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The Freshome Gift Guide: Mid-Century Modern Gifts for the Design Purist

Mid-century modern design is a hot trend. And a mod design lover has a special eye for retro, minimal and functional features. So what type of gift do you give this type of design purist? Here are the best mid-century modern gifts in stores now for the modern design fan.Iconic mid-century modern clocksOne of the most iconic mid-century modern design pieces is the George Nelson Wall Clock, available at Design Within Reach for $395 More mid-century modern clocks in stores now:1,2,3 Mid-century modern gifts for the coffee loverThe Francis Francis Espresso machine by Illy blends state of the art with mid-century modern design. Available at Amazon for $235 More mod coffee gifts in stores now:1,2,3,4,5,6 Mid-century modern hostess giftsBrightly colored geometric trays in many shapes, colors and sizes mix and match to create beautiful designs. Hay Kaleido Trays at the Danish Design Store for $16-$49. More modern hostess gifts in stores now:1,2,3,4,5,6,7 Mid-century modern gifts for the audiophile
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