Design Week 2021 Christmas Gift Guide

From formative new experiences to the pairs of socks people really want to receive, here’s our guide to what gifts to give to the designer in your life this Christmas.

Secret Santa – Under £ 10

ChattyFeet David Sock-Knee Socks

ChattyFeet Socks – from £ 8.50

For the designer who likes to have fun with their sartorial choices, ChattyFeet socks are a good bet. A whole range of artists have been reimagined in the form of socks – and puns are everywhere, from David Sock-Knee to Georgia O’Keefeet and Frida Callus. Discover the whole range via the ChattyFeet site.

Monthly planner, by Present & Correct – from £ 6.00

A gift for the chaotic designer in your life, these planners come in three sizes and have enough space for 18 months of plans. Each page has the same simple and bold layout to ensure easy reading and is available in two colors. Buy through the Present & Correct site.

Zines, by LogoArchive – from £ 6.00

Over the past year, LogoArchive has released several zines aimed at designers who love details. From the Federal Design Improvement Program to the brands of Renaissance European printers, the content of each is exquisitely detailed with text, analysis and images. In addition, most feature collaborations with other well-known designers like Standards Manual and Jim Sutherland. Visit the LogoArchive website to browse.

Courses and experiences

Chapbooks by Merlin Evans

Pottery Starter Kit, by Noah – £ 35.00

With these handy kits for two, Noah aims to deliver “messy hobbies” this year. Each kit contains tools, paints and varnishes, and is available in terracotta or white. A beginner’s guide is on hand to guide you through an afternoon of crafting. Noah’s website has more details on this.

Make Notebooks & Sketchbooks, by House of Illustration – from £ 65.00

The designers in your life undoubtedly have entire collections of notebooks and sketchbooks lying around their homes and studios. But how good is their knowledge when it comes to creating these books? This House of Illustration class sees illustrator Merlin Evans teaching the principles of bookbinding, including how to make a 3-hole brochure chapbook, mixed paper notebooks, and a professional accordion sketchbook. No previous experience is necessary, and the session will include full guided tours. The Maison de l’Illustration website has more information.

Beginner Screen Printing Workshop, by Print Club London – £ 80.00

A great way to get messy and creative, this one-day workshop is designed for the complete beginner. The day will include a practice lesson, as well as background information on the history of screen printing and the different techniques used today. Students will also go home with their own screen printing. Visit the Print Club London website for more information on dates and times.

Gadgets and stationery

BFRIENDS collection by Bene

BFRIENDS desk accessories, by Bene, Pearson Lloyd and Batch.Works – from £ 19.90

Furniture brand Bene spent much of 2021 wondering how we could “come full circle” in a commercially viable way when it comes to product design. One of his experiences in this area was the coveted bFRIENDS office accessories series, designed by studio Pearson Lloyd and 3D printed by Batch.Works. Made from discarded food packaging, the collection features attractive wavy lines and blocky colors, topped with a matte finish. Visit the Bene website to browse the collection.

Tube curated, by Powell Allen Brands – from £ 100.00

Instead of donating a box, Powell Allen Brands encourages you to donate a tube – an organized tube to be exact. Conceived by Kerrie Allen, partner of the studio, the principle of Curated Tube is to create gift boxes which combine “quality and desirability”. The different tubes cater for a wide variety of hobbies and lifestyles, from those designed for children to those aimed at gardeners, coffee lovers and budding chefs. Visit the Curated Tube website to learn more.

Portable speaker, by Gomi – £ 169.00

The ultimate in durable product design, the Gomi portable speaker is made from used plastic bags and reused Lime e-bike batteries. Design Week spoke with the Brighton-based electronics studio earlier this year to learn more about their sustainable mission. Besides being materially durable, Gomi also offers lifetime repairs on the Bluetooth device. It is available in four colors. To learn more, visit the Gomi website.

Household items and lifestyle

She found peace puzzle from Prints in Pieces

Puzzles, by Prints in Pieces – from £ 25.00

If the designer you’re buying for is one of the thousands who started taking an interest in puzzles in 2021, this puzzle from Prints in Pieces might be a good shout out. Last month, Design Week spoke with Prints in Pieces founder Sandra to find out how companies like hers are helping raise the profile of emerging illustrators through puzzles. Check the website to find your favorite.

Stamp Books: Modern Classics, by Dorothy – £ 35.00

A new installment in Dorothy Stamp Book’s beloved poster series, Modern Classics Print reinvents 42 books that are considered “essential” reading for the modern reader. From James Joyce’s Ulysses to Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad, the poster traces all the movements and trends that have occurred in literature over the past hundred years. And if modern classics aren’t your thing, the studio also just released a Stamp Book: Classic poster, featuring Don Quixote and Little Women. Visit Dorothy’s website to learn more.

Bottle of water, by Chilly’s x Liberty – from £ 36.00

Durable and stylish, these floral bottles are the perfect gift for the designer in your life looking to make small changes to save the planet. The wintery designs that adorn these Chilly’s Series 2 bottles are all courtesy of the Liberty Archives. Each model is available in two cup sizes. Visit the Chilly’s website for more information.

Wooden house accessories, by Room Copenhagen and LEGO – from £ 79.99

For the grown child in your life, Danish design brand Room Copenhagen and LEGO have collaborated to create the toy brand’s very first collection of wooden housewares. Crafted from FSC-certified red oak wood, the collection of small pieces is designed to “uplift the interior space of the home” while remaining interesting. Each item is assembled by hand and has been designed to fit the dimensions of the original LEGO bricks, meaning some items in the collection can be stacked. Products are stocked at John Lewis, so head to their website for more information.

Accessories and clothing

Hang on Tatty Devine x Gemma Correll’s Cat Collar

T-shirts, by Everpress – from £ 19.00

With hundreds of designers and artists producing t-shirts for Everpress, there is definitely something for everyone to find on the site. From clean graphic tees to wacky animal prints and moody striped tops, the variety is huge. Plus, many lines come with Instant Shipping, which means they can be ordered and delivered on time for the big day. Go to the Everpress site to browse.

Jewelry, by Tatty Devine x Gemma Correll – from £ 27.00

Returning with yet another illustrator collaboration, daring jewelry company Tatty Devine’s has teamed up with Gemma Correll for one of her latest collections. Each piece features one of Correll’s cult designs, from slaughtered pugs to possessive cats. Visit the Tatty Devine website for more information.

Socks, by Yinka Ilori – £ 48.00

Known for his brightly colored graphic work, Yinka Ilori was the designer to watch in 2021 with high-profile projects with LEGO, the Mayor of London and the British, to name a few. Now fans can get their own piece of her work, with a set of three pairs of socks, sporting her well-known style. Head to Week, where they’re currently in stock, to buy.


The Cooking With Scorsese Cookbook

Taking Joy Seriously, by Camille Walala – £ 35.00

Published by Counter-Print, the art label known for its monographs, Camille Walala’s Taking Joy Seriously is a colorful exploration of the life and work of the artist and illustrator. The book includes an interview with Camille, as well as images of her large-scale projects and a mini-booklet containing her sketchbook work. The design of the book was developed by the founders of Counter-Print, Jon Dowling and Céline Leterme. To buy, go to the Counter-Print website.

The Cooking with Scorsese cookbook, by design studio HATO – £ 45.00

We’ve all seen a meal in a movie that seemed deliciously unobtainable. This new cookbook from Cooking with Scorsese features some 46 chefs from the world’s best restaurants who have been invited to develop recipes from the world of cinema. Look for a Winnie the Pooh inspired sunken honey cake and Withnail & I inspired lamb dish. Visit the HATO website to purchase the book.

Dig !, by Bjarne Mastenbroek – £ 100.00

By promising to “dig deep” into the origins of construction, Dig it! by Bjarne Mastenbroek urges readers to rethink their vision of the field. Far from being a passive foundation, the ground is “full of possibilities,” says Mastenbroek. Through photography and over 500 analytical drawings, the book explores past and present examples of how humans interacted and lived on the ground. The Taschen website has more details.


What to look for, from Ladybird

What to look for… book collection – from £ 5.99

In the year 2021, Penguin’s Ladybird re-released their longtime favorite children’s series, A Ladybird Book. This includes the pocket-sized illustrated non-fiction series What to Look For… Originally released in the late 1950s and early 1960s, the 2021 reissue features illustrations by Natasha Durley. There are four in total to collect, each focused on a different season. Find out where to buy them through the Ladybird website.

Happy Bundles, by Anorak – from £ 7.50

Anorak is always a good bet for kids, and this year the company has put together selections from its magazines to provide toddlers (and their parents) “hours of creativity and calm.” For very young children, the Dot Lot offers games and activities to encourage counting, drawing and imagination. For slightly older children, opt for the Anorak pack which offers more stimulating (but still fun) content. Browse all packs via the Anorak website.

Build your own wind turbine kit – £ 25.00

A good way to start a conversation about climate change and what can be done with renewable energy, this kit from the Science Museum offers some hands-on fun as well. By following the directions, kids can build a renewable energy source that can be used to light an LED bulb. Visit the Science Museum store to find out more.

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