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.
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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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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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