Gift Guide for Bloggers 2016

Gift Guide for Bloggers 2016 (+Black Friday, Cyber Monday Deals!) - What to ask for for Christmas from DesignYourOwnBlog.com

Gift Guide for Bloggers 2016 (+Black Friday, Cyber Monday Deals!) - What to ask for for Christmas from DesignYourOwnBlog.com
The holidays are coming upon us fast!

And if you’re like me, you’re so busy thinking about what to get everyone else on your list, that when someone asks you what you want, you draw a blank!

If you’re reading this blog, then you’re obviously a blogger yourself. And it doesn’t matter which niche your blog is in, we all have things we’d love to have to help us grow or better our blogs, right?

Which means you may just want to covet a few of the things on this list this year!

So when your honey (or your mom or your sister) asks you “What do you want for Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa this year?”, you can confidently say “Well, I’m glad you asked! Here’s what I’ve been wishing for….”

Now said loved-one can buy you a really useful gift that you’ll love and YOU won’t have to stand in the return line the day after Christmas, win win!

Note: Some links below are affiliate links (denoted by one asterisk) which means I’ll receive a small commission (at no additional cost to you) if you make a purchase through my link. You can read my full disclosure here.

Blogging Tools by Category:

Hosting

Siteground*
Get your WordPress blog onto a super powerful, affordable, managed WordPress hosting plan with Siteground, the host that powers DYOB.

Bluehost*
Another fave WordPress host for quick and cheap start up!

Psst! Sign up for a year with either Siteground OR Bluehost with one of my affiliate links above and I’ll give you a free copy of my $24 eBook, Blog Beautiful: 50 Tips + Fixes to Make Your Blog Glow! Just send the receipt to marianne@designyourownblog.com.

Business

The Blog to Biz Hive*
Probably THE best course I’ve taken so far, from the amazing Melyssa Griffin! Read my full review of my experience in the Blog to Biz Hive. Sign up for the FREE video training series that starts November 30th!

ConvertKit*
ConvertKit is hands-down the best email service provider just for bloggers! Create multiple lead magnets, manage and segregate your list like a boss! And they are
offering an entire free month if you sign up by tonight Tuesday 10/29 at midnight EST!

Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind*
I’m reading this book right now and it’s given me so many great ideas on how to run my business efficiently by incorporating a regular routine, something I’ve been struggling with for years!

#GirlBoss*
No explanation needed for this one. Every girl that wants to be a Girlboss needs to read this book if you haven’t already.

WP Affiliate Plugin*
Do you need help selling your digital products or services? Have your fans and readers help by offering them an affiliate program! This plugin is awesome because it’s a low, one-time fee, as opposed to monthly fees that a lot of other affiliate program providers charge you.

WP101*
Get a really good handle of your self-hosted WordPress blog with the awesome video tutorials at WP101! Try the free trial videos to see just how great these tuts are.

Blogging

Blog Boss Babe*
For the blogger who’s looking for the resources and ladies community all in one place to help them move to the next step with their blog, a year membership to Blog Boss Babe would be an awesome gift! Psst.. I’m a mentor there!

EPIC BLOG: One-Year Editorial Planner*
I got this planner when I took Regina Anaejionu’s course, Blog to Profit and it’s been awesome to help me plan my content. If you’re still figuring out your niche, it’ll help you with that too!

Content Bistro*
Drawing a blank on what to write? Quick and easy recipes to help you write great blog content as well as social media posts!

365 Blog Topic Ideas: For The Lifestyle Blogger Who Has Nothing to Write About*
Need ideas for content? This book is great for lifestyle bloggers with post ideas such as “Share 5 tips for mastering something you are skilled with” or “Share some of your favorite products.”

Book Boss: Write and Launch a Profitable eBook in 90 Days or Less*
Have you been trying to get an ebook out there for forever? Get it out already with this course from Abby Lawson! Read my full review of Book Boss here.

Building a Framework: The Ultimate Blogging Handbook*
Another great from Abby: Whether you’re just getting started or trying to figure out how to make money from this whole blogging game, Building a Framework was created by Abby Lawson to hold your hand from one step to the next!

Fizzle*
Why not join a community of entrepreneurs who won’t let you quit? I have been a member of Fizzle for a long time and not only do I love the unlimited access to their plethora of courses, the forum is THE place to go whenever I’m stuck on something or need advice from some pretty experienced bloggers and online entrepreneurs.

Read my full review of Fizzle, then ask your mom for a year membership!

Traffic + Email List

Conquer Google Analytics*
Harness the power of Google Analytics once and for all! This course is for bloggers, entrepreneurs and non-techies! Learn how to use GA to grow your business and build your audience. Sign up for the free course to try it out.

List Building Academy
This course from iheartplanners.org is a must for anyone having trouble building their email list and making money! Not only does Laura show you ways to grow your list, but she provides tutorials that show you exactly how to do it. No need to waste time Googling around trying to figure out how to use the technology, because all that training is included in the course.

When you finish this course, you’ll have the perfect opt in offer created for your audience, and your e-mail list all set up!

An Inbox of Opportunity*
Do you use MailChimp and have a hard time figuring out all the ins and outs? Want to create a killer newsletter for your list? Then this is the book for you! Read my full review of An Inbox of Opportunity here.

Social Media

The Art of Social Media: Power Tips for Power Users*
This book by social media maven Peg Fitzpatrick and entrepreneurial guru and Silicon Valley investor, Guy Kawasaki guides you through steps to build your social media foundation, amass your digital assets, optimize your profile, attract more followers, and effectively integrate social media and blogging.

Pinfinite Growth*
Anything Melyssa Griffin has to offer is worth gold in my opinion. This girl knows what she is doing when it comes to making a killing in blogging. And one of the ways she’s built her empire is through Pinterest. Now you can kill it with Pinterest too with this course!

Social Media Superhero*
Yet another course offering from Melyssa Griffin that shows you strategies to grow your followings and become an authority on social media.

Tailwind*
I absolutely love Tailwind when it comes to automating my Pinterest postings. My favorite is the ability to add one pin to multiple boards (especially group boards) in one shot, but having them pin at intervals so they’re not all posted at once.

Ask your honey for an annual plan for Christmas!

Design

Blog Beautiful: 50 Tips + Fixes to Make Your Blog Glow
If you’ve been following DYOB for a while, then I know that having a pretty blog is important to you. If you haven’t gotten my book yet, what are you waiting for? It’s the perfect holiday gift, so you can start your new year with a fresh and beautiful blog!

How to Style Your Brand: Everything You Need to Know to Create a Distinctive Brand Identity*
I’ll admit, I haven’t bought this one yet, in fact it’s on MY Christmas list this year because I think it’s just so darn beautiful, I have to have it!

A Year with My Camera*
My friend Emma is an ah-mazing photographer and teacher! If you’ve recently gotten a DSLR camera or plan to get one for the holidays, you are going to want this book as it’ll walk you through learning how to use your camera like a pro in a very fun way!

Your favorite font family from MyFonts.com*
Have you had your eye on a gorgeous pro font family that you just can’t afford? What about putting it on your wish list?

Photography

Haute Chocolate*
Haute Chocolate has some of my absolute favorite styled stock photos! You’ll see some of her photos throughout DYOB, including this post!

Creative Convex
Another favorite of mine coming from Chaitra of Pink Pot Design Studio. I’ve used many of her photos throughout DYOB. Get a free photo pack too!

Styled Stock Society*
Another gorgeous styled stock library from Wonderfelle! Sign up for a free photo pack.

Barn Images*
Get some awesome photo packs as well as free stock photos at Barn Images! You’ll also save 30% off now through November 30th!

Shutterstock*
For a stock photo giant, I’ve always liked Shutterstock because their photos seem to be less cheesy than other big stock sites. Plus you get a free photo and vector every week!

Lightstock
Lightstock is THE source for Christian-based stock photography.

Graphics

Creative Market*
One of my fave places to find graphics, fonts, themes, etc. is Creative Market. Grab blog themes, templates, logo templates, fonts, graphics, just about anything you could need for your blog’s design.

DesignCuts*
It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Design Cuts deals because every two weeks they have an awesome, crazy deal that includes hundreds of files, fonts and/or graphics kits for a measly $29. Ask your babe to get you the latest deal for the holidays!

Design Bundles*
Just like Design Cuts, Design Bundles also offers crazy good deals bundled up every week!

Font Bundles*
This is a weekly bundle site just for fonts for all my font lovers and hoarders!

PicMonkey Annual Plan*
Why not ask for an annual plan upgrade this year? With it, you’ll get exclusive effects, touch up tools and premium fonts.

Hungry Jpeg*
Yet another graphics bundle site. Had to mention em!

Mockup Zone
Need a mockup for some products? Find blank screens to add your own screenshots, blank tshirts, posters, signs, and more here.

MyDesignDeals.com*
Need more design bundles? Look no further! 😉

UI8
Another graphics resource for designers, kind of like Creative Market.

Themes + Templates

Some of my favorite theme shops below with the most beautiful, feminine themes you’ll find anywhere!

Genesis Framework and Themes*
One of the best and most widely used frameworks and child themes for WordPress!

BluChic*

Coded Creative*

Nose Graze*

Designer Blogs*

Design Space Co.*
Save 20% on your next purchase just by signing up for their newsletter!

Pretty Darn Cute Design*
Beautiful, feminine Genesis themes.

Restored 316*
More gorgeous, feminine Genesis themes.

Feast Design Co.*
Home of the famous Foodie Pro theme, this shop has an awesome set of Genesis themes for your WordPress blog!

PanKogut*

Station Seven *

Envye*
WordPress themes and Blogger Templates

Other

The Desire Map: A Guide to Creating Goals with Soul* by Danielle LaPorte
I read this book two years ago and joined a book club on it. It really helped me to identify the type of goals I wanted to create that were aligned with my soul. One of those goals was moving to the beach, which I did this year!

Big Magic* by Elizabeth Gilbert
There’s a reason this book was a HUGE hit last year! If your life is missing that creative spark, you need to read this. Great holiday reading!

And Last But Not Least….
$$ A Very Merry Gift Certificate Bundle*
This is super cool and coming up soon! For just $15 you will receive $180 worth of gift certificates: $15 each to…

Each gift certificate is “no strings attached”, meaning there aren’t a ton of restrictions on how they can be used, and there’s no minimum purchase required. (However, the gift certificates are not valid toward shipping costs and there are a few that can’t be combined with other offers.)

This bundle will run Tuesday, November 29th through Monday, December 5th.

Phew! That’s quite the Wish List!

So have you made your list yet? Better get on it because time is running out and if you really would rather get something you know you’ll use over another pair of fuzzy slippers this year, send your wish list to your loved ones now!

I’d love to hear what you think about these suggestions and if you have other recommendations you think should be added to this list. Let me know below!

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