Great Gifts for Architects and Designers

Architects and designers are an unusual breed, and they are very particular about the tools they use. I’ve struggled for years trying to come up with gifts for my architect husband. Clearly, its time to ask the professionals what they want to see in their wrapped gifts. Here are some of the top choices and links to where you can buy them.

Architects love their Sketchbooks and Notebooks

These notebooks are easy to carry around and the elastic will keep the pages from getting torn. This hardcover is $15.75. They also come in fun colors.

Moleskin Notebook with Graph Paper


Some like the pristine white page. This Daycraft Signature Architecture Sketchbook with blank pages and leather-like cover, at  5.8″ x 4.25″ is easy to carry for moments of inspiration. $11.10

Architect Gift - Sketch Book

This spiral bound sketch can bring out the artist in all of us.  U.S. Art Supply 11″ x 14″ Premium Spiral Bound Sketch Pad, Pad of 100-Sheets, 60 Pound (Pack of 2 Pads) $14.96

Architect Gifts Wire bound Sketch book


Architects like their Writing Tools

Add a package of felt tip pens and your architect will be set to sketch on the go.Architect felt pensBlack on white may be preferred by some while others want their sketches to be full of color. This Prismcolor set comes with 24  different color pencils. The soft core make them ideal for shading and blending. Under $10.00

Architects Gifts Prismcolor Pencils

Architects and designers may do much of their work on the computer these days, but there is still a lot of “old school” sketching. Scales and triangular scales are always appreciated. At $10, this set makes a great stocking stuffer for your designer.

Plastic Scale set

Don’t forget the rulers. This set includes an engineering ruler with the architectural ruler. $12

Architectural and structural scale

Architects like to read (and look at pictures)

This may not come as a surprise to you – Architects love pictures. Many are voracious readers, but they still like seeing pictures in their books. There have been many books left at the store because there weren’t enough visuals. Just a thought.

The Future of Architecture in 100 Buildings (Ted Books) by Marc Kushner and the companion TED Talk

Mr. Kushner is a practising architect at HWKN  as well as runs the website, Architizer,  that “hosts the world’s largest data base of architecture” and so much more.

The Architect Says: Quotes, Quips, and Words of Wisdom written by Laura S. Dushkes, is full of quotes from over 100 well-known architects. The short reads are great. The only draw back with this book is that there are no pictures. Its still going on our list. $12.52

Architect Gifts Books


Architects Like to Travel

Drawings Essentials Keep N’ Carry Set

Includes 12 color pencils, 1 white eraser, 1 sharpener, 1 drawing pad and 1 zippered carrying case. $7.95