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Great Gift Ideas: 50 Affordable Designs by Famous Designers
(By Ali Vatansever)

A famous designer’s touch to an everyday object often results in unique but expensive products. Here we have put together 50 affordable products ($5-$100) designed by famous names and/or reached a cult status. A design feels always better if you have it at home. This list composed by Ali Vatansever for Designophy will be a design buying guide for you.

Name: Juicy Salif
Designer: Philipipe Starck
Manufacturer: ALESSI
Material(s): Aluminum with polymide pads
Price: $79
Bottom Line: Even though it's not very practical, this product became one of the design icons of the last decade.
Buy: Amazon.com

 
Name: Rosendahl Tommy Larsen Citrus Squeezer
Designer: Claus Jensen and Henrik Holbaek, Tools Design
Manufacturer: Tommy Larsen Designs
Material(s): Stainless steel
Price: $30
Bottom Line: Push, twist and squeeze.
 
Name: Eva Citrus Squeezer
Designer: Claus Jensen & Henrik Holbaek, Tools Design
Manufacturer: Eva
Material(s): Glass, plastic and stainless steel
Price: $52
Bottom Line: FORMLAND prize of 1999. Squeeze the citrus and use the elegant jug.
Buy: Amazon.com
 
Name: Mono Filio Egg Cup
Designer: Ralph Kramer
Manufacturer: Mono
Material(s): 18/8 stainless steel satin finish
Price: $74 + $17.5 (spoon)
Bottom Line: It takes a lot of space just for an egg but will enrich every Sunday breakfast.
 
Name: Magic Bunny
Designer: Stefano Giovannoni
Manufacturer: ALESSI
Material(s): Plastic (PMMA)
Price: $24
Bottom Line: Pull up on the "Bunnies" ears and the toothpicks appear from the Top Hat holder. A smile guaranteed.
Buy: Amazon.com
 
Name: Gino Zucchino
Designer: Guido Venturini
Manufacturer: ALESSI
Material(s): Plastic (PMMA)
Price:$21
Bottom Line: Your alien sugar bowl.
 
Name: Magnito Salt & Pepper Shakers
Designer: Josh Owen
Manufacturer: Kikkerland
Material(s): Metal and plastic
Price: $10
Bottom Line: Keep them separate or together. The ingredients don't mix because of the placement of the holes. Received 2005 GOOD DESIGN Award from The Chicago Athenaeum of Architecture and Design Competition.
Name: Tape Timer
Designer: Jozeph Forakis
Manufacturer: Kikkerland
Material(s): Aluminum
Price: $14
Bottom Line: Kitchen timer to measure time. Received 2005 GOOD DESIGN Award from The Chicago Athenaeum of Architecture and Design Competition.
 
Name: ”King Kong” Mug
Designer: King-Kong Design, Stefano Giovannoni & Guido Venturini
Manufacturer: ALESSI
Material(s): 18/10 mirror polish stainless steel and glass
Price: $45
Bottom Line: A best-seller among ALESSI, ‘the little man' will turn into your drink's color.
 
Name: Eva Solo Cafe Solo
Designer: Claus Jensen & Henrik Holbaek, Tools Design
Manufacturer: Eva
Material(s): Glass, stainless steel mirror polish, silicone rubber, neoprene cover
Price: $52
Bottom Line: The patented pouring lip ensures the contents end up in your cup not on the tablecloth or desk. Received I.D.E.A. CONSUMER PRODUCTS GOLD 2005 AWARD
Buy: Amazon.com
 
Name: Stelton Pringo-Mini
Designer: John Sebastian
Manufacturer: Stelton
Material(s): Satin-polished 18/8 Stainless steel, plastic
Price: $75
Bottom Line: iF product design award 2006 winner. Use it for cream, milk or sugar.
 
Name: Eva Solo Spice Set
Designer: Claus Jensen & Henrik Holbaek, Tools Design
Manufacturer: Eva
Material(s): Plastic/ stainless steel
Price: $52
Bottom Line: Received I Nuovissimi Trend Award 2001. Comes with 5 spice "jars" but up to 11 may fit in. Put the name of the spices on the lids.
Buy: Amazon.com
 
Name: Eva Solo Knife Magnets
Designer: Claus Jensen & Henrik Holbaek, Tools Design
Manufacturer: Eva
Material(s): 18/10 stainless steel / rubber
Price: $65
Bottom Line: Place your knives together or separately. Received Red Dot design award 2004.
Buy: Amazon.com
 
Name: Piccino Serving Set
Designer: Ralph Kramer
Manufacturer: Mono
Material(s): Stainless Steel
Price: $65
Bottom Line: Salad spoons you can attach to the side of the bowl. You can also buy them separately. The one with the hole is to serve olives.
 
Name: Mono Citro Peeler Knife
Designer: Markus Brodmerkel
Manufacturer: Mono
Material(s): 18/10 stainless steel
Price: $22
Bottom Line: You just score and peel back the skin. Very elegant.
 
Name: Stelton Cheese Plane
Designer: Martin Rosquist
Manufacturer: Stelton
Material(s): Satin finish Stainless Steel
Price: $36
Bottom Line: Unique design. Great for hard cheese. Also works for peeling.
Buy: Amazon.com
 
Name: Echelon Wine Rack
Designer: William Rhodes
Manufacturer: Echelon Products
Material(s): Satin finish aluminum
Price: $62
Bottom Line: This award-winning wine rack can store 6 bottles. Additional modules be added. A great space-saver.
 
Name: Carlo, a Little Ghost on the Top of a Bottle
Designer: Mattia di Rosa
Manufacturer: ALESSI
Material(s): Thermoplastic resin
Price: $8.50
Bottom Line: Available in four colors. Funny.
 
Name: Rosendahl Grand Cru Corkscrew
Designer: Erik Bagger
Manufacturer: Rosendahl
Material(s): Matte polished stainless steel and black Nylon
Price: $53
Bottom Line: Good grip, easy to use, you cannot ruin the cork with that. October 2003, “Real Simple” Magazine Best Corkscrew.
Buy: Amazon.com
 
Name: Anna G.
Designer: Alessandro Mendini
Manufacturer: ALESSI
Material(s): Polymide and chrome-plated zamak
Price: $45
Bottom Line: A little bit pricey compared to other corkscrews but it's' funny and beautiful.
Buy: Amazon.com
Name: Tantalo Bottle Opener
Designer: Karim Rashid
Manufacturer: Magppie
Material(s): Stainless steel with bright silicone
Price: $36
Bottom Line: One of the barware designs by Karim Rashid, organic, simple and shiny.
 
Name: Bottle Opener
Designer: Piet Hein
Manufacturer: Piet Hein
Material(s): Stainless steel
Price: $30
Bottom Line: It opens both pop-tops and screw-caps. Very handy, too.
 
Name: Stelton Bottle Opener
Designer: Peter Homblad
Manufacturer: Stelton
Material(s): 18/10 Satin Stainless Steel over Black Plastic interior
Price: $39
Bottom Line: Does its job very well. Ergonomical. Very popular.
Buy: Amazon.com
 
Name: Diabolix Bottle Opener
Designer: Biagio Cisotti
Manufacturer: ALESSI
Material(s): PA
Price: $12.50
Bottom Line: Devil the bottle opener. Available in six colors.
Buy: Amazon.com
 
Name: Balance Sensitive Drinking Cup
Designer: Katja Holtermann
Manufacturer: Carl Mertens
Material(s): Satin 18/10 stainless steel
Price: $45
Bottom Line: A personal favorite. It lays on its side until you pour your drink in. An award-winning design.
 
Name: Cognac Glass
Designer: Rikke Hagen
Manufacturer: Normann Copenhagen
Material(s): Glass
Price: $50 (pair)
Bottom Line: Elegant. Cognac will taste better if you have a partner.
 
Name: Cohndom Box
Designer: Susan Cohn
Manufacturer: ALESSI
Material(s): Thermoplastic resin or mirror polish stainless steel
Price:$10
Bottom Line: Designed to encourage safe sex, this little box will keep your condoms safe.
 
Name: "Mr. Suicide" Bath Tub Plug
Designer: Massimo Giacon
Manufacturer: ALESSI
Material(s): Plastic with stainless steel chain
Price: $27
Bottom Line: No more reaching for the plug. You have Mr. Suicide floating.
 
Name: Otto Dental Set
Designer: Stefano Pirovano
Manufacturer: ALESSI
Material(s): Plastic
Price: $40
Bottom Line: This set is a group of a toothpaste tube lid "Rondo", one Flos dispenser "Otto" and 2 toothbrush holders "Sden". Perfect for travel.
 
Name: Don't Ashtray
Designer: Josh Owen
Manufacturer: Kikkerland
Material(s): Ceramic
Price: $8
Bottom Line: To make every smoker think again each time.
 
Name: Hand Hooks
Designer: Harry Allen
Manufacturer: Areaware
Material(s): White resin
Price: $75
Bottom Line: Casts of the designer's own hands. Very strange to look at. Hard to look away.
 
Name: Magnetic Fly Swatter
Designer: Josh Owen
Manufacturer: Kikkerland
Material(s): Polypropylene construction with attached magnet
Price: $6
Bottom Line: This is the ultimate solution to lost swatters. Hang it by the hook or magnet. Cheapest gift idea. But pick the person carefully.
 
Name: Bin-Bin Wastebasket
Designer: John Bauer
Manufacturer: Essey
Material(s): High density polyethylene
Price: $46
Bottom Line: Winner of Danish Red Dot Award 2006, IF design award 2006, and the Good Design Award.
 
Name: New York City Story Matchbook
Designer: Tobias Wong
Manufacturer: Conduit
Material(s): Paper, wood
Price: $25
Bottom Line: New York City in a nutshell in a matchbox.
 
Name: Folle Letter Opener/Paper Knife
Designer: Folmer Christensen
Manufacturer: Folle
Material(s): Satin Polished 18/08 stainless steel
Price: $36.5
Bottom Line: FORM '91 Award International Fair in Frankfurt/Main, Germany. Comes with an elegant black envelope; it's easy and safe to use.
 
Name: Folle "@" Money Clip/Key Holder
Designer: Folmer Christiansen
Manufacturer: Folle
Material(s): 18/8 satin polished stainless steel
Price: $30
Bottom Line: A great gift idea in the age of internet. Perfect for engraving or painting.
 
Name: Tykho Fan
Designer: Marc Berthier
Manufacturer: Lexon
Material(s): Aluminum, PVC blades
Price: $55
Bottom Line: Desktop fan with two speeds.
 
Name: Trokia Jumper Key Ring
Designer: Indigo Design Group
Manufacturer: Troika
Material(s): Anodized aluminum/steel braid
Price: $19
Bottom Line: Simple fun. Secure seal.
 
Name: Jacob Jensen Alarm Clock
Designer: Jacob Jensen
Manufacturer: Jacob Jensen Design Company
Material(s): Glass, steel and ABS
Price: $60
Bottom Line: No hands, no digits. A unique interface and stylistic look.
 
Name: Sticksound Radio
Designer: Yves Malka
Manufacturer: Lexon
Material(s): ABS plastic and steel
Price: $50
Bottom Line: It fulfills everything a radio should do just with a joystick control. It has auto-tuning.
 
Name: Lexon Tykho Rubber AM/FM Radio
Designer: Marc Berthier
Manufacturer: Lexon
Material(s): Rubber like case
Price: $55
Bottom Line: Simple look, easy to use. And good sound quality.
 
Name: Lomo Fisheye 2
Designer: Lomo
Manufacturer: Lomo
Material(s): Plastic
Price: $70
Bottom Line: Step into the world of lomography. Fisheye lens gives you a 170° view. Try also other lomo products. It's pure fun.
 
Name: Rosendahl Tommy Larsen CD Lift
Designer: Tommy Larsen
Manufacturer: Rosendahl
Material(s): Plastic, rubber
Price: $30
Bottom Line: Remove and seat the CDs to their cases without even touching them. Not a big job but does it well.
 
Name: Lexon Saturn Flying Disc
Designer: Marc Berthier
Manufacturer: Lexon
Material(s): Polypropylene/rubber
Price: $20
Bottom Line: Great gift for frisbee lovers. Comes with a plastic pouch.
 
Name: ps-yo-yo
Designer: Ulf Hanses
Manufacturer: Playsam
Material(s): Wood
Price: $10
Bottom Line: Well-balanced and smooth wooden yo-yos for every age group. A real eye-catcher. Available in red and black.
 
Name: Zolo Toys Zolo-A-Go-Go
Designer: Higashi Glaser Design
Manufacturer: Zolo Toys
Material(s): Plastic
Price: $32
Bottom Line: 48 piece sculpture set, comes with a vinyl case. +5 ages.
 

Name: Pre Zolo
Designer: Higashi Glaser Design
Manufacturer: Zolo Toys
Material(s): Wood
Price: $48
Bottom Line: Connect the pieces with sticks and create strange characters. +3 ages.
Buy: Amazon.com

 
Name: Racer F1
Designer: Ulf Hanses
Manufacturer: Playsam
Material(s): Wood
Price: $75
Bottom Line: For f1 fans wood in its sublime.
 
Name: Automoblox Modular Vehicle Playset Collection
Designer: Patrick Calello
Manufacturer: Automoblox
Material(s): wood, rubber
Price: $35
Bottom Line: A variety of modular cars. Addictive. You can buy additional parts and keep the fun going. It's cheaper than asking a custom design to Ferrari.
 
Name: Playmates Chess Set
Designer: Büro für Form.
Manufacturer: Umbra
Material(s): Rubber
Price: $30
Bottom Line: With those smiling faces looking back at you, how can you be serious. Great for introducing kids to chess.