22 Gifts That Will Give You Serious Design Cred

Not all gifts are created equal. Some breathlessly endorse technology trends (hello, Google Pixel), some are as obligatory as jury duty (socks, sweaters, scarves, and that ilk), and some are gift cards.

Not these. These are the presents you buy for someone with good taste (or to show off your even better taste). Below, our guide to carefully engineered, lovingly crafted, and just plain good-looking gifts.

01

Scott Campbell x Shinola Corkscrew

A corkscrew has one job: Open the wine. But that doesnt mean it has to look like a piece of utilitarian hardware. This brass corkscrew($125) from famed tattoo artist Scott Campbell and Shinola gets the job done with a dash of style. Campbell, whose Brooklyn studio has inked everyone from Courtney Love to Howard Stern, etched a geometric pattern into the utensil meant to bring good juju into the world. If good juju is codefor lots of wine, count us in.

Credit: Shinola/Scott Campbell

A corkscrew has one job: Open the wine. But that doesnt mean it has to look like a piece of utilitarian hardware. This brass corkscrew($125) from famed tattoo artist Scott Campbell and Shinola gets the job done with a dash of style. Campbell, whose Brooklyn studio has inked everyone from Courtney Love to Howard Stern, etched a geometric pattern into the utensil meant to bring good juju into the world. If good juju is codefor lots of wine, count us in.

02

Away Luggage

It would be easy to pigeonhole Away as luggage for the Silicon Valley jetset, what with its built-in USB charging and Apple-esque minimalism. But Away has major mass appeal, starting with its price: Its founders hail from Warby Parker, and applied the same direct-to-consumer business model to their durable polycarbonate luggage. That means $225 for a carry-on, and $295 for its largest suitcase—way less than leading luxury brands charge you.

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It would be easy to pigeonhole Away as luggage for the Silicon Valley jetset, what with its built-in USB charging and Apple-esque minimalism. But Away has major mass appeal, starting with its price: Its founders hail from Warby Parker, and applied the same direct-to-consumer business model to their durable polycarbonate luggage. That means $225 for a carry-on, and $295 for its largest suitcase—way less than leading luxury brands charge you.

03

Snoo Bassinet

Tis the season for babes in mangers, but Snoo ($1,160) is no manger. The futuristic bassinet contains sensors, microphones, speakers, and motors that respond to a babys cries with gentle rocking and a soothing shush. Harvey Karp, baby guru and author of the best-sellingThe Happiest Baby series, teamed up with Yves Bhar and engineers at MIT Media Lab to design it. His philosophy? Parents need more sleep, and young babies need more stimulation, akin to the environment in the womb. Snoo bestows both.

Credit: Snoo

Tis the season for babes in mangers, but Snoo ($1,160) is no manger. The futuristic bassinet contains sensors, microphones, speakers, and motors that respond to a babys cries with gentle rocking and a soothing shush. Harvey Karp, baby guru and author of the best-sellingThe Happiest Baby series, teamed up with Yves Bhar and engineers at MIT Media Lab to design it. His philosophy? Parents need more sleep, and young babies need more stimulation, akin to the environment in the womb. Snoo bestows both.

04

Yield Design French Press

Morning coffee is a sacred ritual, which means it deserves more than a Keurig cup and a chipped mug. The design duo from Florida studio Yield Design crafted this six cupfrench press ($85) out of heat resistant borosilicate glass. It comes in clear and gray, but we love the warm glow of the amber. The solid brass pull gives the pot (and your morning routine) an extra touch of luxury—just what you deserve for your 6 am wake up call.

Credit: Yield Design

Morning coffee is a sacred ritual, which means it deserves more than a Keurig cup and a chipped mug. The design duo from Florida studio Yield Design crafted this six cupfrench press ($85) out of heat resistant borosilicate glass. It comes in clear and gray, but we love the warm glow of the amber. The solid brass pull gives the pot (and your morning routine) an extra touch of luxury—just what you deserve for your 6 am wake up call.

05

Patagonia’s Re\\\collection

Patagonia wants its devotees to gift sustainably. Or not at all. Remember Black Friday, 2011, when the outerwear company took out the Dont buy this jacket ad in the Times, telling consumers not to consume? The Re\\\collection is less confusing. The 10-piece line of jackets, vests, and pants (from $99) sports 100 percent reused down, wool, and polyester. The labels, zippers, and buttons contain between 50 and 80 percent reclaimed material. Ideally, soon, all of our fabrics would be recycled, says Miles Johnson, Patagonias creative director of product design.

Credit: Patagonia

Patagonia wants its devotees to gift sustainably. Or not at all. Remember Black Friday, 2011, when the outerwear company took out the Dont buy this jacket ad in the Times, telling consumers not to consume? The Re\\\collection is less confusing. The 10-piece line of jackets, vests, and pants (from $99) sports 100 percent reused down, wool, and polyester. The labels, zippers, and buttons contain between 50 and 80 percent reclaimed material. Ideally, soon, all of our fabrics would be recycled, says Miles Johnson, Patagonias creative director of product design.

06

Aparatmento Cookbook #1

Apartamento calls itself an everyday life interiors magazine, but its contents are hardly quotidian. The bookish magazine favors the eccentric, lived-in homes of cult artists over polished and sleekcelebrity abodes. Apartamento Cookbook #1: Cakes and Desserts ($27), the Barcelona-based publications first foray into food, features similar quirk. Simple line drawings accompany recipes from 16 chefs, for sweet dishes like gingerbread pudding, brown-butter cakes, and a traditional Stollen, from Martha Stewart.

Credit: Apartamento Magazine

Apartamento calls itself an everyday life interiors magazine, but its contents are hardly quotidian. The bookish magazine favors the eccentric, lived-in homes of cult artists over polished and sleekcelebrity abodes. Apartamento Cookbook #1: Cakes and Desserts ($27), the Barcelona-based publications first foray into food, features similar quirk. Simple line drawings accompany recipes from 16 chefs, for sweet dishes like gingerbread pudding, brown-butter cakes, and a traditional Stollen, from Martha Stewart.

07

DodeCal Calendar

A few years back, London designer Ric Bell set a goal for himself: to build a 12-sided, three-dimensional calendar. This year he did just that, and next year, you can track the passing days of 2017 on the DodeCal ($100). The calendar—shaped like a dodecahedron, made from sycamore wood—displays each month on a flat-faced rhombus. To get the geometry right,Bell recruited help from a bespoke furniture maker and a second-generation toy maker. Together, they CNC-milled a rather lovely stocking stuffer.

Credit: Ric Bell

A few years back, London designer Ric Bell set a goal for himself: to build a 12-sided, three-dimensional calendar. This year he did just that, and next year, you can track the passing days of 2017 on the DodeCal ($100). The calendar—shaped like a dodecahedron, made from sycamore wood—displays each month on a flat-faced rhombus. To get the geometry right,Bell recruited help from a bespoke furniture maker and a second-generation toy maker. Together, they CNC-milled a rather lovely stocking stuffer.

08

Kodak Ektra

You wouldnt buy a Kodak Ektra for yourself—the photography-first smartphone is like two separate halves of devices you probablyalready own. Thats why you gift it: so your photo-hungry friend—or your always-on-vacation friend, or your always-runs-out-of-phone-storage friend—can revel in the excessiveness of the Ektra ($565). Plus, the retro-looking device is sold alongside a few handsome leather cases ($37-$75), making the camera-smartphone an accessory in its own right.

Credit: Kodak

You wouldnt buy a Kodak Ektra for yourself—the photography-first smartphone is like two separate halves of devices you probablyalready own. Thats why you gift it: so your photo-hungry friend—or your always-on-vacation friend, or your always-runs-out-of-phone-storage friend—can revel in the excessiveness of the Ektra ($565). Plus, the retro-looking device is sold alongside a few handsome leather cases ($37-$75), making the camera-smartphone an accessory in its own right.

09

Inverted Spaces Wallpaper

Remember those glow-in-the-dark star stickers, from when you were a kid? This wallpaper is like the luxe, adult version. To create it, Rachel and Nick Cope—together, they make up Calico Wallpaper—took photos from NASAs library of satellite images, blew them up, and transposed them onto yards of paper. The result is a slightly abstracted celestial topography, painted in Silver Mylar. ($32 per square foot.)

Credit: Calico

Remember those glow-in-the-dark star stickers, from when you were a kid? This wallpaper is like the luxe, adult version. To create it, Rachel and Nick Cope—together, they make up Calico Wallpaper—took photos from NASAs library of satellite images, blew them up, and transposed them onto yards of paper. The result is a slightly abstracted celestial topography, painted in Silver Mylar. ($32 per square foot.)

10

Architecture Tour Maps

Blue Crow Media is a tiny publisher in London that makes architecturally specific city maps. Modern Berlin, a guide to the wide-ranging building styles from the city’s 20th century, is its latest offering. Older maps include Art Deco tours of London and a list of must-see Brutalist sites in Washington, DC. Architecture buffs and neophytes alike will agree: At $10 a tour, Blue Crow Media makes a good case for revivinganalog maps.

Credit: Blue Crow Media

Blue Crow Media is a tiny publisher in London that makes architecturally specific city maps. Modern Berlin, a guide to the wide-ranging building styles from the city’s 20th century, is its latest offering. Older maps include Art Deco tours of London and a list of must-see Brutalist sites in Washington, DC. Architecture buffs and neophytes alike will agree: At $10 a tour, Blue Crow Media makes a good case for revivinganalog maps.

11

Aeron Task Chair

Redesigning an icon is risky business, but this year Herman Miller did just that. Twenty-two years after debuting the paradigm-changing Aeron chair, the Michigan furniture company rolled out—literally—a refreshed version ($780) of its famous task chair. The new Aeron chaircomes with updated ergonomics, like a tilt function that makes itmore responsive to your movements. And whats a better gift for your loved ones than improved lumbar support?

Credit: Herman Miller

Redesigning an icon is risky business, but this year Herman Miller did just that. Twenty-two years after debuting the paradigm-changing Aeron chair, the Michigan furniture company rolled out—literally—a refreshed version ($780) of its famous task chair. The new Aeron chaircomes with updated ergonomics, like a tilt function that makes itmore responsive to your movements. And whats a better gift for your loved ones than improved lumbar support?

12

Ember Mug

Weve all been there: You scald your tongue on your morning coffee, only to find, 20 minutes later, that its gone cold. The Ember mug ($150) fixes that, by quicklycooling your boiling coffee to your preferred temperature—anywhere from 120 to 145 degrees—and then keeping it steadily hot for four hours. This happens via a microprocessor and sensors that track the liquids temperature, activating a passive cooling and active heating system hidden in Embers walls. Its a clever solution—one that Starbucks liked enough to start selling.

Credit: Ember

Weve all been there: You scald your tongue on your morning coffee, only to find, 20 minutes later, that its gone cold. The Ember mug ($150) fixes that, by quicklycooling your boiling coffee to your preferred temperature—anywhere from 120 to 145 degrees—and then keeping it steadily hot for four hours. This happens via a microprocessor and sensors that track the liquids temperature, activating a passive cooling and active heating system hidden in Embers walls. Its a clever solution—one that Starbucks liked enough to start selling.

13

Fredericks & Mae Playing Cards

For the friend who organizes her phones apps by color, or the relative who color codes his bookshelves, here are rainbow-huedplaying cards ($13) from Fredericks & Mae. The Brooklyn design duo has been creating colorful game sets for years—think bocce ball kits, dartboards, and notecards that morph into paper animal masks—and the playing cards are their most practical offering yet.

Credit: Fredericks & Mae

For the friend who organizes her phones apps by color, or the relative who color codes his bookshelves, here are rainbow-huedplaying cards ($13) from Fredericks & Mae. The Brooklyn design duo has been creating colorful game sets for years—think bocce ball kits, dartboards, and notecards that morph into paper animal masks—and the playing cards are their most practical offering yet.

14

Reflect Teacups

Richard Brendons gilded teacups solve a very specific, very British problem: They give new life to abandoned antique saucers. Perhaps because theyre handled more frequently, teacups break more often than their saucer counterparts. Those tiny, lavishly decorated dishes end up at secondhand sales (the island of misfit tableware), where they go forgotten. Brendons gold teacups reflect their patterns, creating the illusion of a reunited set ($100 and up).

Credit: Richard Brendon

Richard Brendons gilded teacups solve a very specific, very British problem: They give new life to abandoned antique saucers. Perhaps because theyre handled more frequently, teacups break more often than their saucer counterparts. Those tiny, lavishly decorated dishes end up at secondhand sales (the island of misfit tableware), where they go forgotten. Brendons gold teacups reflect their patterns, creating the illusion of a reunited set ($100 and up).

15

The Supers

Winter, with its gusts of icy air and uncontrollable radiator heat, is harsh on skin. These serums, from WIRED favorite Glossier, offer a layer of protection. Serums are like vitamin infusions, but they go on your face, not in a juice. Glossier infused its Supers ($65for all three) with nutrients like hyaluronic acid and vitamin B5 (found in Super Bounce) and Niacinamide and Zinc (found in Super Pure.) A few drops a day from one of these pastel bottles should keep your loved one’s mug healthy until spring.

Credit: Glossier

Winter, with its gusts of icy air and uncontrollable radiator heat, is harsh on skin. These serums, from WIRED favorite Glossier, offer a layer of protection. Serums are like vitamin infusions, but they go on your face, not in a juice. Glossier infused its Supers ($65for all three) with nutrients like hyaluronic acid and vitamin B5 (found in Super Bounce) and Niacinamide and Zinc (found in Super Pure.) A few drops a day from one of these pastel bottles should keep your loved one’s mug healthy until spring.

16

The Pen

Two MIT engineering graduates designed this pen, and it shows in the details. The pen, named, no kidding, The Pen ($99), looks like a bullet and has a nib retraction mechanism that swivels endlessly in 360 degrees. The Pen also comes with a refillable ink cartridge, so discriminating writers can restock with one of 35 inks of their choosing.

Credit: Riind

Two MIT engineering graduates designed this pen, and it shows in the details. The pen, named, no kidding, The Pen ($99), looks like a bullet and has a nib retraction mechanism that swivels endlessly in 360 degrees. The Pen also comes with a refillable ink cartridge, so discriminating writers can restock with one of 35 inks of their choosing.

17

Tight Tote

Theres nothing like a little typographic wordplay to show the world just how into graphic design you are. Pentagrams Britt Cobb printed these black cotton totes ($30) with a bright white Helvetica Neue, set ultra-tight. Get the joke? Congrats, youre a bonafide design nerd. But even if you dont, youll still look cool carrying it.

Credit: Britt Cobb

Theres nothing like a little typographic wordplay to show the world just how into graphic design you are. Pentagrams Britt Cobb printed these black cotton totes ($30) with a bright white Helvetica Neue, set ultra-tight. Get the joke? Congrats, youre a bonafide design nerd. But even if you dont, youll still look cool carrying it.

18

The Shapes Bundle

Outdoor Voices, maker of color-blocked, tri-tone workout leggings and crop tops, started making yoga blocks this year. A Parsons School of Design graduate founded Outdoor Voices, so, no surprises here: the Shapes Bundle ($150) looks more like end table art than like squishy foam gym equipment. New York studio Visibility designed the three-piece set out of cork, and carefully tested the shape and feel of the blocks with the entire Outdoor Voices staff, plus a team of yogis in New York.

Credit: Outdoor Voices

Outdoor Voices, maker of color-blocked, tri-tone workout leggings and crop tops, started making yoga blocks this year. A Parsons School of Design graduate founded Outdoor Voices, so, no surprises here: the Shapes Bundle ($150) looks more like end table art than like squishy foam gym equipment. New York studio Visibility designed the three-piece set out of cork, and carefully tested the shape and feel of the blocks with the entire Outdoor Voices staff, plus a team of yogis in New York.

19

Marfa Shower Curtain

If your shower curtains an afterthought, think again. The blue of this geometric curtain ($198) is meant to evoke the open prairie skies of its namesake, Marfa, while the quilted shapes are inspired by Donald Judds minimalism. Attach the brass grommets to your showers overhead pole, and itll be like showering in a Josef Albers color study.

Credit: Michael Fine

If your shower curtains an afterthought, think again. The blue of this geometric curtain ($198) is meant to evoke the open prairie skies of its namesake, Marfa, while the quilted shapes are inspired by Donald Judds minimalism. Attach the brass grommets to your showers overhead pole, and itll be like showering in a Josef Albers color study.

20

Dyson Supersonic Hairdryer

Dyson made its first foray into beauty products this year, with the Supersonic hairdryer. Like Dysons supercharged vacuums, fans, and hand dryers, the Supersonic comes packed with tech like the Air Multiplier feature, a digital motor, and heat sensors. Its designed to regulate heat, so hair doesnt fry, and minimize turbulent airflow, so strands dont tangle. Sleek, geometric, and compact, this thing looks like a Dyson. It also has a price tag like a Dyson, at $400. But your loved one—and her tresses—will thank you.

Credit: Dyson

Dyson made its first foray into beauty products this year, with the Supersonic hairdryer. Like Dysons supercharged vacuums, fans, and hand dryers, the Supersonic comes packed with tech like the Air Multiplier feature, a digital motor, and heat sensors. Its designed to regulate heat, so hair doesnt fry, and minimize turbulent airflow, so strands dont tangle. Sleek, geometric, and compact, this thing looks like a Dyson. It also has a price tag like a Dyson, at $400. But your loved one—and her tresses—will thank you.

21

LOST iN Travel Guides

No one needs a printed travel guide—theres apps for that—but if they happen to be as handsome as these booklets, youre probably going to want one anyway. Studio NODE Berlin Oslo designed these 17 guides ($90 for the set) to look like indie magazines that just happen to be filled with killer recommendations on where to go and what to see from local creatives. Toting a book around might not be practical, but when they look this nice, its worth the extra suitcase space.

Credit: Lost In

No one needs a printed travel guide—theres apps for that—but if they happen to be as handsome as these booklets, youre probably going to want one anyway. Studio NODE Berlin Oslo designed these 17 guides ($90 for the set) to look like indie magazines that just happen to be filled with killer recommendations on where to go and what to see from local creatives. Toting a book around might not be practical, but when they look this nice, its worth the extra suitcase space.

22

Shinola Runwell Turntable

This turntable is more than a means to your acoustic ends. Built in Detroit from sturdy materials (think aluminum, wood, and steel), Shinolas first audio product is designed to look as good as it sounds. The simple turntable plays records back at both 33 and 45 RPM; connect it to speakers via a RCA cable to get that golden sound. At $2,500 its not as cheap as the dusty player sitting in your uncles basement, but it is a helluva lot prettier.

Credit: Shinola

This turntable is more than a means to your acoustic ends. Built in Detroit from sturdy materials (think aluminum, wood, and steel), Shinolas first audio product is designed to look as good as it sounds. The simple turntable plays records back at both 33 and 45 RPM; connect it to speakers via a RCA cable to get that golden sound. At $2,500 its not as cheap as the dusty player sitting in your uncles basement, but it is a helluva lot prettier.

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