FOR THE TABLETOP
Geometrie III cherry serving board, $175. This super hip, hand-carved, and hand-engraved geometric serving board by Amelie Mancini is perfect for an appetizer or cheese course. Email email@example.com to order.
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FOR THE PERSON WHO HAS EVERYTHING
Make a real impression on a hard-to-shop-for design lover with the purchase of an American architectural landmark, Louis Kahn's 1961 Esherick House in Philadelphia. It's located on 3/4 of an acre in the suburb of Chestnut Hill and comes with an original, Kahn-designed kitchen and custom millwork throughout. $975,000 via BHHS Fox & Roach.
A Map of the World: The World According to Illustrators and Storytellers from Gestalten, $60. Navigate your way around the world through a series of visual storytelling maps and atlases composed by contemporary designers, illustrators and mapmakers.
FOR THE GENTS
Gift sets by Aesop, $60–$110. When it comes to grooming, no other company has as comprehensive a commitment to good design. Take for instance Aesop's architecturally savvy retail environments and impeccable packaging. This year, the Australian brand channeled the look of Italian Futurists for its seasonal gift sets. The Intensity trio of body cleanser, post-shave lotion, and deodorant is geared specifically toward men. Reliable sources tell us that the potent botanicals in the deodorant will leave you smelling like you've rolled around in the Australian bush (in a good way).
FOR THE CHEF
Mosser glass 3-piece mixing bowl set, $65–$85. Perfect for mixing and serving, these bowls are great for adding an understated dose of vintage charm to your kitchen. They're still made by a small family-owned and -operated company with original molds and machinery from nearly half a century ago, while the clear, bright colors and intricate molded patterns are modeled after American antique glassware.
FOR THE STUDENT
This logo-free, classic canvas backpack is handmade in Joshu + Vela's San Francisco studio and features a laptop sleeve on the interior as well as an outside pocket with two compartments. $165 at The Primary Essentials.
Blunt Metro Umbrella, $49.95. For your most no-nonsense gift recipient, a sturdy, collapsible Blunt umbrella that stands up against tough winds and stands out from the crowd when the weather gets damp.
FOR THE LADIES
Nike's industrial design cred is no joke; case in point: these LunarGlide 5 Shield sneakers, $160 per pair. When alone time means running away from the house (temporarily), these sneaks offer a customizable upper for easy visibility at night. Nike’s customizing tool ensures the perfect pair for your picky partner.