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

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

Poster Cabaret


Michelle Bingham, General Assembly Mission Council


“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


“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: Carry a Conversation

Daniel Gross, anew_designs


“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




Matthew Mikulsky, Chatter Creative

Pantone Espresso


Pantone Espresso Cup and Saucer Set











stuffed kerni

Stuffed Kerni











TSOVET watch

TSOVET limited Edition AT76 Watch








Lilliput Mini USB Monitor

Stan Byers, Stan Can Design


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

laser trimmer


Laser Trimmer

Tim McGrath, 3 Advertising


“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

“I also really dig the floor lamp.”








Pallet Floor Lamp















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

Andy Smith, Andy Smith Illustrator


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

Jonny Hannah Print


Jonny Hannah Prints

Jonathan Cleveland, Cleveland Design


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

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


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“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 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.”








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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