2018 Holiday Gift Guide

Here at Michael Graves Design, we love a good product and appreciate good design. When it comes to gift giving, there is no exception. Each year we love to put together a gift guide for you and this year we are making two: one is the best products designed by us and available this holiday season, the other is gifts we did not design, but perhaps wish we had! This post is the later. Below we give you a unique list of products chosen by our designers, filled with personality and why we wish for these gifts.

The Roland Kiyola Piano

It is the perfect hybrid between a piano and a keyboard for players of all skill levels. – Ben

Ben Wintner:

We live in a small city apartment, where space is at a major premium. The Roland Kiyola Piano sounds beautiful, looks beautiful, and has a really efficient footprint. It is the perfect hybrid between a piano and a keyboard for players of all skill levels.

Paravel Fold-Up Bag

Prepared for more space on the way back from a trip. -Alyssa

Alyssa Rudnitskas:

I always want easy travel gear, and this allows me to be prepared for needing more space on the way back from a trip while still being light and compact on the way there. OH! And it made ‘One of Oprah’s Favorite Things For 2018’, so there’s that.”

Stringback Driving Gloves

I know that’s what I’m going to ask Santa for! – Matt

Matt Schmitt:

Entering the winter months, every car enthusiast and gearhead would love to get their hands in a pair of these beautiful Stringback driving gloves! I know that’s what I’m going to ask Santa for!

Catalina Deluxe, Canvas Weekender

They really have thought of everything! – Stephanie

Stephanie Pryor:

I love this weekender bag, it’s perfectly understated but highly functional. The colors are soft and muted, the materials are high quality and it has the most thoughtful features (my favorite is the suitcase handle sleeve). Plus, I thoroughly enjoy their websites user experience. All the information is clear and concise, and they have videos and diagrams that helped me feel confident that I was purchasing the right size bag with the right functionality. They really have thought of everything!

Fellow Stagg EKG, Electric Pour-over Kettle

Its range of colors and finishes is sure to please any aesthete. – Vlad

Vladimir Anokhin:

The Stagg EKG boils down the features of a high-performance kettle into a beautiful, uncluttered form. A slim neck and programmable temperature make this a great kettle for tea and coffee nerds, and its range of colors and finishes is sure to please any aesthete.

The Essential Cashmere V-Neck Sweater

They’ll feel spoiled and think you spent a lot more. – Jessica

Jessica Hurwit:

I can’t think of many things that more luxurious than cashmere. Naadam is a direct to consumer cashmere company with a commitment to bringing you beautiful, durable products while maintaining good ethics such as using clean energy powered production facilities, providing livable wages, and heading programs for healthier goats and more sustainable grazing practices. And at $75 for their classic v-neck you really can’t go wrong buying one for anyone on your list; they’ll feel spoiled and think you spent a lot more.

Composition Notebook pouch

I love products that make me smile. – Rob

Rob Van Varick:

There are certain triggers for me that make me love a product. Does it make me smile? Does it stir up positive memories? Is it useful? This is the criteria I apply when I design, and I greatly appreciate it when I find these qualities in other goods. That is why my pick for the holiday list is the Composition Notebook Pouch from Out Of Print. Everyone carries around cords, plugs, pens, pencils, lip balm, etc. Pouches are great for this. I love products that make me smile and that is exactly what the print of the iconic composition notebook cover does for me. Happy holidays!

Brod & Taylor Knife Sharpener

Now you can have perfectly beveled edges and beautiful design when you need it most. – Donald

Donald Strum:

If you’re like me, when I reach for a kitchen knife when cooking I want it to be super sharp and effortless to cut.  When using the sharpening steel that came with my knife set, it never feels that my blades are sharp enough and it leaves me with doubt.  Most home sharpeners are awkward, clunky, and provide so-so functionality.  When I visit my hardware store, I see they offer knife sharpening services and say to myself, “next time I will bring my knives,” but life gets busy and I forget.  However, I did find this fantastic functioning home use knife sharpener that is countertop worthy, since it is so darn stylish (that is important to me, being a product lad) and is meant to be left out so you will use it more.  It comes in 3 price points so there is superior quality for everyone’s needs.  “Professional” in hefty solid stainless at $119.00.  “Classic” in rugged nylon for $59.00, and “Pocket,” hence the name, which is compact foldable and sized for a pocket at $39.00.  Now you can have perfectly beveled edges and beautiful design when you need it most. Voila.

Eva Solo Stainless Steel Grating Bucket

Simple solution to an overlooked problem. – Ben

Ben Wintner:

Whether grating cheese, potatoes or carrots, the typical box grater requires one to grate onto the counter or into a plate or bowl. The former makes a mess and the latter rarely fits well. The Grating Bucket solves this by keeping the grated food in itself, making it easy to move around the kitchen and to prep ingredients. Simple solution to an overlooked problem.

Stirred Cocktail Set

Beautiful essentials for a perfect cocktail. – Alyssa

Alyssa Rudnitskas:

I love to entertain, and good cocktails are the secret to a great evening. This is a simple bar cart starter with some beautiful essentials for a perfect cocktail, and thus a great time.

Hair Tie Cuff Bracelet

Looks like jewelry, clean and simple. – Jessica

Jessica Hurwit:

Hair ties are a necessity for many but they can be unsightly, they get lost, and they just aren’t that comfortable to wear on your wrist. Enter TUCK by Koli, the bracelet that keeps your hair tie exactly where you want it: unseen and easily accessible. There are a bunch of hair tie bracelets on the market, but this one is my favorite because it really looks like jewelry, clean and simple. It’s truly a great accessory – I have one in every color.

From all of us at Michael Graves Design, we hope your gifts are full of purpose and personality, and your holidays are full of joy.

To see more gift ideas designed by us, head over to the Michael Graves Designed Gift Guide.

The Michael Graves Designed Gift Guide

Here at Michael Graves Design, we love a good product and appreciate good design. When it comes to gift giving, there is no exception. Each year we love to put together a gift guide for you and this year we are making two: one is the best products designed by us and available this holiday season, the other is gifts we did not design, but perhaps wish we had! This post is the former.

We love to gift our designs and have a lot of pride in sharing them with our loved ones. Below you will find our products in order of our most gifted items.

Our number one all-time favorite design to gift is none other than the all-time best-selling product for Alessi, the 9093 Whistling Bird Tea Kettle. This beautiful Italian made tea kettle is crafted in 18/10 stainless steel and has a mirror polished finish. It’s famous bird shaped whistle is sure to bring a smile to your face when your water starts to boil. The magnetic steel bottom is also suitable for induction cooking, so you can gift worry free. This very kettle has been in many kitchens around the world, from the Obama’s to Vogue magazine. Coming in at number two and number three are a couple more Alessi items from the Michael Graves collection: The Alessi Tea Rex and the Alessi Tea Infuser. The Tea Rex and the Tea infuser were designed to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the original Whistling Bird Tea Kettle. For the tea lover in your life, any and all of these are a must!

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Next on our list are a couple of new items for the Michael Graves and architecture enthusiast. Newly released, this colored pencil set made by Princeton Architectural Press is inspired by Michael Graves personal palette. This pairs perfectly with the official Michael Graves biography Design for Life by Ian Volner. This insightful biography is based on Ian Volner’s own interviews with the legendary architect and designer.

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Our next two gift items are about sleep and if you haven’t heard yet, these will change your life. Now, this is a gift guide but make sure you get one of these for yourself as well. The original masters of sleep, Marpac came to us to bring their sound machines into the 21st century and, not to brag but, boy did we. These beautifully reimagined sound machines are for exactly what everyone in your life needs: better sleep. Just read the reviews. Anywhere. Our two favorites are the Marpac Whish, so cute, and the Dohm Elite, designed in a variety of colors for everyone, but I encourage you to check out the whole collection.

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These next products are notable for taking an incredibly practical and functional product and elevating it to be giftable. Slice Combo Tip Tweezer, Slanted Tweezers, and the Nail Clippers are the best in the category. The craftsmanship is unparalleled featuring professional grade stainless steel, soft-touch rubberized non-slip finish and 100% sanitizable materials. If you needed another reason to exclusively use these personal grooming products, Slice donates a minimum 1% of corporate worldwide sales to various autism research programs that have global ramifications for families and individuals that live with autism daily.

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Returning to the kitchen, these products are not just good-looking design but incredible user experience design. The Polder Composter and Under Sink Organizer feature the results of extensive user research. The composter is a lightweight and portable design that allows the waste contents to be easily transferred into a larger, outdoor composter, simply by inverting the flexible silicone bin. Simple, elegant and never requiring hands to get dirty. The Polder Under Sink Storage Caddy is loaded with unique and innovative features and benefits. Its greatest value is in its versatility. While in the cabinet, the caddy organizes a typically underutilized, messy area. Since the Caddy is not mounted within the cabinet, it doubles as a cleaning caddy already loaded with supplies used anywhere in the house. Finally, the Evo Oil Sprayer. The EVO advanced trigger sprayer can deliver never-before-available atomization of viscous cooking oils. No chemical propellants, no pumping to build up the pressure. Just squeeze and spray. The elegant bottle looks great on your countertop and comes in various sizes.

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For 30 years, the Markuse Corporation has dedicated itself to celebrating the role that architecture and design play in daily lives. MGA&D has designed dozens of wristwatches, alarm clocks, wall clocks, mailboxes, weather vanes, house numbers, and bath accessories for Projects. One of our favorite watches is the Grand Tour. The Grand Tour is reminiscent of Graves’s years of studying in Rome when he perfected his painting and architecture. In essence, it was his grand tour of his second home….Italy. This watch is great for that someone that travels often and loves to keep both timelines on their wrist.

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From all of us at Michael Graves Design, we hope your gifts are full of purpose and personality, and your holidays are full of joy.

To see more gift ideas picked out by our designers head over to our regularly scheduled program here.

2017 Holiday Gift Guide

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.

Hydration

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.

Noted

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.

Plans

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.

Clean

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.

Organized

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.

Techy

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.

Write

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?!?

Doggies

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.

The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide

At Michael Graves Architecture & Design (MGA&D), we love the holidays, and are excited to share a few of our favorite things through our annual holiday gift guide. Whether you want something practical, luxurious, or just plain fun, our designers have developed a wish list that features items with purpose and personality for any budget. Happy shopping!

Click the buttons to get the right priced gift for that special someone.

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25 and Under

Dollar Beard Club Gift Set

Dollar Beard Club – $1 and up

For the man who appreciates the art of personal grooming, this monthly subscription-based line of products keeps even the burliest of beards in check. Dollar Beard Club has a wide assortment of products and accessories so don’t worry, you will find products that suit your personal style – and your beard.

Lush Bath Bombs

Lush Handmade Soaps/Bath Bombs – $8

If you ask us, Lush Bath Bombs are a fun and affordable gift choice. Simply drop the product into a filled tub and watch it explode with essential oils, flower petals and tons of fizzy fun. Bath bombs come in a variety of colors, fragrances and oils, enhancing every bathing experience.

GIR High End Silicone Kitchen Tools and Utensils

Silicone Tools that Get It Right – $10-$17

When designers boast that their products “get it right,” we sit up and take notice. Well, here’s a company called Get it Right or GIR that funded a line of pharmaceutical grade silicone cooking tools largely on Kickstarter. These products are both durable and antimicrobial, smoothly fashioned in one piece, and heatproof to a temperature not even safe to use in a kitchen! We love the fun colors and range of products, from spatulas and fractal bottle stoppers to flexible bowl lids and ladles.

American Academy Cookbooks, Verdure

Cookbooks from the American Academy in Rome’s Sustainable Food Project – $17-$22

Michael Graves himself often reminisced about his time as a Fellow and later Trustee of the American Academy, describing how artists and scholars gathered over lunch and dinner. Alice Waters conceived cookbooks that focus on the culturally essential aspects of authentic, sustainable Italian cuisine. These stories and recipes are available in several volumes, including Zuppe, Verdure and Pasta, written by the executive chefs and filled with beautiful photographs. Bravo American Academy!

Minimergency Kit Pinch Provosions

Mini Personal Care Emergency Kits – $18

Meet the perfect stocking stuffer: Glitter Bomb Minimergency Kits. Each one is packed with all the personal care essentials to get you through in a pinch! These can even be custom made for the recipient in mind!

Now I Sit Me Down: From Klismos to Plastic Chair: A Natural History

Now I Sit Me Down, From Klismos to Plastic Chair: A Natural History, by Witold Rybczynski – $18

This comprehensive history of chairs starts with fundamental questions about why we sit in them at all. The author, a wonderful historian-architect, poses the ergonomic dilemma of this “tool for sitting,” and takes readers through various attitudes and approaches over time. Our designers worked with him on the topic of the Klismos chair when he visited our office while researching, and we were delighted that he chose to include the Prime TC transport chair we designed for Stryker Medical!

Slice Combo-Tip Soft-Touch Tweezers

Slice Tweezers – $19

A great pair of tweezers is hard to come by, that’s why we rely on Slice tweezers. These tweezers feature a wide, comfortable, patented non-slip grip for expert precision. Designed for Slice by MGA&D, they are available in red, pink, purple or stainless.

Blackwing Pencils
Blackwing Pencils, 12 Pack – $22

This product is highly appreciated in our studio. Blackwing pencils are crafted using the best materials in the world: genuine incense-cedar and premium Japanese graphite. Not to mention the replaceable eraser to boot – they dare us to make a mistake!


Under 50

Alex Bottle

Alex Water Bottle – $30

A succinct design indeed. The Alex water bottle twists open at the middle for easy cleaning, is dishwasher safe and compacts to half-size when the bottle is empty. Alex gives us a new reason to cheer this holiday season!

Harry's Gift Sets, Winter Winston

Harry’s – $30

Why not share the gift of personal grooming this holiday season? Harry’s shaving kits are a great choice! This gift features quality craftsmanship, simple design, modern convenience and most importantly an affordable great shave. We especially enjoy the auto-refill option.

The Human Made Tights

Graphic Tights – $31

For the lady who likes to make a statement and keep warm in the winter months. VikenP is a fashion hosiery label created by a young man who loves graphic design. All tights are hand screen-printed on high quality materials, using world-leading technology and are stretchy for extra comfort.

Self-Watering Eleplanter

Self-Watering Eleplanter – $35

The gift that keeps on giving; this easy-to-care-for herb planter will keep your homemade meals extra fresh. This little guy holds just the right amount of water to keep kitchen herbs perfectly watered.

Star Wars R2-D2 Coffee PressStar Wars R2-D2 Coffee Press

R2D2 French Press – $40

This is perfect for coffee lovers with a special Sci-Fi nostalgia in their hearts. This coffee press will deliver a fresh brew to your mug and a smile to your face. May the Force be with you!

Nest Holiday Classic Candle

Nest Fragrances Candle – $40

We love to set a mood with lighting, Nest Candles have mood fragrances to match. Fill your home with the aroma of holiday cheer and the blending of pomegranate, mandarin orange, pine, cloves and cinnamon with a hint of vanilla and amber.

Alessi MG35 Tea Infuser

Alessi Tea Infuser – $40

Tea time! This tea infuser keeps us warm and cozy around the holidays. The MG35 tea infuser, designed by MGA&D for Alessi, has a little grip that recalls the shape of the famous tea kettle’s whistling bird. Made of stainless steel and silicone, it is so pretty, you won’t want to take it out of our mug!


Under 100

Verbatim iStore 'n' Go Dual USB Flash Drive for Lightning Devices - USB

Verbatim USB Drive – $45

This gift is equivalent to a breath of fresh air! This USB drive allows you to plug directly into your iPhone or iPad to make file transferring between your Apple products and computer a breeze. Verbatim comes complete with both a USB and a Lightning port.

MOMA Architects Cubes

Architect’s Cubes – $58

For adults who still love to build with blocks. The set is designed by architects John Bennett and Gustavo Bonevardi. Each of the eight cubes in this collection is made of a different natural and composite material making for a compellingly tactile experience. Go ahead and buy them for yourself… we couldn’t resist.

Fiskars X25 Splitting Axe (28")

Fiskars Axe – $60

It is campfire season, and we recommend being prepared! This axe has an unparalleled combination of design features which allows the blade to disperse wood more effectively, offering more one-strike splits with each swing. Here is the perfect find for the person who loves the great outdoors.

Sephora Perfume Sampler

Sephora Perfume Sampler (includes certificate for a full size bottle) – $65

If you feel overwhelmed in the fragrance department this gift is a great choice! This box contains 15 samples of some of Sephora’s most sought-after women’s perfumes. This set includes a certificate to redeem a full-size bottle of your choice. Fantastic!

Logitech Wireless Keyboard

Logitech Keyboard – $80

Say bye-bye to your tiny smartphone keyboard. This Bluetooth keyboard lets you toggle your typing between your computer, tablet and smart phone! This keyboard provides comfortable silent typing in addition to switching easily between all the devices.

Uncommongoods Boxcar Planter

Box Car Planter – $85

For the friend who loves a fresh look and low maintenance décor. This boxcar planter set has sleek lines and rich walnut wood, making a perfectly modern home for your succulents.

tile, Bluetooth Tracking Devices

Tile – $90

Mate & Slim Combo 4-pack

The thought of never losing our keys again definitely makes us smile. There is more than meets the eye with this little square. The tile utilizes Bluetooth technology to connect to your mobile devices from up to 100ft away; it uses an app so you can track your items fast! Use it for your keys, wallet, even your pets!

Ancestryc DNA Kit

Ancestry DNA – $99

Have you ever wanted to verify the stories you’ve heard about your family tree? This simple and accessible DNA test will walk you through your genetics even going back to your ancestors. The Ancestry test is a great gift for those are interested in insights about your family’s origin.

Mahabis Slippers
Mahabis Slippers – $99

No more switching shoes to grab the mail! With a quick switch of the sole, this shoe transforms from a comfy indoor slipper to a handy-dandy shoe. Between the breathable wool lining and detachable soles this slipper was designed for both comfort and adventure!


Over 100

Amana Throw

Navy and White Amana Weave Throw – $120

From Ebenezer, New York, this commune of German Inspirationists, who moved west to Iowa and became the Amana Society, focus on communal living supported by their crafts including the Amana Woolen Mill, which creates hand-woven blankets and throws from American grown cotton and wool.   We love the distinctive, visually rich texture of their navy and white “Amana Weave” throw.

Projects Watches Mado Watch

Mado Watch – $135

Introducing the MADO watch, MGA&D’s most recent design for Projects Watches. Mado, the Japanese word for window, is aptly named since this design becomes a perfectly proportioned window through which time is viewed. We love this versatile, sleek design.

Brookstone 10X/1X Natural-Light Tabletop Makeup Mirror

Brookstone Mirror – $139

Featuring daylight-spectrum fluorescent bulbs designed to simulate natural sunlight, this dual-sided mirror with 10X/1X magnification provides distortion-free reflections using only a mere 22 watts of energy. Standing 18″ tall with a 180° swivel mirror, this is a perfect vanity addition.

Apple Air Pods

Air Pods – $159

Whether you consider yourself a tech-savvy person or not this product is great for those who love to be hands-free. These Bluetooth wireless ear buds alleviate the hassle of cord-management issues (for gym-goers – a true must), if these are not a great gift, we don’t know what is.

Quitokeeto Fermenting Crocks

Quitokeeto Fermenting Crocks – $180 – $275

Heidi Swanson of the cooking blog “101 Cookbooks” also runs a small store in San Francisco called Quitokeeto. She commissioned local ceramicist Sarah Kersten to create fermenting crocks in two sizes: (2 quart at $180, and 1.5 Gallon at $275). The graceful shapes and stunning glaze makes these worthy of display on your kitchen counter.

Alessi Tea Rex

Tea Rex Alessi Tea Kettle – $220

Our famous Alessi Tea Kettle just had an anniversary! Originally designed in 1985, the kettle with the bird-shaped whistle became one of the icons of 20th century design. To mark the 30th anniversary of this famous kettle, MGA&D re-imagined the tiny bird as “Tea-Rex”. The choice of the dragon is a reference to the Chinese culture, symbolizing strength and fortune.

Tumi Backpack

Tumi Backpack – $275

For those who appreciate top quality travel gear and thoughtful design, this backpack from Tumi’s bestselling Voyageur collection is perfect for stylish women on the move. Featuring pebbled leather, it is practical, elegant and versatile – making it a true holiday winner.

MGA&D 2015 Holiday Gift Guide

One of the best things about working at MGA&D is that staff can order items directly from our business partners. It gives us the chance to share our work with family and friends so they can enjoy the wonderful items we have put so much love into designing. I thought it would be fun to share the most popular items that were ordered by our staff this year. All of these items would make great gifts to give to someone (or for you . . . I won’t tell!).

Alessi

[row][one_half][dropcap letter= “1.” icon= “none” type= “letter” size= “big” color= “#d22630” animation_type= “fadeIn” ]This year the hot item from our Alessi line of products was the tea infuser! We here at MGA&D are avid tea drinkers and are big fans of the Harney and Sons Fine Teas. Our office favorite flavor by them is a wonderful black tea called Paris, which does come in a loose tea if you are interested in checking it out. Any loose tea would pair wonderfully with this adorable little birdie tea infuser.

The next most popular item ordered was the Black and Metallic Tea Rex kettle released this year to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the original design. That adorable little red birdie turned into a pretty powerful, yet still sweet dragon when it turned 30. Who wouldn’t want this shiny little dragon calling you to get your tea time on. I can’t wait to see what it transforms into to celebrate 50 years![/dropcap][/one_half][one_half][flex_slider animation= “slide” auto_slide= “yes” slide_interval= “5000”][flex_slide image= “6396” video= “”][flex_slide image= “6392” video= “”][/flex_slider][/one_half][/row]


Projects Watches

[row][one_half][dropcap letter= “2.” icon= “none” type= “letter” size= “big” color= “#d22630” animation_type= “fadeIn” ]We also couldn’t go without getting some new watches from Projects Watches. There was a wider spread of favorites from our staff this year but the classic Witherspoon style watch in its various color ways was the clear winner! This watch is flattering on anyone in the unisex size or in the women’s size.

The other style that was popular was the Cubit watch. The traditional blue color was equally matched by its more architectural version STEEL.

I’ve also seen what our designers have been working on for 2016 and the new watches coming out are going to be very fun. I can’t wait to see the final designs they choose![/dropcap][/one_half][one_half][flex_slider animation= “slide” auto_slide= “yes” slide_interval= “5000”][flex_slide image= “6401” video= “”][flex_slide image= “6393” video= “”][flex_slide image= “6394” video= “”][/flex_slider][/one_half][/row]


Slice Beauty Products

[row][one_half][dropcap letter= “3.” icon= “none” type= “letter” size= “big” color= “#d22630” animation_type= “fadeIn” ]No round of holiday shopping is complete without thinking of great stocking stuffers! All of the items we have designed with Slice are really top notch. I am not even saying that because I work here, they really are! I ordered more sharpeners and tweezers for myself in the great new colors released this year. Company-wide the cosmetic sharpener and the combo tip tweezers were the most popular items. The original red color was the most popular (maybe because it matches the holiday season), followed by pink then purple.[/dropcap][/one_half][one_half][flex_slider animation= “slide” auto_slide= “yes” slide_interval= “5000”][flex_slide image= “6403” video= “”][flex_slide image= “6404” video= “”][/flex_slider][/one_half][/row]

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Cheers to you all and Happy Holidays!

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