quirky gifts for the design geek in your life

Katie | December 5, 2010

I’m fed up with buying the same old presents from the same old shops every year. So this year, as well making some teacup candles myself, I’ve spent some time researching unusual and original presents that (hopefully!) will be warmly received and cherished for years to come, rather than swiftly ending up as landfill. Here are the fruits of my labour.

Bird print grand espresso set, Dutch by Design, £15

Thornback and Peel hankies, The Handpicked Collection, £14.95

The Parabola Project, a collection of short stories, poems and novel extracts from Cornwall's writing talent, £4 plus £1 P&P

Bird mini purses, Dutch by Design, £11.95

Selection of Eat Your Feet jewellery

Kirstie's Homemade Home, Kirstie Allsopp, Amazon, £20 (photograph: design inspiration)

Donna Wilson Robin Cushion Grey, Design Museum Shop, £65

Rob Ryan mug set, John Lewis, £17

London Tray Colourful, Maria Holmer Dahlgren, Aria, £26.50

London landmarks bookends by Susan Bradley, Hidden Art, £19.70 each

Your Placemat or Mine? Coasters: 1960s to 2000s, People Will Always Need Plates, £20

Christmas Cracker, Present & Correct, £10

Industrial Facility Calculator, Moss Online, $60

Lego Guggenheim, Lego, £35.99, (photograph: Blue is bleu)

Further Reading for the Especially Geeky ::

Founding Editor – Katie Treggiden

Having established confessions of a design geek in 2010, Katie Treggiden has gone on to a career in design journalism, writing for titles such as The Guardian, The Telegraph, Elle Decoration, Stylist, Design Milk and Ideal Home. In 2014, she launched Fiera, an independent magazine dedicated to discovering new talent at the world’s design fairs. Her second book, Makers of East London, was published in 2015.

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