10 Gifts for Architects

For many of us, the idea of holiday shopping instills a deep fear and anxiety within us. Battling hoards of impatient lunatics clamoring for the last iphone is about as appealing as eating fruitcake every day for a week. Not to mention, you haven’t figured out what to buy each person on your list. To top it off, your list includes friends or family with discerning tastes and a title that strikes fear into your wallet: ARCHITECT. If your idea of creativity is a step-by-step craft tutorial from Pinterest, then nothing is more intimidating than trying to buy a gift for an architect. Finding the right gift for a renaissance man is a challenge, but with this handy list of all things awesome, you’re sure to find something that your architect will love, without ever leaving the house.

Here is the top 10 gifts for architects for 2015:

1. Moleskine and Pens

Moleskine Classic Notebook

Some things are classics because they work for everyone in every age. If you’re still trembling in fear from the very thought of holiday shopping, play it safe with a classic [easyazon_link asin=”888370102X” locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”architangent-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]Moleskine Notebook[/easyazon_link] and a [easyazon_link asin=”B0002T3ZXS” locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”architangent-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]Lamy Fountain Pen[/easyazon_link]. Your architect will swoon over the legendary qualities of the notebook while they lovingly caress their new pen. However, safe can be construed as boring, so maybe you should opt for something a bit more trendy and cutting edge.

Lamy Fountain Pen

2. Warm Metal.

Gold Flatware

If there’s one thing that’s true, its that trends will always come back around. So help re-heat the resurgence of warm, yellow-y toned metals by grabbing up some gold, bronze or other patina’d objects. Consider a set of [easyazon_link asin=”B004CCRLZE” locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”architangent-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]gold utensils[/easyazon_link], bronze jewelry, a contemporary lamp or perhaps a tray on which your architect can place their collection of Moleskines, and magazines.

3. All Things Eames.

Eames Memory Game

What better way to admire all of the shiny metal objects than to kick back in an Eames lounge chair? If the thought of spending $5,000 on a chair makes you turn into Scrooge, then why not go for something a little more affordable like the [easyazon_link asin=”B001U1U4A4″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”architangent-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]House of Cards[/easyazon_link] or [easyazon_link asin=”1934429651″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”architangent-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]Eames Memory[/easyazon_link] game or [easyazon_link asin=”B000NW2OMW” locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”architangent-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]Eames dot pattern business card case?[/easyazon_link]

4. Wood Objects.

Wood Tie

If you love the idea of molded plywood Eames furniture, but prefer something a bit more mobile for your architect, why not supply them with a fancy wood accessory such as [easyazon_link asin=”B00CSB0YO6″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”architangent-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]a tie[/easyazon_link], [easyazon_link asin=”B00H4LVYUI” locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”architangent-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]bow tie[/easyazon_link] or [easyazon_link asin=”B00H2L6O14″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”architangent-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]watch[/easyazon_link]? Nothing says ‘sustainable’ like a responsibly sourced wood product that can be flaunted as a fashion accessory.

5. Laser Cut Wood Objects.

Wood phone caseIf wooden ties seem cliche, then browse the endless collection of [easyazon_link asin=”B00H0FM8I0″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”architangent-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]laser cut wood objects[/easyazon_link] for something warm and personal. The perfect blend of nature and technology, a laser cut wood object will quickly establish the architect in your life as both nature lover and cutting edge designer…especially when used in tandem with an apple product (so go for the [easyazon_link asin=”B00OVDW7EO” locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”architangent-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]wood iphone case[/easyazon_link], for sure).

6. 3D printer.

3D Printer

If the idea of buying a ready made object seems like taking the easy way out, then why not challenge your architect with a new project? Give them a [easyazon_link asin=”B008CM2TCU” locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”architangent-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]3D printer[/easyazon_link] that will keep them busy for hours on end, creating tiny models, awesome objects and maybe even a gift for you the following year. It’s really a win-win for everyone.

7. 3D printed objects

3D printed jewelry

If creating 3D printed objects is too much work for your busy architect, skip straight to the end and present them with a 3D printed item, such as [easyazon_link asin=”B00IXRHJC4″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”architangent-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]jewelry[/easyazon_link] or a crazy pair of shoes. Architects are fond of letting the world know how great they are, and what better way to bolster their ego than a wearable piece of technological brilliance?

8. Coffee Table books

pop up book of architecture

If working on all the 3D printing sounds tiring, take a break and relax with your architect and enjoy a coffee table book together (on your kindle app, because you appreciate the irony of it all). Architects pretend that they are scholarly linguists, but the truth is they really prefer pictures because big words are confusing. Help them rest easy this holiday with [easyazon_link asin=”0789318024″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”architangent-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]The Modern Architecture Pop-Up Book[/easyazon_link] and save the heavy reading of [easyazon_link asin=”0452273331″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”architangent-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]Ayn Rand[/easyazon_link] for another day.

9. Indie/Hipster music

The Autumn Film

After enjoying all of the above items (or browsing until you break the internet), wind down with some indie music. It’s guaranteed to be cutting edge since no one has ever heard of it, ensuring your architect will stand out as a thought leader and visionary (until it becomes mainstream, of course). As you drift off to the new tunes by [easyazon_link asin=”B006RB9AOS” locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”architangent-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]The Autumn Film[/easyazon_link], you can put off having to hear another monologue about the merits of Frank Gehry’s latest regurgitation design. Well played, if you ask me.

10. Drawing Roll Satchel

Screen Shot 2014-11-27 at 6.07.55 PM

If the above gifts leave you wanting something more practical to give to your architect friend, consider a [easyazon_link asin=”B00ENQ0UNY” locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”architangent-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]drawing roll satchel[/easyazon_link] or  [easyazon_link asin=”B002LED4II” locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”architangent-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]cord wrap[/easyazon_link] that will keep your apple product aficionado fixated on their indie music and not the fact that no one else thinks its good. (Disclaimer: The Autumn Film is awesome, as both reviewers on Amazon can attest. NO REALLY!).

BONUS

If you just spent all the energy you had for shopping on reading this list, then take the “I don’t care about Christmas” approach and just give them the gift of Amazon Prime membership and let them pick their own gift.

Regardless of what you choose, have a happy holiday and enjoy time with your favorite architect.

*Some links in this post are affiliate links – meaning I get about 2 cents if you end up buying something. Oh Dear goodness, please buy something so I can not be a starving architect. /EndDisclaimer*



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  • Archipendium

    Thank you for this very nice list, especially the wooden bow tie. ;o)
    Here’s one more gift architects will love: http://bit.ly/1zOG6tZ.
    For christmas it could be too late, but it’s never too late to get a copy of this handy calendar though…

  • Whales David

    Cool.

  • Linn Stanley

    I bought my new architect boyfriend a pen for his upcoming birthday and I’m feeling incredibly anxious whether he’s going to like it. What would you think opening this up? He’s getting a classic Moleskin and a WhiteLines notebook too. http://www.ti2design.com/Ti2-TechLiner-Gonzodized-P116.aspx

    • I’m sure he’ll love it! Very cool design. 🙂

      • Linn Stanley

        Thank you for your opinion! His birthday is still a ways off (2/19). We shall see… 🙂