These Low-Tech Gifts Are Brilliantly High Style

From puzzles to pens, we're going back to not-so-basics.

January 10, 2023

In an age when seemingly everything is available at the click of a button, taking time to unplug can be the ultimate luxury. These analog delights are just right for some much-needed disconnecting.

  • They say a picture is worth a thousand words—or in the case of John Derian’s Bower of Roses Puzzle, a thousand pieces.

    $20, barnesandnoble.com
  • The imperfections in this cheery hand-painted Blue Tulip Candle Holder by Laetitia Rouget make it all the more delightful.

    $173, laetitiarouget.com
  • There are few things more satisfying than crafting something with your own two hands—especially when that thing is Cambridge Imprint’s Cloud of Butterflies Origami Kit.

    $28, trouva.com
  • We believe the book is always better than the (Oscar-winning) movie, especially when it boasts a cover as charming as Penguin Random House’s collectible edition of Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen.

    $25, barnesandnoble.com
  • When Spotify’s shuffle doesn’t do it for you anymore, the Orbit Basic Turntable by U-Turn Audio steps in.

    $199, uturnaudio.com
  • Nancy Sharon Collins’s one-of-a-kind Bespoke Cipher and Hand Engraved Personal Stationery is the ultimate luxury.

    Price upon request, nancysharoncollinsstationer.com
  • Kaweco’s Classic Sport Fountain Pen has retained its signature octagonal design since 1935.

    $25, shopmashburn.com
  • Found by Maja’s jewel-like Hand Cut Crystal and Sterling Match Striker elevates candle-lighting to an indulgent ritual.

    $580, foundbymaja.com
  • Keep your wildest wishes (or your to-do lists) in a star-studded Divine Dreams Journal by Giannini.

    $120 for a set of 2, artemest.com
  • Artisaire’s Cleo Monogram Wax Stamp adds an extra-personal touch to written correspondence.

    $58 as shown, artisaire.com
  • Gardening is a practice in delayed gratification, making Civil Alchemy’s Bee Pollinator Seed Mix a perfect antidote to our go-go-go modern world.

    $6, civilalchemy.com
  • These smokeless and dripless Lavender & Green Marbled Taper Candles by Candle Art Designs are so pretty, you won’t want to burn them.

    $75 for a set of 4, chairish.com