The following post is brought to you by Tequila Don Julio. Our partners are hand-picked by the Design Milk team because they represent the best in design.

When Tequila Don Julio asked me to create a gift guide of design-led gift ideas, I was positive they’d nominated the right person for the job. Did you know that Don Julio Gonzalez was the first to design the short squat tequila bottle design? The purpose of this design was so the bottle could be placed on a table and not block friends from being able to see one another and impede conversation. Sounds like a great marriage of form+function to me! Take this holiday season to the next level with one of these designy gifts:

1. 103 Series Watch by Uniform Wares – perhaps the most beautiful watch ever designed \\\ 2. Grow Your Own Mushroom kits – I didn’t even know that this existed, but perfect for someone like me who can’t grow anything. Maybe I can grow fungi! \\\ 3. Work Hard & Be Nice to People poster by Anthony Burrill – Words to live (and work) by \\\ 4. Yves Behar x Jawbone = design and audio awesomeness in one \\\ 5.  Empty Memory USB – the coolest-looking USB drive that exists \\\ 6. The Geometry of Pasta by Caz Hildebrand – the perfect book for design-obsessed foodies \\\ 7. Tequila Don Julio – give the gift of quality design and taste

Don’t forget to #showyouknow by sharing a photo of how you’re taking this holiday season to the next level using the special #showyouknow hashtag and visit and register to see if your photo made it into their holiday mosaic.

DON JULIO TEQUILA . 40% Alc/Vol. ©2012 Diageo Americas, Norwalk, CT.