As kids (and future architects), we loved imagining new places by playing with building blocks, Lincoln Logs, and LEGOS®. Drawing, painting, and making things were some of our favorite activities. Little did we know, that kind of play boosts imagination and creativity, problem-solving, and develops STEM skills. Our little minds were hard at work helping us become the architects we would grow up to be.
If you have creative little ones (or grown-ups) on your gift list, check out our Architectural Gift Guide for All Ages below. You are sure to find a gift that will spark imagination and hours of fun!
Gifts are organized into the following categories:
- ARCHITECTURAL BUILDING SETS
- PUTTING YOUR MODEL BUILDING SKILLS TO WORK
- ARCHITECTURAL BOOKS
- DRINK LIKE AN ARCHITECT
- PERSONAL GIFTS, JEWELRY, AND ACCESSORIES
- ARCHITECTURAL PRINTS
- DRAW LIKE AN ARCHITECT
- ARCHITECTURAL FURNITURE
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ARCHITECTURAL BUILDING SETS
LEGO Architecture Studio Building Blocks Set
We have these in our office. 😉 There’s something about the all white pieces that makes this set so “architectural.” Build detailed structures and learn architectural design fundamentals with this kit created by LEGO® for people interested in architecture. For LEGO® lovers over the age of 16 years old (but my son played with these when he was 8, so use your best judgement).
Both of my kids love these colorful magnetic tiles. They discovered them in preschool and continue to be entertained by the many ways they click together.
Engino Building and Architecture Sets
These modular connector kits enable children to quickly build fully functional technological models. There are more than 50 different sets, ranging from simple structures and mechanisms to solar energy sets and wireless robotics. Kits are available for children ages 3 years & up.
Kids Scale Model Building Kit
Build your dream house with this scale model building kit. More than 160 pieces to foster the love of architecture and design. Free online tools included. Ages 10 and up.
Little Architect Scale Model
Suitable for ages 4 and up, this is a colorful STEM gift that you’ll want to play with too. It’s plastic, so it’s sturdy for little hands, and with more than 100 components, you’ll be able to create a dizzying amount of variations. We love that it’s to scale!
Wooden 3D Puzzle Beach House
Suitable for a variety of ages (8+), this 3D wood puzzle beach house is so inviting, you’ll wish you could move in! Can’t you just imagine a surfboard leaning against it? Great for a family project or home décor.
Architect’s Drawing Kit: Draw Your Home in 3-D
An educational drawing and coloring kit for professionals and students of architecture, design, art, and STEM. The kit includes interior and exterior perspective and isometric drawing charts showing three dimensions, detailed sample illustrations, plus instructions and tracing paper.
SmartLab Toys Archi-TECH Electronic Smart House
Young architects and engineers can design the house of their dreams with this kit that features 75 building concepts and 15 circuits to construct modular structures and power them up with lights, sounds, sensors, and motorized parts including elevators, alarms, trapdoors, and more! Smart Lab Toys promote STEM concepts. Designed for children ages 8 years & up.
K’NEX Thrill Rides – Sky Sprinter Roller Coaster Building Set
What a great and fun way for kids to learn about architecture, engineering, and aerodynamics! This set includes almost 800 pieces and stands over 7 feet tall when constructed. For kids ages 9 years and up.
KEVA Brain Builders from MindWare
Train your brain to turn 2-dimensional diagrams into 3-dimensional reality with this interactive STEM tool! By MindWare.
PUTTING YOUR MODEL BUILDING SKILLS TO WORK
Model Kit of ‘The Star Orb’ a Stellated Dodecahedron inside a Dodecahedron, Sacred Geometry Kit
Architects love to make intricate things with their hands. This beautiful, laser cut model is both a puzzle and decoration. This piece is designed by Tom Houha and Patty Mora, an architect and artist/photographer pair in Oregon, Houha Designs.
Wooden 3D Puzzle Miniature Drafting Table
So idyllic. Small, nostalgic wooden 3D puzzle miniature drafting table with stool, is perfect for an architect’s shelf. By StonKraft.
Wooden Toy Mechanical Model Ferris Wheel
Fit a Ferris Wheel on the top of your palm. The finished model will become the centerpiece decoration of your household. By WoodTrick.
Cool Architecture Book
The Cool Architecture book is filled with absorbing facts and quirky illustrations and is a perfect introduction to what’s cool about the fascinating world of architecture.
101 Things I Learned in Architecture School
Written by an architect and instructor who well remembers the fog of his own student days, 101 Things I Learned in Architecture School covers concise lessons in design, drawing, the creative process, and presentation–from the basics of how to draw a line to the complexities of color theory.
Archidoodle: The Architect’s Activity Book
An innovative book providing a fun, interactive way to learn about architecture. Filled with an array of beautiful and elegant drawings, it poses all manner of architectural challenges for the user: from designing your own skyscraper to drawing an island house or creating a Constructivist monument, plus many more.
The LEGO Architect, Kindle Edition
Travel through the history of architecture in The LEGO Architect. You’ll learn about styles like Art Deco, Modernism, and High-Tech, and find inspiration in galleries of LEGO models. Your favorite architect can snap together some bricks and take their turn building 12 models in a variety of styles.
Funny architect T-Shirt
“I’m An Architect. To Save Time, Let’s Just Assume That I’m Never Wrong.”
Short-sleeved men’s T-shirt. Premium 100% Cotton. Wash inside out in cold water and hang dry.
Trust Me I’m Almost An Architect Funny Design Gift T Shirt
A fun and funny T-shirt for the architectural intern in your life.
The Spunky Stork Future Architect Organic Cotton Baby Bodysuit
Hand printed and designed in the USA this “Future Architect” onesie is a perfect gift for the future architect in your life.
DRINK LIKE AN ARCHITECT
10 oz. Architecture Coffee Mug
Architectural drawings of 10 famous buildings from classical to classic. Who wouldn’t love this mug? Dishwasher and microwave safe. Comes in a fun and colorful box.
“Keep Calm And Trust The Architect” Mug
A 11 oz. ceramic mug. A great gift for a barware or man cave collection. Professionally printed and dishwasher safe for easy and convenient use.
Architect Wine Bottle Holder with a Wine Foil Cutter and Vacuum Stopper
Do you have a quirky architect boss who collects pop art sculpture? Does he or she have this in their collection? Perfect themed gift and a great collectible.
PERSONAL GIFTS, JEWELRY, AND ACCESSORIES
Personalized Pen Sets for Architects
Set includes 1 case, 1 roller ball pen and 1 ballpoint pen made of high-quality rosewood. FREE custom engraving with the name of your architect.
Wagner Swiss, Ballpoint pen, Free Customization
Architects love useful implements in simple black. Add a touch of Swiss to it, and it’s a winner. Deep, glossy black lacquer finish combined with golden trim and clip, Solid Brass (Black ink)
ArcPress RFID Blocking Modern Bifold Wallet with Wood, Concrete, and Architectural Design Finish
Great gift for young man who aspires to be an architect. This unique wallet is modern and will stand out from the rest. Each wallet comes with an ArcPress gift box.
11″ x 14″ Cinderella’s Castle Unframed Blueprint
A great architectural gift for the Disney fan in your life.
Frank Lloyd Wright Home Blueprint
An 11 x 14 unframed real photographic patent print. A great gift for architects. The original artwork has been reinterpreted by award-winning artist Norm Lanier. Great gifts for architects.
A fun gift for the adult architect in your life. Celebrate your favorite dog breed’s most adorable attributes with a framed blueprint. Created in the style of mid-century blueprints, these detailed illustrations are accompanied by “design specs” and documentation about breed origins and temperament.
Custom Alphabet Photography Family Name Print
A personalized 10 x 20 alphabet photo print with photos of things you see every day.
DRAW LIKE AN ARCHITECT
Prismacolor Double Ended Art Markers
These markers were coveted during studio class and always made hand drawings look amazing.
Always on the required class supply list for design studio. Having good quality drawing tools makes all the difference.
Architectural House Plan and Furniture Templates, 1/4″=1′-0″ Scale
If you want to channel your inner Mike Brady, and do some old school drafting, these templates are great for planning furniture layouts in your dream home. Used by architects, interior designers, and students, these are great for not having to guess at the size and shape of most home plan items.
Mr. Pen – 3 Pc Triangular Ruler Set
This ruler set is designed to equip architects, engineers, artists, designers, students, and teachers with the right tools for various projects.
Equilibrium Architects Scale
A 12-inch matte aluminum triangular drafting scale ruler in common Imperial units. A great gift for engineers, drafts-people, students and more.
Studio Designs 10057 Futura Tower
The Futura Tower desk features a 24” x 9” tower shelf and an extra-large slide-out drawer for storage. The table top adjusts to 6 different angles. Also includes a 24” pencil ledge, 4 removable art trays, 2 cup holders and a combo magnetic/cork board. Floor levelers on each leg provide stability on any surface.
Tabletop Easel Set with Storage, 12 Colors Acrylic Paints, 2 Brushes, Palette and Knives
We love this set because not only is it portable, you can adjust the angle. Bonus is that it easily stores the painting supplies (included!) you need for creating that perfect scene. Having a talent for artistic drawing and painting is so important when studying architecture, this is a starter kit, or a portable set for the accomplished architect or painting enthusiast.
LED Swing Arm Dimmable Lamp
A must for any project or drafting table. Late nights and long hours require good lighting.
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Laura Davis is a registered architect and interior designer in the state of Texas and Colorado, and a founding member of hpd architecture + interiors. Laura's extensive experience includes residential as well as commercial and retail projects. She also has a particular interest in restoration, holding a certificate in Historic Preservation. She is energized by the character of older homes and the stories of those who have lived there. Responding to the needs of the current owner, while also honoring the personality of the original home is a delicate process to be enjoyed.