design gift guide 2016

The Best Gifts for Design Lovers Under $50

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’ll be 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. One of the more delightful side effects of this approach has been seeing just how many great things you can get for under 50 bucks. Here you’ll find things that’ll help make a not-great year feel just a bit better — flasks, pretty makeup, the writings of Donald Judd, the hot male ceramicist as calendar model — 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!

Jill_Bon Ceramics_Ineke_$36

Porcelain + Iron Light Bowl by Ineke van der Werff; $36


Drop Circle Earrings by COS; $25

Jill_Consort_Fundamental Berlin_$22

Black Nest Bowl by Fundamental Berlin; $22

Monica_BedBath_Artisanal Kitchen_$12.99

Artisanal Kitchen Supply 2-Piece Sand Marble Salt Bowl and Spoon Set with Gold Spoon; $12.99


Round Flask by J. Crew; $18.50


Ripple Carafe by Ferm Living; $42

Monica_Kate Spade bookends_$50

Zadie Drive Hand Bookends by Kate Spade; $50

Jill_Hot Pots_$18

Hot Pots 2017 Calendar; $18

Jill_The Line_Tennen Studio_$42

Spring Arroyo Spiral Incense by Tennen; $42


Fan Palm by CB2; $24.95Monica_Poketo_PebbleFlask_$35

Pebble Flask by Poketo; $35

Jill_The Granite_Ring Bowls_$28

Ring Bowls by The Granite; $28

Jill_Eric Trine_$28

Pop Perf Bookend by Eric Trine; $28

Jill_Good Thing_$32.50

Platform Bowl by Jamie Wolfond for Good Thing; $32.50

Monica_Work Of_Cofield_$48

Ring Cone by Cofield; $48


Wine glass by Mazama Wares; $36

Monica_Mociun_Jeremy Ayers_$42

Large Noir Plate by Jeremy Ayers; $48


Rainbow Serving Tray by Hay; $35Monica_Poketo_GradientChecklist_$6

Gradient Checklist by Poketo; $6

Jill_West Elm_Abstract Sculptures_$39

Abstract Sculpture Objects by West Elm; $39


Slick Sparkle Pouch by Tracey Tanner; starts at $40

Monica_David Zwirner_Donald Judd_$40

Donald Judd Writings; $39.95

Monica_TenOverSix_Palo Santo_$50

Palo Santo Olo Fragrance; $50

Sean_The Stell_Kosas_$24

Kosas Lipstick Rosewater; $24

Sean_Qlty Life_Frama_$44

Frama Hand Wash; $44


Escubac Aperatif Liqueur, $21.99