11 Creative Gifts that Won't Break the Bank

The holidays (or holidaze) are upon us. 

It's the time of year to show and share love... but that can often be difficult without spending lots of money! Below are some excellent creative gift ideas for all the special people in your life.


1. Photoshoot


Believe it or not—photoshoots don't have to cost thousands of dollars. I firmly believe that everyone needs/deserves a professional headshot... not just artists!

For friends and family members, see if there's a local photographer or studio willing to sell photos as a gift? 

For a list of my favorite photographers in New York and Los Angeles, be sure to grab my Resource Guide.


2. Domain

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We're moving to an age where everyone wants/needs an online presence—beginners to celebrities.

Why not start the ball for your nieces and nephews with their very own .com?! 

But seriously... Google makes it very easy to reserve a domain.

If their .com is taken... .me is my new favorite domain solution! Check out this blog for more creative domain ideas. 


3. Professional Email*

If you want to take the domain name even further, set that person up with email@thenewdomain.com!

Google's G Suite makes it easy to do so... and add this new account to any and all devices.


4. Moo.com*

I love Moo. I feel like all ages would enjoy custom stationary, stickers and so much more.

Moo's Printfinity makes it easy to upload or create many different designs in one pack or order... so you can create different business cards, postcards, stickers for one person or many.

Check it out—and save 30% through 12/5!


5. Original Music

Enough with the marketing and tech stuff... right? How about some incredible new music from equally incredible artists? Check out...

You won't regret it! You can "try before you buy" at all of the links above, too. :)


6. Hand-Roasted Coffee

Are you a coffee addict like me? Check out team member Jonathan's Day-Dreamer Coffee Company!

Small batch and roasted in Brooklyn, Day-Dreamer's mission is to bring the highest quality coffee to those who choose every day to make their dreams a reality.

Sound like someone you know? Order here.


7. Original Art

Want to really melt someone's heart? Buy them some original art!

Check out Emily Alp's incredible paintings or Tricia Paoluccio's pressed flowers and handmade gifts


8. Coaching 

Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza (and any other celebrations I'm forgetting) all come before New Year's Day.

Kickstart someone's resolutions with....


9. Experiences

I've been hearing people say they like to share experiences or memories—not just material possessions. I like this idea quite a lot.

A few creative experience ideas might be...


10. Online Learning

It's always good to challenge the mind and learn a new skill. Rather than watching another new series on Netflix or Amazon, consider gifting someone a membership or specific class on Lynda.com or CreativeLive.com!

Stay tuned for new online learning opportunities from TonyHowell.me in 2017! :)


11. Gift Cards

When all else fails, and you're too late to ship something, Amazon* and iTunes make it easy to send a custom e-card that anyone can appreciate.

Take some time to choose a custom design and write a thoughtful message... it can mean just as much as something tangible that's been ornately wrapped!


*I'm a proud affiliate for Amazon, Moo and G Suite. If you use these resources, I may earn a small commission. Thank you and Happy Holidays to you and yours!

What's your creative gift idea? Comment below.