we assembled a holiday gift guide with an eye toward organizing and streamlining. Whether it’s wirelessly rocking your office playlist and your conference calls, storing your digital cables for travel, or finding a moment of zen in a bonsai forest, there should be something here for the design-savvy, creativity-happy nerd in your life.Full disclosure: We have included a few products from Behance’s own Creative’s Outfitter. Specifically designed to help creatives be more productive, we just didn’t think our list would be complete without them!

Container Store Plug-In Charging Shelf ($14.99)
Finally, a cure for the hazardous hanging iPhone cord! This shelf is perfect for your favorite desk minimalist or technology enthusiast.

Baggu Zip M ($12.00 for a set of 3)
Baggu’s assortment of zippered, rip-stop nylon bags are perfect for sorting cords, writing implements, electronics, and toiletries. The jaunty color assortment doesn’t hurt, either.

DODOcase ($65.00)
Hand-crafted beauty meets 21st-century productivity with Behance’s new DODOCase collaboration: a sleek, black, limited-edition iPad case that’s constructed using traditional bookbinding techniques.

Jawbone JAMBOX ($199.99)
One of the hottest tech-toys of the season, Jawbone’s JAMBOX is a killer multitasker. Using wireless Bluetooth connectivity, it can become an instant conference-call center or a bumpin’ little stereo system for office disco parties.

4 Function Ruler Pen ($35.00)
Ruler? Check. Pen, pencil, and highlighter? Check. Stylus? Check. Designer Adrian Olabuenaga went seriously overboard with the all-in-one functionality on this one. The ultimate nerd utensil.

KOR Delta ($19.95)
The designers at KOR take geeking out about your “hydration vessel” to new levels. The Delta is their second generation water bottle, which comes equipped with a push-button cap, “hygenic spout,” and cushioned base.

Jack and Lulu Calendar 2011 ($48.00)
Yes, you could simply glance at your Google Calendar, but isn’t this colorful, simple letterpress version much more inspiring? As a bonus, you get to unveil a new hand-printed calendar sheet every month.

FreeHands Knit Wool Gloves ($16.00 for women’s / $20.00 for men’s)
There’s really no need to let Jack Frost compromise your digital addictions. Just flip back the convertible fingertips on these super-stylish gloves, and you’re all set to operate your iPad, iPhone, iEtc.

Dropbox Pro50 Subscription ($9.99/mo)
The most literal item on this list, a year’s subscription to Dropbox will help your favorite hardcore productivity geek sync their files across systems, share documents seamlessly, and backup without stress.

Action Journal ($17.50)
Our Action Products are tailor-made for executing creative projects. Jot down your notes or sketches on the blank dot grid sheets, and pull out key action steps in the right-side column. You’ll be getting more done in no time.

FredFlare Fingerprint Bookmark ($8.00)
Why waste time trying to remember where you stopped reading? These adjustable bookmarks are great for the efficiency-focused reader, helping you keep track of exactly where you left off.

Desk-It ($8.00)
If you like to plan your week in advance, these limousine-length Desk-It stickies are an office essential. Pick the lined weekly calendar version for a bit more structure or the graph paper version for limitless scrawled reminders.

MoviePeg ($19.99)
The iPad does many things, but we haven’t quite mastered how to prop the thing up. Enter the MoviePeg. Sleek, simple design allows for slip-free movie watching.

LEGO Architecture Fallingwater ($94.00)

Fallingwater, from the LEGO architecture series, is the perfect find for the (design-obsessed) big kid in all of us. Challenge them to recreate Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpiece without looking at the directions.LaCie iamaKey 8GB Flash Drive ($29.95)
You know the Boy Scout’s motto: Always be prepared with a USB drive. Pop this durable drive onto your keyring and you’ll never be left in the data lurch again. (Also available in 4 and 16GB.)

Never Use Pop Up Windows ($18.00)
The latest ridiculous installment from the Dutch publishers at BIS, “Never Use…” breaks down 50 ridiculous do’s and don’ts for designing on the web. Great tongue-in-cheek advice for the web designer in your life.

Jack Spade Bag ($245)
Sure, backpacks can seem nerdy or un-adult, but this neat little Jack Spade pack roundly rejects any such assumptions. Inside its retro exterior lives a padded computer sleeve and a mesh slip pocket for all those cords. Rather spendy, but no one ever said cool came for free.

Bonsai Forest ($50.00)
It’s been proven that workers are more productive when surrounded by interior plants. This wee forest is the perfect pick for a fellow denizen of cubeland, or perhaps an anal friend who could really get into mini-tree pruning.

Bucky Balls Magnetic Building Spheres ($34.99)
A bit of tactile work can do wonders for motivation. If you can conquer the mental turmoil of creating a perfectly symmetrical cube with these magnetic spheres, we’re pretty sure your next client meeting will be cake.

Dot Grid Cahier ($7.00 for 2)
Why let lines cramp your style? The Dot Grid Cahier’s light geometric dot matrix serves as a subtle guide for your notations and sketches, and fits snuggly in your back pocket to boot.

load comments (17)
  • Mr. Blonde

    I resent the comment that backpacks look nerdy or immature. What should we use in it’s place? A trendy purse?

  • Christine

    Typo on the Action Journal writeup.. not sure if they’re dot grid shits. Teehee.

  • 99U

    Mr. Blonde: That was tongue-in-cheek. ; ) I’m a committed backpack wearer myself. The remark actually came out of the fact that some people like to give me a hard time about it! -Jocelyn

  • 99U

    @Christine – Removed the comment, but thanks for the note on the typo. Now remedied. Oy vey. ; )

  • Mr. Blonde

    I knew it was obviously tongue-in-cheek, hence my snooty reply. I too feel the backpack ridicule, but it gets worse when i sport my fanny-pack. ;) – Mr. B

  • Mattie or Brasspistol

    Just such awesome stuff… want… serious wanting over here.

  • CSM

    Hi Jocelyn! Happy Holidays. Check out Dan Witz’s Hummingbirds 2011 Accordion Calendar. I had the pleasure of working with Dan for his ‘In Plain View’ book launch and his calendar is a great gift idea! Hummingbirds calendar: http://www.gingkopress.com/10-

  • Jimmy

    I like the action journal

  • Maaartin

    For iPhone my dream!:)

  • tomdahm

    just picked up the Dot Grid Cahier. Thanks for the post!

  • Jake Onefish

    Have you considered making the Action Circa Notebook in the A5 size similar to the dimensions of the Action Journal? That would be the perfect combination of two great products!

  • Mike

    Question: Do you know where I can find the key ring used in the flash drive picture? 

  • jkglei

    Drive is here: http://www.amazon.com/Bluets-M… – not sure about the keyring!

  • ArlanTonogbanua

    Thank you a lot for providing such an awesome article. I await your future article with great eagerness.
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  • Gifts for Guys

    The bucky balls magnetic puzzle can definitely keep your brain puzzled

  • Tiago Vieira

    Check out nnotes.com and choose your favorite notebook

  • Nick Freytag

    These are all really cool gift ideas, but I am planning on doing something even better for my brother and 3D printing his gift. Theres a bunch of stuff I have thought about printing but I can’t decide, which one on this list do you think I should print? http://bit.ly/3Dgiftguide1B

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