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Curbly Gift Guide: The Ultimate Mid-Century Modern Gift Guide

Curbly Gift Guide: The Ultimate Mid-Century Modern Gift Guide

You guys, I am so stoked about this gift guide!  From art to books to pottery, we've rounded up a collection of gift ideas that are sure to delight the Mid-Century Modern enthusiast on your list.  Get your clicker fingers ready, because this is going to be awesome.  

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First up are these gorgeous ampersand cutting boards from House Industries, one of my favorite type foundries (and the folks behind Curbly's signature font: Neutraface).  Solid maple and 1.5 inches thick, these bad boys would definitely make a statement in any modernist's kitchen.

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While the ultimate gift might be an actual Eames lounge chair, a collection of iconic miniatures is definitely more affordable.  Chiasso has two unique sets to choose from, each with nine pieces.  Check them out here and here.

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For the animal lover with an Atomic edge, these boomerang-shaped pet beds from Like Kittysville are sure to delight.  Completely customizable and available in an array of finishes and vintage fabrics.

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Eco-conscious Eames lovers will go nuts over these canvas totes from Modist.  Made from 100% natural, undyed, untreated cotton canvas.  To sweeten the deal, consider filling the tote with other gifts, liiiike...

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...these MCM-inspired candle holders from CB2!  Their retro silouhettes are sure to please and would look great in any modern home.  Give as a set, complete with candles, for the most impact this holiday.

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If you really want to spoil them, a bullet planter from Hip Haven is the way to go.  It's iconic, available in 16 colors and 3 sizes, and just may be the ultimate gift for any MCM fan (minus that Eames lounger, of course).

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For the mod art lover, a set of prints from artist Jenn Ski just might be the greatest gift ever.  It's definitely on my list this year because, frankly, I just can't get enough of those abstract shapes and gorgeous bursts of color.

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Speaking of bursts of color, this limited edition book from House Industries features the work of legendary designer Alexander Girard.  Only 1000 signed and numbered copies exist, so this beautiful tome would be a fabulous gift for any MCM design enthusiast.

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Looking for something a little more unusual?  Consider a set of beautiful tree ring paintings from artist Tracy Melton.  Each set is one of a kind and would add an awesome pop of color and rustic-modern charm to any mod abode.  Choose a set that coordinates with your gift reciever's color scheme to really impress them (and show off your thoughtful gift giving skills).

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And finally, you absolutely cannot go wrong with a vase from Heath Ceramics.  They've been creating pottery for over half a century and it shows in the quality and style of their wares.  A vase from Heath would be a cherished item for anyone, MCM fans or not.

And now, since you've all been so wonderful this year, here's an MCM quick gift guide to round everything up.  Ready?  Go!

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1. Get personal with a modern family tree from My Tree and Me.
2. Prints from Inaluxe are a definite "yes"!
3. Gorgeous mobiles in an array of colors and styles from Wallter = gifting perfected.
4. Wood and resin boxes from West Elm: great for jewelry, desk supplies, you name it.
5. Modular stacking votives from the Musuem of Modern Art.  MoMA approved?  MCM gift guide approved.
6. Curbly's Make It! Mid-Century Modern book is the perfect gift for mod DIY enthusiasts.  Loaded with 12 inspiring projects!
7. Modern sculptures from artist John-Paul Philippé created in collaboration with West Elm.
8. Stationery from Stitched Cards featuring iconic modern masterpieces.  Crafty and cool.

There you have it folks.  Happy gifting!

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Laura on Dec 11, 2010:

@Chrisjob - Sure, I'd love to... sending a mail now!


MegRuth on Dec 08, 2010:

LOVE the Make It! Book and the mobile!!!


Alice Sherman on Dec 06, 2010:

I live in the bay area and am going to save my money til post holidays to go shopping here: http://www.deedee914.com/popup


I LOVE this MCM focused blog. http://deedee914.blogspot.com


Van on Dec 06, 2010:

Excellent guide, definitely an ultimate mid century modern guide! I'm most inspired by the modern prints, I need to emulate some of these.


And I really need to write a review of the curbly book someday soon! From the previews, it looks amazing!


Chrisjob on Dec 06, 2010:

Why have I not seen the Chiasso miniatures before? I've been cursing the price of the ones from Vitra, and here are nine for less than one of theirs. I noted they distributed the good ones throughout, so you have to buy the one set to get a black Eames lounge and an aluminum group chair, and then the others to get the Egg, Swan, and Jacobsen Series 7. Clever, them.


@Laura - We'd love to feature some how-tos on making gifts. Please email us at tips@curbly.com if you're interested.


Laura on Dec 06, 2010:

This year I'm making al my Christmas presents. Earmuffs for the kids, art and jewellery for the women and scarves and hats for the men. Unique, green, personalized and cheap!


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