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The Wishlist: 20 Best Gifts For The Designer

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The design-savvy gentleman is one of the most difficult individuals to shop for during the holiday season, due to his unique attention to detail. We understand that it can be a bit daunting to seek out the perfect piece for the architect, artist, or developer in your life, so, we’ve decided to channel our inner perfectionist to make things a bit more intuitive.

Whether you’re shopping for the unique architect who’s infatuated with the world of mid-century design, the artist who takes solace in the cleanly-tailored linework of contemporary products, or the developer who’s looking for inspiration during a creative drought, we’ve done our best to provide you with a handful of interesting items that are sure to put a smile on their face during the upcoming holiday season. So, without further adieu, let’s dive right in.

Filson Mackinaw Wool Blanket

Filson’s five-pound Mackinaw blanket is a 100% virgin wool warmer that’s been sourced and crafted in the USA, keeping you comfortable and cozy in the home, or at the campsite. The best part? It’s been treated to a set of serged edges, keeping it viable for years of trusted use.

Purchase: $285

Ezra Arthur Small Leather Notebook

Ezra Arthur’s Small Leather Notebook is a stylish journal for all of your pressing notes, numbers, and thoughts, thanks to its high-grain leather exterior.

Purchase: $32

TRNK Hand-Blown Whiskey Glass

TRNK’s Hand-Blown Whiskey Glass is a tasteful, curved offering that feels great in-hand, and even better against the lips.

Purchase: $32

The James Brand Stillwell Pen

The Stillwell Pen features a hardwearing aluminum body and D1 Style replaceable ink cartridge, making it a trusted companion for anyone who’s looking to add a classy writing utensil to their everyday arsenal.

Purchase: $50

Frank Lloyd Wright Glasner House Clock

Frank Lloyd Wright is the quintessential architect, and his W.A. Glasner House is a testament to his genius. Now, you’ll be able to own a light cherry desk clock adapted from the dwelling’s library window.

Purchase: $61

Nearly Natural Green Sansevieria

Every design-focused space needs a touch of greenery, making Nearly Natural’s faux Sansevieria an attractive offering for home and office.

Purchase: $62

Logo Modernism

Logo Modernism is a curated observation of the graphic medium, focusing primarily on the use of modernism in conventional architecture, art, and product design.

Purchase: $66

Form Function Form Architects Wallet

Form Function Form knows what it takes to appease the modern designer, offering a unique Chromexcel leather Architects’ wallet that can house a Fisher Space Pen and two small Moleskine notepads for on-the-spot versatility.

Purchase: $88

Craighill Venn Puzzle

Craighill’s Venn Puzzle is a mechanical wonder that tests your cognitive abilities, thanks to its three-piece, molten stainless steel architecture.

Purchase: $95

Rimowa Aluminum Groove iPhone Case

Rimowa’s design language is one of the luggage world’s most renowned. Now, you can turn your handheld device into a similarly-styled accessory, thanks to the brand’s aluminum and shockproof TPU Groove iPhone case.

Purchase: $115

Wellen Seawool Fisherman Sweater

Complete your aesthetic with the recycled Seawool Fisherman Sweater from Wellen. This sustainable garment features a quick-drying, antimicrobial construction, offering wearers unprecedented protection from the elements.

Purchase: $128

Grovemade Walnut Laptop Riser

Need a design-savvy peripheral to keep your workspace clean and optimized? Grovemade’s Walnut Laptop Riser is an ergonomic essential that’ll turn your tight space into a more intuitive WFH area.

Purchase: $130

Polaroid Originals OneStep+ Film Camera

Add a splash of color to your daily life with the Polaroid Originals OneStep+ film camera, which features a 60-day battery life, self-timer mode, and Bluetooth connectivity for more intuitive control.

Purchase: $140

Tom Dixon Alchemy Candle

Tom Dixon’s Alchemy Candle was crafted to keep your space smelling great, thanks to its gunpowder musk, pepper-lie accents, and smoky fragrance.

Purchase: $160

Courant Catch:3 Valet Tray

Every design-focused gentleman needs a way to keep his work area free of clutter. That’s why Courant’s Catch:3 Valet Tray is one of our favorite everyday essentials, allowing us to charge our Qi-enabled devices while maintaining our modern aesthetic.

Purchase: $175

Koncept Equo Desk Lamp

Koncept’s Equo Desk Lamp is the perfect way to illuminate your work desk, thanks to its built-in occupancy sensor, USB charging port, and adaptable temperature range.

Purchase: $235

Bowers & Wilkins PX Active Wireless Headphones

Bowers & Wilkins’ PX Active Wireless Headphones were designed with architecture in mind, due to their sleek, slimline silhouette, adaptive noise cancellation, and optimized drive units requisitioned from the brand’s lauded P9 Signature lineup.

Purchase: $298

Apple Watch Series 6

Apple’s Series 6 smartwatch is a must-have for any modern gentleman, providing an array of design-focused apps, health, and fitness monitoring, and a subdued, minimalist structure that’s classy, yet sporty.

Purchase: $385

LEGO Architecture Studio 21050 Building Blocks Set

LEGO’s Architecture Studio 21050 Building Block Set is a perfect gift for the modularly-minded, thanks to its focus on the fundamentals of design. Build to your heart’s content while learning from the collection’s 272-page guidebook, which has been curated by the world’s leading architects.

Purchase: $580

Tom Ford Montblanc Sartorial Jet Briefcase

Tom Ford’s Montblanc Sartorial Jet Briefcase is a water-resistant nylon essential crafted from sturdy cross-grain leather, making it a must-have for the stylish gent looking to maintain his professional appearance.

Purchase: $900

Shell Chair

Complement your living area (or workspace) with this impeccable reproduction of Hans Wegner’s Shell Chair — a wing-like staple that exudes an aura of intentional craftsmanship.

Purchase: $3,630

The 25 Best Coffee Table Books

Nothing can spruce up your space quite like some aesthetically-pleasing reading material. Head over to our guide on the best coffee table books find the perfect accent for your design-focused living area.