Holiday Gift Guide for Architects 2018

Posted on November 28th, 2018 by Rachel White

We are back this year with another holiday gift-giving guide for the architects, little builders, and design-lovers in your life. The entire team contributed to this list of 24 reasonably-priced gifts that most architects would love. We hope that you can find something here to buy us for the architect in your life! 

1. A concrete tape dispenser for those Brutalism fans ($28) // 2. The classic black Moleskine is an old favorite of architects everywhere, now available with personalization ($5 for personalization; $14.95-39.95 for Sketchbook). // 3. Faber-Castell pens to accompany your sketchbook, available in every color (Price Varies; $9.70 for 6-pack Shades of Gray shown). // 4. An aluminum ruler that uses visual hierarchy to communicate the measurement ($30).

Tech // 1. A keyboard skin for Photoshop (we wish they had one for Revit!) ($13.41). // 2. A cute way to ensure that you are never without an Iphone charger ($59). // 3.This leather charger & cord roll-up will up your work bag organization game (and who doesn't LOVE monogramming?) ($49; $9.50 for monogram). // 4. This amazing drawing pad allows you to use any paper or pen/pencil you want, and instantly transfers it to your Ipad (or other device) via Bluetooth ($179). 

Fashion // 1. These large knit leather earrings are the definition of "statement piece" ($27). // 2. A leather messenger bag (available in 9 colors!) that is big enough to fit rolled-up drawing sets ($145). // 3. Bring some pizzazz to your next black-tie event with this floor plan bow-tie ($40). // 4. A artisan-made cotton work bag with a bohemian vibe is a welcome change from the stereotypical all-black business look ($89.99). 

Toys // 1. It wouldn't be an SDG Holiday Gift Guide without an architecture lego set. This NYC skyscraper set is a nod to last summer's visit to the Big Apple ($59.99). // 2. A pretty block set with roof gardens that both the kids and the kids-at-heart will love ($25). // 3. This gradient puzzle (available in other colors) is a modern design lover's dream ($35). // 4. It's never too early to teach your kids about the importance of coffee! ($34)

For your desk // 1. This blueprint mug with famous buildings is a throw-back to the good ole days of reprographics ($15.95). // 2. A reminder to Revit-users everywhere that design options are hard for everyone ($11.60). // 3. A fun mug for your architect friend who needs coffee to make those miracles ($11.89). // 4. A pencil holder based on entrance grilles at the Marin County Civic Center, designed by America's favorite architect, Frank Lloyd Wright

Books // 1. Archidoodle: The Architect's Activity Books offers sketching exercises for the budding architect ($`6.85). // 2. Rosie Revere, Engineer, the companion book to Iggy Peck, Architect, is all about how little Rosie follows her dreams, even when she is the only one who believes in them. Our favorite books for little girls! ($8.97). // 3. Mid-century design fans will love this Ray and Charles Eames book, but the entire TASCHEN architecture & design series is pure gold! ($15). // 4. A subscription to Audible is perfect for the architect with a long commute to work ($15/mo).