Gift Guide for a Web Designer

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Every year, people try and guess what the recipient wants in his or her gift. Sure, you can always give them the receipt to return it; but what if you want it to be a moment in your life? What are you going to do? Have no fear, has the answer to this problem, and we will slowly put up a list of gifts that you could get for that person in our Holiday Gift Guide for 2008.

This one is for that geeky web designer who loves to design almost everything – and I must confess, I’m one of those people (and to prove it, guess how many designs have there been in the last year and a half.)

Media Temple’s Hosting Card


Media Temple, hosts of popular sites like 9rules and TechCrunch, is offering this perfect gift for a web designer. Called “The Hosting Card”, it makes it easier for you to give them a piece of the web, since every web designer always wants to either blog or showcase his/her designs. The card gives your recipient one year’s worth of web hosting, with 1 free domain name, 5GB of disk space and up to 100 email addresses. You can also host up to 5 websites.

This gift costs US$95, with an option of having a physical object, or just delivered digitally. You can get it at the Media Temple’s website.

Apple MacBook Pro


Why get a Windows laptop when you can get the Mac? Apple’s new MacBook Pro 15-inch has been given an upgrade, with a whole new graphics card, processor and memory capacity. But why are you putting a Mac instead of a Windows-powered laptop? Well, because the Mac is gaining in popularity, and plus it is suitable for designers because of its sleek looks.

However, like all Apple MacBook Pros, it comes with a heavy cost. The 2.4GHz model with 250GB hard drive and 2GB of RAM comes at AU$3,199, while the 2.53GHz model with a 320GB hard drive and 4GB of RAM comes at AU$3,999. If you like the previous design, there is the old 17-inch model with 4GB of RAM and a 320GB hard drive for $4,499.

If you want a cheaper option, get the 13-inch MacBook.

Wacom Cintiq 12WX Tablet


This is the perfect tablet for a web designer’s graphics, from Photoshop images to Illustrator Vectors. The 1280 x 800 display is large enough for a designer, but it small enough to be carried around with your MacBook, MacBook Pro or other laptops. Also, there are no power cords, meaning that you don’t need to be connected to a power source to use it.

You can get this at the Wacom Store for EUR 1,189.90.

Adobe Creative Suite 4 Web Premium


Adobe’s popular Creative Suite has a brand new version, Creative Suite 4. This new version contains the latest editions of Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Flash, Illustrator, Fireworks, Acrobat, Soundbooth, Contribute and Bridge. Some new features include Illustrator being able to handle more than one file at a time, and the new GPU-based acceleration.

You can get this at the Adobe Store for AU$1,209 for the Upgrade package, or AU$3,429 for the full edition.

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