11 Dec The ultimate gift guide – a product designer’s perspective
We know that the festive season is stressful. So, instead of handing you a bottle of advoocat, we put together a solid guide of what to buy each member of your family for Christmas. Don’t worry, you can thank us later…We felt it would be necessary to put together two to three ideas per family member. Hopefully, one will tick all the boxes!
Let’s start with #1 – AKA mum/wife
Make sure you nail this selection. If you get it wrong, you’ll be in the doghouse for some time.
Described as, ‘A shimmering garden oasis. Clementine flower sparkles over a heart of orange blossom and water lily, with warm undertones of orris and balsamic vetiver. Pure delight.’ If you’re looking for something special, you cannot go wrong with Jo Malone. They’re a sophisticated British brand that specialise in luxury, bespoke fragrances.
If you’re contemplating buying this for your wife. Realise, it will end one way – Divorce. If your wife or Mum does snore, may we suggest a slightly less offensive way to solve the problem?
If you’re a son or daughter and are fed up of poor Mum moaning about Dad’s snoring. The Snore Stopper is the perfect present. It’s guaranteed to bring an endless source of amusement to your Mum whilst simultaneously ‘beating’ your Dad’s snoring problems.
If your better half/ Mum enjoys singing The Bee Gees, Earth, Wind & Fire, or maybe some Queen at the top of her voice but complains “it doesn’t sound the same from an I Pod.” Well the Louis speaker could be the answer.
Vinyl has seen a huge resurgence over the last 10 years, it’s no surprise some still gravitate towards that retro sound. Inspired by the iconic gramophone shape, the sound projects from the centre with a distinct vintage quality. A dedicated mobile app plays your music when your smartphone is resting in the speaker.
Next in line, the world’s greatest taxi driver. AKA Dad/Husband
Dads and husbands are easier to buy for. Rest assured there won’t be any marital complications even if your present selection is…questionable.
As Christmas clichés go, they are up there with reindeer-pattern sweaters but the humble pair of gentleman’s socks should not be considered a no-idea-what-else-to-give fallback present. Think of it, rather, as the way to indulge a man’s sole.
There are only a few dishes which Dads/husbands can cook to perfection. Most commonly, beans or cheese on toast, closely followed by boiled egg and soldiers. Reaffirm your husbands ‘authority’ with this novelty egg cup. Its protective helmet help keeps the egg warm, whilst the soldier cutter is sure to raise more troops than Kim Jong Un could ever dream of.
Looking for something smooth, fruity and bound to put a smile on his face? Look no further than this Argentinian Malbec. If your husband isn’t a fan of red, you cannot go wrong with the choice of white we’ve selected!
Sugar and spice and all things nice – Daughter/sister
Notoriously hard to buy for. Girl’s fashion changes as fast as Theresa May’s cabinet. But, we’ve done all we can to piece together something solid for girls of varying interests!
If you weren’t aware, there’s a trend for all things unicorn at the moment. We felt this unicorn mug ticked all the boxes for a variety of different ages. It’s cute, vibrant and can hold 13 ounces of tea, coffee or hot chocolate. Meaning, after your morning brew, you’ll be sporting the same smile as Elodie.
We know this present is cool. You may even want it for yourself! Perhaps buying it for your daughter or sister will act as a good bargaining tool when asking to borrow it in the future – just saying…
Seriously, for the price, quality and all the products’ features, this choice is a no brainer.
Be one step closer to becoming Queen Elizabeth this year. This corgi backpack is vibrant and a guaranteed head turner. If you’re buying it for your daughter – you can be sure you’ll be able to spot her out in a crowd.
The easiest to buy for – Son/brother
If you ask what they want for Christmas, you will most likely be met with a grunt or shrug of the shoulders (depending on age). If your son or brother are young, we have no doubt the Christmas list was left by the fire place in September. Either way, if you aren’t competent in ‘boy’ language we’ve translated their responses for you.
We would personally recommend the soldered version, unless, of course you have a soldering iron at home. If you’re looking for some peace and quiet, this present will certainly keep your son or brother quiet for a few hours.
The Game maker combines coding, assembly and most importantly, gaming into one product. It aims to teach invaluable skills to a range of ages whilst encouraging kids to become more involved in programming. The deal maker for us is the fact you can programme snake – you heard it here first!
The Ember coffee mug is the perfect gift for an on-the-go coffee lover. A little on the pricey side, but beautifully designed, practical, and has some cool features. Ideal for a recent graduate who needs a perfectly brewed coffee kept at their optimum temperature… all day.
These are amazingly designed guides written by locals, the font on the cover is a great representation of the city itself. The features inside are far from what you would normally find in a tourist trap guide book. The books are described as being for people with open minds and creative souls. Accompanying the print edition is a mobile app, allowing you to plan your trip on the go.
Grandparents come in all shapes and sizes
It can be difficult to pin down exactly what they want as grandparents are normally too busy worrying about finding presents for you! Not to fear – our suggestions will help put a smile on their face.
The Vintage Magazine Company (An endless collection of authentic poster art, magazines and general ephemera) – 020 8533 7588
The Vintage Magazine company have been around since 1975, and have amassed one of the most diverse commercial archives in Europe. They even have design magazines from the 1950’s!
Perhaps Grandad would appreciate an edition of Playboy from the year he was born (Disclaimer – don’t buy for Grandad if he has high blood pressure). Maybe your Nan would want something memorable from her childhood. Whatever it is, the Vintage Magazine Company will certainly have something to suit. Their team are extremely friendly, so why not call to see if what you have in mind is in stock.
Purple carrots, red brussels sprouts, tiger striped tomatoes and more. This ‘funky’ veg kit is a sure way for your grandparents to enjoy spending time with their grandchildren, whilst teaching them how to grow and consume a range of unusual vegetables.
Last but not least – the family pets.
Some people may have qualms about a pet’s place in the family. We feel that they deserve a place in the list. Surely, we aren’t the only ones who have seen people pushing their Chiwawa’s around in prams? For that reason, and for the sake of this article – we’re classifying them as a family member.
Dogs love nothing more than running around a field, in the mud, chasing after a ball. The worst part of this activity for their fellow human is picking up the slobbery ball and throwing it.
Well, now you needn’t with the ‘Nerf dog’ tennis ball shooter. 15 metres of effortless ball shooting power. The feature that makes this product supreme, is its ability to reload the slobber balls without having to touch them.
If you buy your cat the above present. It is clear to us why your cat may be plotting against you. Either way, this is a quality gift that is bound to launch your moggy into internet stardom.
Happy Holidays from the 3Di team!