We can call this a gift guide for bloggers. Or we can be honest and call it what it really is: a blogging wish list, which will be perfect to show your significant others, family and friends when they ask you what you want for Christmas. Here is my list of the best gifts for bloggers.
The Best Gifts for Bloggers
Big Ticket Gifts
Wouldn’t we all like a new computer for Christmas? I know that I would. Here are two great options. If you’re a Mac lover, a new Apple MacBook Pro will light up your holiday. And if Windows is your thing, try the Lenovo Flex 3 14-Inch Touchscreen Laptop. I love my Lenovo Ideapad, but I’d be ready to step up to a touch screen and lighter weight portability.
If you’re looking to improve your photography game, the first step is to get a good camera. I’ve been very happy with my Canon Flex T2i, which was my Christmas gift a few years ago. The latest model, the Canon EOS Rebel T6i 24.2 MP Digital SLR Camera will help you create beautiful, clear images that will take your blog to the next level.
Great Blogger Gifts at Great Prices
Even a great camera can’t overcome really bad lighting. A light box can help not only light up your photos but provide a neutral background that will make your pictures look crisp and professional. The LimoStudio Table Top Photo Photography Studio will enhance your photography skills.
Do you feel like your blog could use a little freshening up? How about asking Santa for a new theme? StudioPress Themes are all based on the Genesis framework (which I use and love), which helps you build incredible WordPress websites (especially if you add Genesis Design Palette Pro which gives you the tools to really personalize your theme, even if you have no design or coding skills).
Want a pretty theme? Pretty Darn Cute Design has beautiful, feminine themes, plus a support team to help you set up and personalize your blog.
Whatever your blogging goals, you can find a book that will help you achieve them. One such book is being given away today to celebrate our first Blogger’s Pit Stop. How To Turn Your Blog Into A Six-Figure Money Making Machine, by our guest host Sarah Titus, will tell you how she did just that in just two years. If you don’t win, you can add it to your wish list!
Every blogger needs a good planner to keep track of deadlines, revenue, and even use as an editorial calendar. For the last several years, I’ve used the AT-A-GLANCE Executive Weekly/ Monthly Appointment Book/Planner. It has a monthly planner calendar, weekly appointment calendar, travel expense log, and other useful tools, plus a couple handy pockets in the front.
However, for 2016, I have something special! I won the Kate Spade Black Zip Around Personal Organizer Planner in an Instagram loop giveaway, and it’s beautiful. I’m excited for the new year so that I can start using it.
Gifts That Keep on Giving
Every blogger knows that there are some very useful blogging tools available that charge a small monthly fee. The problem is that those fees can add up, which is why they would make a great gift. Here are some of my favorites (hint hint to the people who may be shopping for me this year!):
PicMonkey for photo editing (the basic version is free, but the Royale membership, which includes extra fonts, frames, textures, and other tools, is $33 per year.
Board Booster for automated pinning to Pinterest (try it out for free, then it’s available on a sliding scale starting at $5 per month).
Hootsuite for scheduling social media (the basic version is free, but for $10 per month you can upgrade to multiple accounts).
Co-Schedule is an editorial calendar complete with social media sharing (free trial, then $15 per month).
Whether you’re waiting for Santa or gifting yourself this holiday season, these blogging gifts will ensure a very merry Christmas.
And now it’s time for the Blogger’s Pit Stop!
Blogger’s Pit Stop 1st Rally – Welcome
Blogger’s Pit Stop is open Fridays from 1 am ET(US) 3 pm(AUS) and Closes Sunday midnight ET(US) 2 pm(AUS) Monday
“You have not failed until you quit trying.” Gordon B. Hinckley
We are bloggers who collectively have significant blogging experience. We don’t know it all! We are willing to step out and try new things, to think outside the box. If something does not work we move on to more innovative solutions. All the way we are learning and going forward. Each week you will find constructive posts that relate to Blogging. We hope you will glean information to assist you to re-charge your blogging battery, or to fill up with motivation fuel, help to change a tire, find a higher gear, or to reset your GPS.
Bring your posts, they can be on any subject that is family friendly –
E-Books that you have written are OK. Affiliate links within content posts are OK. (Exceptions: No direct sales or shops. No giveaways without a content post.)
Dear bloggers you are the reason we are here, and we are super excited to open up to you the benefits of joining the Blogger’s Pit Stop.
This week our Celebrity Blogger is Sarah Titus
Sarah blogs at SarahTitus.com
Sarah has been celebrating her 2 year blog anniversary. Not that amazing, except that before the blog, Sarah was single, homeless, in debt and had two children. Here is amazing – Sarah is now financially free and comfortable. One of the things that sets Sarah apart is that she has a warm and generous heart that reaches out to help others. We are so honored to have Sarah with us this week and I want you all to take advantage of being able to ask her questions.
Click on the ‘Ask Sarah’ button to go to Q & A. Login. Click on the Category bar and the top item is Questions for our GUEST CREW member. Now go to Ask a Question. Put a heading in for your question. Then go down and expand on your question. Use the other Categories to ask or answer more blogging related questions.
You can check out some of Sarah’s informative posts at the start of the Linky.
Submit your post to the Linky to be in the random draw
This week we are giving away 2 of Sarah’s soon to be released books. Just add your post to the Linky below and you will be in the random draw for her book –
“How to turn your Blog into a six-figure Money Making Machine.”
Now Meet Our Pit Stop Crew
Kathleen from Lifestyle Building Blocks: She finds it both humbling and satisfying to write posts and to have bloggers express their appreciation for the help and guidance gleaned from her insight. Kathleen loves the blogger’s lifestyle, thinking outside the box and to keep learning. She is presently studying Professional Editing and Proofreading.
Janice from Mostly Blogging: Janice loves writing, and meeting people from all over the globe who are like-minded and supportive. The thrill and validation she gets when bloggers tell of how she has helped them with their blogging is unparalleled. Her posts are thorough and beneficial to her many readers who are building their own blogs.
Debbie from Coach Debbie Runs: Debbie has spent many years blogging, designing, and building social media accounts. With all that valuable experience she felt that she wanted to share her love of blogging as well as her knowledge. Her site offers easy to follow tips and advice to build your own blog and become successful as a blogger.
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- First time here, it will help you to read the Welcome post which explains the Blogger’s Pitt Stop rationale.
- Visit some other bloggers, you may want to comment and then leave from another page.
- Take advantage to follow/like the Pit Stop Crew, they will follow you back. Now when you visit other bloggers why not follow/like them too, if after a week they have not followed back, go and unfollow/unlike them. Take every opportunity to grow.
- Do you have a blogging related question? See the gold buttons to go to Q & A. No question is too simple. If we don’t know the answer we will search for the answer. You can come and ask a Question, Answer a Question or make a Comment.
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This weeks FEATURES are in the Linky they are some top posts from last weeks Blog Booster Party – Be watching next week to see our new section of FEATURES.
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My weekly linkups! Please stop by and check out all of the great recipes, workouts, and information that all these awesome bloggers share every week!
Sunday Blog Hop with Jenn
Meatless Monday with Tina and Deborah
Meatless Monday with Annmarie
Inspire Me Monday with Janice
Anything Goes with Marilyn
Bonnie, the Pin Junkie
Tip Tuesday with Debbie in Shape
Wild Workout Wednesday with Annmarie, Michelle, Sarah, and Angelena Marie
Wednesday Wisdom with Nanna’s Wisdom
The Blogger’s Pit Stop with Kathleen
Friday Fitness with Jill