Perfect Gifts for Designers

Posted On February 23, 2017 at 6:02 pm by / Comments Off on Perfect Gifts for Designers

If you have a designer in your family or you work with one, you probably find that choosing gifts for them is not easy. Designers often have very clear ideas about what they like, whether they are architects, graphic artists, textile or product designers or fine artists, proponents of minimalism or lovers of Art Nouveau.

And you usually know as soon as they unwrap it whether you’ve got it right or not. Designers probably get a lot of vouchers or presents with a gift receipt!

The Devil in the Detail

This eye for detail goes through every part of their lives, from their homes to their offices, and businesses in the creative sector like to get things spot on at work, as their office is their salesroom – it gives an instant impression of ‘this is who we are and what we do’. Clients are likely to be as discerning as a designer, and even getting the right colour signage or chairs and bespoke commercial desks in the reception area will be important.

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People who own design studios or an architectural practice will often look to specialist companies like to design and build bespoke furniture in order to get exactly what they want.

Gift Hunting

Of course, that’s not to say it’s impossible to buy the perfect present for an architect, for example, even if it can be a little stressful. Organisations like the Craft Council are useful sources for hunting down hand-made items. There are plenty of high-end shops and online retailers that offer unusual or bespoke gifts, whether it’s a hand-made drafting table, a hand-carved chess set, beautifully illustrated ‘coffee table’ books on design or models of architecturally important buildings.

Gifts don’t have to be outrageously expensive, though, and anyone regardless of their career choice appreciates it when the buyer has really thought about a present. Antique shops and markets and even car boot sales can be a rich source of unusual and unique items that don’t cost hundreds of pounds.

And let’s not forget that designers are human, just like everyone else, and who doesn’t enjoy receiving a thoughtful, if perhaps not exactly to our taste, gift? Designers have an eye for quality and appreciate the effort that goes in to producing something by hand, so one small hand-carved bowl is better than a large mass-produced one