Still searching for the perfect gift for that hard to please architect in your life? No need to look any further, we've compiled a list of items any architect would love to receive. Read on to see ArchDaily’s top 16 gifts for architects!
WHAT: Brik Book - "The World's Most Customizable Macbook Case"
"Some people like to spice up their laptops with stickers on the back. We couldn’t help thinking, though, that stickers are sticky. Plus, once they’re stuck, you’re stuck! So we designed a case that permits constant change, collaboration, and originality." Compatible with LEGO, Mega Bloks, PixelBlocks, KRE-O, and K'NEX Bricks.
WHAT: Cork Globe - "Pinpoint Your Travels"
"Stick pins in the places you’ve been or plan your future travels. Chose between the full-size 10” (Ø 25cm) and the mini 5.5" (Ø 14cm) cork globe with a clear and simple world map: pinpoint cities and tick-off countries as you journey around the planet. Mounted on a stainless steel base and supplied with pins. Been there? Done that? Show off your globetrotting exploits for all to see." Designed by Chiaki Kawakami for Suck UK.
WHAT: Grids & Guides - "A Notebook for Visual Thinkers"
The Princeton Architectural Press' red Grids & Guides sketchbook offers "144 pages of varied and unusual graph paper (including some new grid designs), interspersed with more engaging charts and infographics—from knot tying to logic expressions—for right- and left-brainers alike."
WHERE: $14 on Amazon
WHAT: Beam Pendant
"Terrence Woodgate has designed a beautiful collection of earrings and a pendants based on the humble I beam (girder). His designs have a modernist or even minimal adherence where the materials are allowed to speak for themselves. Supplied on a silver snake chain as opposed to the chain shown in the photographs and available in polished or matte."
WHAT: BauBax - "World's Best Travel Jacket"
Integrated throughout this newly-funded travel jacket are 15 features that life easier for those who are always on the go: neck pillow, eye mask, gloves, drink pocket, tech pockets, etc. Four styles for men and women are available.
WHERE: $149-189 on BauBax
WHAT: Architecture & Euclid Mug Pair
"Discover a new mathematical theorem while enjoying your morning cup of coffee. Hatch your plans to design the world’s next great building while sipping an evening cup of tea. The Euclid Mug proudly displays essential geometry, while the Architecture Mug features drawings of 10 famous buildings from classical to contemporary. Celebrate your inner nerd with this clever set of mugs by The Unemployed Philosophers’ Guild."
WHERE: $28 of FAB
"This unique 48-page coloring book features immersive aerial views of real cities from around the world alongside gorgeously illustrated, Inception-like architectural mandalas. Artist Steve McDonald's beautifully rendered and detailed line work offers bird's-eye perspectives of visually arresting global locales from New York, London, and Paris to Istanbul, Tokyo, and Melbourne, Rio, Amsterdam, and many more."
WHERE: $11 on Amazon
WHAT: Identic Architecture Memory Game
This 40-building "architecture memory game designed by Benoît Maignial stimulates mind and memory. To win, you have to observe and remember worldwide architectural masterpieces."
WHERE: €18 on Cinqpoints
WHAT: 3D Printed Milan Architecture Chess Set (Downloadable Plans)
"The exploration of this new land has produced the design of six different chess pieces with skyscrapers, towers, palaces and monuments; in their endless dance, they offer the illusion of an urban skyline not fixed, but continually evolving and changing on a horizontal surface." Created by DCD Design.
WHERE: $11 on Cults3D
WHAT: Faceture Bud Vase / Candleholder
"Unique vessels that can be used as either a small vase or candleholder. Each object is produced individually by casting a water-based resin into a simple handmade mould. The mould is then manually manipulated to create the each object's form before each casting, making every piece utterly unique." Designed by Phil Cuttance.
WHERE: £55 at Design Museum Shop
WHAT: Fernando Guerra's Handmade Leather Camera Straps
For the photo enthusiasts, you can't go wrong with these handmade leather camera straps designed by world-renowned architectural photographer Fernando Guerra.
WHERE: €80 on fernandoguerra.com
WHAT: Architact Collective's Concrete Gifts
It's no secrete architects have a love affair with concrete, so what better than one of Architact Collective's handcrafted concrete gifts? Items include clocks, jewelry, planters, colored coasters, and more.
WHERE: Gifts range from $35 to $124 (shipping not included) on the Architact Collective
WHAT: Shinola "Detroit Arrow" Single Speed
"The Detroit Arrow is Shinola’s single-speed bicycle - streamlined for urban riding and hand assembled by our bike specialists in Detroit. Available in black and white color options, in both men’s and women’s frame styles, the Detroit Arrow features a completely new TIG-welded TrueTemper steel frame design, manufactured at Waterford Precision Cycles in Wisconsin. The Detroit Arrow is hand assembled with an all-black component spec, including a Shinola leather saddle, cork grips, fenders, chain guard and bell."
WHERE: $1000 at Shinola
WHAT: ArchDaily T-Shirt
Our ArchDaily Logo Tees are now available for sale. The Classic Tee is available in white, black (of course), and grey. You can even take ArchDaily's avatar with you everywhere you go with the Le Corbusier Tee. All designs are printed on American Apparel's super soft cotton tees.
STOCKING STUFFER: Architecture of the Shot - "Constructing the Perfect Shots and Shooters from the Bottom Up"
"From Alabama Slammer to Zoot Suit Riot, Architecture of the Shot is your fun and informative guide to 75 perfectly crafted shots and shooters. Become the master of the shot and let’s get this party started!"
WHERE: $12 on Amazon
STOCKING STUFFER: City-Inspired Sticky Page Markers
"Create miniature scenes and landscapes whilst marking the pages of your books, catalogs and documents." Available 20-sheet sets include London, Tokyo, New York, and Hong Kong.
WHERE: £4 at Duncan Shotton
WRAP IT ALL IN THIS: Skyline Gift Wrap
"Super-sized sheets of wrapping paper printed with building facades from around the world. Wrap your gifts to create 3D buildings that come together to form mini skylines. Unique wrapping paper perfect for that special architect in your life. The best way to keep the pile of presents under the tree looking organized."
WHERE: $5 at Suck UK
CHARITY: Sponsor a Day of Design via Architecture for Humanity
WHY: If you believe that design can make a difference, make a donation in your (or a friend’s) name today.
WHERE: Donations are accepted at your local chapter.
For more ideas, check out our gift guide from last year! And let us know what is topping your christmas list this year in the comment section below.