Bob Borson over at Life of an Architect has made this a yearly tradition that we drool over... But what's not to say we can't make our own list? Here's Palo Alto Design Studio's very own version of 'What to Get an Architect for Christmas.'
1. Leica Laser Measure – $150
No, tape measures are NOT old school, but laser measures sure do come in handy and save A LOT of time. We use both tape measures and laser measures when doing our as-builts and anything else that requires accurate dimensions. I rely on my laser so much that I feel naked without it. It cuts as-built measuring time in half and is super handy for those stubborn dimensions that are hard to measure alone.
2. iPad Pro – $800
If you're going to spend near/over $1k for this present, let them go out and get their own Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard since they're already sold out through mid-to-late-December. Even without those two accessories, your architect will love the largest iPad with enough screen real estate to vividly show PDF drawings and multi-task side-by-side apps.
3. 101 Things I Learned in Architecture School – $15
Of all the books I bought in architecture school, required and optional, this has got to be in my top 5. To this day, I keep a copy near my desk either for leisure and as a reminder, or even as a reference! The actual likelihood that your architect already owns a copy of this book is actually quite high, but it doesn't mean they can't gift it right back to you! Makes a great excuse to go out and 'buy something for your architect' when you want it yourself!
4. TwelveSouth's ParcSlope - $50
Comes in super handy for your iPad AND MacBook angling needs. It's the perfect angle for viewing, working, etc.
10. An Illustrated Biography of Le Corbusier
I don't know if it's even possible to purchase this, but a greatly informative illustrated biography on the French Architect, Le Corbusier. A fascinating autobiography of sorts, his journey from childhood to starchitect is worth reading and viewing.