Design Milk Team Picks – Our Top Holiday Gift Recommendations

When it comes to finding a unique, design-driven holiday gift, who better to ask for ideas than the people who live and breathe modern design every day? In the latest installment of our holiday gift guides, we’ve brought the team at Design Milk together to share the choices they love and offer this season. Stay tuned for Part 2 and find more holiday gift ideas from Design Milk staff in the Design Milk Shop!

Caroline – Editorial director | Quarter Life Crisis Candle Box by Anecdote

“When we’re not in a pandemic, I usually travel a lot and when I do, I always bring a candle with me. Firstly, having a familiar scent with you no matter where you are in the world is fundamental, and secondly, it makes hotel rooms so much better! I love the Anecdote ones because they come in boxes with lids and are compact in size making them perfect for travel.

$ 14

Anastasia - Customer Service Representative |  Evening Kingdom Puzzle by Four Point Puzzles

Anastasia – Customer Service Representative | Evening Kingdom Puzzle by Four Point Puzzles

“The Evening Kingdom puzzle is fantastic, it’s a healthy balance between visual art and family play time. The color scheme and the pieces are intricate and appealing to my whole family. Even the little ones can help sort the parts. We fully intend to frame and display this beauty when it is done as a testament to our efforts and its great imagery. I would gladly recommend it to puzzle and art lovers; However, it can be difficult for beginner puzzles.

$ 33

Abigail - Marketing Intern |  Enlarged Bento Box by TAKENAKA BENTOBOX

Abigail – Marketing Intern | Enlarged Bento Box by TAKENAKA BENTOBOX

“This bento box is perfect for my long days at school and work. It’s great for packing snacks, and I’ve also taken it to the beach often because it keeps food dry and cool. It’s a fun and cute way to make a lunch or a snack! I would give it to a colleague or one of my student friends because it is very convenient. I also love the color pink, but there are a ton of colors to choose from! The size of the box fits perfectly in my backpack or work bag.

$ 30

Dixie Duncan - Director of Strategic Partnerships |  Uma Mini Light and Speaker by Pablo Designs

Dixie Duncan – Director of Strategic Partnerships | Uma Mini Light and Speaker by Pablo Designs

“I couldn’t love my Uma Mini Light and Speaker more! It’s been on my wishlist since I joined Design Milk days before the first COVID lockdowns last year. Now that I finally have it in my hands, I wish I hadn’t waited. The sound quality is just as rich and enveloping as the light effect of the candles. Which I find really incredible considering his small profile. It delivers totally outdated quality, style and performance, and it’s one of my most favorite buys of all time.

$ 299

Colleen Malloy - Vice President of Customer Experience |  Porter Charcoal Terrazzo Utensil Set + Porter by W&P Plastic Bowl

Colleen Malloy – Vice President of Customer Experience | Porter Charcoal Terrazzo Utensil Set + Porter by W&P Plastic Bowl

“I’m in love with this duo of gift choices from W&P. I try to avoid single-use plastics whenever possible, and the Porter Charcoal Terrazzo utensil set is great when I’m on the go. The knife is sharp enough to cut meat and the silicone carrying case allows me to store used utensils in my bag after use without worry. This is a smart Christmas stocking that I will send to my sister! The tight seal and tight-fitting strap of the Porter plastic bowl keep food cool and provide added peace of mind that the lid will stay in place. I love using mine to mix up single serve green salads. It’s a great gift for the paleo / keto crowd who can’t confine their lunch in a brown bag.

$ 18 – 43

Lauren Adams - Digital Designer + Email Writer |  Black Obsidian Gua Sha by Alder New York

Lauren Adams – Digital Designer + Email Writer | Black Obsidian Gua Sha by Alder New York

“I like this stone for a bit of personal care. It’s high quality, it’s so good and fresh on my skin, and it looks beautiful too. I use it to massage into my favorite facial oils and I can’t complete my skin care routine without it! Any woman on your holiday shopping list will love it too, gift it with her favorite face oil or on its own as the perfect little Christmas present.

$ 30

Alexa - Commerce Editor |  Boo mirror black by cloudnola

Alexa – Commerce Editor | Boo mirror black by cloudnola

“The Boo Mirror is the perfect compact size for putting on makeup in the morning, and if I need to change locations (small apartment issues), I can set it up where I need it. It would make a great gift for the beauty lover in your life and even better if it is running out of vanity space! The mirror’s minimal design makes it compatible with most aesthetic decors and it is also available in pink and turquoise.

$ 30

Collin - Advertising sales representative |  Mini Bluetooth speaker Halo One by Gingko

Collin – Advertising sales representative | Mini Bluetooth speaker Halo One by Gingko

This Bluetooth enabled speaker is the perfect gift for today’s job from anywhere, a design savvy business executive or student. Sleek and sleek, it works great on my desk or the backsplash in my living room. I think I have a second in black!

$ 95

David Fournier - Director of Operations |  Nest Organizer + Wireless charger by Orbitkey

David Fournier – Director of Operations | Nest Organizer + Wireless charger by Orbitkey

“I absolutely love this desktop gadget! I have so many items that need to be recharged throughout the day (phone, tablet, smartwatch, etc.) that my office looked like a hard-wired war zone by the time I finished the day. The nest organizer is fantastic because not only do I have a place to store all my cables and other random office items, but it doubles as a wireless charger! An added benefit of having all of these items stored in one place is that you don’t have to collect everything before you leave the house. I can throw the suitcase in my backpack and go… as long as I remember where I put my car keys… ”

$ 109.90

Connor - Merchant |  Extra large ice cube tray by W + P

Connor – Merchant | Extra large ice cube tray by W + P

“When they named this extra large ice cube tray, they weren’t kidding. This mold creates massive cubes that are perfect for making sophisticated craft cocktails at home. It would make a great gift or stocking stuffer for the host of your circle of friends or a cocktail connoisseur. You can even use the tray for no-bake recipes as the molds are super flexible and easy to unmold, making for an impressive presentation.

$ 14

>>> For more gift ideas for the holidays, visit the Design Milk Shop here!

Alexa is a business writer at Design Milk. She lives in Miami, Florida with her fiance Alex and retired Greyhound Phoebe. A longtime passionate about art and design, Alexa’s first stops in any new city are art museums. When not writing about her favorite DM store picks, she can be buried in a book, watching reality TV, or venturing into her town with her partner and puppy.

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