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Romantic Gifts for Designers, Artists, and Architects

Updated on January 28, 2014

Artistic and Romantic Gifts

Find a special gift for your design-minded sweetheart!

Here are a few beautifully designed or good-graphic gifts for artists, designers, architects, and others of the visual persuasion. Gifts that are a little unusual, a little artistic.

Gifts sure to make them smile.

Mackintosh Roses

Roses are traditionally romantic gifts. No designer-type will be disappointed with roses!

But maybe something a little more unexpected?

How about a different kind of flower? Violets are sentimental. Red tulips dramatic and historical. Wildflowers are touching. A bouquet of... artichokes! (Which are BTW flowers.) How about a bouquet of paint brushes? (Now there's a luxury gift.) Or colored pencils?

Or... perhaps flowers as translated by Art?

Scottish Art Nouveau architect Charles Rennie MacKintosh is famous for his beautiful stylized roses...

Georgia O'Keeffe Flowers

This American painter is also famous for flowers... in paintings so modern, so stylized, that the flowers sometimes become abstract. This particular painting is less art-history-book iconic... but I love it.

Love. What is love? No word can define it, it's something so great, only God could design it.

- Helen Steiner Rice

Dutch Flowers

The Dutch painters of the renaissance are famous for floral still lives. And Van Gogh? Sunflowers! And, not quite as famous, but perhaps more lovely and romantic, his paintings of blossoming trees.

Aalto Flower Vases from eBay

How about REAL flowers?

Always romantic!

Designed by modern master AAlvar AAlto, these vases are sure to present fresh flowers with both romance and beautiful design.

William Morris Florals

This British Arts & Crafts designer is famous for (among other things) floral designs that were used on textiles and wallpapers.

Pre-Raphaelite Paintings

From the same Victorian period as William Morris's work, come these PreRaphaelite painters... and images of knights and ladies, nymphs, and Shakespearean lovers so swoonily romantic that what art-minded sweetheart could resist?

Meet the Pre-Raphealite Brotherhood

This BBC mini-series is a romp through the (more-or-less-accurate) history of the Pre-Rapaelites and their art-models. Follow their work-lives and their love-lives as they find fame and fortune and... generally behave like idiots. Appealing actors, great production. Funny, nutsy, sometimes romantic, (often sexy), sometimes sad... always entertaining.

Watch with your designer-sweetheart and some chocolate.

Desperate Romantics
Desperate Romantics

Laugh a lot, tear up a little, and definitely get a bit over-heated watching these bad-boys of the 19th century and their models and muses.

 

Botticelli and Venus

Oh, go for broke - get a Botticelli Venus. What's more romantic than the goddess of love herself?

(I received Botticelli Venus socks once - a truly romantic gift!)

Cupid

And don't forget Venus's side-kick Cupid!

Aye Chihuahua Cupid
Aye Chihuahua Cupid

Aaaaah. Who says romance has to be serious all the time?

 
CUPID Weathervane
CUPID Weathervane

I don't know any artist who could resist this. Maybe you should build a Love Shack to go with it?

 

Being a graphic designer gets you used to rejection of your brilliance. So it’s good practice for dating.

- Heather Phillips

Jim Dine Hearts

This modern artist is famous for (among other things) his "heart" graphics. But I think this one is just as romantic.

Double Robe with Zipper by Jim Dine 27"x39" Art Print Poster
Double Robe with Zipper by Jim Dine 27"x39" Art Print Poster

Makes you think of long, lazy weekends doesn't it?

 

Banksy

From the most famous modern street and graffiti artist, Banksy, this surprisingly tender moment...

Alexander Calder Print

Okay, not stictly-speaking romantic... but so lively and happy it makes you smile. Art from the incomparable modern master Alexander Calder.

Designers are meant to be loved, not to be understood.

- Fabien Barral

Heart Shaped Art and Offerings

Not every sweetheart likes doilies and lace, right?

Time Together

A one-of-a-kind gift (well, it's the last one in stock anyway), this watch's face is decorated with drawings by the famous architect Frank Gehry. (STARchitect we call 'em) Gehry designed, among other things, the concert hall in LA and a little museum in Bilbao.

Gorgeous.

Valentines

Somehow the idea of valentines seems sweet and nostalgic... Here are some vintage and Victorian versions.

Victorian

Go all out old-fashioned romantic and go really Victorian!

1 X Solid Brass Victorian Style Service Desk Bell
1 X Solid Brass Victorian Style Service Desk Bell

And if your sweetheart leads a harried modern life and complains that they're always on-call, providing drive-by design... be sympathetic. Laugh at the situation with them - and this handsome Victorian "Service!" bell.

 

Romantic posters from eBay

Just watch... often posters by Mucha will pop up here. Tres romantique!

Romantic Duel

What design-style should Romance take?

Eames

Or go modern with playful, yet serious, design...

Control Brand G914COLOR Hang Its
Control Brand G914COLOR Hang Its

If home is where you hang your hat - make your sweetie feel at home!

 

The visual image is a kind of tripwire for the emotions.

- Diane Ackerman

Art Supply Case

You love them for their artistic soul! Give 'em a treasure chest for the tools of their trade.

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      cdevries 5 years ago

      @Nanciajohnson: Thanks! And thanks for visiting.

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      Nancy Johnson 5 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      What a great selection of gift ideas for all types of Valentines! I have a very colorful artist Valentine and now I have some ideas for him.

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      Blackspaniel1 5 years ago

      Nice lens.

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      kathysart 5 years ago

      No suggestions as you really covered it. Lots of cools stuff. Angel blessed.

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      cdevries 5 years ago

      @jimmyworldstar: Fun idea! Or color outside the lines and scramble that. Thanks for visiting.

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      Those gifts are very interesting! Blessed!

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      jimmyworldstar 5 years ago

      For anyone who appreciates art, fit it to their individual occupations. Artists can get a framed picture or what not, designers can get a product, and architects can get something constructed in the shape of a heart!