2011 Geometric Arts Holiday Gift List

‘Tis the Season

I imagine many of us are getting to that point of last-minute holiday shopping.  I, of course, am always drawn to fun geometric items at holiday time! So, if you’re struggling to find those last few gifts, here are some fun geometrically-themed gift ideas for 2011.

Toys, Games, and Puzzles

There are, of course, hundreds of toys, games, and puzzles based on geometric shapes.  Here are just a handful of my favorites (all of which I own myself!)

Zometool
For building and exploring polyhedral objects

Buckyballs
An insanely addictive magnetic desk toy

Ball of Whacks
Another fun magnetic toy

Fractiles
7-fold geometric tiles for making patterns and pictures

Rubik’s Cube
An oldie but a goodie!

QJ megaminx II
The dodecahedral version of Rubik’s cube. Don’t ask me where the stupid name comes from!

Books

Here are all the books I’ve reviewed this year on the site (click here to see the posts themselves, or click below to see individual books on Amazon)…

Islamic Geometric Patterns

M.C. Escher: His Life and Complete Graphic Work

Origami Tessellations: Awe-Inspiring Geometric Designs

Platonic & Archimedean Solids

… a couple of others I’ve mentioned in posts along the way …

Origami in Action : Paper Toys That Fly, Flap, Gobble, and Inflate

Zome Geometry

…and here are a few I haven’t gotten to yet, but which I highly recommend:

Arabic Geometrical Pattern and Design
Just got this one myself – nothing but pages and pages of Islamic tiling with construction hints!

The Beauty of Fractals
The most beautiful book of fractal images I’ve run across

Decorative Objects

Last but not least, here are a handful of decor and other miscellaneous items that will appeal to geometric art fans.

Akaasa 2 Sun 10 step Puzzle Box
One of many, many puzzle boxes with various patterns and levels of difficulty

ThinkBamboo Printed Pattern Bamboo Placemats with Matching Coasters
The name kinda says it all!

Italian Geometric Lacquer Blue Box
Pricy, but beautiful!

Coral Stone Paperweight
Stone paperweight shaped like a cuboctahedron – also available in green onyx and black marble

Laser Cut and Engraved Wood Christmas Tree Ornament
And if all else fails, why not an ornament for their tree?! :-)

Swarovski 2011 Annual Ornament
It turns out Swarovski went geo this year!

Note: Many of the links above are affiliate links, meaning that if you click through them to purchase I will earn a small commission. There will be no extra cost to you, and you will be indirectly supporting this web site by supporting its author. :-)

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2 Responses to 2011 Geometric Arts Holiday Gift List

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    michael webster December 18, 2011 at 5:58 pm #

    I’d better be careful or you might make an addict out of me! MW

    • avatar
      Phil Webster December 18, 2011 at 9:41 pm #

      Well, there are MANY worse things to be addicted to!! :-)
      Phil