Gifts for Architects: The best architecture gifts and presents

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Architects are known for spending a great deal of time exploring various architectural styles and designs. With their excellent taste, you may be wondering what would make a great gift for them. Simply giving them money or a random book won’t cut it. They would appreciate something that aligns with their work and passion.

For instance, they may enjoy works of famous architects or mid-century modern masterpieces. There are also other cool gift options, such as Lego construction sets inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s designs or books on contemporary design. In the section below, we’ve compiled a list of top gifts for architects to help you find the perfect present.

Gifts for architects

Gifts for architects

Architects are responsible for creating the spaces we live in, and it’s important to show them proper gratitude for their work. Since they spend a lot of time exploring and designing various architectural styles, finding the perfect gift for them can be challenging.

Simply giving them money or a random book won’t suffice; instead, consider a gift that aligns with their work and passion, such as works of famous architects or midcentury modern masterpieces.

We’ve aimed this gifts for architects list predominately at architects, but think there’s something in here everyone. …and there’s not a themed coffee mug or t-shirt insight!

  1. Frank Lloyd Wright Paper Models

    Frank Lloyd Wright (1867–1959) is the most renowned and popular architect and designer in America. His buildings, including Fallingwater and New York's Guggenheim Museum, are iconic landmarks. Now you can create 14 of his best–loved buildings using the art of kirigami.

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  2. Women Design: Pioneers in architecture

    An invaluable work that is a must-read for anyone claiming to know about design, this book provides an inspiring insight into the lives and legacies of 21 truly brilliant women who have left an indelible mark on the world we live in today. Their contributions have irrevocably shaped the field of design and continue to inspire new generations of designers.

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  3. rOtring 600 Mechanical Pencil

    The iconic rOtring 600 Mechanical Pencil is the ideal professional tool for technical writing, drawing and sketching.

    True to rOtring’s original design, the 600 features a full metal black hexagonal body and comfortable non-slip knurled metal grip.

    The pencil’s unique hexagonal shape means it won't slide when you set it down, so it’s there when you need it.

    For precise ruler-based drawing, the sliding sleeve provides a high level of break resistance and an unimpeded view of the page.


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  4. Koh-i-Noor Mechanical Hardtmuth Lead Holder

    The Koh-i-Noor Mechanical Drop Clutch Lead Holder is a precision-made tool designed for professional-grade drawing and design. With its metal barrel, mechanical components, and built-in sharpener, it offers long-lasting performance and convenience.

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  5. Phive LED Desk Lamp

    Experience illumination that's close to daylight with the highly adjustable desk lamp, featuring a diffusion panel that emits soft light without ghost, glare, or flicker. With stepless dimming and a memory of brightness, it's easy to adjust and keep your personal settings, and the lamp head swivels up to 180 degrees, while the adjustable metal arm extends up to 16.3+16.3 inches and the body rotates for added convenience

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  6. JOHNNY URBAN - Durable Recycled PET Bottles Daypack

    We have a list of bags here, and we think it goes without saying that every architect needs one. 

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  7. Concrete Premium Ballpoint Pen, Grey

    Made out of high-density concrete and stainless steel this pen pushes the boundaries of cement!

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  8. mahabis Curve Classic Slippers

    Slipper comfort, with a hard-wearing, sneaker-like sole... what’s not to love?!

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  9. Concrete Pen and Pencil Cups

    ...with small succulents planter box

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  10. Magma Sketchbook: Design & Art Direction: Pocket Edition

    Includes info on architectural styles, circulation, room layouts, furniture, structural elements & sustainability.

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  11. Gingko Cube Click Clock

    This clock can tell you the time, date and temperature in classical red LED color on a teak wood-effect block.

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General architecture gifts for design enthusiasts

For design enthusiasts, architecture is not just a profession but a passion. Appreciating the intricacies of the built environment and understanding the impact of space on our lives, these individuals seek to explore and celebrate the world of architecture.

…and so aside from the above list of gifts for architects, if you are looking for the perfect present for such an enthusiast in your life, there are many options available that cater to their love for design, functionality, and innovation.

From elegant models of famous buildings to sleek and practical desk accessories, there is no shortage of unique and thoughtful gift ideas that will excite and inspire architecture enthusiasts.

  1. Acacia Grove Mini Cinder Blocks with Pallet, 1/12 Scale (24 Pack)

    Looking for a truly unique gift that is sure to be appreciated? Our 1/12 scale mini cinder blocks are the perfect option, whether you're looking for an office desk accessory, a birthday present, or a diorama accessory. These highly original blocks are guaranteed to stand out and make a lasting impression.

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  2. LEGO Architecture Villa Savoye

    Situated on the outskirts of Paris, France Villa Savoye was designed by Le Corbusier in the 1920s as the perfect embodiment of Le Corbusier’s 'Five Points' construction principles. This fusion of modern architecture and nature was intended to create harmony with Villa Savoye’s woodland surroundings. Just like the real thing, this set features columns, functional roof space, open floor planning, long horizontal windows, and a free façade.

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  3. Areaware Blockitecture Habitat

    Cantilever and nest hexagonal blocks to create towers, cities and dwellings.

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  4. Stone

    Stone takes a fresh look at the world's most versatile and abundant building material.

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  5. Furnitecture: Furniture That Transforms Space

    Explore the furnishings, interior environments, and solutions for small spaces.

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  6. The LEGO Architecture Idea Book

    This book provides endless inspiration for aspiring builders who want to build something extraordinary.

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  7. Mini Materials - 1:12 Scale Cinder Block 9pc Mold

    Make your own model blocks!

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  8. The LEGO Architect

    Travel through the history of architecture in The LEGO Architect. Learn about styles like Neoclassical, Art Deco, Prairie, Modernism, Brutalism, Postmodernism, and High-tech. Find inspiration with LEGO reproductions of buildings from around the world. Follow simple instructions to build 12 models that explore each architectural style

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  9. Mini Red Bricks with Pallet, 100 Pack, 1/12 Scale

    Miniature red bricks arranged on a miniature pallet ... that you can place on your desk!

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Gifts for architecture students

Architecture students are passionate about their craft and spend countless hours exploring different design concepts and techniques to perfect their skills. For these hardworking individuals, finding the perfect gift can be a challenge.

Whether it’s to celebrate their latest achievement or to simply show support during a tough semester, there are many gift options that cater specifically to the interests and needs of architecture students.

From practical tools to aid in their work, to inspirational books and artwork that spark creativity, there are plenty of gift ideas that will inspire and delight architecture students of all levels. …of course the first list (above) of gifts for architects can also be very useful!

  1. 101 Things I Learned in Architecture School

    This is a book that students of architecture will want to keep in the studio and in their bags. It is also a book they may want to keep out of view of their professors, for it expresses in clear and simple language things that tend to be murky and abstruse in the classroom...

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  2. Wacom Intuos Drawing Tablet

    Dimensions: 7.87 by 6.3 inches | Display Area: 6.0 by 3.7 inches | Display Resolution: 2540 LPI | Item Weight: 240 grams | Camera: No | Connection Type: USB-C/Bluetooth | Compatible with Keyboard: No

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  3. JOHNNY URBAN Cotton & Vegan Leather Roll Top Daypack

    We have a list of bags here, and we think it goes without saying that every architect needs one. 

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  4. rOtring Rapid Pro Technical Drawing Pen

    Long-lasting, full metal body solid retractable ballpoint pen, with ideal weight balance and a comfortable non-slip knurled metal grip.

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  5. Rotring Pen Set

    As first year architecture students one of the most essential items of equipment you will need, is a good set of pens that you can both draw and take notes with.

    Architecture school almost always starts off with drawing and sketching, and so these will become your best friend.

    …Even when you eventually start working digitally.

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  6. The Architect Says: Quotes, Quips, and Words of Wisdom

    Each page of this book contains words of wisdom from famous and not-so-famous architectural minds.

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  7. OSTRICH PILLOW ORIGINAL

    OSTRICH PILLOW is a revolutionary new product to enable easy power naps anytime, everywhere.

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  8. The Architecture of the Shot

    The Architecture of the Shot will reveal the answers to all your burning shot queries and more.

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  9. Moleskine Classic Notebook

    A good sketch book is obviously for sketching, but will also double up as an everyday journal of inspiration and observations. This and its contents, will prove to be very useful when bringing together your projects story and background.

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  10. Bellroy Pencil Case

    The Pencil Case is designed to keep all your tools together and neatly organized, with a fold-out tray feature that allows you to easily see and access everything inside without having to dig around. This versatile case is perfect for carrying your favorite stationery and personal items with you wherever you go, ensuring that you always have what you need to work efficiently and effectively.

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  11. Grids & Guides Tracebook
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  12. Copic Sketch Markers

    Replaceable tips

    Ethanol-based ink

    Permanent, non-toxic and dries acid-free

    Compatible with Copic Air Brushing System


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  13. Le Corbusier - An Analysis of Form

    Number one on our list, this book is undoubtedly one of the best resources for demonstrating how to generate a concept & form from a sites context & environment. Through analysis, drawings and diagrams each project is broken down and rationalised to reveal exactly how each design was generated.

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  14. BIG. Yes is More.

    This book by Bjarke Ingles (BIG) demonstrates how to present and break down your work in a way that can be easily understood. As an architect he is very good at bringing and creating architecture to and for the public. BIG not only inspires and demonstrates how...

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  15. Thinking Architecture, 3rd Edition

    Winner of the Pritzker Prize for Architecture 2009, Swiss architect Peter Zumthor is considered to be one of the most extraordinary and controversial architects working today.


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Architecture gift guide: How do you choose a good gift for an architect?

Choosing a good gift for an architect can be a bit challenging since they have a unique taste and interest in design and architecture. However, keeping in mind a few key considerations can help you find the perfect gift for an architect.

Firstly, consider the recipient’s area of interest within the field of architecture. Architects work in a wide range of areas, including commercial and residential design, historic preservation, sustainable design, and more. Knowing the recipient’s specific interest can help you select a gift that is relevant to their work or studies.

Secondly, consider the recipient’s personal style and taste. Architects often have a keen eye for design, and they appreciate well-crafted objects that are both functional and aesthetically pleasing. Look for gifts that are sleek, modern, and elegant, or that incorporate design elements that are relevant to the recipient’s interests.

Thirdly, consider the practicality of the gift. Architects are constantly using tools and resources to aid in their work, so a gift that is practical and functional, such as a high-quality drafting tool or an ergonomic desk chair, can be a thoughtful and useful gift.

Finally, consider the budget you have for the gift. There are plenty of great gift options available at various price points, so it’s important to choose something that fits within your budget while still being meaningful and appropriate for the recipient.

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FAQ’s about gifts for architects

What is the best gift to get for an architect?

The best gift for an architect will depend on their individual taste and interests. However, here are some ideas that may be well-suited for an architect:

  1. Architectural Design Software: Architects require software to create digital designs. A subscription to a powerful software like AutoCAD or SketchUp can be a valuable gift.
  2. Books on Architecture: A good book on architecture can be an excellent source of inspiration for architects. Consider gifting a book that showcases the works of famous architects or explores architectural history.
  3. 3D Printing Pen: A 3D printing pen can help architects create intricate and detailed models. It’s a fun and useful tool for architects who love to experiment with new ideas.
  4. High-Quality Sketchbook: Architects often sketch their ideas by hand. A high-quality sketchbook with thick paper and a hardcover can be a practical and thoughtful gift.
  5. Lego Architecture Sets: Lego sets based on famous architectural landmarks or designs, such as the Guggenheim Museum or the Sydney Opera House, can be a fun and creative gift that allows architects to build and explore various design possibilities.

Ultimately, the best gifts for architects will depend on their personal style, interests, and needs. Consider their preferences and choose a gift that reflects their passion for architecture.

What to get your architecture friend?

If you have an architecture friend, here are some gift ideas that could be perfect for them:

  1. Architectural Model Kit: Architects enjoy creating models, and a model kit can be a fun and engaging way to create an intricate design. You can choose a model kit of a famous landmark or a unique building style.
  2. Coffee Table Book: There are many coffee table books available that showcase stunning architectural photography, offer insights into famous architects’ lives, or explore the history of architecture. Such a book can be a thoughtful and inspiring gift.
  3. Architectural Drawing Supplies: Architects often draw by hand, and high-quality drawing supplies can be a practical and useful gift. Consider gifting them a set of pens, pencils, or a drafting table.
  4. Gift Card to a Design Store: Architects are always on the lookout for unique and innovative design products. A gift card to a design store that carries high-quality, unique items can be a great option.
  5. Subscription to an Architecture Magazine: There are many architecture magazines available, and a subscription can help your friend stay up-to-date on the latest trends and designs.
  6. Customized Mug or T-Shirt: If you’re looking for a more casual and fun gift, consider a mug or t-shirt with a funny architectural pun or a design that reflects their profession.

What do all architects need?

All architects have unique needs based on their individual projects and interests. However, here are a few things that can be useful to many architects:

  1. Drawing tools: Architects need drawing tools such as pencils, pens, and drafting tools to sketch out their designs.
  2. Computer software: Digital design tools are essential for architects. They need software such as AutoCAD or SketchUp to create and edit their designs.
  3. Rulers and measuring tools: Architects need precise measurements to create accurate designs. A ruler, measuring tape, and other measuring tools can be incredibly useful.
  4. Project management software: Architects often manage multiple projects simultaneously. Project management software can help them keep track of deadlines, schedules, and budgets.
  5. Building materials and samples: Architects often need to examine building materials and samples to make informed design decisions.
  6. Reference materials: Reference materials such as books, magazines, and online resources are important for architects to stay up-to-date on the latest design trends and techniques.
  7. Model-making tools: Architects may need model-making tools such as a 3D printer or laser cutter to create physical models of their designs.

Ultimately, the needs of an architect will depend on their individual projects and preferences. However, the above items are generally useful tools that many architects need in their day-to-day work.

How do you appreciate an architect for his work?

Appreciating an architect’s work is a great way to recognize their talent and dedication. Here are some ways you can appreciate an architect for their work:

  1. Compliment their work: A simple compliment on the architect’s design can go a long way in making them feel appreciated. Be specific about what you admire in their work.
  2. Share their work on social media: Share the architect’s work on social media and tag them in the post. This can help promote their work and expand their reach.
  3. Write a review: If you’ve worked with the architect on a project, consider writing a review or testimonial for them. This can be shared on their website or social media pages.
  4. Refer them to others: If someone you know is looking for an architect, refer the architect you appreciate. Word of mouth is a powerful tool, and it can help the architect gain more clients.
  5. Send a thank-you note: A handwritten thank-you note can be a thoughtful gesture that shows your appreciation for the architect’s work.
  6. Attend their events: If the architect has an event or exhibition, attend it to show your support and appreciation.

Remember that showing appreciation and recognizing an architect’s hard work can go a long way in boosting their confidence and motivation.

What to get my architect boyfriend?

If you’re looking for the perfect gift for your architect boyfriend, there are plenty of options that can make him feel appreciated and supported. Here are a few ideas:

  1. Architectural model kit: Your boyfriend will appreciate a high-quality model kit that he can build and display on his desk. Look for options that feature famous buildings or landmarks that are relevant to his interests.
  2. High-quality drafting tools: Architects rely heavily on their drafting tools, so a set of high-quality pens, rulers, or other drafting supplies can be a practical and thoughtful gift.
  3. Design books: Architecture enthusiasts are always looking to expand their knowledge and learn about new design concepts and techniques. Consider a coffee table book or a publication that focuses on contemporary design, historic preservation, or sustainable design.
  4. Comfortable desk chair: Architects often spend long hours sitting at their desks, so a comfortable and ergonomic desk chair can be a practical and supportive gift.
  5. Artwork or prints: If your boyfriend has a favorite architect or building, consider gifting him a piece of artwork or a print that depicts the structure in a unique and creative way.
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