When you’re shopping for the perfect gift for the recipient who has read everything and seems to know everything, what can you select that they’ll actually value? We’ve round up thoughtful gift ideas for the intellectual on your list.
Meet the Intellectual
The intellectual is constantly consuming news, ideas and insights. Able to think spatially as well as acutely, there seems to be nothing that will ever fully quench this individual’s thirst for knowledge—which is fine, since it means they are an excellent dinner guest. As interested in historical truths as new mathematical problems, the intellectual reads daily (and has amassed a great home library as a result), appreciates companies and brands with time-honored style, and is always intrigued by sharp twists on classic pieces.
When buying for the thinker in your life, keep in mind that the greatest gifts perhaps don’t solve problems or answer questions, but pose new ones.
The School of Life Great Thinkers Book
Dedicated to further developing people’s emotional intelligence, the School of Life consistently puts forward products that help people grow. The Great Thinkers book compiles some of the most important ideas from known philosophers, political theorists, artists, novelist and sociologists and presents them in a clear and concise way.
Hasselblad X1D Camera
Handmade in Sweden, the X1D camera from Hasselblad blends practicality with design and performance. Weighing in at less than half the weight of the average digital medium format camera, this mirrorless model is stepping things up with a high-resolution LCD screen, touch control, an icon-based user interface and mobile-style functionality like pinch and zoom. Ideal for capturing those fleeting, unrepeatable moments to save for intellectual consideration later.
Glashütte Seventies Panorama Date Watch
Sometimes there’s no need for all the bells and whistles. The Glashütte Seventies Panorama timepiece honors the simplicity of the manufacturer’s original masterpiece. Decade-specific details lie in the softly curved casing and galvanized silver dial.
Insane Amplexus Chair
Beyond unusual and interesting designs, Insane melds heritage with a contemporary spin in the Amplexus chair, creating an unmatched sensory experience for its owner. Its ergonomic design is complemented by cozy tweed fabric that circles a coliseum-style headrest and strong wood lines in a warm teak color. The chair-within-chair structure makes this a true thinker’s throne.
Art by Rachel Feinstein
Even the intellectual needs to escape their own mind every now and then. American artist Rachel Feinstein’s baroque sculptures and paintings have a fanciful “Neverland” quality to them, as though they slipped out of her imagination while she was asleep. An intriguing addition to any reading room or home office.
Carlo Rovelli’s Seven Brief Lessons on Physics Book
From Einstein’s theory of general relativity to quantum mechanics and further into the expanse of the cosmos, Carlo Rovelli’s small but impactful Seven Brief Lessons on Physics gives science and math aficionados an overview of some of the most poignant physics theories to date.
Bandit9 Eve Liquid Black Motorcycle
Bandit9 sees motorcycle riding as the path to nirvana. Inspired by science fiction films, the collective fleet is a reimagining of what a commonplace machine can be. The original Honda Supersport is essentially unrecognizable as it was resurrected as the Eve Liquid Black motorcycle. Handcrafted parts, assembled with constant inquiry result in an entirely custom build that’s ready to ride the road to enlightenment.