The Dwell Community Weighs in to Share the Best Gifts of the Season

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By Paige Alexus / Published by Paige Alexus
As part of our community-focused holiday series, we decided to compose a collaborative roundup of gift suggestions from some of our most passionate users.

From publishing partners to design enthusiasts, we asked six active Dwell.com users, "What’s the number one gift that you recommend giving your loved ones this year?" Scroll down to see product pages for each of the results, where you can shop the goodies and find out all you need to know about them. You’ll also find the thought process that went into each user's decision. 


Pick From Leo Lei, Founder of Leibal – Minimalist Design Blogger 

For those who can’t go anywhere without their tunes: 

"The Beoplay A1 speaker is the perfect combination of premium sound and portability. In fact, the speaker is small enough to sit in the palm of your hand, and has a True 360-degree sound that can fill a space indoors or outside on the beach. Also, the speaker has a built-in microphone so it can become the centerpiece of a conference call, with everyone sitting around the speaker receiving the same quality sound as the person next to them." 

Pick From Melissa Abel – Design Enthusiast 

For those who find happiness in organization: 

"As someone who has an affinity for materials and who loves to put their own spin on things, this desktop system is the perfect gift. Constructed of solid wood, cork, and metal, the modular design can be arranged any way you like. The ability to construct or separate the components will excite any designer."

Ladies & Gentlemen Studio .ORG Deskscape System
Ladies & Gentlemen Studio .ORG Deskscape System
Founded by Dylan Davis and Jean Lee, Ladies & Gentlemen Studio operates out of Seattle and Brooklyn, expressing its bi-coastal identity with designs that bring together complementary opposites—"warm minimalism, playful austerity, and simple sophistication." The .Org Deskscape System is...

Pick From Nick Smith, Editor-in-Chief of Drop Magazine – Online Publication 

For those who put warmth and comfort above all: 

"New Tendency has always held a special place in my heart. Their objects are not only aesthetically beautiful, but also place emphasis on traditional craftsmanship and attention to the finest details. The Luna blanket in particular is something you give to the people you love—the people you want to keep warm, cozy, and safe. It’s an object that becomes intertwined in their lives and a part of their most precious memories. It’s a piece that will stand the test of time."

New Tendency Luna Blanket
New Tendency Luna Blanket
As a Berlin-based studio that believes in applying Modernist design principles to everyday objects, New Tendency creates products that are both functional and conceptual. Their LUNA blanket is no exception, which has been designed to be timeless, warm, and multi-functional.

2nd Pick From Melissa Abel – Design Enthusiast 

For Bauhaus lovers who enjoy a good challenge: 

"The clear lines of this chess set make it absolutely timeless and it’s consequently become a true design classic. I love that the pieces encourage creativity and development of the game from players of all levels. There really isn’t a better gift than one you can enjoy with others." 

Naef Bauhaus Chess Set
Naef Bauhaus Chess Set
Designed by Josef Hartwig in 1923, Naef’s chess set is characterized by clean lines that are representative of the Bauhaus movement. Made in Germany out of solid maple wood, the chessmen pieces are reduced to simple, commonly-used figures that represent the form and function of each piece.

Pick From Jill Southern – Vancouver-Based Designer 

For those who cherish craftsmanship: 

"I love the warm glow of the this desk lamp. It has a 20W Xenon bulb with a fun-to-use touch sensitive dimmer. The gray crocheted cable can be sculpted into shape and the hand-blown glass sphere comes in nearly 100 color options." 

Bocci 28d Lamp
Bocci 28d Lamp
Based in Vancouver, Bocci prides itself in creating lighting that’s born from material research. Their 28 series resulted from a special fabrication process they invented to manipulate the temperature and direction of airflow into blown glass.

Pick From Modern in Denver – Design Magazine 

For those who love a good home accessory: 

"This is intended to be more of a sculpture than a flower holder. The colored clay vases are nearly welded to the steel tray, thanks to a strong, hidden magnet. The sculptural silhouettes can stand on their own—sans botanicals—and serve as a balance between design and whimsy for the hard-to-please." 

Muuto Balance 3 Vase Set
Muuto Balance 3 Vase Set
When Norwegian designer Hallgeir Homstvedt was creating his Balance 3 Vase Set for Muuto, he wanted to play with the idea of visual balance by forming a new perspective on the typical vase. By using magnets set into the base of the vases, you can move the tray around without them falling over.

Pick From Petrolicious – Content Site For Car Enthusiasts 

For the race car driver at heart: 

"This watch is a work of art. Built as an homage to the vintage Group B cars we know and love, the design of the watch is timeless. It’s limited to 200 units and would make a great gift for anyone who enjoys a quality timepiece." 

Autodromo Group B Evoluzione Watch
Autodromo Group B Evoluzione Watch
Autodromo’s limited edition version of their Group P Automatic Watch is their more “evolved” take on what is sure to excite anyone who has a love for cars and auto design.

2nd Pick From Petrolicious – Content Site For Car Enthusiasts

For lovers of classic cars and some great graphic design: 

"Whether you’re a Porsche fanatic or not, Unique & Limited produces some of the nicest posters we’ve seen. Beautifully designed, this poster comes in an assortment of colors, so there’s one for everybody."

Porsche 911 Carrera RS Poster Collection
Porsche 911 Carrera RS Poster Collection
For those who have a fondness for classic cars, the Porsche 911 Carrera RS is always a winner. The experts at Petrolicious have a special connection to the model because of its timeless styling, punchy engine, and the bold colors that it’s available in. Because of its iconic nature, they teamed up...

Do you have any gift suggestions you'd like to add to this list? Let us know in the comments!