2017 Holiday Gift Guide

2017 Holiday Gift Guide

Give the Gift of Design

This year for our annual gift guide we decided to make a list of our favorite things we use while at work on a daily basis. We think these would be awesome gifts for anyone on your list that would enjoy fabulous products that have been tested and are loved by our designers and architects.


To tea up our gift guide this year, our first item is the Full Circle Tea Glass Travel Bottle. This reusable glass bottle has a built in strainer to infuse your cold water with fruit or your warm water with tea (we love Harney & Sons tea). It has a removable cork sleeve that gives your hand something to hold onto. If you are as into coffee as we are (we love Small World Coffee) the S’well Bottle is great for keeping your cold drinks cold or your warm drinks warm. We also love companies that give back and S’well partners with various charities to help support clean drinking water all over the world. Don’t worry, we didn’t forget about those of you who prefer to drink through a straw. The Ello Kella Bottle provides a modern take on a mason jar with a friction fit lid that doesn’t require any threading, a colorful textured grip band and a fun cork accent. No matter what your favorite beverage, all of these are eco-friendly, BPA free and help reduce the world’s plastic bottle consumption.


To help capture our ideas and bring them to life, we love the Leuchtturm1917 notebooks. They have numbered pages, a table of contents page, are thread-bound so they open flat and come in various ruling options. Public-Supply notebooks come in many fun variations and a portion of every sale supports classroom learning so you can feel good every time you use one. Storage.It notebooks are awesome since you can keep all your necessities on you while you are jumping from meeting to meeting or escaping the office for some inspiration. It is a rare occasion to see a designer or architect without a notebook in hand, so this category of products are near and dear to us, and we and give them our stamp of approval.


The Poppin Sticky Memo Ball is so fun, especially when you use post it notes as much as we do. This is a great way to keep many exciting colors of sticky notes at the tip of your fingers and add interest to your desk-scape or brainstorming session. The 365 Gradient Calendar is perfect for color obsessed humans and will provide pops of color throughout the year – try to find Graves Blue!! Have you ever wanted to see into the future? The kikki.K 10 Year Plan Book can help with thought-provoking prompts, inspiring quotes and action plans. This book can help you see what your dream life could look like in 10 years and helps to shape your daily actions to help you create your ideal life.


As the temperatures cool off outside, and the heat gets cranking in the office, the Crane Personal Humidifier is a big help. It helps make your desk space a comfortable place to breathe and reduces those pesky wintertime germs. Who doesn’t want to be Well-Kept? We really enjoy these well-kept lens and screen cleaning towelettes. We particularly love their colorful patterns and that they are involved with various charities to better our world. To help ward off germs, while also getting a hint of aromatherapy, we enjoy the Bath and Body Works PocketBac sanitizers – the scent we recommend is Focus, because you can’t ever have too much at work.


Organization keeps the office moving efficiently, so we’re always on the lookout for good looking and highly functional items. The Blue Lounge mini cable drops are awesome for assisting with cable management, at home and at the office. This clear Smartphone Stand blends in perfectly with any environment to help keep your phone easily accessible throughout the day. With more and more workers “hoteling” or working in shared spaces, Winter Session’s Utility roll up is incredible for keeping all of your tech needs in one durable and attractive roll up that is easy to take wherever you are working on any given day.


The Ultimate Ears Bluetooth Boom 2 Speaker provides 360 degrees of sound and reaches every corner of our design studios. It is easy to take with you and with Bluetooth connectivity, everyone can share their jams. When you need to block out the external environment and focus, the Bowers & Wilkins P3 S2 headphones provide great comfort and incredible sound to help you escape. The Ted Baker Touchscreen Stylus & Pen is so pretty and with its adorable carry case, it can be with you whether you need to draft a correspondence on a piece of paper or on your digital tablet.


Who couldn’t use some extra positivity in their life? This positivity pen set provides a perfect daily reminder that good things are all around you. Copic Markers color the dreams of our design team. These swoon worthy markers are ultra blendable with low odor and are incredible for coloring our designs. The original No. 2 pencil’s overachieving sibling is the Blackwing pencil. Made with Japanese graphite, genuine incense-cedar from California, and an eraser that can be extended or replaced, this is a nearly perfect pencil; plus a portion of all sales go toward art and music education, so what’s not to love?!?


We are lucky to bring our most loyal friends to work with us every day! The Harry Barker bed is a tasteful, colorful addition to the office that provides our furry friends with a place to snooze away on all day. Stuffed with recycled post-consumer plastics and with a cover made of durable and machine washable jute-polyester, our best friends are also helping to reduce their carbon paw-print.   Someone has to do the dirty work, but these Doggie Pick Up bag holders make the job a little more enjoyable. They hold more than one roll of pick up bags, easily clip to any leash or bag and are machine washable. When the pups deserve a treat for a hard days work, the preferred treat in our office is the Core Freeze Dried Raw Meats, good doggie!

MGD Under The Tree

Some of our favorite products that we designed this year can also be great gifts. The David Edward Looper Bench is an eye catching statement piece. It is incredibly sturdy, expertly crafted and comes in various finishes and sizes to fit any space or décor.  The Polder Kitchen Composter is perfectly at home on any kitchen counter. Designed with you in mind, the contents can be emptied by just inverting the flexible bin so your hands stay squeaky clean. It is extremely lightweight and the lid provides adjustable airflow to control just the right amount of ventilation for proper decomposition and odor control. We gave the Marpac Dohm Elite an extreme makeover this year so now it appeals to your eyes and your ears. With the new Dohm Elite on your side, you can expect incredible sleep that will fully recharge your batteries every night.

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