30 Gift Ideas for All the Design Lovers On Your List
We've tracked down 30 fab gift ideas for all the design-focused folks in your life so you're sure to uncover a great present idea for every single one of them.
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Refurbished Polaroid Camera
For retro design lovers, a refurbished Polaroid camera is the perfect holiday gift. Give it to a friend at the start of their holiday party, and you can pass out fun Polaroid souvenir pics for everyone there (Bonus: give them some stylish photo booth props with the camera and the guests will really go gaga).
Project 62 is a furniture and decor line at Target, and almost of all the beautifully designed pieces in their collection look much more expensive than they actually are. Case in point: these chic Project 62 candlesticks look like sculptures and would make the perfect addition to any stylish dinner table.
Another classic gift that's always welcome: an elegant cheese board like this marble/wood number from anthro. This is perfect for a picnic or a cocktail party at home, and if your design-loving friend or family member also loves to entertain, it's sure to be a welcome addition to their entertaining supplies.
If you have any coffee lovers in your life, here are some chic, well-designed mugs that they're sure to love. If you want to amp up your gift, add some gourmet coffee beans or even a handheld grinder.
Wooden Coffee Scoop
Here's a perfect gifty for your caffeine addicted buds: wooden coffee scoops. Crafted of Tzalam wood, these beautifully designed scoops will help to turn your pal's daily coffee ritual into something a bit more special. These would also pair perfectly with the Shapes Mugs.
Colorful Backgammon Set
Here's a classic gift that any design lover is sure to go crazy over. A backgammon set is something they'll keep for years to come, and can be enjoyed by all. This would also make for a super fab housewarming gift.
CMYK, or Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black will playfully speak to any of your graphic designer friends. These coasters would pair perfectly with a bottle of wine or some margarita mix.
Architecture Lover's City Maps
For any travel-loving design fans on your list, these unique city architecture maps are a killer holiday gift idea. Each map highlights the architectural gems in major cities throughout the world. The paper maps are also a nice, retro alternative to all the digital noise of modern life.
Paris in Color
This gorgeous coffee table book from Nichole Robertson is the perfect gift for anyone on your list who's in love with the "city of lights." Robertson meticulously photographed her adopted home of Paris, then arranged this lovely book by color, grouping different spots throughout the city together by hue.
Color Wheel Umbrella
This lovely umbrella is the perfect antidote to a gloomy, rainy day. The brightly colored umbrella displays all the colors on the color wheel, while keeping your design-loving pal dry from any unexpected rain storms.
Graphic Poster Set
These cheeky posters are a fun homage to the 1990 Young MC song "Bust a Move." Sold in a pair, they'd make a fantastic gift for any design-loving music aficionados on your holiday list.
$50 for the pair; jampress.com
Soma Sustainable Pitcher + Plant-Based Water Filter
This gorgeous water carafe/filter is a serious upgrade from the typical fridge water filters we're all used to. The filter in this carafe is made of coconut shell carbon and plant-based casing that removes chlorine and improves your water taste. And for every Soma filter purchased, clean drinking water is donated to people in need through Soma’s nonprofit partner, charity: water.
Leather Tablet Organizer
We're guessing you have some tech obsessed design lovers on your list, and this gorgeous organizer might be the perfect gift for that special someone. This is Ground has a number of organizational solutions, all available in different color leathers and sizes. This one is made for someone who likes to travel often with their ipads. There are additional spots for other items such as cords, notebooks, and their smartphone.
Art Oracles Cards
These fun cards offer inspiration and advice to anyone who might be struggling with a creative block or may just be looking for some direction. Randomly choose a card from the deck to get advice on life, work, family and creative challenges from famous artists such as Picasso, Pollock, Kahlo and many others.
Deuce Pitcher + Watering Can
Is it a pitcher or is it a watering can? Umbra has designed an object that's meant to be both. In the hopes that we will all become more connected to our gardens, this pitcher is meant to water both our plants and ourselves.
Smart Phone Photo Printer
Here's a super fun, compact printer that allows you to immediately print photos off your smartphone wherever you might be. This is another awesome pressie to bring to a holiday party, or to give to a friend who is about to leave on a big trip.
Na Nin Perfume Oil Sample Pack
It's sometimes hard to know exactly which scent might work for a friend or family member who loves to experiment with different perfumes and colognes. But this beautifully designed perfume oil sample pack is an awesome gift for those times when you're unsure which scent your bestie might dig the most.
Travel Yoga Mat
For any of your yoga-loving friends who travel a lot for pleasure or work, this super lightweight yoga mat will quickly become a new fave. The mat is constructed of natural, renewable materials, and it's so light and easy to transport that they'll barely notice it in their luggage.
100 Places You Must Visit Before You Die Poster
For creative friends who are not really into writing out their own bucket lists, this fun poster does all the work for them. The poster comes with beautifully illustrated stickers that you can use to mark off spots as you visit them. With suggestions such as the Opera House in Sydney, Australia or the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, your friend can use it as travel inspo now and in years to come.
Glass Bottles With Wooden Stoppers
Design loving friends can use these gorge bottles for wine, liquor or even for oil and vinegar. These classic bottles would also make lovely housewarming gifts, or work great for a white elephant gift exchange at work.
$29 and up; westelm.com
If you have a friend who needs a bit of a creative push, this 365 Journal from Kikki K might make the perfect holiday gift. The book can be used as a typical journal, allowing your friend to scribble down their thoughts or feelings each day of the year; however, because the pages are numbered (and not dated), your design-loving friend has creative freedom and can use the book to document an ongoing daily art project, as a scrapbook, or even a photo journal.
Kate Spade Circular Magnet Collection
Forget about magnetic poetry ... this magnet collection offers up a simpler solution to leaving yourself inspirational messages. With words like "daring," "curious" and "strong," you can help your creative friends and family set themselves up for conquering the world with all of the encouraging words and phrases they could need.
Tom Dixon Charcoal Diffuser
This unique charcoal diffuser can keep a room scented for up to 10 weeks. Combining mint, cedar and rose-like guaiac wood, this gender-neutral scent is much longer lasting than a candle, and in the beautifully designed glass vessel, will look gorgeous on any coffee table or bathroom vanity.
Wildsam City Field Guides
Another great option for any friends who are addicted to traveling, these unique field guides take a creative approach to exploring each city. The guides feature interviews, essays, local history and hand-drawn illustrations in each book, allowing for completely unique experiences. They are small and easy to carry, and even have spots for scribbling notes.
$18 each; westelm.com
Stendig Wall Calendar
This is a classic for design lovers near and far and, these days, is instantly recognizable: the Stendig wall calendar. This graphic calendar sells out almost every year, and for good reason. It's simple design works in almost any space or office. It's truly a design icon.
Historically, you could find Passementerie braid work in the royal courts of Habsburg, Vienna. These braids were worn both by high-fashion ladies, and on the men’s dress military uniforms. Designer Sophie Aschauer was inspired by this tradition, and creates her bracelets using the same centuries' old sailors’ knots.
For your creative pals who are also dog lovers, a gift like this one will be sure to grab their attention. These pooch pouches are an elegant way of ensuring that you always have waste bags on hand for your pup no matter where you might be. They easily attach to your leash or your keychain, and are available in a variety of colors.
Agrarian Striped Napkins
This set of 4 napkins is another great choice as a lovely, useful gift for a friend who likes to entertain. The napkins are made of natural linen, and the stripes are araucana blue (named for the Araucana hen, one of very few chicken breeds that lay blue-colored eggs). The simplicity of the design, means these napkins could work with almost any style of plates or flatware.
Lunch Box Book
Design loving bookworms who bring their lunch to work every day will quickly fall in love with this gift. Meant to look like an actual book, this lunchbox is the perfect way to make sure your BFF brings a healthy lunch with them wherever they go.
This gorgeous wall grid almost looks like a piece of art. It can be used as a bulletin board (to display reminders, pictures, tickets, etc.), but it's so gorgeous on its own, your friend might not want to muck it up with random papers. Either way, any design lover will immediately be smitten with this piece.