The holiday season is fast approaching, and that means it’s time to hit the shops! If you’re looking for inspiration for gifts for all the important people in your life, ComicsAlliance has put together a series of guides centered on different themes and personalities!

The percentage of comics consumers who actually want to become comics creators is probably higher than in most other mediums, and while the barriers to comics publication are lower than ever, with multiple sites offering hosting for free, there are still plenty of barriers to creation to overcome, from acquiring the right tools to developing the right skills. We've put together this gift guide to help you buy the ideal present for an aspiring comic creator.

We've divided this guide into three sections: physical tools to help aspiring creators with their art; digital tools that will take them one step further; and great books about storytelling and comics creation. If you know anyone who wants to make comics of their own, or who has just mused out loud about the possibility, these are the gifts that will encourage them and show your support.

If you think you might know the next Alison Bechdel, Raina Telgemeier, or Gene Luen Yang, here's your chance to set them on the path to success!