Designer Wish List: 25 Oh-so-Cool Gifts and Gadgets

HOW asked designers—both the naughty and the nice—what’s at the top of their designer wish lists this holiday season.

Their answers may make you think twice about your own list. They picked out some of the coolest gifts out there for their home, office and for when they’re on the go.

Greg Bennett, WORKtoDATE
www.worktodate.com

Poster Cabaret is an online gig poster and art print shop.”

Poster Cabaret

NOCTURNAL DOOM (red)



Michelle Bingham, General Assembly Mission Council
www.pcusa.org

 

“Most designers (if not all) would enjoy having the ability to whip up some wonderful letterpress items, with no waiting and much less cost.”

Paper Source Letterpress Machine

Paper Source Letterpress Machine


Michelle Hobbs, bleu sky creative
www.bskycreative.com

 

“They have fabulously-made eco-conscious bags and accessories that have fun pre-fabricated messaging and art as well as an opportunity to design your own messaging.”

Flashbags

Flashbags: Carry a Conversation


Daniel Gross, anew_designs
www.anewdesigns.com

 

“Every designer needs a product that has been designed by Eva Zeisel,
who turned 103 on November 13. Her products are timeless, beautiful
and classic yet modern. She is still designing and coming up with new
ideas.” Here’s a post I did for Eva’s 103rd Birthday.

Eva Zeisel

Eva Zeisel Originals



Juliana D. Swenson, Ecosaurus LLC

www.shopecosaurus.com

Ecosaurus

 

 


Matthew Mikulsky, Chatter Creative
www.chattercreative.com

Pantone Espresso

 

Pantone Espresso Cup and Saucer Set

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

stuffed kerni

Stuffed Kerni

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TSOVET watch

TSOVET limited Edition AT76 Watch

 

 

 

 

 

 

lilliput

Lilliput Mini USB Monitor



Stan Byers, Stan Can Design
www.stancandesign.com

 

“Here is what I want for Christmas, it has a LASER!”

laser trimmer

 

Laser Trimmer



Tim McGrath, 3 Advertising

www.3advertising.com

 

“No. 1 pick: The pallet chair low. A must have and fun project to build. Just buy the instructions and find a pallet.”
Pallet Chair

 

www.studiomama.com/palletchairlo.html

“I also really dig the floor lamp.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pallet Floor Lamp

 

www.studiomama.com/pfloorlight.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“A bit pricey, but very cool. Communist-era bulkhead wall lights.”
wall lights

www.trainspotters.uk.com/showdetails.asp?id=729


Andy Smith, Andy Smith Illustrator
www.asmithillustration.com

 

“My top gift would be one of these lovely linocut prints by Jonny Hannah.”

Jonny Hannah Print

 

Jonny Hannah Prints


Jonathan Cleveland, Cleveland Design
www.clevelanddesign.com

 

“Here are a few items for the list! But of course the first one is a
must-have!”

Designing for the Greater Good

Designing for the Greater Good
(Available at Barnes & Noble, Borders and Amazon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“It’s so freakin’ gorgeous when you see it in person.”
Paper Source Calendar

Calendar at Paper Source

Spyder Elite Digital Color Calibrator

 


Staff Picks, HOW Magazine
Featured on www.blog.HOWdesign.com

 

“Even though I don’t 100% agree with all the rules, I love this 7 Rules to Understand Design and Designers wall decal.”
7 Rules to Understand Design and Designers


See Full Blog Post
on 7 Rules.

“If one of your 2010 New Year’s Resolutions is to pack your lunch more often, check out these amazing screen-printed brown paper www.etsy.com/shop/beethings from Bee Things. The bags are available in four different designs, but the munkey-themed collection is my favorite (of course).”

 

 

 

bee things lunch sack

See Full Blog Post Brown Baggin’ It

FaucetFace is offering a series of glass water bottles with clever illustrations that promote drinking tap water.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

faucetface

See Full Blog Post Making Tap Water Cool

 

 

 

 

 

“This set of 4 charming Letter Coasters, made of laser-cut felt, can be yours for only $11.”
letter coaster

See Full Blog Post Typographic Coasters

 

 

 

 

 

“This year, Harper fans can buy a smaller, but equally lovely, version of the book for less than $50.”
Charley Harper

See Full Blog Post A Smaller Charley



 


 

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