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12 Wallet-Friendly Design Gifts

This selection of design gifts will ensure worried wallets survive the frenzied festive splurge.

Flamingo Egg Cup

With an air of Miami Art Deco style and resembling something from the set of The Golden Girls, these flamingo egg cups by ceramist Hannah Turner are gloriously kitsch.

Flamingo egg cups. Image © 2016 Hannah Turner Ceramics.
Flamingo egg cups. Image © 2016 Hannah Turner Ceramics.

Braun ET66 Calculator

A truly iconic design, this reissue of the Braun ET66 calculator makes an ideal desktop companion. Originally designed by Dieter Rams and Dietrich Lubs in 1987, the calculator is the quintessence of the ‘less but better’ philosophy.

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Braun ET66 calculator. Image via Braun.
Braun ET66 calculator. Image via Braun.

Datti and Boje, The Skiers

Designed by the inimitable Kay Bojesen towards the end of the 1940s, Datti and Boje are two winsome skiers. Datti was the pet name of Kay Bojesen’s daughter-in-law Ruth and Boje was the pet name of his son Otto.

Datti and Boje, the skiers. Image © Kay Bojesen.
Datti and Boje, the skiers. Image © Kay Bojesen.

Nappula Candleholder

The Nappula candleholder was designed by Swedish designer Matti Klenell for Iittala. Nappula’s curves and straight lines combine to form an elegant candleholder, both minimal and understated.

Nappula candleholder. Image © Fiskars Finland.
Nappula candleholder. Image © Fiskars Finland.

Piilopaikka Pakkanen Mug

Piilopaikka Pakkanen is Finnish designer Piia Keto’s new wintery illustration for Arabia. The charming Piilopaikka Pakkanen mug pictures a young girl ice skating.

Piilopaikka Pakkanen mugs. Image © Fiskars Finland.
Piilopaikka Pakkanen mugs. Image © Fiskars Finland.

Another Desktop Series

Something of a classic desktop set, Another Desktop Series from Another Country was designed by Simon Donald in 2011. Made in maple or walnut, brass and rubber, this functional set comprises four desktop helpers: a pencil pot, sharpener pot, tape dispenser and eraser pot. All components are available individually.

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Another Desktop Series. Image via Another Country.
Another Desktop Series. Image via Another Country.

PUSH Coffee Maker

The PUSH coffee maker from Muuto was designed by Mette Duedahl. The jug is made using stoneware, lending to its soft Nordic appeal. PUSH is that perfect accompaniment to those cold winter days when a cosy cup of coffee is needed to warm the spirit (in style).

PUSH coffee maker. Image via Muuto.
PUSH coffee maker. Image via Muuto.

Tea Light Holder

Jaime Hayon’s solid brass tea light holder for Fritz Hansen has a rather Dickensian-esque air. Ideal for the season.

Brass tea light holder. Image © Republic of Fritz Hansen 2016.
Brass tea light holder. Image © Republic of Fritz Hansen 2016.

Kosa Glass Storage Jar

London-based lifestyle brand Tiipoi was established in 2013 by designer Spandana Gopal. Working with small-scale producers and independent craftsmen in India, Tiipoi creates contemporary objects that bring together handmade and industrial production processes. The Kosa glass jar is made using borosilicate glass with a Sheesham wood lid.

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Rosa glass jar. Image via Tiipoi.
Rosa glass jar. Image via Tiipoi.

Ceramic Cacti

If like this writer you are hopeless with plants, then perhaps these decorative ceramic cacti will appeal. Designed by Lina Cofán for Hay, each cactus is made to size, distinctive and lifelike. With no watering and no fuss, the cacti are simply prepossessing.

Ceramic cacti. Image via Hay.
Ceramic cacti. Image via Hay.

Stendig Calendar 2017

The classic Stendig Calendar was designed by Massimo Vignelli in 1966 and is the only calendar in the design collection at New York’s MoMA. Fifty years on, the Stendig Calendar is favoured by design aficionados the world over.

Stendig Calendar. Image © Aram.
Stendig Calendar. Image © Aram.

Toy Cars

CandyLab Toys is a company reimagining the nostalgia of a 1960s Americana. Its heirloom wood toys have a wonderful modernist edge.

Woodie and Camper. Image © 2016 Candylab Toys.
Woodie and Camper. Image © 2016 Candylab Toys.

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