Gift Guide for Your Favourite Content Creator (even if it’s you!)

No matter what the occasion, birthday, Christmas, some other commercially sanctioned day for gift-giving, or even Black Friday sales event, I’ve got some great all-round gift ideas for your favourite content creator – even if that person is you!

I’ve created a companion video to walk through my evergreen picks for tech gifts that are great for the process of live streaming, making videos and all types of YouTube related stuff… (oh wait, I’m channeling my inner Nick Nimmin there!). You can watch that video below, and you can also find all the links to my suggested items laid out on this page for easy access.

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LIVE STREAMING GEAR

Web Cameras

In the video, I recommend the full range of Logitech cameras from the C900 series and the Logitech BRIO for crispy 4K. 
The original Logitech C920 is still a work-horse of the live streaming community, along with its successor, the Logitech C922. I personally use the business model Logitech C930e. The Logitech BRIO is the wildcard 4K model, but you’ll need a computer and streaming set-up built for 4K to get full use from it.

Live Stream Microphone & Accessories

Samson Q7
Focusrite Scarlett Solo

For live streaming I use the Samson Q7 dynamic microphone. I have it on a Neewer Budget Mic Boom Arm, and have it running into a Focusrite Scarlett Solo audio interface. This has my audio needs covered, whether I’m live streaming or recording podcasts.

Other Live Streaming Suggestions

Elgato Stream Deck

These are the things that put the cherry on the top when it comes to live streaming. The Elgato Stream Deck is a great device that provides 15 programable buttons to aid in various live streaming and general use applications on your computer. Switch live video in OBS and Streamlabs, create a soundboard, or control your Twitch, YouTube or Mixer streams. I have mine programmed with some editing shortcuts in Final Cut Pro X. The imagination is your only limit with this handy device. The Elgato Green Screen is a handy transportable green screen for your live streaming chroma keying, or for use with your pre-recorded video. Please yourself in your gameplay or overplayed on a virtual background as you live stream. This green screen set-up takes away all the hassle of traditional green screen set-ups.

RECORDING GEAR

Cameras

In this day and age, cameras are essentially everywhere. You can create content with the camera that resides in your pocket – it’s called a smart phone! But if you want to up your game, there is a vast range of mirrorless, DSLR and camcorder options for you. I’ve dived into the Panasonic Lumix ecosystem, so let me give you 3 recommendations:
1) Panasonic Lumix G7 – the go-to entry level mirrorless camera with interchangeable micro four thirds sensor compatible lens’. Great entry level camera for 4K.
2) Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 – this is my current shooter with a 25-400mm fixed lens, and shoots up to 4K.
3) Panasonic Lumix GH5 – at the higher-end of the spectrum, this four thirds sensor camera has all the bells and whistles.
Thereis such a vast range of options in the camera arena, so if Panasonic doesn’t take your fancy, look into Sony and Canon in particular for video production.

Microphones

There are different types on microphones for different applications. Quite often I use a lapel or lavaliere mic. I use both the Boya BY-M1 lapel microphone as well as the Rode Smartlav+ lapel microphone for most of my too-camera presentations.  Vloggers and a lot of studio creators like to use shotgun microphones, and you cannot go past the Rode range of VideoMic series microphones for both DSLR and smartphone applications. Some recommended ones are:
Rode VideoMicro
Rode VideoMic Go
Rode VideoMic Me
Rode VideoMic Pro

MISCELLENEOUS SUGGESTIONS

Suggested Books

There are two books I’m recommending for YouTubers in particular:
YouTube Secrets – by Sean Cannell & Benji Travis – this new book will help any YouTuber who wants to be successful at building a business around their YouTube Channel. 
Tube Ritual Vol. 1 – by Brian G Johnson – will help you with your journey to 5000 subscribers. Both these books are on my Christmas reading lists!

Creator Merch

Finally, I want to encourage you to check out your favourite creator’s merch stores. Perfect for the gift giving (and receiving) season, items like mugs, phone covers, artwork, shirts and other apparel are a great choice for your loved ones and yourself!

In the video, I highlighted my good friend Beanie Draws, whose channel focuses on art, particularly the art of drawing dinosaurs! You can check out his channel and also his merch right here!

I would also be remiss to not plug my own merch (as fledgling as it is). The Doug Hewson YT Merch Store over on SpreadShirt:
20% Off Everything – on February 13 & 14 2019 – use the promo code LOVE19
15% Off Everything – on February 21 – 25th 2019 – use the promo code SAVE15
Free Shipping – on March 6-10, 2019 – use the promo code SHIP19
20% Off all short sleeves – on March 20-22, 2019 – use the promo code SPRING19

Do you have any suggestions for gift ideas for content creators? Join the conversation below!

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