The Christmas round-up: gifts for design lovers
Those who appreciate good design can be a frightfully tricky bunch to buy gifts for. You know, they’re the ones with apartments that look like they’re straight out of a lifestyle blog, have the most enviably chic wardrobes, and they certainly don’t mess around with tasteless junk. If there’s a design lover in your life that has got you stumped for gift ideas, never fear – we’ve rounded up some swell options that won’t get relegated to the re-gifting pile (or the bin).
Chasing a design lovers gift that looks the part but also does the job? No worries! The Karst website features some stunning eco-friendly notebooks and planners made from stone paper, perfect for all manner of musings and scribbles. The Wacom Bamboo Slate Smartpad is a game-changer, allowing owners to write naturally with pen on any paper and with the push of a button convert handwritten notes into ‘living’ digital files. If the person you’re buying for needs a little organisation help, give them a gentle nudge in the right direction with Jasmine Dowling’s 2018 calendar – it’s too beautiful to neglect! In a similar self-care vein, this Que water bottle is a rad little number that will encourage frequent hydration but has the added bonus of looking chic and folding down to become compact. On the topic of drinkables, the HuskeeCup is a genius design, using discarded coffee-bean husks to create a super-modern looking reusable coffee cup – yep, it’s a cup made from coffee. For those that like to extend their eye for style to their garden, then check out these rad and super blingy garden hoses from Garden Glory – yes, they come in millennial pink.
Buying someone something they would never typically treat themselves to feels pretty damn good, so we’ve rounded up some rad options for your favourite design lover. Gorman is always a winner, but buying clothes for someone else can be tricky so just go for this rad pillowcase set instead. On the snooze train, this Dazed but Amazed pillowcase featuring characters such as ‘Madoona’ and ‘ZZZ Top’ is a ten out of ten – imaging not being stoked to receive this? Tell them how you really feel with this baller Neighborhood White Booze Q4 incense chamber, or help them kit out their home with this ice-cream cone planter or a positively dreamy millennial pink chair from west elm. Spice up their kitchen with a König gold small bowl designed by Elke Lucas, and while we’re in the area why not throw in a bottle of the Romance Was Born x Handpicked Wines rosé for some extra love? Um, did someone say wine? If you’ve experienced too much wine spillage on your picnics, then the Summer Picnic Tables will keep your vino and nibbles high and dry.
Nobody has an eye for good taste quite like artists, so we suggest heading straight to the source.You can pretty much walk into the Museum of Brisbane Shop and hit a home run with whatever you select, but we suggest the Laurence Usher small pink cabbage bowl, Concrete Jellyfish Eucalyptus tassel drop earrings and Arkie x MoB Silk Scarf just to get your inspo flowing. Just across the river at the QAGOMA Store, another treasure trove awaits – with things like this Georgia Perry silk bandana, these schmick pull-on Edison lights and countless books on design, you can imagine that it’s hard to make a bad choice there.