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 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." 

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay A1 Speaker
Bang & Olufsen Beoplay A1 Speaker
With a smart charging system that adapts the speed according to your USB, the B&O Beoplay A1 packs a battery life of 24 hours. This compact, portable speaker is equipped with Bluetooth and a built-in microphone that has high-quality voice recognition. Created by Danish designer Cecilie Manz, it consists of a rounded aluminum grill, a double-molded polymer base, and a leather handle that allows you to hang the speaker wherever desired. With 360-degree sound, it can fit in the palm of your hand or easily be thrown into your bag. Additionally, the fact that it’s resistant to dust and splashing makes it the perfect sound companion for your various adventures. Photo: Courtesy of Bang & Olufsen

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 comprised of 4 modules made of solid wood, cork, and metal that can be configured in multiple ways. The set includes a mail organizer, metal shape dividers, a zig zag catch-all tray, a cork block, and a double container. Photo courtesy of Ladies & Gentlemen Studio

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. Made out of the finest cashmere, it’s woven with traditional techniques in a German mill. Available in a classic dark charcoal shade, the cashmere ensures its ultimate warmth and comfortability. The shape allows you to use it as either a blanket or a scarf.  Photo: Courtesy of New Tendency

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. Consisting of cubes, cylinders, and balls, they’re designed to represent pure symbols of each piece’s movement. The square board, which measures 14.75”, comes with a wooden slide box where you can store the pieces when they're not in use.  

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. After creating a classic glass-blown sphere, they allow it to cool—then create a hot patch on the circumference with a blowtorch. By dropping hot glass into the patch in another color, air is pulled out of the piece. This vacuum effect creates a sphere that’s slightly distorted with a unique interior landscape. Since the 28d Lamp is low in voltage, it can be placed on any table, shelf, or floor. It includes a single sphere that’s wired to a flexible gray crochet memory cable. Photo: Courtesy of Bocci

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. This creates an object that naturally engages the observer’s interest. The three vessels, which are available in three different colorways, are cast in colored clay, while the tray is formed from powder-coated steel. You can arrange the vessels in any way you like, creating a sculptural object—whether it's empty or filled with flowers. Photo courtesy of Muuto

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. With only 200 pieces made, it has a CNC-milled aerospace aluminum chassis, which makes it more lightweight than the steel version. After it goes through the CNC machine, it’s anodized and laser engraved with a serial number. Discommon for Autodromo engineered the computer-guided cutting head that creates the watch. In order to ensure it’s authentic, the tool marks and the texture that results from the process is preserved. The machining and anodizing is done in California, while the final assembly is performed at Autodromo’s studio in New York. It comes with 4 nylon racing straps in colors from the four most prominent liveries of the Group B racing era—which are all contained in an aluminum collectors’ box. Photo: Courtesy of Autodromo

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 with Unique & Limited to create a poster collection that includes seven prints in seven classic colorways. Each poster, which measures 50 centimeters by 70 centimeters, is part of a limited edition stock of 911 prints and is made with offset print technology. Give one to the car lover in your life, or buy all seven for a unified look. Photo: Courtesy of Petrolicious

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

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