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Fractured Atlas Gift Guide for the Creative Type in Your Life

"All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy" -Proverb

Our last gift guide was chock full of great ideas for the artist entrepreneurs in your life. But let's face it, it was all work and no play. To even out the work-life balance, we've also put together a list of ideas for some great stocking stuffers that will help stimulate your loved one's creative side!

365: A Daily Creativity Journal, Make Something Every Day and Change Your Life! by Noah Scalin

One of the greatest challenges that many artists have is how to keep those creative juices flowing. Those rare glimmers or ingenuity are often syncopated by the doldrums of artist's block. Noah Scalin set off on the herculean task in his Skulls Project, where he created an original piece of artwork featuring a skull for everyday of a single year. From that experience, he created this nifty book to help artists stay inspired and creative for every day of the year. (*Full disclosure: Noah also was the designer who created our current logo. We're obviously big fans of his work.)

Magazine Subscriptions: Make Magazine, Lucky Peach Magazine, Good Magazine

Magazine subscriptions are a great way to inspire your loved one with innovative ideas and how-to's they can apply to their own artistic practice. Three magazines that Fractured Atlas staff are big fans of are:

  • Make Magazine celebrates your right to tweak, hack, and bend technology to your own will. Learn how to code the next big app, new innovative uses for 3-D Printing, or find out about awesome success stories in the maker-sphere. This is the perfect intersection of creativity, technology, and the arts.

  • Lucky Peach is a quarterly journal of food and writing. Whether you're on your way to being the next top chef or incorporating food into your next performance art piece, there's no better place to be inspired by the wildly creative potential of food than Lucky Peach. Edgier than food publication standards like Bon Appetit or Saveur, Lucky Peach definitely is the cool cousin of the food magazine world.

  • Good Magazine is the quarterly print periodical of GOOD Worldwide that chronicles and champions the emerging identity of the global citizen and creative changemaker. Artists change the world, and this gift plugs the changemaker in your life to the global movement of people doing gook and making sh*t happen.

Shapeways Gift Card

Shapeways is a 3D printing marketplace and community that enables you to make your ideas real with 3D printing. Buying your loved one a gift card opens up a world of possibility. Need a unique necklace for that futuristic play? Done. Or maybe a whimsical Desk decoration to inspire you? So there. You can even make a mini-YOU. Whoa.

Patterns, Kits and Tutorials from Etsy or Kollabora

Most of us have heard about Etsy, a marketplace for handcrafted goods made by the artists selling them. But did you know you can also kick-start your creativity by buying patterns, kits, and tutorials? Teach an artist to craft and satisfy them for a lifetime. Kollabora is a social crafting site that allows users to share their projects, patterns, tutorials, as well as sell kits to other crafters with all the information and components to make a version for themselves.


Sugru is the new self-setting rubber for fixing, modifying and improving your stuff. You can use it to make toys, gadgets, or even repair damaged goods! Whatever you can sculpt you can create!