2019 Packaging Designer Gift Guide

Shopping for that packaging designer, graphic designer, or creative type in your life? You know the ones, they point out poorly kerned type on gas station signs and roll their eyes? While you ponder what the hell is kerning, let’s see what’s hot on the gift list of those designery people we all love.

As a packaging nerd myself, I’ve curated the best gifts in 2019 to check all your designer friends off your holiday gift.

2019’s Gifts for Designers

Brass Tools To Live By Ruler

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The Tools to Live By brass ruler doubles as a scoring tool and a ruler. Made of brass with detailed engravings that will tarnish and develop a patina for you to further enjoy. Perfect for those packaging designer friends of yours that are always measuring lid to base ratios and material thicknesses.

Pick them up a beautiful ruler here.



A digital playground of shortcuts and controls for those of us living full-time in Adobe’s CC suite of apps. It’s built to plug and play with your mouse and keyboard to make editing and transitioning from tool to tool easier and at your fingertips. Say good-bye to those crazy finger-breaking keyboard shortcuts with Loupedeck.

“Quickly navigate through Illustrator and control everything from line-height, line-width, to fonts. Zoom in and out of artboard, and make fine adjustments to color, opacity and more.”

Pick up a few of these here.


Iris, Circular Drawing Tool


Circular drawing tool that inspires creativity and looks straight out of Hogwarts. The beautifully simple design allows you to measure and draw ellipses in way never before seen. Now if Moleskin will only make a pocket to fit it.

Pick one up here.


The Rollbe Measuring Tool

2019 designer gift guide Rollbe


Who needs measure stuff all the time? Packaging designers! This measuring tool can measure over any surface, any length (as long as you don’t lose count), and fits in that little useless pocket in your jeans!

To use it simply roll it along the surface and count the rotations.

Pre-order from Kickstarter here.


Desktop Metal Fiber 3D Printer

2019 designer gift guide metal printer

Make hi-rez industrial designed parts that are stronger than steel and lighter than aluminum. Make your own iPhone cases or custom bottle lids, I wonder if it’ll print a custom X-acto handle? This tool is perfect for that packaging engineer looking to make their own production quality tooling without having to program a CNC machine.

You can order me & you one here.


The Brother P-Touch Wireless Label Printer

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This guy almost didn’t make it, until I actually got one. Now I’ve properly labeled everything in my life (don’t label me), it’s a definite must have. The P-touch joins the future with it’s bluetooth enabled labeler that comes complete with a ton of templates and a variety of label rolls.

Pick one up here.

Evelio Mattos - Creative Director

Named “One of the 200 Best Packaging Designers” by Lurzer’s Archive, and Graphic Design USA's "Designers to Watch", Evelio is an industry recognized packaging design expert. He's a creative producer known for strategically bridging package design and sustainability, with flawless manufacturing. Evelio’s passion for designing and engineering memorable unboxing experiences for global brands and consumers, can be seen in his creative collaborations with some of the world's most sought after brands.

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