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Holiday shopping for our design-savvy friends and family can be difficult. What do you buy for the person on your list whose apartment resembles the set of Mad Men? Mid-century modern, of course! We’ve rounded up nine high-class gifts, all priced under $100, that are sure to make the recipients nostalgic for the past.
1. Walnut tray from CB2, $34.95
Serving trays are totally multi-functional — this model, which is encased in a rich walnut veneer, can be used for serving breakfast in bed, as a home bar set-up or the base of a stylish vignette.
2. #98 Eames chair print, Society6, $18
Who doesn’t love an Eames? Pay tribute to the iconic chair design with a colorful art print that’s sure to liven up any gallery wall.
3. Mollie hook, Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co., $69
This playful coat hook is reminiscent of the popular Nelson Ball Clock. It’s available in red, yellow, blue or multicolor. While it may be nearly impossible to wrap, the hook is a great update to an entryway or bathroom.
4. Mid-century modern patterns coloring book, Amazon, $10
Adult coloring books are officially a “thing.” This edition in particular was made for art and design lovers, and features perforated pages so you can easily share, frame or hang your artwork.
5. Pendant light, Dot & Bo, $17
This vibrant colored pendant will brighten up any living space. With the bulb of your choosing, wrap it around a support beam, decorative ladder or simply hang it beside your bed to be used as a reading light.
6. Coonley metal frame from the MoMA Store, $42
Gift this frame to your favorite archiphile. The whimsical motif was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for the leaded-glass windows of the Avery Coonley Playhouse in Riverside, Illinois, constructed in 1912.
7. Candle holder from West Elm, $30.52
While candles (and of course, soap) are generally regarded as lazy-person gifts, we think these metallic animal designs are too cute to pass up. The candles have festive scents and their holders can be reused.
8. Clio vases from Crate & Barrel, $19.97 – $24.97
Any one of these translucent jewel-toned vases would make a great hostess gift. Just add water a bouquet of flowers to stand out from the holiday party crowd.
9. Malin Figur cushion cover from IKEA, $10
On a budget this holiday season? This mod-inspired pillowcase only costs $10. Plus, for an extra $2.99 you can buy the cushion to go in it. Who said the Swedes only decorate in neutral colors?