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
Sit says she is “obsessed with everything” from designer and artist Pat Kim. “His mobile is an undeniable crowd pleaser...it’s endlessly satisfying to play with.”
“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.”
“For my birthday, I received a Workaday’s Striped Milking Planter (so happy!).”
Mona Sharma | Buddy Table Light
“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.”
“I really like Granby Workshop’s products as they thoroughly explore materials and apply them to create functional, beautiful objects.”
Fredericks & Mae | Multicolor Matches
“[These watches] are modern and nostalgic at the same time...the shapes vaguely reference the numbers they represent.”
These internet-viral (and mildew-proof!) bread and pastry lamps also come as a toast, baguette, and more.
Helen Levi | Column Shakers
“I just got some new dish towels/cloth napkins from Dusen Dusen and they’re such a fun way to add a pop of color into my kitchen. And the price point is really good so I was considering them for my mom this year.”
“I probably give my mom earrings too much as a gift, but I love all the jewelry in this shop.”
The irresistibly cute simple line drawings in this coloring book are inspired by ceramic work from LA-based shop Coco & Pompon.
Rachel Lieberman | Minimalist Oracle Deck
Designed by Kristen Lim Tung, this adorable piece features hand-drawn lines and a single bud hole at the top.
“I love that [Salakauppa] designs things in collaboration with traditional manufacturers. I’m always looking for the combination of modern design and traditional materials and it’s not something that is easy to find.”