Posted on December 06, 2006

father christmas

It's "Nikolaus"!

Saint Nicholas Day is a festival for children in much of Europe related to surviving legends of the saint, and particularly his reputation as a bringer of gifts. The American Santa Claus, as well as the Anglo-Canadian and British Father Christmas derive from this icon, the name 'Santa Claus' being a degeneration of the Dutch word Sinterklaas.

So for all those who've been good this year...


Here are 113 10x10 greyscale icons in .gif format to fill up your stocking with - the next instalment of my mini icon collection, which has been steadily growing over the last year.

Download Mini Icons 2


A couple of people have been asking about licensing. The downloads on this site, unless otherwise stated, are covered by a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5 licence. This means that you can download the icons and use them for whatever you like, including commercial work. You can even redistribute them, or modify them. All I ask is that you include a credit ("attribution") and if possible a back link to my site.

If you do use them for some ludicrously over-priced commercial work and don't know what to do with all that design budget, here's a button you may consider clicking - any money will go to these guys:

(Hey. It's Christmas.)

Comments (105)

Adam Hopkinson said

Cheers, it doesn't feel like Christmas yet but thanks for the early gift anyway!

Posted by: Adam Hopkinson at December 6, 2006 04:59 PM .

Derek Punsalan said

Thanks for the early gift! Mini icons... Mmm. Can never get enough of these types of sets.

Posted by: Derek Punsalan at December 6, 2006 05:01 PM .

illovich said

Very nice -- and I looked at your other icons, which are also very well done. I believe I may have some use for these in some upcoming projects.

If I could offer a suggestion, it would be nice if you included a license file in the download -- just something that indicates that these graphics are free for use by anyone, etc.

Those of us who would like to use these for things at work might be comforted by a license.

But that aside, beautiful work. Many thanks and Happy Holidays.

Posted by: illovich at December 6, 2006 09:20 PM .

Robert Ellis said

Great set! Like your blog. Lots of interesting stuff here. Thanks!

Posted by: Robert Ellis at December 7, 2006 07:41 PM .

Kris Gale said

Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry Christmas!!!
Icons for a gift. WOW! Lots of fun and interesting items here!!! THANKS!!!

Posted by: Kris Gale at December 8, 2006 07:07 AM .

Tango said

Nice, but I prefer the tango project's icons:

Maybe you should look into collaborating with them?

Posted by: Tango at December 8, 2006 10:03 AM .

bsn said

hi tango,

nice icons. they've obviously put in more effort than I have.


Posted by: bsn at December 8, 2006 10:38 AM .

Ivan Minic said

simply brilliant icons!

Posted by: Ivan Minic at December 8, 2006 02:04 PM .

daedal said

Thanks for the icons! At the very least, they'll serve as great inspiration when I'll try to make my own later on.

Posted by: daedal at December 8, 2006 02:10 PM .

Michael said

I assume these icons are also under a CC license - as your blog also is?

Posted by: Michael at December 8, 2006 02:21 PM .

Paul-Sebastian said

Nice! Thanks! I'm sorry I brought no gift with me...

Posted by: Paul-Sebastian at December 8, 2006 02:22 PM .

opi said

Thanks! Love'em! :D

Posted by: opi at December 8, 2006 02:23 PM .

Max said

Thank you and Happy Holidays

Posted by: Max at December 8, 2006 02:39 PM .

Kasper said

Thank you! (:

Posted by: Kasper at December 8, 2006 02:46 PM .

Michel said

May we have some greyed out / inactive versions too?


Posted by: Michel at December 8, 2006 02:59 PM .

Naina Redhu said

Thanks for sharing!

Posted by: Naina Redhu at December 8, 2006 03:06 PM .

dsafsafa said

site is screwed up in firefox at 800 by 600

Posted by: dsafsafa at December 8, 2006 03:15 PM .

drew said

great work! you inspired me to make two more, for links,

one diagonal arrow and one diagonal arrow with a box. tried to stay true to your theme, four shades of grey...

hit the link in my name for the gifs. cheers!

Posted by: drew at December 8, 2006 04:01 PM .

Nico said

great set! thank you.

Posted by: Nico at December 8, 2006 04:03 PM .

Tane Piper said

Nice set of icons, I think I'll use them on my next project (http://getjquery.org)

Posted by: Tane Piper at December 8, 2006 04:05 PM .

Ravi said

Really cool stuff! Thank you! Wish you'd made them in 16x16 - as it is easier to make them smaller (vs making 'em bigger and losing quality) :-)

- Ravi Jayagopal
Beggar *and* chooser ;-)
LinkOverLoad.com - Feed Reader that can make you monAy!

Posted by: Ravi at December 8, 2006 04:14 PM .

Cocoliso said

This are top notch. I'm going to integrate them into my blog this weekend. :)

Posted by: Cocoliso at December 8, 2006 04:43 PM .

Chad said

Great icons! Both these and the doctype ones are genius. I feel bad taking them for free, but I have been relatively good this year. These will definitely be useful in some future projects.

Posted by: Chad at December 8, 2006 04:46 PM .

mike said


Posted by: mike at December 8, 2006 04:53 PM .

Gabriele Fabbri said

I love the Bell icon!!
Thank you.

Posted by: Gabriele Fabbri at December 8, 2006 05:12 PM .

ernest leitch said

Thanks for the icons. It's really nice to have a good set of tools to work with.

Posted by: ernest leitch at December 8, 2006 06:31 PM .

Foe said

Woohoo!! Awesome job. Thank you!

Posted by: Foe at December 8, 2006 06:55 PM .

Steve said


Posted by: Steve at December 8, 2006 07:19 PM .

Oliver said

Thank you very much. I have been looking for some small, nice, simple grey icons for two weeks now. So, I am more then happy to discover yours today. And of course I will donate something - you did a great job and picked a great organisation to support.

Posted by: Oliver at December 8, 2006 07:59 PM .

bsn said

Thanks Oliver!

I was originally toying with the idea of asking for donations for server costs, etc. (30,000 unique visitors today!), but I've got unlimited traffic anyway, and I made the icons without expecting to make any money from them (I use them for small admin tools I make). Then my wife came up with the idea of asking for donations for a charitable organisation. I didn't have to think twice about Medecins sans frontiers.



Posted by: bsn at December 8, 2006 08:23 PM .

reese said

fabulous--thank you!

Posted by: reese at December 9, 2006 12:23 AM .

Nathan said

Hah! Thanks!

Where my fascination with small buttons comes from, I don't know.

Posted by: Nathan at December 9, 2006 12:50 AM .

Justin Cook said

very nice, these will come in handy on my next webapp for sure

Posted by: Justin Cook at December 9, 2006 03:41 AM .

mayvelous said

Thank you so much. Very useful xmas gift indeed.

Posted by: mayvelous at December 9, 2006 05:00 AM .

Mari said

Thank you so much.

Mari from German

Posted by: Mari at December 9, 2006 08:21 AM .

skyreal said

thanks for the nice icons, you must spend lots of time on it~~

Posted by: skyreal at December 9, 2006 10:57 AM .

Tahir said

Thank you for these beautiful icons.


Posted by: Tahir at December 19, 2006 12:09 PM .

andrew said

they look awesome...pity the link is stuffed :(

Posted by: andrew at December 20, 2006 05:48 AM .

bsn said


link works for me...


Posted by: bsn at December 20, 2006 03:21 PM .

Alan Musselman said

Where da FW PNG file at? :)

Posted by: Alan Musselman at December 20, 2006 09:56 PM .

bsn said


They're all flattened bitmap layers in fireworks, drawn with the pen tool, so the Fireworks PNG won't give you that many insights.

Posted by: bsn at December 21, 2006 10:35 AM .

Chris Hoeppner said


I just grabbed a copy of those. I may be using them soon on my two current projects. As they're both sites of mine, a common icon theme will give them a common point. Thanks for this Christmas gift. I'll set up a task to donate some back in a while.

I'm pretty sure no one's even going to care, but I've found most of the commentary to be pure garbage.

Posted by: Chris Hoeppner at December 23, 2006 12:10 PM .

Posted by: bsn at December 24, 2006 09:47 AM .

Justin said

Beautiful icons, greyscale is so much sexier than color. I've been looking for a good set of free/low-cost icons for a while now. These will do the trick. Thanks!

Posted by: Justin at January 4, 2007 02:46 AM .

regimages said

sell your icons at

Posted by: regimages at January 6, 2007 06:55 AM .

Regimages said

Windows xp icons

Posted by: Regimages at January 6, 2007 06:56 AM .

marinak said

Nice! Thanks!

Posted by: marinak at January 12, 2007 09:08 AM .

Nick said

Nice collection. Thank you very much :)

Posted by: Nick at January 24, 2007 05:30 PM .

Vernon said

These are nice. Could you possibly add a pencil (for an "Edit" button) and a question mark (for a "Help" page). And perhaps an open and closed door for "Logged in" and "Logged out".

Posted by: Vernon at January 27, 2007 06:09 AM .

James Carlos said

I stumbled upon this...great work! Thanks.

Posted by: James Carlos at January 30, 2007 04:37 AM .

florian said

wow...thaks therefore!
regards, florian

Posted by: florian at March 9, 2007 11:42 AM .

Dennis Fromme said

Very nice icons. I decided to use some on my blog, too.

Posted by: Dennis Fromme at March 21, 2007 04:34 PM .

Chris said

Excellent work - Thanks a lot

Posted by: Chris at March 23, 2007 06:51 PM .

Chris said

Thanks a lot

Posted by: Chris at March 23, 2007 07:00 PM .

Eebee said

Ta, danke, merci etc . . .

Posted by: Eebee at March 27, 2007 07:24 PM .

free icons said

Great icons,
Over 15,000 Free icons

Posted by: free icons at April 19, 2007 02:01 PM .

Guiicons said


Posted by: Guiicons at April 19, 2007 02:01 PM .

vista icons said

More vista icons

Posted by: vista icons at April 22, 2007 04:59 AM .

mu said

thank's for the icons. Very nice

Posted by: mu at April 28, 2007 04:18 PM .

Paul said

Nice icons. Thanks!

Posted by: Paul at May 6, 2007 11:01 PM .

Paul said

Very nice icons. Thanks!

Posted by: Paul at May 6, 2007 11:05 PM .

Dave said

These look great, the best complete set I have ever seen. I'd love to make a donation but I have no money. If the program I am writing makes any money I will surely make a donation. Regardless, I will include you URL in the about box if I use any of your icons.
Thanks, Dave

Posted by: Dave at May 11, 2007 03:03 PM .

Steve said


Posted by: Steve at June 11, 2007 08:07 AM .

runk said

nice icons, thanks

Posted by: runk at July 1, 2007 09:16 AM .

wdi said

Very nice

Thanks :)


Posted by: wdi at July 4, 2007 09:42 AM .

memphis said

Thank you very much!
Nice work!

Regards from Germany :-)

Posted by: memphis at July 18, 2007 11:36 AM .

Lisa said

Thanks! Very useful

Posted by: Lisa at August 1, 2007 06:53 PM .

Chris said

I've been thinking a lot lately about what makes the Internet so great and I've decided that it is people like yourself who contribute things that are so useful for others. Thank you for what you do!

Posted by: Chris at August 6, 2007 12:19 PM .

constructicle said

thank you very much!

Posted by: constructicle at August 12, 2007 03:02 PM .

Micha said

Very beautifull, I love them!

Your Micha

Posted by: Micha at August 14, 2007 05:51 PM .

ABCDEsign Menu Design said

Okay... small size matters. For us to create menus for our customers... Thanks from Copenhagen Denmark. Best regards from Ulrik Jensen, SEO Specialist

Posted by: ABCDEsign Menu Design at August 30, 2007 04:45 PM .

Skischule said

The pic ist great

Posted by: Skischule at September 2, 2007 07:36 PM .

Bayern Wellness said

HOHOHO --> it a great title and the pic is also very nice

Posted by: Bayern Wellness at September 2, 2007 07:38 PM .

Wellnesshotel said

great stuff

Posted by: Wellnesshotel at September 5, 2007 03:32 PM .

bala_balsky said

nice job. thanks

Posted by: bala_balsky at September 15, 2007 11:16 AM .

lukman said

thanx a lot for sharing i will use the icons for my web application.....



Posted by: lukman at September 16, 2007 02:26 PM .

Joe said

Very nice icons!
Thanks for the post.

Posted by: Joe at September 20, 2007 10:07 PM .

Hotel Bayern said

nice pic. thanks

Posted by: Hotel Bayern at September 26, 2007 10:07 AM .

Björn Seibert said

Very cute and premium! I use them on my blog. Just linked back to you.

Posted by: Björn Seibert at September 29, 2007 03:04 PM .

Rainer München said

Thanks for the icons. I keep you in mind in case I make billions with my new website :-)

Posted by: Rainer München at September 30, 2007 07:56 AM .

eCommerce said

Thank you for the nice gift ;) I like these icon collection.

Posted by: eCommerce at October 8, 2007 01:34 AM .

Gratis SMS said

It´s a very interesting Blog and simple answer of many questions.

Posted by: Gratis SMS at October 9, 2007 09:44 AM .

jacque hinderton said

Vernon said

These are nice. Could you possibly add a pencil (for an "Edit" button) and a question mark (for a "Help" page). And perhaps an open and closed door for "Logged in" and "Logged out".

Posted by: jacque hinderton at October 13, 2007 10:53 AM .

kalyan said

thank you very much

Posted by: kalyan at October 16, 2007 08:01 AM .

programy.pl said

hey, realy nice site, thanks for very interesting articles

Posted by: programy.pl at October 16, 2007 04:38 PM .

Sponsordealer said

nice job. thanks

Posted by: Sponsordealer at October 22, 2007 03:53 PM .

Partnerringe said

Thank you for the good articles have helped me a lot.Thanks

Posted by: Partnerringe at October 25, 2007 10:09 AM .

kim said

Sweet iconpack. I will use these for my new personal CMS. Thanks a lot!

Posted by: kim at October 25, 2007 03:20 PM .

mirc said

its nice blog
good work

Posted by: mirc at October 29, 2007 07:27 PM .

forum said

thank you very much.....

Posted by: forum at October 29, 2007 07:28 PM .

Miód said

Good blog ! Thanks

Posted by: Miód at October 30, 2007 10:04 PM .

zeldman said

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Posted by: zeldman at November 1, 2007 08:18 PM .

Mark Boulton said

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Posted by: Mark Boulton at November 2, 2007 10:03 PM .

Projekty domow said

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Posted by: Projekty domow at November 3, 2007 02:49 PM .

Freebie said

Very useful, thanks.

Posted by: Freebie at November 8, 2007 04:06 PM .

khaled said


Posted by: khaled at November 12, 2007 02:28 AM .

yutube said

thanks a lot.

Posted by: yutube at November 26, 2007 07:55 PM .

tapety said

Great icon pack, thank you for share.

Posted by: tapety at November 27, 2007 04:36 AM .

Tom said

Nice icons. Thanks!

Posted by: Tom at December 5, 2007 08:49 PM .

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mirc said

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Posted by: mirc at December 15, 2007 07:56 AM .

molek said

Great article..

Posted by: molek at December 17, 2007 09:22 PM .

OK said


Posted by: OK at December 17, 2007 09:23 PM .

Scouty said

Wonderful icons. Thanks for your great work.

Posted by: Scouty at December 18, 2007 09:34 AM .

msn nickleri said

hohoho :) that's a funny picture.

Posted by: msn nickleri at December 20, 2007 12:29 PM .