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The 3rd Annual PE/LA Holiday Gift Guide

Wondering what to get your loved one who works in the built environment for the holidays this year? Or perplexed about what budding engineers and landscape architects might want for the holidays? Well, wonder no more. It is our pleasure to present the 3rd Annual Holiday Gift Guide for professional engineers and landscape architects.

Gimme the Loop! Gimme the Loop!

Sustainable, local Loop soil amendments are produced by King County and will give spring plants a boost as they begin their growing season. Loop "replenishes the earth and closes the nutrient loop that begins when harvested plants remove nutrients from the soil."

Maps....They Don't Love You Like I Love You

Strut your urbanist stuff with these Urban Gridded Dogtags from Aminimal Studio, which use GPS data from Open Street Map to create each city's signature footprint.

A Get Together Just To Tear It Apart

Our friends over at Manzanita Kids have been making classic, wood children's toys for years. Now they have the perfect gift for the precocious preschool planner with their modular building sets.

We Built This City!

What do you get when the immensely talented Sean Kenney brings his Lego-building talents to the metropolis? Cool City, of course: a collection of urban vignettes sure to delight the creative kid in all of us.
 

Get Up, Stand Up

More data emerges each day about the links between our personal health and the built environment. Well, that goes for offices too! In Scared Sitless, Seattle author Larry Swanson offers "an antidote to the sitting disease" to help you get more active at work.
 

Can I Get A Cold Beverage?

How cool is this?  Repurposed bike chains become handles for mason jar glasses. The result: instant hipster cred.

On the New York Transit Line

Never be at a loss again with these transit map bracelets from Designhype, which are available in a number of different cities from London to Chicago, Paris to DC.

I Want to Ride My Bicycle

Ever wanted to ride your bicycle across the country? Well, its never too late as Bruce Weber proves in his narrative of his second cross-continent trip that he undertook as a slightly creakier 57 year old.
 

Now You're In New York

Ever loved a place so much you wished you could take it with you wherever you went? Well, now you can with these customizable, open source skirts from Monochome. That's right, you can wear your 'hood.


And we'll just note some things that are coming in the new year: our own Susie Philipsen's album will drop in January, Janette Sadik-Kahn will tell the tale of her NYC Streetfight and UW's Thaisa Way will release her new monograph on Seattle's own Richard Haag. Those items and more may be on next year's list.

A special thanks to all of the members of SvR's staff for contributing ideas for this post including: Amalia, Brice, Jess, Justin, Lauren and Kathy. Think you can match the gift to the person who recommended it?