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Christmas gifts for architects and designers 2016

Need to buy a gift for an architect or designer? Trust us when we say they’re one of the easiest and most fun people to buy presents for.

There’s something about the idea of buying gifts for architects and designers that make us smile. It could be the design element or it could be the build-it-yourself Tetris appeal. Then again, it could just be the fun and kooky balancing acts making our eyes boggle.

We’ve sourced the coolest gifts that an architect could possibly dream of owning. Get one of these for them, then get one for yourself, because you know you can’t resist.

Image: Landscape Architecture Australia magazine

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Last minute gifts for architects and designers

Yellow Octopus Gift Card
Yellow Octopus
Angus and Robertson Bookworld Gift Card
Angus & Robertson
Etsy Gift Cards
Gift Cards
David Jones
Amazon - Gift Cards
Apple - Gift Cards
Booktopia - Gift Cards

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1. 3Doodler Printing Pen

Check this: It’s a 3Doodler that lets you literally doodle things to life. In other words, it’s a designer’s dream. It works by extruding heated plastic when you “doodle”, which cools and solidifies right before your eyes.

While it probably won’t replace the old draftsman’s paper and pen, it can definitely fuel the imagination for budding and established architects, alike.

Can’t afford the price tag? No worries. ThinkGeek has a simpler version of the pen here.

2. People Will Always Need Plates Georgian Dinner Plates

For the architect that has everything they need for their trade, think outside of the box and gift something inspired by design wonders. Amara stocks bone china plates, bowls and tea sets that feature detailed architectural designs. Good enough to eat off.

This collection of designs is also available in other dinnerware, including bowls, teacups and saucers, platters and teapots.

3. Architect Tools Patent Print Set of 6

Handmade by QuantumPrints and available in a variety of sizes and colours, these technical drawings of architectural instruments are a beautiful addition to any designer’s home.

Each one is printed using archival inks on heavyweight archival paper in the UK and comes with a white border to allow for framing.

4. 1000 Tips by 100 Eco Architects: Guidelines on Sustainable Architecture from the World's Leading Eco-architecture Firms by Marta Serrats

Whether the person you’re buying a gift for is an eco-conscious architect or a landscape designer, this coffee table book is a beautiful addition to the modern architect’s arsenal.

Available in hardcover format.

5. Monster Tumble Tower - Premium Hardwood

Test their ability to create and maintain a structurally sound tower (with you sabotaging it, naturally) with a larger-than-life tumble tower.

It comes with 56 hardwood blocks that stand 19 levels high when built correctly. Play the game well enough and the possibilities can reach up to two metres tall.

Let the games begin!

6. AutoCAD Revit LT Suite 2016

If there’s one program every architect needs,it’s AutoCAD. It’s the software of architects, engineers and construction professionals. For aspiring architects, this gift will make their Christmas. Guaranteed.

Multiple versions of AutoCAD are available at different price points per subscription term to suit every experience level and budget.

Christmas gifts for architects and designers

Mexico Lonely Planet Travel Guide: 15th Edition
Crosby Rose Gold Tracker
Silver Money Clip
David Jones
Crosley Executive USB Enabled Portable Turntable ...
City Dreamers
Nice Cushy Cushion
Cotton On
Lonely Planet Best Places to be Today
2017 Square Calendar
Cotton On
Sydney Rock Pools
Carried Away Mug
Cotton On
Leather Case For iPhone 7
Country Road Tori Gold Salad Server
David Jones
All the Buildings in Melbourne
Magicians of the Gods
Grainy Leather Card Holder
Mon Purse
Sheridan Fiera Throw
Sheridan Outlet
ROYAL DOULTON Radiance Hexagonal Photo Frame 6x4in
David Jones
Whistles Croc Card Holder in Oxblood
Tommy Hilfiger Saffiano Leather Wallet With Coin ...
Hunter and Fox - Tan iPhone Plus Case
Estate Clutch Wallet
Alessi Cactus Cheese Board
David Jones
Connary Reversible Leather Belt
Sheridan Allenby Throw
Sheridan Outlet
Humans of New York: Stories
Architecture Imperial Japan Hotel
David Jones
Creator Sydney Opera House
David Jones
Architectural Record magazine subscription
SALE- A to Z of Architecture Art Print/ Minimalis...
Concrete House
The Block Shop
PK Copenhagen print | PK3 Mint
The Block Shop
Monster Tumble Tower - Premium Hardwood
‘Tangle’ | Messmate Timber & Leather Shelving
The Block Shop
Danish Art Prints - Art Versus Design | Coffee Ta...
The Block Shop
Interior Construction & Detailing for Designers &...
The Book Depository
Woodworker/Architect/Artist Sketch Pencil
Architect Tools Patent Prints Set of 6 - Technica...

Christmas gifts for landscape architects

Landscape Architecture Australia magazine subscri...
Rainy Day Garden Planter Boot
Yellow Octopus
Swan Planter
Terrarium Necklace
Trigg Wall Planters Set Small
The Block Shop
Half Moon Planter
Urban Outfitters
1000 Tips by 100 Eco Architects: Guidelines on Su...
Angus & Robertson
Casey Tricycle Metal Wire Plant Holder - Black
Indoor Allotment with Assorted Seeds
The Hut
Mini Fairy Garden Glass Terrarium
Geometric Bike Planter, in Coral: Wearable Planter

Christmas gifts for young and aspiring architects

iRhino 3D By Robert McNeel & Associates
iTunes Store
Architecture Australia magazine subscription
Game of Thrones: Westeros Puzzle 4D Cityscape
The Co-op
Da Vinci Viturvian Robot T-Shirt
Yellow Octopus
Wallet Ninja 18-in-1 Multi-tool Card
Yellow Octopus
The Co-op
Silver Architect's Drawing Board
Sofa Side Table
Spaghetti Western Spaghetti Measurer
The Hut
Jay Tweetie Multi-Bottle Opener - Purple
The Hut
Quack Duck Tape Dispenser
The Block Shop
Industrial Oil Burner with Concrete Base
The Block Shop
Metal Storage Cubby
Urban Outfitters
The Architect's Apprentice
The Book Depository

Christmas gifts for architecture lovers

A Tale Of Two Cities Dress
David Jones
Horizon Stackable Ring Set
DIY Pipe Straws
Yellow Octopus
Tetris Light
The Hut
Scoop Shelf
The Block Shop
Origami Sticky Note Pad
The Hut
Plum & Bow Wire Text Wall Art
Urban Outfitters
Reclaimed Wood Floating Shelf
Urban Outfitters
Champagne Wire Cage Pendant with Globe
The Block Shop
Bryn Mountain Display Shelf
Urban Outfitters
Dirk Iron Pipe Arrow Wall Light / Wall Shelf
Jack Rabbit Headphone Splitter
Urban Outfitters
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People Will Always Need Plates Georgian Dinner Pl...

Top retailers for architects and architecture lovers



The home of all things AutoCAD, AutoDesk offers software solutions for budding architects as well as upgrade options for a current architect’s tool of the trade.

  • Professional programs for architects, engineers and construction professionals
  • Various subscription terms available for various budgets
  • Ideal for: budding architects

Shop AutoDesk now


The Block Shop

Unique and modern homewares is the name of the game at The Block Shop, which features items from the TV series itself.

  • Purchase items features on The Block
  • Free shipping available on selected items
  • Ideal for: interesting homesteads

Shop The Block Shop



Unique gifts and gadgets to make life easier is what Innovations is all about. Prepare to be pleasantly surprised.

  • $9.95 flat delivery free Australia-wide
  • 30-day money back guarantee
  • Ideal for aspiring architects and designers and general inspiration

Shop Innovations


Yellow Octopus

Search for kooky gifts and gadgets? There’s more than a handful waiting for your architect giftee at Yellow Octopus.

  • Free shipping on orders of $100 or more
  • 60-day returns
  • Ideal for architects, both professional and novice

Shop Yellow Octopus



Shop handmade items from around the world that you won’t find in your typical retail store.

  • Handmade and vintage finds
  • Free shipping on some items
  • Ideal for: boutique one-off gifts

Shop Etsy


Book Depository

From coffee table architectural tomes to inspirational quote books and fictional novels, Book Depository has it all.

  • Free delivery
  • Software also available
  • Ideal for: architects who appreciate a good book

Shop Book Depository now

Christmas deals for architecture and design gifts

Save up to 50% on artwork

Shop for wall decor and art inspired by The Block 2015 for up to half the price

Save big at The Block Shop's sale section

Shop The Block Shop's sale section for discounts on goods from and inspired by the show.

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Stephanie is a journalist, avid traveller and all-round bargain hunter. If there's an online coupon code, deal or cheap flight available, she'll know about it. And she'll let you know about it, too.

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