From Umbra, Hay, Another Studio and other stylish brands, here are five gifts for five types of discerning giftees that won’t break the bank.
1 For the night owl: Night Cable by Native Union
Native Union’s tactile Night Cable has a weighted knot to keep the cable from becoming unruly, as does the tangle-free fabric exterior. It’s three metres long, so you can keep working, or surfing from wherever you like, while still charging up. The braided cable comes in Zebra, Marine Blue or Red, and is compatible with Micro-USB or Apple Lightning. $50
2 For the tinkerer: MONUmini by Another Studio
These satisfying miniature architectural models from Another Studio make for a perfect desktop accessory. Each MONUmini kit lets you “build” iconic structures such as London’s Royal Albert Hall and Tower Bridge or Paris’s Centre Pompidou. Each kit comes flat with a sheet of stainless-steel pieces that fold and lock together, a short building history and an instruction guide. $30
3 For the cocktail purist: Cocktail kit by This is Ground
Los Angeles-based company This is Ground puts a fresh spin on everything from handbags and tech accessories to this gem that needs only whiskey to craft an Old Fashioned mid-flight. Contained within the sleek airline-approved case is a muddler, cane sugar, aromatic bitters, a linen coaster and recipe card — enough for two cocktails per flight. $32
4 For the urbanite: Tower Blocks Paper Notes by Hay
This series of paper towers by Hay and Scholten & Baijings puts an urban landscape on your desktop in geometric, grid or ombre patterns, making good use out of vertical desk space. Starting at $40.
5 For the craft beer drinker: Bottle Openers by UmbraShift
Cast in solid brass, these geometric volumes by UmbraShift are equal parts form and function — the Roll, Truss or Cage bottle openers call out to be touched, twirled and set on a prominent shelf or desk. $35
Check out Azure’s full 2015 design gift guide.