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15 Tech-Free Gifts for Analog Enthusiasts

Zoë Randolph
This soy-wax candle making kit will thrill your friend for whom lightbulbs present too much technology.
This soy-wax candle making kit will thrill your friend for whom lightbulbs present too much technology. / Amazon
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In a world hungry for the latest glowing gadgets, some people find themselves less than enamored with the wonders of modern technology. Have someone on your holiday gift list who’s deliberately old school? Never fear: We’ve assembled a collection of must-haves for the Luddites in your life.

1. Hanging Clock; $60

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A digital clock? Or, worse, using your phone to tell time? Banish the thought with this rustic hanging clock, which features Roman numerals and a satisfying (yet soft) ticking sound.

Buy it: Amazon

2. Set of Fountain Pens; $27

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What better way for your giftee to author the Great American Novel (or a grocery list) than with flowing ink?* Armed with this set of four elegant fountain pens, each with its own leather carrying pouch, your favorite scribe will never again be resigned to the indignity of the Notes app. *Handwriting abilities not included.

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3. Stainless Steel Food Mill; $52

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For those who eschew the blender’s clumsy purée, a classic food mill is just the thing. This easy-to-use grinder allows cooks to choose from fine, medium, or coarse textures, all while proving kitchen appliances don’t have to plug in to get the job done.

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4. Jane Austen book Set; $108

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Whoever advised us not to judge a book by its cover clearly hadn’t seen this set of Jane Austen novels. These foil-stamped volumes from the Penguin Clothbound Classics collection will put e-books to shame. (The writing’s not bad, either.)

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5. Magnetic Bookmarks; $8

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That physical copy of Sense and Sensibility won’t bookmark itself. In addition to their soothing design, these magnetic clips won’t fall out, which is an ideal feature for the reader on the go who prefers to turn the page rather than scroll while riding the Subway.

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6. Paper planner; $12

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For the person in your life who loathes Google Calendar, a physical planner is the only way to go. But just because it’s not digital doesn’t mean it can’t do it all. A Zicoto planner makes organization a snap with sections for standard to-do lists and appointments, as well as additional trackers for water intake, meals, and fitness.

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7. Leather paperweight; $25

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Documents just aren’t the same on a screen, but they do have a habit of piling up. A handy leather paperweight is just the ticket to keep unruly stacks under control. Plus, it may even double as a stress ball.

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8. Set of Self-Watering Planters; $28

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Innovation doesn’t have to be technical. These Gardenix self-watering planter pots are ingenious in their simplicity: the included coconut fiber pellets expand and hold water, keeping roots hydrated, and the water level indicators in the pots show if the plants need a drink.

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9. Do-It-All Swiss Army Knife; $51

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“The Spartan,” Victorinox’s compact, hardwood, and stainless steel pocket tool, is anything but. It contains blades, screwdrivers, a corkscrew, and more for your giftee’s adventures. As a bonus, it comes with a lifetime guarantee, which might be enough time to test out all 11 of its functions.

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10. Multicolor Sealing Wax Kit; $28

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Licking an envelope is so 21st century. Send your giftee back in time with a delightfully whimsical (yet practical!) sealing wax kit. The kit comes with everything they’ll need to close up documents, from a seal warmer and stamp to a selection of 24 wax colors.

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11. Good Clean Fun by Nick Offerman; $17

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From the man who brought us Ron Swanson, perhaps the most famous Luddite in TV history, comes a book that’s one part humor and two parts woodworking projects for any skill level. Laugh along; build a chair! This book does it all.

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12. DIY candle-making kit; $70

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Who needs real lights when you have candles? And who needs pre-made candles when you can make your own? This kit from SoftOwl has everything one needs to create soy wax candles and fill rooms with the kind of light electricity can’t buy.

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13. Stationery Set; $13

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To the person you know who’d rather have a pen pal than send a text, there’s nothing better than a quality set of stationery. With gold detailing and an elegant pattern, these letters will stand out in a mailbox filled with junk mail.

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14. Embroidery Starter Kit; $19

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For anyone in search of a classic hobby, you can’t go wrong with embroidery. With floral patterns and outlines to follow, this kit will teach anyone to master the craft in no time.

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15. Cast-iron skillet; $18

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In a world of air fryers and kitchen gadgets, there’s nothing like the king of cookware: a high-quality cast-iron skillet that will last—nay, improve over the course of—a lifetime. People have been cooking in cast iron for millennia, which means they just might be on to something.

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