Nook: Gift Ideas for Architects, Builders and City Slickers


Gift Ideas for Architects, Builders and City Slickers

Floorplan dinnerware @ Fishs Eddy and Blueprint paperweight by Tibor Kalman @ Unica Home

If you're like us, you want to wrap up your holiday shopping in a couple hours, and kick back to for the rest of the season. But it's never that that easy, especially when you're shopping for notoriously picky people.
To make it easier, we'll bring you gift guides inspired by the family and friends in our lives who are impossible to shop for and stump us every year. Today, a few ideas for any architects, urban expats or city mice in your life.

A few fun stocking stuffers: MUJI's delightful New York City in a Bag comes with eight wooden city structures and six cars to create a mini replica of the Big Apple (the taxis are our fave). MUJI also makes a stamp set with Lady Liberty and the Empire State Building to create your own cityscape. We also love this boxed city stamp set from Yellow Owl.

We like these handmade stainless steel sculptures -- the Space Needle in Seattle, The Golden Gate Bridge in San Fran, the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the John Hancock in Chicago, the Chrysler Building and the Statue of Liberty in NYC -- which stand over a foot tall.
@ Chiasso, $38

Lego has some amazing kits in their Architecture and Creator series to construct models of landmark buildings. The Architecture series has kits for Frank Lloyd Wright's Falling Water and the Guggenheim museum. The Creator line features recognizable street scenes, like a corner bistro, a green grocer and construction sites. Most sets are priced around $200, but single skyscrapers cost about $25 while the Statue of Liberty goes for a jaw-dropping $2,500.

Frank Lloyd Wright fans will appreciate this set of six rubber stamps featuring his landmark homes. The creative Walls notebook has pages and pages of blank urban walls and invites wanna-be graffiti artists to satisfy their urges without spray paint.

And finally, we love these urban-influenced prints which add a bit of structure to the soft and cushy materials.
Cityscape shower curtain, urban mandala bed linens and zip code pillow @ cb2.

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