Wondering what to gift the architecture or design lover in your life? This year we thought we’d have some fun and ask our staff what they’d like to receive for the holidays. From simple to extravagant, direct from our motley crew to yours, below is a combination of tried and true favorites and items on our wish list. Read on for fun gift ideas for the holiday and throughout the year.
Giver the gift of a custom designed map! With fun options to make it your own, grafomaps.com is a great way to create a gift with a personal touch. Simply type in your location, adjust the scale, and play with the different filters and label options until it’s just right.
Support the Arts
To shop an incredible selection of visual artists year-round, the Cherry Creek Arts Festival has an online shop where you can purchase art from artists who exhibit at the festival.
Park and Recreation Structures by Albert Good
First published in 3 volumes in 1938 by the National Park Service, this classic book celebrates the rich legacy of America’s park structures. Reproduced in its entirety in 1999, this rare book captures the rustic structures and frontier spirit of the glory days of National Park construction with hundreds of drawings, photographs, and floor plans.
The Lego Architect by Tom Alphin
The Lego Architect by Tom Alphin is the perfect combination of education and fun, with brief yet informative descriptions of 7 architectural styles and detailed instructions for building 12 LEGO models. The downside? It doesn’t include any LEGOS, so you might think about gifting the LEGO Architecture Studio set along with it.
Glowforge 3D Laser Printer
Glowforge allows you to bring your creations to life on hundreds of materials, including wood, leather and even chocolate. Unlike other 3d printers that use additive technology to build things out of plastic, Glowforge uses subtractive technology to cut and engrave materials, which are later assembled.
Not just for kids, the 3Doodler pen can be used for everything from fashion design to fixing household items, and everything in between.
Architecture Coloring Books
With so many adult coloring books out there, it can be hard to choose! Frank Lloyd Wright fans can check out Famous Buildings of Frank Lloyd Wright. Prefer patterns? Fantastic Cities: A Book of Amazing Places Real and Imagined features aerial views of real cities from around the world along with architectural mandalas.
We can’t talk about coloring books without pens! Stabilo Fineliners (above) are a great option for coloring small details, and come in a handy travel-friendly case. Paper Mate Flair pens (below) are a staple around our office, and great for note taking and sketching.
For our fellow dog lovers! Doca Pet makes raised dog bowls with design appeal. Available in 3 different heights, the bowls are designed and made in Chicago. The Deco Bowl, pictured above, can be combined to create a double or triple elevated feeder.
For sketching in pencil, it’s hard to beat the Caran d’Ache 3 mm Fix Pencil.
For Sketching in Ink
If you’re on a budget, we like sketching with Flair pens (mentioned above) and using these Faber-Castell grey brush pens for shading and shadows.
For a more luxurious option, try the Montblanc Meisterstück Gold-Coated Classique Fountain Pen.