VR Headset: V2 Cardboard VR Headset ($7.99)For someone you like, but don’t love enough for an Oculus Rift. This headset will take iPhones and Android devices with screens up to 6”, with Google’s Cardboard app.
Book: Failed It By Erik Kessels (from $11.38)With Failed It, Erik Kessels of KesselsKramer, proves that failure can be a good thing, and having the courage to risk failure can ultimately lead to better work.
Slippers: SPRZ NY Eames Room Shoes ($14.90)Mid-century modern gets wearable. Uniqlo’s SPRZ NY Eames collection also includes t-shirts and throws.
T-Shirt: James Victore T-Shirt (from $11)A little bit of Victore motivation never goes amiss. Choose from a range of designs and t-shirt options. Some designs are also available on sweatshirts, hoodies and even shower curtains among other products.
Mini Tree: Lovi Spruce Tree 14cm (approx. $17)The perfect desktop Christmas tree. It comes in several different colors. Decorations are also available.
Game: Eames Memory Game (approx. $17.50)For anyone who can’t face the annual family Trivial Pursuit battle again, this is a great alternative.
Notebook: Customized Moleskine (from $18)It’s not a “gifts for designers” list without something from Moleskine. These notebooks are customized by artists, and could just inspire the recipient to create their own versions.
Power Bank: UO_TUNE_IN Portable Power Bank ($24)A handy, stylish extra bit of juice for Android and Apple phones.
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Gift Cards: A Book Apart Gift Cards ($25, $50, and $100)Sometimes, letting someone choose what they really want proves it’s the thought that counts.
Poster: Alphabeast Poster ($30)For the animal loving typophile. As a feel good bonus, 100% of profits from these prints go to conservation charity Defenders of Wildlife.
Desk Organizer: Concrete Planter and Pen Holder ($30)A great idea for someone who likes a tidy desk, with the added health benefits that plants provide. There’s a smaller one for $20 too.
Book: Writing & Illuminating & Lettering By Edward Johnston (approx. $33)This edition designed by Paul Felton and published in 2016 by D&B Books, is available through the Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft, in the small Sussex village where Johnston lived from 1912 until his death in 1944.
Phone Case: Moleskine iPhone Cover ($34.95)For the Moleskine afficionado, their iPhone can match the iconic notebook.
Book: The Art of Looking Sideways By Alan Fletcher (from $36.29)From one of the greats of graphic design, this book is ‘the ultimate guide to visual awareness’.
Charging Station: Converge Pop Charging Station ($39)This charging station can take up to four devices at one go, with cables neatly tucked away, and looks stylish while doing it.
Print: Barbican Towers (approx. $47)Know a designer who went for it with the Brutalist trend? This is the print for them: the Barbican estate in London is one of the foremost examples of Brutalist architecture.
Wire Wall Grid: Urban Outfitters ($49)A nice alternative to a pin board, the wall grid could be used for decoration, or as a mood board. There are other sizes and colors available.
‘Chair’: Sitpack portable seat ($54.69)A great gift for anyone who likes to take their sketchbook outside, or who just wants to stop being hunched over a low desk all day.
Desk Organizer: Lexon Liquid Station ($60)Beautiful and functional desk organizer, what every designer strives for.
Umbrella: Weatherman Umbrella ($65)These smart umbrellas come with a tracker, and with an app which reminds its owner to take it, but only if it’s going to rain.
Mug: Ember Ceramic Smart Mug ($79.95)This mug keeps the drink inside it at the precise temperature it has been set to, between 120°F and 145°F.
Arduino: Arduino Starter Kit ($87.90)Great for tinkerers, or those who want to expand their coding horizons to the physical world.
Subscription: Headspace (1 month $12.99, 1 year $95.88, 2 years $167.67)Guided meditations, including courses to help with creativity and productivity.
Print: Move Fast & Get S**t Done, by Erik Spiekermann (approx. $115.50)A limited run of 50 of the third edition of this motivational poster by one of the gods of type.
Camera: Polaroid 600 Starter Pack ($175)Polaroid cameras have sparked so much creative talent over the years, give one to the designer in your life and see what they can do with it.
Watch: Braun For Dezeen Limited Edition Watch (approx. $200)Created in partnership with Dezeen, there are only 250 of this version of a design classic.
Lamp: Artemide Demetra Micro (from $243.75)A gorgeous, and very flexible task light designed by Naoto Fukasawa for Artemide. Will make working into the small hours more pleasant.
Calendar: Perpetuum Calendar by Othr ($355 / $380)Yes, nearly $400 for a calendar does seem a bit much, but it is a beautiful object and is intended to last forever.
Bag: Super Bag Briefcase ($399)Possibly the most stylish briefcase/laptop bag ever. Looks good enough to double as a handbag for even the most chic of lunches, dahling.
Tablet: reMarkable Paper Tablet ($599)An innovative alternative to a standard tablet, the reMarkable has a paper like surface designed for writing, sketching and reading.
Paddi MacDonnell is a designer and entrepreneur from Northern Ireland, follow her on Twitter.
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