Gifts for Architects
[Best Picks in 2021] - Guide to Architect's Mind 

Gifts for Architects, where to start from?
The time has finally come to buy a gift for your significant other, a friend, or a family member.

However, the person you are shopping for is an architect, and you’re not sure what to get them. Well, look no further. In this article, you will find everything an architect could ever dream of having.

Architects can be particularly picky, given the complexity of their profession. Their work combines creativity and logic, mathematics and innovation, traditionalism and fresh perspective. It makes you wonder, what could you buy for them that is both practical and original?

Gifts for Architects Illustration

Whether you are shopping for a professional architect, a student of architecture or anyone else involved in this field, finding the perfect gift can be challenging, especially when you know nothing about architecture. That’s why we have prepared some excellent ideas for presents.

Without further ado, let’s dive in our top picks for gifts for architects!

Literature - the gifts for architects that can never go out of fashion

Literature as Gifts for architects

Whether you are a seasoned architect, a beginner fresh out of college, or just someone with a passion for architecture, there are some books that are an absolute must. That’s why these five books should have a place on your bookshelf!

A book is definitely one of the most personal present ideas, and this is where you can get really imaginative. Luckily for you, when it comes to books about architecture, there’s a myriad of options! But in the sea of long titles and large volumes, it’s easy to get lost. This is where we come in.

Whether you are searching for novels and guides in order to obtain some food for thought, or picture books and magazines to decorate your coffee table, you can never go wrong with a really good book. Literature in the field of architecture offers in-depth insight and comprehensive content. 

That’s why we have selected some of the best book gifts for architects. Take a look.

1. The Fountainhead (written by Ayn Rand)

The Fountainhead Book

This fascinating book tells the tale of an ambitious architect who aspires to design modern buildings, despite being told to construct something out-dated.

2. BIG - Hot to Cold: An Odyssey of Architectural Adaptation

Hot to Cold Book from BIG as gift for architects

This comprehensive book, published by BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group), includes 60 case studies about extreme weather conditions and environments, with the aim of researching how far architectural adaptation has come. You can get it here from Taschen.

3. AAD Algorithms - Aided Design, by Arturo Tedeschi

AAD Book by Arturo Tedeschi as a Gift for Architects

If you want to get ahead on the future of architectural design and technology, then AAD Algorithms - Aided Design might be right for you. It focuses on contemporary design methods, 3D modeling software and much more.

Check it out here, on Arturo's website.

4. Neufert


Neufert, otherwise called Architects' Data, is known as one of the most comprehensive handbooks, intended for both students and professionals. This popular reference book entails detailed information and facts about spatial requirements. This is a must have for every architects.

5. Subscriptions to architecture magazines

Architecture And Design

Every single architect must follow the latest news and trends of the architectural world. Some of the most prominent and high-quality magazines are Architecture, Architectural Digest, Architectural Review, Architectural Record, Architect’s Journal, etc.

Technology - keep it practical 

Technology in architecture as a gift for architects

Being an architect means that you constantly have to keep up with modern technology. The more knick knacks and trinkets you have, the better the results of your work.

However, it can be tricky to determine what type of equipment your architect friend really needs. Fortunately for you, there are a lot of things you can choose for your present.

Whether you are looking for something useful, state-of-the-art, or even cool, a really good piece of equipment can always come in handy. Rather than determining for yourself what to buy, take a look at some of our suggestions for this type of gifts for architects.

6. Artist Display 12 Pro

This high-tech sketch display allows you to be both inventive and efficient, idyllic for your meticulous designs. 

7. Phive LED Desk Lamp

Phive LED Desk Lamp

Optimal for late-night workers, this flexible desk lamp comes with different light adjustments. It would make a great addition to any office or art studio. 

8. Laser Distance Measure

Laser Distance Measure

Through bluetooth, this must-have functional piece helps architects measure laser distance. It’s easy to use and it’s an essential tool for any architect. 

9. 3D mouse

3D mouse as gifts for architecst

Another great idea for a gift, this essential piece of equipment comes with clear instructions, and it produces quicker and more efficient results. 

10. Ultimaker S5 3D Printer

Ultimaker S5 3D Printer as a gift for an architect

This piece definitely looks like it came from the future, it’s a 3D printer that can help an architect with projects to a great extent.
You won’t make a mistake with this gift. 

Tools - the basics 

Here, I'm going to give you the basic tools that architects use, but if you'd like to know more about it, make sure to check our Guide on Tools for Architects, it has a lot more details in it. 

Tools as gifts for architects

Just like a knight needs a sword and like a hairdresser needs a blow-dryer, an architect needs his tools. Without the proper tools, an architect cannot do his work. The quality and the potential features of architectural tools can make all the difference in the world.

However, this is where they get really picky, so be careful. In any type of profession, there are basic tools every worker must be equipped with. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here are some of our top gifts for architects for you to choose from: 

11. Multifunction Tool Pen

Multifunction Tool Pen

This multipurpose pen, with six different features, would enrich any architecture’s collection. It’s definitely a gift worth considering. 

12. Magma Sketchbook: Design & Art Direction

Magma Sketchbook: Design & Art Direction

This charming notebook would be a wonderful gift for a sketch artist or an architect. You can never go wrong with a high-quality sketchbook. 

13. Electric eraser

Electric eraser

Quite a fantastic idea, this electric razor saves you time and makes erasing mistakes much more fun.

14. Drafting board

Drafting board

Drafting a design can be quite a long and challenging process, that’s why you should be as comfortable as possible. After all, every good architect comes with a good drawing board. 

15. Tracing paper

Tracing paper

If you opt for the drawing board, then go ahead and purchase some tracing paper as well. A well-organized architect needs to have plenty of tracing paper for the sketching process. 

16. Personalized pen set

Personalized pen set

If you want your gift to be a little bit more personal, then a personalized pen set might just be the right option for you.

Gifts for Architects as household appliances and objects - make it useful, but fun

Gifts for Architects as household appliances and objects

Every time you go to your architect friend’s house, you are always impressed by how meticulous and tidy their apartment appears. Everything seems to be in its place, the colors are perfectly balanced, and the entire interior looks like it belongs in pages of a magazine.

Then, you come to the idea to get them something that would replenish their home. Unfortunately, you don’t have a fashion sense and you’re not sure if they would like your choices. Worry not!

We will help you pick out something elegant, tasteful and artistic at the same time. Luckily for you, when it comes to decorations and household appliances, the sky is the limit! Here are some of our favorite gifts for architects that would embellish any style.

17. Cat blueprint

Cat blueprint

A little bit on the quirky side, this humorous cat blueprint seems to fit an architect's apartment perfectly. It’s definitely an idea that you should take into consideration. If your architect friend doesn’t like cats all too much, there are plenty of other blueprints for you to choose. 

18. The Obsessive Chef Cutting Board

The Obsessive Chef Cutting Board

Suitable for both architects and chefs, this interesting cutting board was designed neatly in order to meet the needs of any nitpicker. It will also make cooking much more fun. 

19. The Golden Gate Bridge Bookends

The Golden Gate Bridge Bookends

Another original idea for a gift, these charming Golden Gate Bridge bookends would look great on an architect’s bookshelves. In fact, you could pair these up with some books about architecture too. 

20. MoMA Small Perpetual Calendar

MoMA Small Perpetual Calendar

Even though every house should have a clock, it doesn’t have to be in its traditional shape. This perpetual calendar concept measures the date and month in a fun and different way.

21. Designer tumblers

Designer tumblers

Yet another addition for the kitchen, these oddly designed glasses make drinking much more satisfying and fun. 

22. Architect Drafting Patent Prints

Architect Drafting Patent Prints

One more idea for decorating the walls and brightening up the place, these vintage drafting patent prints are a wonderful idea for a present.

Creative gifts for architects - get the gift no one else thought of

Creative gifts for architects

We have finally come to the most interesting category of all. So, you don’t want your gift to be cliché, and just like everybody else’s. Well, it might be time to think outside the box.

Forget themed mugs and T-shirts that say “Keep calm, I’m an architect.” We offer you some of the most innovative and thoughtful ideas for your gifts that will definitely put a smile on your architect friend’s face.

Let’s think about what made architects fall in love with architecture in the first place - drawing, assembling, building things and taking them apart. Yes, we are talking about puzzles, model sets and Lego blocks. Back to where it all started.

Take a look at some of our top picks for creative gifts for architects.

23. Origami Building Blocks

Origami Building Blocks

Making origami made of paper can be tricky to begin with, try folding it using these building blocks instead. Now that will definitely improve your concentration, and give you a challenge as well.

24. Area aware Gradient Puzzle 

Area aware Gradient Puzzle

This interesting type of puzzle allows you to relax, while slowly putting the pieces together. It consists of 500 puzzle pieces, and it comes in different colors too.

25. New York Skyline Chess Set

New York Skyline Chess Set

Since every architect must be a strategic thinker, why not get them this unusual chess set? Cleverly designed, the chess pieces are in the shapes of different New York skyscrapers.

26. LEGO Architecture Studio Building Blocks Set

LEGO Architecture Studio Building Blocks Set

It’s time to go back to basics. You will surely bring back some childhood memories with this LEGO building blocks set. The possibilities are endless. 

If you like to play with LEGOs, you'd defiantly want to check out our LEGO Architecture Guide.  

27. Architectural glass terrarium

Architectural glass terrarium

This gift idea is a little bit different, it’s perfect for both architects and plant lovers. Quite trendy, it seems that a terrarium can be an ideal combination of minimalism and peace of mind. 

28. Architect's 9 Piece Decorative Cube Set

Architect's 9 Piece Decorative Cube Set

These small cubes made from different materials are the eye=catching decoration for your kitchen counter, and also something to play with while waiting for the chicken to be done. 

29. Rubik’s cube set

Rubik’s cube set

We all had these when we were children, and we all struggled with assembling them. Definitely created for those who like a challenge, these various Rubik’s cubes will surely activate your brain.

30. Notre Dame Cathedral 3D Metal Model Kit

Notre Dame Cathedral 3D Metal Model Kit

These complex types of model kits are small replicas of some of the most famous structures and buildings in the world. This kind of gift can be ideal for someone who has an eye for detail.

31. Architectural Model Building Kit

Architectural Model Building Kit

Something intended for an experienced architect, this multi-piece building kit can serve as a great practice for someone about to design a house or anything of that sort.

32. Mini zen garden

Mini zen garden

Both aesthetic and calming, a mini zen garden could be a really creative gift for somebody who needs to relax. We all know that being an architect can sometimes be very stressful, that’s why this gift idea can be therapeutic and considerate.

33. Magnetic Sculpture Blocks Cubes

Magnetic Sculpture Blocks Cubes

Another way to calm your nerves, this accessory is made from magnetic pieces. With the little cubes you can assemble and reassemble any shape that comes to your mind. 

At first glance, finding the perfect present for an architect seems quite like a challenge. They know exactly what they want and it’s up to you to figure it out. But that doesn’t mean that you are doomed just because you don’t know anything about architecture.

After you figure out if you want your gift to be practical, basic, or just something that nobody else has, it’s time to go shopping. It’s easy to find perfect gifts for architects, you just have to think outside the box.

If you're planning on getting a present for an architect, it's important to mention that the present doesn't necessarily need to be a physical object. As architects, we are constantly seeking to improve our skills, especially our software skills because our perceived "value" on the marketplace is much higher if we are proficient in a certain software package.

Here at How to Rhino, we help professional architects and students to improve their skills in today's leading software Rhinoceros and Grasshopper. We've had hundreds of students already and everyone was super happy and excited with the results they've gotten out of our Rhino for Architects Course.

This would definitely be a super nice gift for an architect who's interested in improving their skills. Check out our Rhino for Architects Course here to get more details.


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We certainly hope that you were able to find something that is to your liking and that inspired you. Whichever item on this list you choose, you won’t make a mistake! I promise!

About the Author

Dušan Cvetković is a professional architect from Serbia with international experience in the industry. Collaborated with numerous clients all around the world in the field of architecture design, 3D modeling and software education. He's been teaching Rhinoceros3D to thousands of architects through How to Rhino community and various social media channels.