Holiday Gift Guide

A curated list of some of the Noun Project team’s favorite things for gifting this holiday season. Books A selection of books for graphic design fans, entrepreneurs and web designers. Standards Manual Head over to the Standards Manual shop for a treasure trove of books graphic design fans will love including books on typography, design […]

Photo by DiEtte Henderson on Unsplash; Snowflake icon by Enshia, Noun Project; Present icon by Darrin Loeliger, Noun Project

A curated list of some of the Noun Project team’s favorite things for gifting this holiday season.


A selection of books for graphic design fans, entrepreneurs and web designers.

  • Standards Manual
    Head over to the Standards Manual shop for a treasure trove of books graphic design fans will love including books on typography, design history, and more.
Standards Manual
  • Anthony Morell — Music is Minimalist
    Based on daily posts from Anthony Morell’s delightful and creative Instagram account @music_is_minimalist, this book features 365 graphic parodies of music titles, in the form of fun, spontaneous and universal icons.
  • Time Travel: A pictogram history of now and then
    Graphic designer Yang Liu uses pictograms to illustrate how much we’ve changed as a society.
  • Scott Belsky, The Messy Middle
    Pick up a copy of Scott Belsky’s latest book, “The Messy Middle,” and gift it to the entrepreneur in your life for a dose of inspiration, strategy tips and a guide to navigating the hardest and most crucial part of any bold venture.
The Messy Middle, by Scott Belsky

Puzzles & Games

With these puzzle and game gift ideas you’re sure to pick a winner.

  • Bryce Wilner’s Gradient Puzzle
    Available in several different color combinations, this beautiful gradient puzzle will keep you busy for hours.
Gradient Puzzle available from Areaware
  • Corporate Ladder
    Teamwork. Trust. Lies. Performance reviews. Corporate Ladder is an incredibly fun game that mocks business life in the best of ways. Play your way to the position of CEO and remember: It’s not personal. It’s business.
  • Minimalist Playing Cards
    This regulation deck of cards uses simple geometric symbols for a set that’s visually pleasing. They’re available in white or black, and at just $10 make a fun, affordable option for the minimalist design lover.
  • Cards Against Humanity
    A classic party game to gift anyone with a great sense of humor. Check out the Cards Against Humanity store for a variety of additional card packs, including the the Design Pack, which features 30 cards illustrated by some of the world’s best graphic designers.
Cards Against Humanity Store

For the Home

Some of our favorite gifts for the home including a plant delivery service, bed and bath essentials, speakers, reusable mugs and an online interior design service.

  • The Sill
    Potted plants in simple, beautiful planters delivered right to your door. They have a variety of collections to choose from, including plants for beginners, pet friendly plants and low vs. bright light options. There are even monthly plant subscriptions!
The Sill
  • Sonos
    These wireless speakers are a great home sound system option. With a nice design that fits seamlessly alongside any room set up, whoever you gift with Sonos will be very happy.
  • Parachute
    Founded by Ariel Kaye in 2014, Parachute has some of the best modern bed and bath essentials around. Check out their holiday gift guide for a curated list of products for the season, including plush robes, pillows, aprons and more.
  • Yeti Reusable Tumbler
    Avoid single-use paper cups and help save the environment with a reusable Yeti Tumbler. These durable, reusable tumblers have double-wall vacuum insulation and are a sleek, sustainable option for your daily coffee or tea.
  • Laurel and Wolf
    This easy to use service matches you with an interior designer to help you design the room of your dreams. Choose from one of three interior design packages for a unique and memorable gift.
Laurel and Wolf

For the Office

From comfort to organization, these great gift ideas for the office include something for everyone.

  • Moleskine Notebook
    Simple and sophisticated, classic Moleskine notebooks are perfect for note-taking, project planning, and jotting down your schedule or to-do lists.
Photo by Mike Tinnion, Unsplash; Journal icon by Bieutuong Ba, Noun Project
  • Bento Lunch Box
    Easy to clean, portable, and environmentally-friendly, a bento lunch box is the perfect gift for someone who loves to bring their lunch to work. There are a variety of options out there, but check out this box, complete with an insulated bag to carry it in.
  • Standing Desks
    These beautiful, modern adjustable desks give you the option to sit or stand throughout the day. You can even program your preferred heights for sitting and standing and adjust your desk with the touch of a button.
  • Co-Working Desk
    Know someone who needs office space? Consider gifting a pre-paid membership at a local co-working space like WeWork.
  • Custom Mug
    Never lose a mug at the office again! Create a custom mug using a service like Zazzle.
Photo by NorWood Themes, Unsplash; Puppy icon by Alina Oleynik, Noun Project

Tech & Gadgets

Polaroid cameras, smart plugs and a phone charger that’s disguised as a picture frame.

  • Polaroid Camera
    Capture holiday memories and send some snaps home with family and friends.
Photo by Angello Lopez on Unsplash; Polaroid icon by Rose Alice Design, Noun Project
  • PowerPic
    This wireless phone charger is disguised as a picture frame.

Health & Wellness

From meditation to healthy snacks, everyone deserves a gift to help them refocus and relax.

  • Headspace
    The Headspace app makes getting started with meditation easy. They offer several options for gifting, starting with a one month subscription. You’ll love the app’s clever illustrations and guided sessions.
  • Tranquility Zone Pin
    Don’t you hate getting notifications for everything? Give the gift of tranquility with this shiny, aspirational enamel pin that represents the zen of zero new notifications.
Tranquility Zone Pin
  • SnackNation
    Everyone loves snacks, and SnackNation offers curated subscription boxes with delicious, healthy-snacks you’re sure to love. At least 50% of snacks in the box rotate each month, so you’ll always have a variety to choose from.
  • Muji Ultrasonic Aroma Diffuser
    This sleek diffuser uses ultrasonic waves to diffuse aromatic mist throughout the room.

For Kids

Spark creativity this holiday season with these fun, artistic gifts.

  • Tattly
    Whimsical, beautiful and fun temporary tattoos make great stocking stuffers for kids and adults alike! Check out the Tattly gift guide for some ideas to help you pick the best sets.
  • The Scribble Book
    This magical coloring book encourages kids to be creative. Scribble all over this playful, fun book for an adventure that will bring out a child’s inner artist.
  • Keith Haring Stacking Figures
    These solid wood stacking figures are colorful and durable.
  • My First Shapes with Frank Lloyd Wright
    This book is an introduction to basic shapes and focuses on circles, squares and triangles through the lens of Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous work.
  • Art for Baby
    A board book full of black and white images from some of the world’s leading modern artists.

What are you gifting this holiday season? Tell us in the comments!

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Lindsay Stuart

Lindsay Stuart

VP, Brand Marketing & Communications at Noun Project

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