The Wishlist: 20 Best Gifts for the Designer

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Buying gifts for your loved ones can be difficult; buying gifts for your stylish loved ones can be near impossible. It can be an uphill battle when curating gifts for your design-centric friend, but thankfully, we’re here to help. We’ve flexed our creative muscles and scoured the internet for the best gifts that harmonize form and functionality.

While we can’t guarantee to cover every design style on this list, we’ve curated a guide to help navigate you through the persnickety waters of the design world. From coffee table books to furniture and everything in between, we’ve found 20 gorgeous offerings that are sure to light up the face of the design-savvy person in your life. Now, let’s get started.

The James Brand Wayland Rosewood + Damascus Knife

On its own, the Wayland’s Damasteel Rose DS93X blade makes this knife an ideal EDC tool that will last you a lifetime. However, its stunning Damascus pattern and gorgeous rosewood scales elevate this stellar blade to a functioning piece of art that anyone would be lucky to have.

Purchase: $275

Grecian Marble Coaster Set

Nobody likes water rings on their tables or counters, and these beautiful Greek-imported white marble coasters offer a neutral yet elegant way to prevent them.

Purchase: $55

Whiskey Peaks Mountain Decanter

This is a really slick decanter with a cool Mountain sculpture on the bottom. It serves an all-important purpose of making your whisky taste better, and the fact that it’s handblown makes each decanter truly unique.

Purchase: $65

Less and More: The Design Ethos of Dieter Rams

Dieter Rams is a legendary industrial designer who quite literally wrote the book on industrial design. This coffee table book is a must-own for any aspiring designer, or someone who just appreciates clean, minimalist product design.

Purchase: $65

Apotheke Charcoal 3-Wick Candle

Apotheke’s candle sports a matte black finish on its exterior and a soy wax blend that burns cleaner than traditional wax. It offers a broody aroma of smoky amber and cedarwood as well as a lengthy shelf life of 120 hours burning.

Purchase: $74

Bonsai Tree

Scientific studies have proven that nurturing plants can enhance your mental health. Bonsai trees are a particularly fantastic plant to own as they provide a minimalist pop of color and serve as a decorative piece that always puts a smile on guests’ faces.

Purchase: $80

Stone Soma Cube

The Soma Cube was developed by a mathematical professor during a quantum physics lecture and has 200 possible solutions despite having only seven pieces. This one is made of semi-precious gemstones for a more elevated look that can either populate a barren surface or provide your fidgety friend something to do.

Purchase: $80

Reebok x Eames

These handsome sneakers honor iconic architecture and furniture designers Charles and Ray Eames. The insole features a custom multicolored triangular pattern, there’s a Reebok x Eames print on the arch, and the shoes come in a special box that’s inspired by the Eames’ famed Pacific Palisades home.

Purchase: $120

Upstate Recycled Fiber Throw

Every home needs a comfy blanket. This particular offering is made with soft, natural cotton and 5% recycled fibers to let you feel a little better about reducing your carbon footprint while being unapologetically comfortable.

Purchase: $123

Porsche 70 Years Leather-Bound Book

You’d be hard-pressed to find a car body style that’s more iconic than those made by Porsche. This gorgeous, leather-bound book is the perfect gift for Porsche lovers, race fans, or anyone who appreciates design-forward cars.

Purchase: $195

Military Glass Top Humidor by Case Elegant

Leave it to a brand like Klaro to make a military-themed humidor that doesn’t lose any style whatsoever. It’s completely programmable, built like a tank, and holds 50-100 cigars.

Purchase: $230

The Shinola Runwell Desk Clock

We may live in a digital age, but analog clocks definitely have their place. Shinola is known for their fantastic timepieces, and their Runwell Desk Clock features the stylishness and utility that made them a staple brand.

Purchase: $295

Montblanc StarWalker Precious Resin Ballpoint Pen

There are no finer writing instruments than a Montblanc pen. The StarWalker Precious Resin Ballpoint Pen is literally a stellar example of the luxury brand’s elegant design and craftsmanship.

Purchase: $375

Herman Miller Graphic Art Collection

Good art is the hallmark of a well-designed home. The iconic furniture manufacturer released an impressive collection of reproduced posters and adverts from their archives, each created between 1949 to 1979 by George Nelson, Philip Mitchell, and other famous artists and designers.

Purchase: $475+

Apple AirPods Max

From a design perspective, the AirPods Max are an exercise in proportions, restraint, and elegance. They’re a gorgeous pair of headphones whose quality matches their beauty.

Purchase: $549

Suspend Tall Bar Cabinet

A great bar cabinet can elevate a room’s vibe. This particular offering is a gorgeous piece of furniture, and unlike most bars, it’s not overly clunky. It features a gorgeous walnut veneer and has a slab of Carrara-style marble on its back.

Purchase: $999

Herman Miller Aeron

The Aeron is an iconic task chair that changed the trajectory of ergonomic furniture. Herman Miller’s idea to upgrade the Aeron’s construction to ocean-bound plastic this year makes the classic chair even better.

Purchase: $1,545+

HRDL Vinyl Table

This beautiful specimen features a sliding tambour door to house an amplifier or receiver and enough storage to fit 200 of your favorite records. Even better, each Vinyl Table is handmade, finished, wrapped, and packed at HRDL.

Purchase: $1,790

Samsung Frame 65″ QLED 4K Smart TV

The only way one could augment a fine piece of art is by making it double as a QLED 4K smart tv. The Frame’s Art Mode allows you to display beautiful works of art when you’re not watching it, and it comes with a customizable bezel to blend the TV’s style and color with your home decor.

Purchase: $1,800

Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar

Sennheiser is an audio brand whose stellar reputation precedes it. This minimalist offering is a powerhouse soundbar that blends well in any contemporary setting.

Purchase: $2,500

Knoll Womb Chair with Ottoman

Aside from being one of the most iconic mid-century chairs of all time, the Womb Chair was designed by Eero Saarinen to make the person sitting in it feel as if they were in a “basket full of pillows.” What more could you want in a chair?

Purchase: $5651+

Leica Q2 Monochrom

Leica’s Q2 Monochrom is one of the best black-and-white cameras on the market. It features a gorgeous, minimalistic silhouette and a 47-megapixel, full-frame monochrome sensor to make it the perfect harmony of form and function.

Purchase: $5,995

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