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A grouping of objects arranged on a table for the Curbed Holiday Gift Guide 2019. There is a green lamp, wooden ping pong paddles, green cups, salt and pepper shakers, and matches. Ted and Chelsea Cavanaugh

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12 cool design gifts, according to cool designers

From statement vases to quaint Finnish dolls

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Putting together our 2019 holiday gift guide, we aimed to highlight a dynamic range of goods that marry inspired design with impressive craftsmanship.

And in an effort to find even more visual deliciousness and shopping inspiration for you this holiday season, we thought: who better to ask than some stellar designers themselves?

Below, we’ve tapped five designers and makers featured in our gift guide for their best gift ideas—whether that’s an artist they’ve been obsessed with lately or a fabulous gift they’ve recently received themselves. Happy browsing!


Farrah Sit, Light & Ladder | Cova Flower Vase

Turbine Vase

“As a designer/maker, I was fascinated by how [Julie Ahn of Object and Totem] makes these so precisely—it’s as labor intensive as you can imagine. Each rib is meticulously attached as if they were an individual handle to a mug.”


Mona Sharma | Buddy Table Light

Flip mirror

  • $106

“The mirror can be rotated 360 degrees making it highly functional, and its rounded tray base is perfect for storing small items. Its organic silhouette fits a variety of interiors...It’s a really simple design and the Scandinavian, contemporary aesthetic of the Normann Copenhagen brand as a whole really appeals to me as it’s timeless and elegant.”


Fredericks & Mae | Multicolor Matches


Helen Levi | Column Shakers


Rachel Lieberman | Minimalist Oracle Deck

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