November 28, 2022

10 Gift Ideas for the Old House Lovers and Design Enthusiasts in Your Life

  • By: Kelly Paras

Holiday shopping can be a daunting task. With a seemingly endless array of options available, finding a meaningful gift that your loved one will actually like and use can feel overwhelming.

We have scoured hundreds of products and compiled a list of gifts for the design enthusiasts and old house lovers in your life. This collection of options are pulled from large ethical retailers, small businesses, and independent shops creating a gift guide from which you can feel good about shopping and gifting.

View of Waffle pieces used for construction surrounded by other

photo by: WaffleNow!

For young, old, and all the ages in between that like to play with their food, check out the Building Blocks Waffle Maker.

A soap dish with pink soap on it sitting on a white sink.

photo by: Re:Purpose Savannah

Looking to redecorate your bathroom? These Tongue and Groove Soap Dishes might be just what you are looking for!

For Old House Lovers

For a gift with a history, look no further than hand-crafted Tongue and Groove Soap Dishes from Re:Purpose Savannah. This women+ led 501(c)3 nonprofit organization selects antique longleaf pine flooring (that is unable to be reused) saved from historic buildings in Savannah, Georgia. Longleaf pine is now an endangered species, and these unique pieces ensure that every bit of existing material is put to use.

For those that like to show their devotion to old homes wherever they go, the “Save All the Old Houses” Unisex Pullover is the only gift they’ll need. Cozy, practical, and versatile, this pullover is “the greatest invention since pocket doors."

A navy sweatshirt with white lettering on a white background.

photo by: CIRCA

Everyone likes a new pullover, so why not pick one that shares your love for old houses?

A book on a mustard background.

photo by: Courtney Drake | Lunch City Studio

A stationery aficionado? Lunch City's greeting cards are a great way to show your love for the holidays and old houses.

Old houses can take many forms and styles. Maybe your ideal old home is shotgun, Italianate, Queen Anne, Prairie, Camper, Greek Revival, A-Frame, Craftsman Bungalow, or Art Deco. See all of these options together on the Home for the Holidays Card from Lunch City Studio. Products from this independently owned shop are small batch, plastic free, ethically sourced, and handmade.

How to Read Houses: A Crash Course in Domestic Architecture is an essential resource, not only for old house lovers, but also for anyone looking to understand the architecture and design of residential spaces. This pocket-size guide first provides visual vocabulary to recognize house types, materials, and elements, then demonstrates these features in a range of architectural styles. The information provided will enrich visits to new cities, landmark homes, or neighborhoods close to home.

A I love Old Houses sticker on the back of a red motorized vehicle.

photo by: CIRCA

Love stickers? This one is a great way to share that connection to old places.

A white book with a drawn house on the cover on a light wood background.

photo by: Kelly Paras

Know someone who has always wanted to learn about architecture and didn't know where to start? This book is for them!

Affordable, portable, and fun, the “I Love Old Houses” Sticker from our partners at CIRCA is an ideal gift for those who appreciate homes with some age. This colorful declaration of love can adorn any surface.

For Design Enthusiasts

In communities across the country urban infrastructure is ever-present yet often overlooked. From the creators of the 99% Invisible podcast, The 99% Invisible City: A Field Guide to the Hidden World of Everyday Design highlights the origins and stories behind the elements that allow our cities to function. It’s urban design exploration packaged in an engaging guidebook.

The design shop of late internationally acclaimed architect Zaha Hadid offers contemporary takes on household items that bear signature hallmarks of Hadid’s architectural masterpieces, such as eye-catching curves and sharp angles. The DUO Salt and Pepper Grinder combines those hallmarks in elegant fashion and comes in five color combinations.

A book lying on a dark wood background.

photo by: Kelly Paras

Love the 99% Invisible podcast? You'll love this book!

A black and white Zaha Hadid salt and pepper shaker.

photo by: Zaha Hadid Design

Hold a piece of Zaha Hadid's brilliance in your hand every time you season your food with these timeless salt and pepper shakers.

Take a stylish approach to gingerbread making this year with the Woodland Mid Century Modern Gingerbread House Kit. This complete kit means no baking is required to assemble and decorate an edible mid-century dream home.

Subtle design meets fair trade production with the Wooden Taper Candle Set. Available from Jungalow, where every product purchased supports the planting of two trees via Trees for the Future, this set compliments a wide range of design aesthetics and styles.

A book on gingerbread on a white background.

photo by: World Market

This is a perfect activity for the whole family during the holidays.

Image of two candles and tapers on a set of books.

photo by: Jungalow

Design meets sustainability with these gorgeous tapers.

From humble beginnings as a Kickstarter campaign, the Building Blocks Waffle Maker lets design and architecture lovers get creative first thing in the morning! Each batch in this waffle maker yields 14 block-shaped waffles of varying sizes to build any structure or city imaginable.

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Kelly Paras is the manager of social media at the National Trust. When she’s not searching for the perfect GIF, Kelly is a professional photographer with an affinity for highlighting the histories and stories of the nation’s capital.

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