Sight Unseen holiday gift guide 2016

The Best Gifts for Design Lovers, from $50-$250

For as long as we’ve been publishing holiday gift guides — and this is our fourth annual one! — we’ve been dividing them up by editor, which eventually became predictable even to us. Want something monochrome? Go to Monica’s gift guide. In the mood for something colorful? Jill’s got you covered. Need something ever-so-slightly less girly? Our junior editors are almost invariably men. This year, we decided to do our readers a service, and lay things out according to the cold hard cash you’ll have to put down (though it’s still fun to guess who picked what!). Today we’re publishing cheap and mid-range guides for the design lover in your life, and tomorrow we’ll be putting out one that’s a bit more extravagant. This guide is for the little things in life that make you feel a bit more sophisticated — the pearlescent barrette, the brass-stemmed martini glass, the matte black cookware, the crazy elegant watering can. And remember, if you’re not in the mood for gifting things at all this year, please consider giving to our latest venture, Design for Progress!


Landmarks Bookend (Set of 2) by Klemens Schillinger; $65

Jill_Coming Soon_Concrete Cat_$200

Trivet/Cheeseboard/Serving Tray by Concrete Cat; $200

Jill_Lizzie Fortunato_$185

Slate Crater Earrings by Lizzie Fortunato; $185

Jill_Adorn Milk_$155

Dovima Earrings by Mara Paris; $155

Jill_Coming Soon_Cold Picnic_$180

Knit Blanket in “Opening Credits” by Cold Picnic; $180


Candle Snuffer by Keap x Avandi (comes with a candle); $110

Jill_Wallpaper Store_Dmitri Bahler_$219

Linear Dispenser by Dimitri Bähler, $219

Jill_Still House_Workaday_$140

Beige Confetti Vase by Workaday Handmade; $140

Jill_Need Supply_Slowdown_$220

Mooney Throw by Slowdown Studio; $220

Monica_Ben Barber Bowls_$225

Emerald Bullet Bowl by Ben Barber; $225

Monica_Need Supply_Aalto_.$125

Alvar Aalto Vase by Iittala; $125


Divided Dish by The Pursuits of Happiness; $54

Jill_The Line_Cedes_$95

Rectangular Grey Mother of Pearl Barrette by Cedes Milano; $95

Jill_Ode to Things_Kaenjusai_$250

Kaenjusai Watering Can; $250


Martini Glass (Set of 2) by Vanessa Mitrani; $148

Monica_CB2_Empire Table Lamp_$249

Empire Table Lamp by CB2; $249

Monica_Coming Soon_AYTM_$105

AYTM Jewelry Box in Rose; $105


ABCDNA Celestial Square Cushion; $250

Monica_Good Thing_$150

Folded Vessel by Chen Chen and Kai Williams for Good Thing; $150

Monica_Lizzie Fortunato_$205

Postmodern Cuff in Navy by Lizzie Fortunato; $205

Monica_Need Supply_Faris_$198

Small Pendo Drops by Faris; $198

Monica_Tetra_Emerald Pipe_$65

Balance Pipe Green by Jamie Wolfond for Tetra; $65

Monica_The Granite_Brick_$198

Step Lamp – Brick by The Granite; $198


Hand-Cut Textured Glass Vases by Food52 x Hawkins New York (Set of 3); $250


Casserole by Crane Cookware; $225

Sean_The Line_Nude_$99

Whiskey Decanter and Black Serving Tray by Nude; $99