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    19 Gifts For Serious Design Snobs

    If they had it their way, they'd make their own presents (but those would be way less fun to unwrap).

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    1. A book on color theory they're sure to find fascinating (even though you'd only read a book about colors if it started with "50 Shades" and ended with "of Grey").

    Promising Review: "Albers was a pioneer in the systematic exploration of how our perception of colors is influenced by surrounding colors. This edition includes numerous prints to illustrate the ways in which colors interact, which gives the reader more insight into a fascinating subject. The work is of interest not only to painters and printmakers, but also to photographers and to anyone who is interested in how we perceive the world around us." —Dennis Kalma

    Get it from Amazon for $13.36.

    2. A set of hyper-sanitary minimalist toothbrushes for your spouse, because you're a dentist but you married a graphic designer, so those toothbrushes better be good looking.

    Promising Review: "I have been using these brushes for two weeks and I'm pretty happy with them! The design is neat and looks very aesthetically pleasing. I especially like the softness of the brush. It is very gentle on the gums. I like the density of the filaments as well. The fact that they come with travel cases is really convenient. " —Yusuf Mercan

    Get them on Amazon for $12.49.

    3. An aluminum Alessi espresso maker that'll be adored by your roommate who thinks drinking Folgers is a crime.

    Promising Review: "Alessi, do I need to say more?" —Christine Goodwin

    Get it from Amazon for $57.

    4. A pair of geode bookends sure to rock their world (and look utterly sophisticated while keeping their collection of Swiss typography books in place).

    Get them from West Elm for $24 (available in two colors).

    5. An EcoSphere AKA the best gift a control-freak could be given (what with ruling over an entire eco-system and all), while also being an aesthetically pleasing blend of art and science.

    Promising Review: "I've purchased several of these over the years because they always make an excellent gift for that 'someone' difficult to shop for or anyone who seems to have everything already. They ALWAYS go over extremely well. They're beautiful to look at and take zero care, beyond making sure it's appropriately located. I highly recommend it!" —Jennifer F.

    Get it from Amazon for $69.99.

    6. A geometric Pyro Pet for your bougie bestie who keeps it lit.

    Promising Review: "The first thing you will notice about these candles is the exceptional packaging. The second thing you will notice is the quality wax used in these candles. It is both clean smelling and clean burning. And third, the candle melts just like the pictures! It's super cool and a great conversation piece. This is such a cool concept and has provided me with multiple gift ideas for friends. I will definitely continue to order these." —Erin Lederer

    Get it from Amazon for $34.

    7. A Philippe Starck Salif Citrus Squeezer to make their morning routine way more juicy!

    Promising Review: "For beauty and functionality in the kitchen, this product has it all! A 20th century icon." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $60.74.

    8. A rustic decorative ladder sure to help your gift giving reach new heights.

    Get it from Anthropologie for $98.

    9. A metal toilet paper holder, because even their toilet paper will need proper placement.

    Get it from Amazon for $26.80.

    10. A NASA standards manual you can surprise them with, because you know a standards manual has the only rules creative types would ever actually follow.

    Get it from Best Made Company for $79.

    11. A pocket-knife kitchen gadget that's gonna help them perfectly (and by that we mean "pretentiously") grate up some goods whenever their meal calls for some hard Italian cheeses.

    Get it from FireBox for $39.49.

    12. A glass teapot for making tea time an even more serene (and aesthetically pleasing) experience with visible blooming tea flowers.

    This teapot includes one beautiful flowering tea.

    Get it from Amazon for $21.21.

    13. A Charles and Ray Eames shirt and slippers with patterns to please the design couples in your life.,

    Get them from Uniqlo: shirt for $5.90 (available in sizes XS-XXL) and slippers for $1.90 (available three patterns and sizes M-XL)

    14. A mini cardboard synthesizer that's gonna delight the friend of yours who loves making something out of nothing.

    This kit includes the electronics to create three synths (Atari punk console, stutter, and dub sirens) and requires a 9-volt battery (not included).

    Get it from Amazon for $17.97.

    15. A retro poster designed by SpaceX.

    Get it from Shop SpaceX for $30.

    16. A pack of glow-in-the-dark playing cards to make playing Gin Rummy in their apartment's snooty mood lighting a little more manageable.

    Get them from Amazon for $9.99.

    17. Or a deck of cards that'll be as vibrant as their senior thesis on color gradients.

    Promising Review: "These cards are SO GORGEOUS I almost don't even want to use them. Beautiful packaging — a designer's dream deck!" —Rachel W.

    Get them from Amazon for $10.64.

    18. An oatmeal bath mix, because even their baths have to be Instagram-worthy.

    Get it from Free People for $18.

    19. And a pair of dainty bulb planters displayed beautifully on a wooden frame for making simple plants fancy.

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    When they open your gift and have to admit it'll look great in their apartment even though they didn't pick it.


    The reviews in this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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