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A Blog Consultation
This is an opportunity for the blogger to meet with someone who has a greater understanding of blogging, search engine optimization, social media, and more.
For consultation packages that have great reviews for a great price see here and here.
Monthly subscription boxes are so popular right now--especially with bloggers. They are fun and they give them something to blog about. Some different subscription boxes include:
Stitch Fix (you can pay the styling/shipping fee, but it isn't until the clothes arrive that the additional charges are made)
Le Tote (this is a flat monthly fee, and the clothes are only on loan)
Beauty Box 5
Books About Blogging
There is so much to learn about blogging--HTML, design, promotion, photo editing, writing, networking, monitizing, and more. Some books you may find worthwhile:
Blogging For Dummies
Blogging for Creatives: How designers, artists, crafters and writers can blog to make contacts, win business and build success
Blog, Inc.: Blogging for Passion, Profit, and to Create Community
The Ultimate Guide to Blogging
How To Make Money Blogging
A New Blog Design/Layout
If the blogger in your life has recently started talking about improving the look or feel of the blog or "branding" the blog, this might be a perfect option. Some great resources for excellent design on a budget are
Jana Tolman Design
Ready or Not Design
A Blog Sponsorship
A blog sponsorship gives a blogger an opportunity to work with another blogger--typically in the same niche, with a larger reader/blog community. Sponsorships help give bloggers exposure and a chance to interact with new potential readers. I wrote about a wonderful sponsorship here. It's hard for me to give a recommended list of sponsorships when the blogging world and blog topics are so huge. Instead here are a few posts about what to look for in a blog sponsorship:
8 Questions to Ask Before You Sponsor
Getting the Most Out of Blog Sponsorships
Business Cards/Things with the Blog Logo on them
If blogging is turning into more than a hobby, money is being made or products are being reviewed, or the blogger is looking to attend a conference in the near future--business cards would be a great option. If you don't feel comfortable having the cards made, buy a gift certificate. Some great business card design options include:
Grace and Vine Studios
Ready or Not Design
If you don't think business cards would be helpful, perhaps have a mug designed with the logo from the blog--as seen here or here.
This is a big ticket item, but any blogger who is serious about blogging is eventually going to want a DSLR camera. Some great (more affordable options) are listed below:
Canon EOS Rebel T5
Nikon D3200 24.2 MP CMOS
Other Blogging Equipment
Bloggers use a lot of tools for blogging. They use planners, computers, phones, memory cards, and more. Think about your blogger--Is the computer running slow? Is the memory card always full? Is her phone too full to engage in social media? Does she constantly jot down ideas on napkins, paper, and her hand? She'd probably love the thoughtfulness and the usefullness of a gift to help with any of those things.
Here is a post with some additional camera equipment that might be useful for family photos or fashion posts.
Here is a post with some great new day planner choices for the new year!
Something to Blog About
Bloggers blog for a number of reasons, but they all have one thing in common: something to talk about. They're here to tell a story--so help them write it. Think about the topics that are generally covered on her blog--relationships, motherhood, healthy, beauty, fashion, book reviews, etc...and try to find something that goes along with that. Maybe a special date night, new beauty products, new workout gear or equipment, etc.
Have you ever given or received a blogging gift? Do you have any other suggestions?