Ryan Holeywell | @RyanHoleywell | December 16, 2015
Got a city planner, an architect, a policy wonk, or other lover of all-things-urban in your life? What better way to show you care than with an urban-themed gift this season? Christmas is less than two weeks away (and if you’re shopping for Hanukkah, you’re already too late). So it’s time to start shopping.
Transit water bottle — REI.com — $17.93
Show your love for your hometown transit system with an aluminum water bottle featuring its map. Available in eight different cities, the bottle is the perfect way to show that you know the best way to travel in style is to travel on a train.
Wooden city map — Neighborwoodmaps.com — $88
Get a laser-engraved map showing your city and its neighborhoods. Makes the perfect gift for someone new to town. More than 30 cities are available.
Cities: Skylines — Steam — $29.99
Do you know people who always says the city could run better, if only they were in charge? This is the perfect way to put them to the test. The popular computer game allows users to practice urban planning, zoning, road placement, and taxation as they simulate the city of their own creation.
City Plates — National Building Museum Gift Shop — $54
Sleek plates feature maps of some of the most iconic cities in the world. And with more than 30 locales to choose from, there’s always an opportunity to add more to the set.
Vintage-Style City Prints — Anderson Design Group — $39
The Nashville-based graphic design firm Anderson Design Group sells these captivating, vintage-style posters for dozens of American cities large and small. Prices range from $39 to $208, depending on their size and whether they’re framed.
Lego Architecture — Amazon.com — $19+
The popular kids toys gets a makeover, with complicated sets featuring some of the world’s most iconic buildings from New York’s Guggenheim Museum to the Louvre to the Sydney Opera House. Be warned: some of the kits cost in excess of $200.
City skyline cutting board — Etsy — $33 to $43
These hardwood cutting boards feature engraved images of various city skylines. They’re meant to be displayed on the engraved side and functional on the reverse. Available in several different sizes and types of wood.