It's fair to say that Escama Studio is totally obsessed with aluminum. But even we didn't know that the 10 year wedding anniversary is the 'Aluminum Anniversary'. I only learned learned this bit of trivia as I was scrambling to find an appropriate 10 year anniversary gift. If you're in this situation -- hunting the internet for a stylish 10th anniversary gift that is not a gag gift -- then you're in luck. Here's our recommendations for high design aluminum gifts that stand out from the rest. Let's begin......
The Water Jug from F!NK + Co.
From the Australian design company F!NK + Co. comes an aluminum pitcher that looks like a piece of modern art for your tabletop. Nothing else looks like it and nothing else pours like it. The Museum of Modern Art uses the F!NK jug in their cafe and they also sell it in the MoMA design store. The museum describes it as a 'precise ergonomically controlled pouring tool' and the designers at F!NK + Co. say they aim to 'create utilitarian items that are also "objects of pure pleasure." We think that the product description is a bit over-the-top but the pitcher is still very cool.
'Socorro' The Original Pop Top Bag
The Socorro bag from Escama Studio is a 'modern chainmail' purse made of woven aluminum. Handmade in Brazil from up-cycled aluminum pop tabs, it's beautifully finished with a high quality fabric liner, inside zipped pocket for iPhone and a metal zipper top closure. Lightweight, smooth, durable and it gets lots of compliments. Escama has other aluminum pop tab purses including clutch purses, shoulder bags and items under $30. Escama is also available on AMAZON >> .
Lexon Mino Mini Bluetooth Speakers
The brand Lexon has a range of modern design objects from aluminum, our favorite is a collection of tiny aluminum mini bluetooth speakers called Mino. Designed by Manuela Simonelli and Andrea Quaglio. The smallest speaker in the Mino collection measures just 1.5" x 1.5" x 1.5". It's rechargeable, has an elegant anodized aluminum shape and delivers great sound quality. It's a nice gift for women or men, available at ATYS >>
Ray-Ban Clubmaster Aluminum Frame Sunglasses
Ray Ban Clubmaster is an aluminum gift suitable for women or men. Iconic American-designed Ray-Ban has a well-deserved reputation for being high quality and stylish. We like the sleek, modern white and aluminum frames paired with the silver mirror lenses. A new pair of sunglasses is a cost effective and practical aluminum gift.You can find Ray-Ban discount codes and deals online if you spend some time to look.
Hammered Aluminum Cuff from John S Brana
Aluminum jewelry is beautiful and it's great because it doesn’t rust, tarnish or fade over time. This minimalist cuff bracelet is shaped and textured by hand. The simple design allows it to be an incredibly versatile addition to your jewelry collection. You could wear it for an elegant night out or with your casual weekend outfit. The artist has several options on his Etsy store and it's a good place to get some other ideas for aluminum jewelry gifts.
'Bialetti Moka Express Espresso Maker
If you have coffee drinkers in your life then a fun 10th anniversary gift might be the Bialetti stove-top Moka Express. With an iconic design that has not changed since it was introduced in 1933, the Bialetti has an octagonal shape that is designed to diffuse heat evenly. The coffee pot is made of polished cast aluminum and has a Bakelite handle. The Bialetti 6800 makes 3 cups of 2 oz espresso in just a couple minutes. We've owned one for over a decade and it's indestructible. It's widely available online and at the Bialetti website.
Bianchi Milano Cafe Racer
Continuing on the Italian design theme, there is no bicycle on the planet more adorable than the aluminum framed Bianchi Milano Cafe Racer. If getting back in shape has been a resolution that you haven't acted on, imagine how much easier it will be when you have a bike at looks like it just jumped out of a Fellini movie. Makes perfect sense, right? The Bianchi team color, Celeste Green paint, paired with red sidewall tires and red whip stitched hand grips make the bike immediately indisputably Italian. The 8 speed gears operate in an internal hub and the Shimano Nexus handlebar gear shift is like shifting on that other icon of Italian design, the Vespa. Available online at Bianchi.
Squarestreet SQ31 Aluminum Wrist Watch
Squarestreet, makes aluminum watches for the 'New Gentleman'. The company behind this sophisticated watch describes it as the happy medium between heavy stainless steel and super minimalist wrist watches. The SQ31 is practical and readable while presenting a sleek and simple design. They come in various impressive styles and it looks like they're flying off the shelves -- quite a few are out of stock on the Squarestreet website. As the watch maker likes to say 'Aluminum represents everything that Squarestreet stands for. Innovation, moderation and honesty'. Clearly we are speaking the same language.
Ten Year Wedding Anniversary Tin Rings
This Etsy artist has an entire online store dedicated 10th anniversary gifts! One of their most popular gifts is this pair of tin rings, inscribed with ‘Ten Years’. These are made to order for men and women, so they make a perfect gift to exchange for couples. And the artist has offices in both the US and UK, so if you’re in Europe or the US, there’s a quick shipping option for you!
Standing at the baggage carousel waiting for our battered suitcase to arrive, we've always been envious of the people who pick up the stylish aluminum luggage. For this 10th anniversary gift round up we discovered that there are a lot of manufacturers who make aluminum luggage at prices for most budgets. On the upper end there's Tumi and Rimowa (pictured), but there are more affordable options from Muji and Samsonite. You can cheat a little too because there are faux aluminum bags from Italy's Crash Baggage made of ABS polycarbonate that are really clever. Spoiler alert: when you exchange luggage as a gift, inevitably the next question that you'll ask is 'where should we go for our anniversary'? Which brings us to our last gift idea.....
If you're going to go all out on a 10 year anniversary gift then it's our duty to recommend the Airstream Sport trailer. The funky retro Airstream aluminum trailers have always had a rabid, cult following but now with the wildly popular trend of Van Life (#vanlife), there's an even bigger demand for Airstreams. Small enough to be towed by an SUV, it sleeps up to four (!!), has a bathroom and shower (!!) and kitchen. You can find used airstream trailers and campers for sale online pretty easily. And if you really want to go crazy for your Aluminum Anniversary you can go to Alumapalooza.
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