30 Days, 30 Gifts: The Ultimate Holiday Shopping Guide For Design Junkies

'Tis the season of family, friends, food, festivity, and total mall frenzy. Skirt the lines and make our 30 Days, 30 Gifts guide your go-to holiday shopping resource. Every day for the next 30 days, our editorial team will share beautifully designed must-haves that will delight the creatives in your life. Follow along on our blog for daily gift-giving ideas, or return here to see the master list of all our faves!

By Elysa Hill
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Day #1: Alessi Fierzo Desk Organizer

Keep your million-dollar ideas in sight with a metal frame stand that mixes minimalism with multifuctionality. Slide Post-it notes, magazine clippings, business cards, and more between the thin but sturdy metal frame and have all your important details at your fingertips. The beechwood base can hold pens, highlighters, and Sharpies, as well as paper clips, white out, and emergency bobby pins - all the hard-to-find trinkets that tend to get lost in the back of drawers. Alessi, $132.

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Day #2: Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera Kit

In a smartphone-obsessed era, we want to be able to snap and see pictures instantaneously. But what happens to the photos once they’ve been sentenced to the Cloud? This digital Polaroid camera captures the nostalgia of our childhood point-and-shoot cameras, but with a twist: It also contains a 10 Mp image sensor, 3” LCD display, and a built-in printer. With all this technology packed inside, you’ll be able to shoot, edit, and actually print out your beloved snapshots. Peel off the back to turn them into stickers, or tack them up on the fridge with magnets. Anthropologie, $199

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Day #3: Destination Jewelry by Meshu

The privilege to travel is one of the greatest gifts of all, and now you can commemorate your adventures with jewelry. Through Meshu’s easy-to-use website, simply enter your favorite vacation getaways, memorable road trip stops, or dream destinations. The program will generate a rad geometric shape that can be made into necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and even cufflinks. Available in bamboo, sterling silver, polished brass, and white acrylic, these visual maps are a fantastic personalized gift for the world traveler. Meshu, $30-200

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Day #4: Birchbox Snow Day

Is there anything that a day spent playing hooky and snuggling on the couch can't fix? We didn't think so, and any at-home day—even in good weather—will get a boost from the Birchbox Home: Snow Day box, which is packed with cozy essentials like a Chantecaille face mask, a musky Malin + Goetz votive, Askinosie cocoa powder and combed-cotton Happy Socks. La piece de resistance? A mini Scrabble board for you and your snuggle buddy. Birchbox, $39

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Day #5: Pantone Wallstore

Display your love for Pantone on your sleeve - or on your wall. I'm hung up on this catch-all wall organizer from Seletti available in 10 juicy hues. Created with a magnetic back, this guy can hold all the important things you need as you run out the door: that card to toss in the mail, a mag to read while at your mani-pedi, and those often misplaced keys. Seletti, $88

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Day #6: Totem SF Pillows

New pillows are a great way to punch up any room, and these indigo-dyed beauties from San Francisco designer Nicole Powell make the perfect gift for the design-lover in your life who rearranges her living room furniture as often as she changes her socks. Totem SF Pillows, $115

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Day #7: Bau Deco Notebook

Give something personalized to the writer or designer in your life, like these gorgeous notebooks that are available in every letter of the alphabet. They come in an array of colors and feature Ruth Vissing's signature "Pawaiian Hunch" typography. Perfect for the person who doesn't leave the house without their beloved notebook! Ferm Living, $7.50

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Day #8: Andy Warhol Ice Cream Prints

Andy Warhol’s whimsical illustrations and screen printing prowess launched his career in pop art, and now you can own a little piece of his delicious eye candy. These lighthearted dessert prints can be displayed on their own or as a gallery. Each print comes custom framed in a sleek black wood frame with a gesso finish. It might be winter, but it’s never too cold for ice cream prints! Art.com, $60

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Day #9: Kaleido Trays

Bright, geometric trays can be mixed and matched depending on your organizational mood. Stackable, colorful, and effortlessly functional, the metal shapes can help you stash and display this and that, or look stylish when left clutter-free. Denmark designer Clara von Zweigbergk had fun playing with color, shape, and size, and I don't blame her; it inspires elementary school nostalgia, when discovering the endless permutations of those tangram puzzles was the height of third grade. A+R Store, starts at $16 apiece.

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Day #10: Brass Menorah

Usually the most traditional decorations feel the most dated, but that's definitely not the case with these brass menorahs from March (also known as mecca for must-have kitchen supplies in San Francisco). Each set includes nine candle holders and one tray. March, $2,500

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Day #11: Räsymatto Teapot

Textile and fashion favorite Marimekko also has a to-die-for home wares department. Sami Ruotsalainen sought Japanese inspiration for the teapot’s sleek silhouette, and Maija Louekari's pattern is a perfect complement to its minimal simplicity. Made of porcelain with a natural wood handle (a tea strainer is inside), this teapot is totally our go-to pick for a calming cup of tea.  Marimekko, $98

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Day #12: Nate Cotterman Decanters

Guarantee the perfect pour every time with these alluring asymmetrical wine decanters from Los Angeles glass artist Nate Cotterman. Nate Cotterman Decanters, $110

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Day #13: Lumio Lamp

SF-based Lumio's inventor Max Gunawan had sustainability on the mind when he designed this nerdtatic lamp that looks like a book. The wood “cover” is available in three finishes - dark walnut, warm cherry, and blonde maple - and the “pages” are made with 100% recyclable, water resistant Tyvek and powered by LED lights. Open it to book length and slap it on a metal surface (there’s a built-in magnet) or bend all the way back to emit 360 degrees of radiant light. Lumio, $160.

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Day #14: Crave Duet Vibrator

Led by two product designers combining smart design with quality and environmentally aware materials and manufacturing practices, Crave is upgrading sexy time. Boasts discreet design and USB-charge capability that doubles as a flash drive. Made of smooth silicone and metal, it has four vibration modes and five power levels, two hours of usage and is waterproof. Crave, $149

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Day #15: Lambswool Gnome

In Sweden, countless children's books have been written about "tomtes," the mischievous little gnomes blamed for everything from lost eyeglasses to missing strawberry pies. A fairy-tale fixture on rural farms, they also help deliver presents in the coutryside during Christmas, getting around in a horse-drawn sleigh. Bring a bit of Nordic whimsy (and good luck) into your home with this adorable wooly tomte from Heath Ceramics. One tip: Don't forget to leave out little glass of glögg—or Swedish mulled wine—on Christmas Eve if you expect to get any good presents out of him. Heath Ceramics, $40

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Day #16: Kitchen Apron Set

A sweet little setup for the chef in your life, the Kitchen Apron Set from San Francisco's StudioPatró combines its 100 percent linen apron, graphic tea towl, and handcrafted wood spatula. Studiopatró, $98

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Day #17: August Smart Lock

This go-go gadget isn't available for another few months, but orders are open for the August Smart Lock, a slim device that will forever change your relationship with your front door. Install it in place of your deadbolt, and get complete keyless control over who enters your home—set it to unlock when you approach, send access-included invites to friends coming over for a backyard bbq, clear your UPS guy to drop a package inside your door, or just check and see if your dogwalker showed up today. Oh, and for all you "shareconomy" folks out there, this will totally revolutionize your Airbnb welcome mat. August Smart Lock, $199

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Day #18: Minuto Foosball Table

Treating yourself is all about spending a little more on something you might not absolutely need. And we think any sportswoman or man-cave lover would agree that this handsome Foosball table is a serious treat. We know the price tag is steep, but the Italian-made table is crafted with high-quality materials like crystal glass, aluminum, and natural ash wood. Plus its modern design elevates the table from bar game to piece of art. And that, friends, is priceless. Nest, $14,900

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Day #19: Golden Gate Bridge Coffee Table

The slim profile of the coffee table incorporates new steel with the old, utilizing the pedestrian handrail cap (top of rail) for visual interest. It fits perfectly as a subtle centerpiece to your seating area, yet provides a unique conversation starter when entertaining guests. Only 140 coffee tables are made. Golden Gate Design & Furniture Company, $2,850

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Day #20: Limited Edition 2009 Promise Cabernet

For a bottle that is sure to please—and pour for—a crowd, snag the limited edition 1.5 liter 2009 Cabernet from Napa boutique winery Promise. The bottle, with a label desgined by LA-based Commune, is beautiful enough to leave unopened on your table througout the season. But considering that the regular 750 mL bottles have completely sold out and the winery is releasing a special edition of magnums from its personal archives, we think your guests will be clamoring for a taste. Promise Wine, $500

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Day #21: Aria Necklace by Vanessa Gade

With its unexpected angles, the Aria necklace by San Francisco jewelry designer Vanessa Gade is the ideal adorment for anyone in your life with an architectural sensibility and eye for beautiful things. Aria Necklace by Vanessa Gade, $272

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Day #22: Sutro Tower Model

For those in your life who truly heart SF, skip the ubiquitous Coit Tower or Transamerica Pyramid silhouettes and go with an icon only a legit local would love. This Sutro Tower model is rendered in lightweight birch plywood and is handmade by MetropolitanCraft in San Francisco. Gift the Golden Gate Bridge as well and start a SF landmark collection! MetropolitanCraft Etsy shop, $35

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Day #23: Soma Water Filter

Soma founder Mike Del Ponte calls it his "of course" invention—a product so fabulously functional and attractive, that of course it should exist. His streamlined Soma water carafe and filter, designed with incase founder Joe Tan and former Ideo design director Markus Diebel, is also a study in sustainability (biodegraable filters are replaced via delivery every 60 days). Still need a feel-good bonus? A portion of proceeds provide clean drinking water to needy villages through the company's partnership with charity: water.

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Day #24: Fornasetti Architettura Negativo Candle

We're huge fans of Fornasetti's stunning ceramics, and look forward to the holiday releases each year. For 2013, a favorite is the Architettura Negativo in the classic Otto scent, an herbal, woodsy fragrance that appeals to both men and women. The trompe l'oeil Roman ampitheater appears lit from within, and is finished in real gold on the blue ceramic background. Barneys, $180

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Day #25: Zero Messenger Bag

When you're always on the go, the irresistible Zero Messenger Bag solves all schlepping needs. Made locally (from scratch!) in San Francisco, this sustainable tweed bag features a big main compartment to stash your light sweater, and two front pockets to hold easy-to-lose keys and sunglasses. The quick-adjust shoulder straps and interchangeable accessories ensure a perfect, customizable fit for you and your busy lifestyle. Whether you’re biking through The Wiggle to work, hopping on the 71 to go thrifting on Haight, or doing the tourist thing on foot, this carry-all will ensure everything stays in its place. Zero Messenger Bag, Rickshaw Bagworks, $69 (Small)

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Day #26: Pendleton Notebook Collection

In honor of its 150th birthday, Pendleton released a series of notebooks, available in an assortment of three iconic patterns. The texture of each center-stitched paperback is indicative of the brand's attention to quality craftsmanship in their textiles - plus, the gold engraving on the cover just seals the deal for me. Tuck it into your bag (its thin frame won’t weigh you down) and write away on the gold-lined pages. Chronicle Books, $12.95

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Day #27: Gold-Dipped Playing Cards

If you’re looking for a good luck gift for an upcoming Vegas vacation, a unique addition to a gambler’s collection, or an easy game to bust out at family gatherings, this shimmering gilt deck of playing cards will add sparkle to any stocking. May your days be merry and full of many blackjacks! Pair with a 3-night stay at the Bellagio, and you’ll be even more golden. Anthropologie, $18

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Day #28: Chromatic Stationery

We're slavishly fans of nearly everything Kelly Wearstler lays her hands on, so we can't wait to give this to one of our stylish Miss-Manners-type friends. Customizing the perfect Thank You note is a snap on Paperless Post's site, and there are nearly 30 of Ms. Wearstler's glam designs to choose from. Give the gift of Chromatic to please any Pantone lover. Paperless Post, $2.25 each

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Day #29: Gold Foil Coaster Set

Blame it on my penchant for everything handmade, but I cannot resist penning place cards, hanging bunting, and building cupcake trees to create a sparkling atmosphere for a festive party. If you’re short on time but big on the DIY look, check out the selection of printed cards and coasters by Oakland-based artist Julie Song. Love the foil gold edging and calligraphy printed on these classy Crane Lettra coasters. Buy for your own party or give as a hostess gift – 15 coasters come packed in a two-toned gold tin topped off with a gold ribbon. Julie Song Ink Etsy shop, $35

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Day #30: San Francisco Woodcut Map

This SF-based company creates laser cut wood maps of your San Francisco neighborhood, a European city where you proposed, or pretty much any area around the globe. Woodcut Maps offers 40 hardwood veneers including ebony, zebrawood, teak and African mahogany. To add to the intricacy of the map, a different veneer can be used for each of four map elements: roads, landscapes, water and parks. Then, they will cut and assemble these slick pieces of art work for your wall (and they also produce cool iPhone cases and coasters). To make the process super easy for you, their website has straightforward software to help you design and see exactly what will arrive at your door. Woodcut Maps, custom pricing.

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