Designers are a bit of a fickle breed. When it comes to gift giving, we know we can be downright terrifying to buy for so we’ve put together a fail-safe list of stocking stuffers for the loved ones in your life who appreciated kerning over carols and fonts over festive jumpers
Coffee in bean / ground / pod form. Coffee in a chocolate bar. Coffee in a delicious frozen good. Coffee is the lifeblood of design studios and will be the first thing a designer gets stuck into on the first day of work in 2017.
It’s a universal truth that designers spend A LOT of hours hunched over their wireless Apple keyboard and mouse. What better way to win brownie points than a massage voucher to help get some of those client related knots out of their necks / shoulders / backs / hands / scalps etc.
As mentioned above, we don’t get out much. So anything that’s green and plant shaped but doesn’t need a whole lot of attention is definitely a winner.
Stationary. Specifically stationary with good quality paper with tiny grids on it. I mean you could go with any beautiful and unnecessarily decorative paper goods, but there’s something about finely gridded paper that get’s designers going like hay fever sufferers in spring time.
In a related vein, anything by Moleskine will leave you a victorious gift giver. Especially if it’s a gridded moleskine notebook. That is the holy grail of designer stationary. That is our Mecca.
Foils or letterpress
This applies to your greeting card of choice more than anything else, but you can rarely go wrong with something that’s either foiled or letterpressed or BOTH.
If you’re not bold enough to actually purchase the art supplies themselves, a voucher to a good art supplies store will never go astray. It’s like giving a home renovator a gift card to Bunnings. You can pretty much do this every year for the next 50 Christmases and it’ll still be appreciated.
The geniuses at Pantone got together one year and thought we’re not making enough money from the global monopoly we have on colours – let’s put those colours on things and sell them to designers. And even though we know that its just a genius marketing ploy, we love it anyway. Mugs, phone cases, USBs, they even have Christmas baubles.
Gorman x Pantone
These same geniuses got together with the other geniuses at Gorman who have somewhat of a cult-status among 18-40 year old women, and CREATED A COLLECTION TOGETHER. There’s totes, there’s shoes, there’s socks, there’s even raincoats. No female designer in your life can resist two of her favourite things in the world coming together in one glorious wearable gift.
The truth is you could actually buy us anything if it has beautiful packaging and we’d love it. It’s another universal truth that partners of designers are continually enraged that we insist on buying the thing that’s three times the price of other things because it comes in a beautiful box. Whether its cereal, candles, chocolate or toilet paper – if it’s beautifully wrapped, we don’t really care. Which brings me to…
This might seem like an odd one, but Who Gives A Crap toilet paper is both beautifully packaged and useful. And even better it gives you the warm and fuzzies that you’re doing something good for the universe.
Galleries and exhibitions
Lastly, if you haven’t seen your designer friend all year because they’ve been hunched over their aforementioned Apple wireless keyboard and mouse, drinking too much coffee and doodling in their gridded notebooks, you might like to see what art and design exhibitions are on over summer and take an outing together before they start the whole process over again next year.