What To Gift An Architecture Student

Architecture students need the right tools to be successful and the right gifts to inspire them. Gifts for architecture students can range from books, software and tools to clothing, mementos and accessories. Regardless of the gift, it should be something that will be useful, functional and meaningful to the architecture student.

Aspiring architects need access to lots of tools, whether physical or digital. Software like AutoCAD and Revit can help them design and create their projects. Architectural drafting kits include rulers, triangles and scales and can be used to create plans for their projects. Drawing paper, erasers, manila paper and scale rulers are also essentials for students of architecture.

Aside from the physical necessities of architecture, students need books to reference as they design, as well as coffee and tea to keep them energized. coffee mugs and teacups with architectural quotes printed on them will help them feel inspired and motivated. Architecture student will also appreciate art supplies like sketchpads and pens, a material samples library and a printed plan set so they can experience the physical reality of their projects.

Join the library of an architecture focused periodical like Architectural Digest is a crucial tool, as architecture students need ongoing exposure to all the new trends, tools and techniques of their profession. Gift cards to hardware stores like Home Depot and Lowes can also help architecture students purchase the tools they need in order to properly design, test and build their projects. Money should also not be discounted, as architecture students can use it to buy ANYTHING they need and anything they don’t!

Finally, mementos such as miniature models and sculpture pieces can be the perfect keepsakes for students of architecture. Model kits, building blocks, science kits, construction toys and educational toys can help students understand the fundamentals of structure and design. History buffs might appreciate reading a history of architecture, a guide to vernacular architecture or an overview of architectural styles.

Gifts For Architecture Appreciators

For those who admire architecture but do not practice it as a profession, there are plenty of gift options. Bookworms may enjoy histories of famous architects, illustrated guides to famous buildings or detailed descriptions of cathedrals, townhouses and palaces. Art aficionados may enjoy finding a great book on architectural photography.

Museums and festivals dedicated to architecture are spectacular places of education and inspiration. Many of them have online stores where you can find prints and posters of designs, sketches and photographs. Or why not give the gift of travel and visit amazing cities with world renowned architecture like Paris, Barcelona or Rome.

In addition, there are also easy, affordable ways to add a bit of architecture to everyday life. Keychains, coasters, phone cases and jewelry with architectural designs are an easy way to show off an appreciation for architecture. And for those who like plants and gardens, there are plenty of architecture-inspired planters, flowerpots, herb gardens and other gardening accessories to choose from.

Gifts For Architecture Students

Architecture students require specific tools to help them as they design and plan. A basic drafting kit with pencils, triangles, blocks and rulers is a great way to start. Alternatively, laser measuring tools and calculator for architects are useful for more specialized projects. Small sculptures, such as replicas of famous architectural structures, can also be great gifts and are sure to inspire the budding architect.

When buying books, choose ones that provide in-depth knowledge or a broad overview of their profession. Publications like the Architecture Almanac and the Architectural Times can be excellent resources and discuss current trends and issues related to architecture. Magazines and books featuring design projects, case studies and interviews with architects can help the student broaden their knowledge.

Finally, architecture students will be delighted by practical gifts like books and boxes for storing materials, internet subscriptions to industry websites, or a manual for referencing the types and uses of construction materials. Gifts that help them stay organized, such as boards filled with cork, magnets and clips, will always be appreciated.

Gifts For Those With Busy Schedules

Time can be an issue, even for architecture students. Turn the stress of a hectic schedule into a pleasant exercise in time management with useful gadgets like digital planners, calendars, and to-do lists that can help architecture students organize their project deadlines and keep track of their daily tasks and to-dos.

Noise-cancelling phones and earplugs can help students stay focused on their studies. Add to that a selection of motivation and self-help guides, and the student will be ready to stay at the top of their game. An ergonomic mouse and compact laptop stand, or a standing desk converter, will help reduce the strain from long hours of studying and designing, plus the gift of a comfortable and adjustable chair to go with it.

Novelty gifts can also make for excellent presents for busy, overwhelmed architecture students. Decorative, funny and useful items like coffee mugs, tote bags, laptop stickers and pencil cases, will bring a smile to thry face while they are stuck studying or in meetings.


A thoughtful and practical gift will go a long way in keeping an architecture student motivated and on track. From books and software to clothing, accessories and gadgets, there are lots of options for the perfect gift.

Anita Johnson is an award-winning author and editor with over 15 years of experience in the fields of architecture, design, and urbanism. She has contributed articles and reviews to a variety of print and online publications on topics related to culture, art, architecture, and design from the late 19th century to the present day. Johnson's deep interest in these topics has informed both her writing and curatorial practice as she seeks to connect readers to the built environment around them.

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