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Gifts for the Creative Entrepreneur in Your Life

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Image courtesy of  nuttakit at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image courtesy of nuttakit at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

This is the month of giving and the creative entrepreneur in your life can use some shiny new goodies. While others are adding the latest gadget or receiving gift card to Targets, you can rise above and give your fellow creative friend the gift of success.

Here are some alternative gift options when planning what to get your fellow actress, producer, director, writer or the ambitious chica that does all of the above.

Adobe Creative Suite

This comes with a hefty price tag, HOWEVER if you are a student then the cost is significantly lower. There’s the downloadable software and the cloud version, which is paid for month-to-month or pre-paid for the year.

You can select single applications such as Photoshop and After Effects or you can opt for the complete suite which gives you unlimited access to Dreamweaver, Illustrator, among others.

This is ideal for the creatives who do graphic design, web design, desktop publishing, podcasts, video editing and photography.

adobe.com

Media Bistro’s AvantGuild membership

If your creative is looking for work in media, then this membership will give them a competitive advantage. As a premium member, they will have access to pitch contacts and discounts on courses.

This is ideal for the writers in your life who are freelancing and looking for opportunities to submit their work to publications in print and digital.

mediabistro.com

Squarespace

Nothing says “I believe in you” like the gift of a polished website. This is an all-inclusive gift because it comes with pretty templates and web hosting to support most types of websites including a simple blog and e-commerce store.

If you have a friend who’s building their personal brand, creating a startup or launching a new business then a kick-ass website will surely put you on the VIP list for when they make it big.

This is ideal for creatives who want to make an impact with what they are putting out into the world.

squarespace.com

Quality Headshots

Those photos from 5 years ago are not going to cut it anymore. Your friend cut their hair, has a new piercing and is now rocking the geek chic look with glasses. She needs new pics.

Headshots are not just for actors. Anyone who has an online presence can benefit from having a quality photo. Friends don’t let friends use tacky photos online. Browse most social media platforms and you’ll see an array of photo types ranging from party girl to corporate madam.

Give your friend the gift that says “I am a professional, no seriously I am.”

theheadshottruck.com

Desire Map Daily Planner

Keeping track of your day to day can be challenging when you are wearing multiple hats and running around the world creating magic with your craft. Lucky there’s this daily planner which helps keep everything focused, organized and structured.

Danielle Laporte went above and beyond with this second edition and the creatives in your life will love you for helping them stay on top of their ‘ish.

This is ideal for type A personalities who have a side of soul.

daniellelaporte.com/shop/desire-map-2015-day-planner

Ditch the cliche gifts this year and opt for something that will help make an impact in the lives of your creative family. Peruse the web for tools and services that will help them inch that much closer to their dreams.

Ask your creative friends, what kind of support do they need for their project or business and browse around the web for the solutions that will show you have that much faith in their craft.

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Vicky Ayala

About Vicky Ayala

Vicky is a digital strategist and personal brand coach who works with multi-passionate soloprepreneurs and teaches them how to build a thriving online business. She muses on the entrepreneurial journey and uses storytelling as a vehicle for showing others how to design a lifestyle that’s on purpose and by design. She is also founder of The Brand Asylum, a virtual training academy for solopreneurs who want to leverage and launch their way to success.