Christmas gifts for designers 2014

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The festive season is once again upon us, but don’t fear, we’ve got you covered for all the gifts the designer in your life could possibly want – costing between £5 and £1,700 there’s something for everyone.

We’ve taken into account what the job entails, from desktop to workshop; far from home to long hours in the office; partying to learning, everything’s here:

Old school rules

It’s a digital world out there, but sometimes analogue still wins out:

Paul Smith A5 notebook £30


Moleskin Classic notebook £10

Dunhill Sentryman ballpoint pen £245

Rotring 800+ pencil £50

Workshop wonders

The tools of the trade for getting your hands dirty building prototypes:

Mahr wireless digital callipers £250

Weller soldering iron £65

Mini vacuum cleaner £7

Cutting Mat A3 £5

Everyone has their vices

There comes a point where one or more of these will become necessary for getting through a project:

Workshop Coffee Co subscription £75

Crate Brewery mixed case £32

Kilo Kai spiced rum £32

Montezuma’s Grand Slam chocolate collection £25

Long hours luxury

Designers can be in the office for what feels like dog years; might as well get comfortable:

B&O BeoPlay A9 £1,699

Orbitsound Spaced 360 £280

Dyson Hot + Cool fan £360

AEG 7-Series kettle £80

Long haul travel

For those that spend more time clearing customs than actually designing:

Sony RX100 M3 camera £635

Boo Boa Flow backpack €225

3D Connexion SpaceNavigator for notebooks £118

Mulberry Clipper holdall £1,350

Reading matters

Enlightening, engrossing, and sometimes educational, a solid book can be the best distraction:

The Impossible Collection Of Design: The 100 Most Influential Objects Of The Twentieth Century $695

Design as Art, by Bruno Munari £7

Ordinary Made Extraordinary, by Pascal Anson £15

Making Makers, by AnnMarie Thomas £12

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