If you’ve got an architect in your circle of family and friends you probably dread every birthday, Christmas and pretty much any other celebration that involves buying them a gift. It’s not that you don’t like the person, your architect is probably a really nice person. It’s more the fact that selecting the right gifts for architects is generally doomed to disappoint.
So what do you buy an architect? You could go for a bottle of wine or a box of chocolates but even if you go for a really posh brand it’s not exactly going to impress. If you want to go for the wow factor you need to consider getting something that is useful, practical and classy. Before you start going crazy as you search catalogue after catalogue of gift ideas, take a look at our compilation of the best gifts for architects for a little inspiration that are guaranteed to give you hero status in the eyes of your relative or friend the architect.
Gifts for Architects
Pentel Arts GraphGear 1000 Premium Gift Set with Refill Leads & Erasers
Impress your favorite architect with this stunning Pentel Arts GraphGear 1000 Premium Gift Set. This set consists of 4 superior quality mechanical pencils complete with lead refills and erasers. The pencils themselves are as functional as they are attractive. The various leads come in all the thicknesses used by architects and enthusiasts, as well as those who insist on perfection.
The set comes nicely boxed with each pen neatly encased in foam. The pencils themselves have a nice chiseled grip that makes them easy to hold and draw with for endless hours. They are comfortable to work with and as they are mechanical pens with lead refill, they never need sharpening. Every architect should have one of these sets on their desk as a sign of a serious architect. When it comes to choosing the perfect gift for an architect, this one is one of the best choices to make. For more interesting options, check out our selection of mechanical pencils.
Superior drafting Pencil for professionals and enthusiasts
Built-in lead hardness indicator
Finely chiseled metallic grip inlaid with soft, latex-free pads
4mm tip length ideal for use with rulers and templates
Pre-loaded with Pentel® Super Hi-Polymer® HB lead
- Weight1.6 ounces
Leica DISTO D2 New 330ft Laser Distance Measure with Bluetooth 4.0
Gone are the days of lugging around a whole roll of measuring tape. Measuring land and buildings used to be a two person job because one person would need to hold the end of the tape measure while the other person would unravel the tape to get the required measuring done. It wasn’t always accurate either, because if you couldn’t get your tape perfectly straight you could be several centimeters off your mark.
Thanks to the Leica DISTO D2 New 330ft Laser Distance Measure, your measuring will be a one person job and accurate within 1/16 of an inch. No more scribbling down illegible number either because this little marvel comes with Bluetooth so you can send your measurements straight to your smartphone or other devices. It can also automatically calculate the area and volume of what you are measuring and it stores the last 10 measurements for you for easy retrieval. This is the perfect item to add to your list of gifts for landscape architect.
Contains Class II Laser with 1mW output
Bluetooth 4.0 for transferring measurements into desired software
Last 10 measurement memory
Pythagoras function for indirect height or width measurements
Intelligent automatic end piece for hard to reach corners
- BrandLeica Geosystems
- Weight4 ounces
Apple Pencil for iPad Pro
Perhaps your buddy the architect already has a lot of gadgets and equipment. This is where gift buying can get tricky. The good news is that even for the architect that has it all, you can still find a great gift by buying them an accessory for one of their devices.
The Apple Pencil for iPad Pro is the must-have accessory for the architect with an iPad. This pencil will make it so much easier to record measurements, sketch temporary plans and very simply work with many of the other apps.
Apple Pencil is sensitive to pressure and tilt for ease of use.
Compatible with many iPad models
Connects via Bluetooth; and charges using your iPad’s Lightning connector
Comes with Apple Pencil, Lightning adapter, extra tip
- Weight0.32 ounces
Digital Alarm Clock
If you’re looking for original gift ideas for architects that are still practical and functional then this contemporary Digital Alarm Clock is sure to impress. Architects love unusual and edgy designs and this alarm clock certainly fits that description. The wood grain and sleek shape will look fantastic in any bedroom or office.
The added features of this alarm clock include a thermometer, 3 sets of alarms, adjustable brightness and you can choose between battery power or charge it via USB so because it doesn’t necessarily need to be plugged into a power source, it will have enough battery power to keep working even during a power outage ensuring the alarm will still give its wake up call every morning.
Dual Plus Alarm Setting – You can set two or three alarms and weekday mode.
Stylish Wooden Design for Décor
3 Brightness Level Adjustable
Temperature & Humidity Detector
Easy to Set up -powered by Micro USB charger
- Weight11.7 ounces
Black: Architecture in Monochrome Hardcover
No office is complete without a bookshelf and that means you also need to fill it with books. This Black: Architecture in Monochrome book is on the list of gifts for architecture lovers whether they are in the profession or just avid admirers.
The highlight of the book is the 150 stunning works of architectural art in the form of black buildings. Surprisingly, instead of black giving the impression of darkness and gloom it shows the dramatic and visually impressive side of using this monochromatic color. The true beauty of the buildings featured in this book are the unique designs set against glorious landscapes. The settings give the buildings an awesome backdrop making them look breathtakingly grand.
150 black structures beautifully captured
A tribute to 1000 years of black architecture
Visually stunning cover to compliment any office
- Weight3.8 pounds
- Hardcover224 pages
- AuthorPhaidon Editors
LEGO Architecture Studio 21050 Building Blocks Set
Are you stuck trying to think of a great gift for your architect boyfriend? Why not get him a LEGO Architecture Studio 21050 Building Blocks Set? This is a gift you can work with together and draw inspiration in creating great architectural structures, over and over again. The monochromatic bricks have been designed to help you discover the basics of architecture as you wile away a cold winter afternoon.
This set of LEGO blocks offers you everything you need to make your own unique buildings and includes tips from leading architects in a 272 guidebook. There are 1210 pieces in the set so you can get started on your miniature construction, but if you really want to create something huge and mind blowing, the set is compatible with other LEGO sets so you can use combine multiple sets and go nuts.
Learn architectural design fundamentals with monochromatic brick!
Includes sorting trays especially for LEGO bricks.
272 page guidebook written by leading architects
Can be used in conjunction with other LEGO sets
Endorsed by REX architecture, Sou Fujimoto Architects, SOM, MAD Architects, Tham & Videgard Arkitekter and Safdie Architects
- Weight5.95 pounds
Fisher Space Pen Bullet Space Pen with Clip
The best presents for architects often include a really cool pen and pens don’t get much cooler than a Fisher Space Pen Bullet. Originally designed for astronauts to use in space, these pens have the ability to write smoothly and accurately from any angle, including upside down. Adding to the marvels of this pen is that you can keep writing effortlessly from freezing temperatures -30F all the way up to really hot temperatures up to 250F.
The ink cartridges of this pen are pressurized and tightly sealed which not only insures flawless writing, but also eliminates messy leaks.
Writes at any angle, even in Zero Gravity.
Writes in extreme temperatures from -30F to 250F
Each Pen is precision assembled, hand tested, and comes with a lifetime guarantee against manufacturing defects
Includes removable clip
Comes gift boxed
- Weight0.96 ounces
Wooden Folding Book Light
Architects love to have items of unique, yet functional design and the Wooden Folding Book Light by Magicfly is definitely a unique and functional light. Shaped like a book, this quirky lamp automatically turns on when you open the book and turns off when you close it again. Just as a book looks inviting when it is opened and fanned out, this light that shines from this folding book is equally inviting.
Made from eco-friendly white maple wood material it is every bit as stunning as it is practical. Its ultra-lightweight design makes it easy to take with you anywhere you need like and it can very easily be charged via a USB port for super convenience.
Environmental friendly & Recyclable material
Needs only USB to recharge instead of batteries.
It can be folded right back on itself to cast a 360 degree light
Simulates a real book – light turns on when you open the book and off when you close it.
Compact and light so you can take it with you anywhere you need light without cables or cords.
- Weight1.41 pounds
LEGO Creator Expert Taj Mahal 10256 Building Kit
Nothing can inspire the architectural imagination quite like the Taj Mahal. Thanks to LEGO you can stop wracking your brain for the perfect Christmas gifts for architects and put the LEGO Creator Expert Taj Mahal 10256 Building Kit under the Christmas tree for the architect who loves to build.
The detail in this building kit is nothing short of spectacular. All the arches, balconies, windows and towers have been artfully represented to give this set a stunning air of authenticity and because it is LEGO, you know you are getting a quality product that has been made to last.
LEGO replica of a real architectural wonder.
Model features wealth of intricate details, including sweeping arches, ornate domes, soaring minarets and decorative finials
Measures over 16” (43cm) high, 20” (51cm) wide and 20” (51cm) deep
Compatible with other LEGO building block sets
- Weight16.05 pounds
Bridges: A History of the World’s Most Spectacular Spans Hardcover
Bridges have been part of the world’s ever expanding landscape throughout history. In many ways bridges seem to majestically stand alone, doing the impossible, and yet they stand as a testimonial to the advances of engineering and architecture. In this book, Bridges: A History of the World’s Most Spectacular Spans, you can get a glimpse of these giants that silently join different countries, districts, suburbs or islands.
For the budding architect, this is a trip through the history of some of the most impressive bridges in the world. Some have become iconic landmarks, while others were the backdrop for history in the making. This is a book that will fascinate architects and those who are simply intrigued by the amazing structural and functional aspects of bridges.
A visual history of the world’s great bridges.
Breathtaking photographs capture intricate details.
Exciting features offering behind the scenes perspective.
Features military bridges and bridges in the movies.
- Brand3.8 pounds
- Hardcover176 pages
- AuthorJudith Dupre
QIDI Technology 3D Printer Newest Model: X-Pro
A premium choice when choosing gifts for architects is a good quality printer. Choosing a QIDI Technology 3D Printer takes gift giving an enormous leap forward. This 3D printer gives the architect the tools to bring his creations to miniature life.
This new model has its own self-contained software and a 4.3 inch full color touch screen to make this printer surprisingly easy to use.
The redesigned removable plate makes it very easy to remove finished models.
Redesigned double extruder equipped with four sides blowing turbofan for better cooling effect.
Layer Resolution: 100~500 microns
4.3-inch full color touchscreen
Self-contained Software: QIDI Print
- BrandQidi Technology
- Weight39.7 pounds
Skyline The New York Chess Set
The Skyline New York Chess Set is a unique but very stylish item to make a statement when considering the perfect Christmas presents for architects. The creators, Ian Flood and Chris Prossner have taken inspiration from the intricate and exciting world of architecture to make a chess set that is sure to be the talking point this Christmas. This set has done away with the mundane old chess pieces and replaced them with famous architectural landmarks from the great city of New York.
The main pieces of this set showcase some of NYC’s most recognizable buildings and the pawns are the well-known brownstones that grace the many inner city streets.
32 piece NYC Skyline cast in molded acrylic.
Pieces are double weighted with soft felt base.
Finished in classic black and white.
Comes complete with a 16” x 16” folding board and presentation box.
Perfect for someone with a discerning taste for fine British design.
- Weight4.15 pounds
Fascinations ICONX Notre Dame Cathedral 3D Metal Model Kit
Notre Dame Cathedral is one of the most well-known cathedrals in Europe if not the world and holds the reputation of being the largest of its kind ever made in the style of French Gothic architecture.
Almost everyone who has ever studied architecture will be familiar with Notre Dame and what better gift can you find for an architect than a hobby model of this historical building? This is one of the best value gifts you can get for that relative or friend that loves classic architecture.
Hobby model kit with easy to follow instructions.
Ideal for ages 14 and up
Parts can be easily clipped from the metal sheets
NOTRE-DAME – moderate difficulty level.
Once assembled, dimensions are 3.2 x 4.6 x 2 inches.
Display your 3D model once completed
- Weight0.8 ounces
Galison Frank Lloyd Wright Fallingwater 2-Sided Puzzle
Puzzles have been around for an exceedingly long time and for good reason. They challenge our patience and determination to follow through on the task at hand until its completion. This 500 piece Galison Frank Lloyd Wright Fallingwater 2-Sided Puzzle offers double the fun as it is a double sided puzzle. On one side you have a beautiful visage of this stunning home in its gorgeous natural setting and on the other side you get to view the aerial blueprint. For easy sorting, one side is glossy and the other is matte.
This 500 piece puzzle is perfect for anyone with even the slightest interest in architecture and will provide hours of relaxing, therapeutic activity. Just like the original architects of this stunning home watched in awe as their design took shape, you too can watch this vision come together piece by piece until you have a complete picture. This is an affordable gift architects and architecture lovers alike and a perfect way to spend a quiet afternoon indoors.
500 double-sided pieces, one side glossy and one side Matte
Assembled puzzle size: 20 x 20″
Box size: 8 x 8 x 2″
Includes insert with information about the artist and image
- Weight1.32 pounds
Craighill Jack Puzzle
Architects love to tinker with puzzles that have intricate designs that are visually attractive and this Craighill Jack Puzzle appeals to architects and enthusiasts of unusual construction. This puzzle offers a great form of entertainment that can be used as relaxation therapy but also looks great as a focal piece of decor in any home or place of work. It can even be used as a great looking paperweight.
Made in Massachusetts from a copper and zinc alloy, the bull nosed ends are smooth and easy to putter around with. It weighs approximately 1 pound so it is easy to move around as the zealous architect ponders the next move in getting all the tubes into place.
1/2″ Diameter Bar
Weighs Approx. 1 Lb.
Measures 3″ X 3″ X 3″ (Assembled)
Solid Cartridge Brass
Bull-Nose Ends / Lathe-Cut
Side-step the boring old socks, ties and bottles and take a closer look at the exciting and unique gifts we've showcased in these great gift ideas for architects. You are sure to find something perfect to suit the creative style and individual personality of the people responsible to adding to the architectural landscape in our local areas and beyond.
The gifts in this guide cover all the bases offering practical items that will add a much needed boost to a professional image, while at the same time give the architect a few extra tools and accessories to execute their craft with added expertise. Other gifts showcase some of the greatest architectural feats in our history in various kits and games but all are destined to leave a welcome and lasting impression on the recipients of these gifts. This holiday season look at giving a gift that steps away from the ordinary and offers something that is extraordinary.