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Online Christmas Gifts for the interior design lover in your life

The season of giving is almost upon us. If you’re reading this blog you likely are, or love a design aficionado. That makes gift giving extra easy – there are so many spectacular options for design-centric Christmas gifts at all price points. Here’s our roundup of on-trend gift ideas. We’ve divvied them up roughly by personality type – you’ll know best what’s suitable for what type of friend or loved one.

Gifts for the minimalist design lover

Getting gifts for a minimalist – someone who prefers the simplicity of a few perfect possessions – can be tricky. But assuming you know them well enough to understand what they might need, stick to low key colours, luxurious materials and classic shapes. You can’t really go wrong with shades of black, white and grey. This soft grey merino wool and cashmere throw from Loaf could work anywhere, for example, adding a welcome touch of style and warmth. £140

We love the hand thrown beauty of this Leach pottery series from Seasalt Cornwall. Minimalists tend to love carefully crafted objects and these pieces are little masterpieces of textural stoneware made from locally sourced clay. £20-68

Coffee is a great Christmas gift. Both these jet black coffee makers are streamlined design statements, one for slow brewing, the other for espresso. £60/ £70 Add a pound of really good beans and you’re golden.


Danish design firm Georg Jensen has been making iconic metal pieces for more than a century. This stainless steel candlestick holder by Patricia Urquiola is modern and minimal, yet decadent at the same time. If your minimalist is also a collector, the Urkiola Collection includes pitchers, bowls and a tray. £100

For the romantic design lover

Design lovers with a penchant for the romantic are fun to buy for – just think one of a kind design pieces in bling-y materials like gold, copper or crystal. A romantic sensibility will appreciate this hammered brass stool finished in antiqued silver from Lombok, or an extravagant gold metal chandelier for adding a touch of the baroque to the dining room or boudoir. Both are striking pieces that would blend well with or counterpoint any number of decor schemes. £195 / 439

BTW who says romantics can’t have a sense of humour?This Lucy Bryant limited edition print will certainly appeal to those who do. £115

For the reading and design lover

Books are a gift that keep rights on giving. Fans of Scandinavian Interiors will be thrilled with Dorothea Gundtoft’s New Nordic Design. £20 For champions of British design history, consider Elizabeth Wilhide’s comprehensive survey of the William Morris studio. £25 Finally, wordsmiths who also love design will be able to put these 5cm high decorative concrete letters to good use. These tiny treasures make great stocking stuffers. £4.50

For the techhead design lover

Interior design isn’t just about furniture and fabrics. These days high tech functionality for the home exhibits some of the most rigorous design values going. We’ve found a few items that combine great design with technical wizardry that can enhance the quality of domestic life. These voice controlled smart speakers are part of the Sonos home audio system. They’re sleek, black and discreet – typical of the cutting edge Sonos brand. £199

Exemplary design that pays just as much attention to function as form is a hallmark of Dyson, the small appliance manufacturer. Their latest model special edition hair dryer or cordless vacuum cleaner make practical gifts that speak convincingly to the design conscious. £330 / 520

That old chestnut ‘it’s the thought that counts’ takes on new meaning at the end of each year. Gifting a design lover requires special care and a bit of thought – but with so many brilliantly conceived products on the market, you’ll have plenty of options this holiday season.

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  • Ben is a painter and DJ and loves all things concrete, urban and handmade. Based in London, when he’s not working on an interior renovation, he’s riding his scooter down some alley or other in search of the perfect cortado.

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