5 Incredibly Useful Gifts for Your Favorite Blogger

5 Incredibly Useful Gifts for Your Favorite Blogger

So you have a friend or family member who loves to blog, and you want to get her a present that will help her kick it up a notch this year. Here are some ideas on really useful things to give the blog lover in your life.

Custom URL

Most people begin their blog on free software such as Blogger or Wordpress. While some will move to self-hosting down the road, you can always purchase a custom URL with the blog's name and have it point to the blog's current address. Or consider purchasing a hosting plan, which will come with a custom URL.

Session with a Blog Designer

After a while, many bloggers want to move to self-hosting but have no idea how to move their blog or get started. Purchase a session with a blog designer to help them either set up a new space or make changes to their existing one. It can take a lot of the stress out of setting up an online space.

Wordpress Theme

Sure, there are free themes on Wordpress. But many people prefer to purchase a paid theme and customize it. Sites such as Graph Paper can sell single themes or access to dozens for a fee. These themes also come with online support to help your blogger customize her site. It's the perfect step for someone moving to self-hosting for the first time.

Conference Pass

Consider getting your blogger a conference pass to one of the dozens of blogging conferences throughout the year. The annual BlogHer conference is in Chicago this year from July 25 - 27. But you don't have to go for a big general conference. For instance, BlogHer Food is in Austin, Texas this June. Peruse a general list of blogging conferences and see if there is one that fits your favorite blogger's interests.

Blog-to-Book

Many bloggers are looking to score a book deal from their blog, but everyone can turn their blog posts into a bound book. Sites such as Blurb can take blog posts and comments and turn them into a beautiful keepsake. This is especially perfect if you want to capture a certain moment in time, posts on a certain theme, or an ongoing series.

Bloggers, what other gifts would you love to receive this holiday season?

Melissa writes Stirrup Queens and Lost and Found. Her novel about blogging is Life from Scratch.

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