10 Gifts For UX Designers Under $50

10 Gifts For UX Designers Under $50

Happy Holidays, everyone! Here are 10 honest-to-goodness physical products (not software) that make great gifts for UX Designers. At less than $50 each, they won’t break the bank and will be a hit for that special techie in your life. Hope this makes your holiday shopping a bit easier. FYI, some of these items include affiliate links, so if you make a purchase from my site I’ll get a small commission at no additional cost to you. Thanks for checking them out!

1. NuBoard Portable Whiteboard Notebook

Cansay Nuboard

Someone has finally figured out how to make a portable whiteboard that’s not too clunky or difficult to use in client meetings. The Cansay Nuboard is an elegant, Moleskine-ish approach to the portable whiteboard concept that works beautifully and is available in several different sizes. See a detailed review here.

2. UI Stencils Everyday Carry Kit 

UI Stencils Everyday Carry Kit

This little kit from UI Stencils is pricey at $36, but it’s perfect for people who don’t want to carry a bunch of sketching tools all the time. Use it to capture flashes of inspiration and fleeting ah-ha moments before they disappear.

For another $12.50, pair it up with a responsive UI sketchbook.

3. Behance Dot Grid Book 

Behance Dot Grid Book

Yeah, it’s expensive for a notebook, but it’s worth it. The Behance Dot Grid Book has plenty of space to do extensive design explorations and the dot patterns make it easy to draw straight lines. These books are hard to find these days, so I was psyched to find them for sale online.

4. Staedtler’s Lumo Color Non-Permanent Markers, Fine Point, 4-Count

Staedtler Lumocolor Correctable Markers

These dry-erase markers are a perfect match with the NuBoard portable Whiteboard Notebook. The markers come in their own stand-up case and each marker has its own eraser, which is very handy.

5. Zebra #2 Mechanical Pencils .7mm 10 Pack

Zebra #2 Mechanical Pencils

These little guys are the bomb for doing quick exploratory sketches. They are also great for creating “under drawings” used in high fidelity ink sketches for client presentations.

6. UI Stencils Quick Framer 

UI Stencils Quickframer

Honestly I could list pretty much everything on the UI Stencils site. Their products are excellent, and I use this little stencil almost every day in my freelance work. It is wonderful for banging out quick sketches on the fly and fleshing out product ideas as you brainstorm alone or with your team mates.

7. Responsive Web Design by Ethan Marcotte 


Learn to design for many platforms and multiple devices. This is the book that opened up a much larger world for digital designers everywhere.

8. Drawing Ideas by Mark Baskinger and William Bardel

Drawing Ideas

A wonderful primer and solid reference on industrial design, this book will help you learn to sketch your ideas as they happen and inspire you to think out of the digital box.

9. US Acrylic® Clear Acrylic Desktop Organizer

US Acrylic Desktop Organizer

You gotta have a place to put all your stuff, especially if you are doing UX for responsive web designs. I like this acrylic organizer because it fits a multitude of devices, and since it’s clear plastic I can see what’s where.

10. Pen Before Pixel Sketch Kit

Pen Before Pixel Sketch Kit

This little kit has everything you need to conduct a design studio except for butcher paper and giant post-its. And each one is lovingly made by hand in Arizona.

Over To You

What other gifts for UX designers can you think of? Please leave your thoughts in the comments.

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5 Responses to 10 Gifts For UX Designers Under $50

  1. Ondrej LahodkaNo Gravatar November 19, 2015 at 12:20 pm #

    hey, how about http://mocko.us/ ? i think its great tool for UI designers under $50

  2. MaryNo Gravatar November 27, 2015 at 8:12 pm #

    Hey Ondrej – what a great addition! Thanks for the link 🙂

  3. NatalieNo Gravatar November 8, 2018 at 2:57 pm #

    Hello, I hope you are well.

    I am writing to share our latest product in the hopes you will consider it for your holiday gift guide. Our previous product, the Website Deck of Cards, was featured in many gift guides for designers last year.

    The new Wireframe Deck of Cards allows anyone to build web and app layouts, make quick changes and discuss key content decisions, away from the computer; a great exercise for designers, developers, agencies, students, clients, or anyone else involved in building products. The deck contains 80 double-side cards of common website and UI elements, lo-fi on one side, hi-fi on the other.


    I can send you a photo but feel free to grab anything from the link above. Please let me know if you have any questions or need anything else.

    Thank you in advance for your consideration.


    Watch our Wireframe Deck in Action: https://youtu.be/d0A6snwDym0


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