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Gift Ideas for Design Lovers

Give the gift of great design this Christmas! We've rounded up our 13 best lighting, furniture and home accessories (as seen on Instagram) that double as fantastic gifts for design lovers.

Hay Dot Cushion - £59.00

Available in five different fabrics and even more colours, the Hay Dot cushion is a versatile piece that'll sit with just about any design scheme. It's the perfect gift for that person who needs to inject a little hygge in their home. Browse the full range of Hay cushions.

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Hay Copper Coat Hangers - £8.00

Another gorgeous gift from Hay, the copper coat hangers are a great choice for interior design lovers.  The hangers come in packs of five and are all you need for a Pinterest / Instagram worthy clothes rack. Not bad for £8.00! Buy them here.

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Vitra Eames LTR Occasional Table - £212.00

If you're willing to up the budget to find the perfect design gift then look no further than the Vitra LTR Occasional TableFor someone who's moving or refurbishing their space, it's a great gift idea because it's so versatile (and reasonably priced for a design classic too!) Not only does it work as a bedside or coffee table for displaying your favourite books and home accessories, but does it also come in handy as a stand for your wine when paired with a lounge chair or sofa!

 

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Design Letters Arne Jacobsen Vintage ABC Cups - £14.00

The Design Letters ABC Cups are a great choice if you're looking for a small gift or stocking filler for design-enthusiasts. Featuring typography hand drawn in 1937 by the world renowned Danish Architect Arne Jacobsen, they work as drinking cups, pen pots, toothbrush holders, bathroom accessories, plant pots or even storage jars when paired with an optional black wooden cap.  See how our favourite Instagrammers have styled theirs for inspiration on yours!

Muuto Loom Throw - £82.50

Layers of textiles can make a space. If you know someone who lives by that rule (or needs to start doing so) the Loom Throw by Muuto makes a well picked gift. This hand-woven blanket is made from 100% cotton and comes in six tonal hues so you can find the right one to fit your recipient's style.

Menu JWDA Table Lamp - £140.00

If you know someone who loves to read, you could get them a book. OR you could go one step further and get them a design classic bedside table/reading lamp. The Menu JWDA Table Lamp features a concrete or metallic base, a glass diffuser and brass dial switch. The concrete version is £140.00 whilst the new metallic version, released at this year's Maison D'object in Paris, is just £16o.00. Click here to shop the full Menu collection.

Vitra Wooden Dolls - £83.00

The stunning collection of Vitra Wooden Dolls (originally  designed by Alexander Girard) were inspired by native American art. Now reproduced by Vitra, the expanding collection includes 23 individually hand-painted wooden dolls in different shapes and sizes, plus a wooden cat, a wooden dog, wooden fish and a wooden devil.  For friends and family into colourful and collectable design, it's a great idea for a gift.

Tom Dixon Etch Candle Holders - £40.00

The Tom Dixon Etch Candle Holder is an acid etched tealight holder inspired by the logic of pure mathematics. Available in brass, copper or silver, the detailed pattern creates a mass of intricate shadows when the candle is lit, making it a gorgeous addition to any home!

Tom Dixon Eclectic Candles - £55.00

A gorgeous alternative (or addition- depending on how generous you're feeling) to the Tom Dixon Etch Holders are the matching Eclectic Candles - beautiful scented candles encapsulated in a brass, silver or copper vessel with a marble lid. The brass candle, Eclectic Orientalist, brings to mind the smell of an Indian wedding with scents of rose petals and cinnamon. The Copper Candle, Eclectic London, captures the smell of the city's parks and river. The silver candle, Eclectic Royaltyhas a scent reminiscent of afternoon tea with a pot of earl grey and strawberry jam scones.

Vitra Tool Box - £22.00

For someone who needs a helping hand in organising their workspace, the Vitra Tool Box makes a great gift. A design-led storage solution, it comes in a multitude of colours and has several different sized compartments. Perfect for stationery, work materials, desk accessories, makeup brushes and so much more.

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Oval Oak Tableware - £9.00 - £40.00

Give the gift of Scandinavian design with Oval Oak - a stunning, contemporary range of oak tableware including wine carafes, cheese knivesand candle holders. For friends and family who take their kitchen very seriously, anything from this range will make a great gift!

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Hay DLM Table - £119.00

If you need a Christmas gift for someone who's recently moved home, bought a house or is decorating their space then the Hay DLM Table (Don't Leave Me Table) is a great choice. One of our best selling designs, it comes in 8 colours and 2 sizes and sends a simple message - take me with you! The table is made from powder coated steel and has a carrying handle and tripod leg base for you to move and use as you wish. And just when you thought it couldn't get any better - it can be used indoors and outdoors too! All for just £119.00!

Rosendhal Wooden Animals - £69.00 - £149.00

Designed by Danish designer Kay Bojensen, The Rosendhal Wooden Animals make beautiful home decor gifts, especially if your recipient loves Danish design or collectables. Featured below is the iconic Rosendhal Wooden Monkey and the grey Ernst Songbird. Browse the full collection here.

Not seen anything that's grabbed your fancy? You can browser more gifts for design lovers on our website.

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