· 20 items across 6 gifting categories selected from a product engineer’s viewpoint
· What makes these gifts so cool? Descriptions of/reasons for each choice
· Key criteria: inclusivity and sustainability
· High tech values prevail, even in apparel and footwear categories
Today global management consulting firm Kearney’s Product Excellence and Renewal Lab (PERLab), the firm’s industrial redesign practice, released its annual Holiday Gift Guide 2022, a connoisseur-worthy roundup of the season’s hottest tools, toys and togs selected from an industrial designer’s perspective. The guide assesses 20 top products across six archetypal recipient categories, with succinct descriptions as well as rationale for suitability along criteria such as design, inclusiveness, sustainability, and technological wizardry.
“Despite inflationary belt tightening, this holiday season still holds a fascination with getting the perfect gift for that ultra-discriminating loved one,” said Bharat Kapoor, Kearney partner and global lead of PERLab. “After unending debates and loads of products to choose from, we’ve selected an extraordinary array of the gifts we loved the most, across a half-dozen categories, which we think would awe any lucky recipient.”
PERLab’s Holiday Gift Guide 2022 includes gifts for a wide range of design-conscious people, including:
- The Fitness Fanatic
- The Homebody
- The Tech Connoisseur
- The Adventurer
- The Discerning Child
- The Beauty Product Aficionado
“This season I honor my own background, growing up in a family business surrounded by electronics and gadgets. I could never resist taking apart products and building them back,” noted Bharat Kapoor. “So it’s a childhood dream come true to be running PERLab, where our engineers and designers spend every day taking products, deconstructing them, and reimagining them around principals of good design, sustainability and inclusivity. Symbolic of this, our gift guide bears the hallmarks of our PERLab approach, as we share our list of the most impressive high-design and high-tech products we’ve come across. In doing so, we especially hope to instill an interest in the design of great products in younger generations.”
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A copy of the PERLab Holiday Gift Guide 2022 is available here.
Kearney’s Product Excellence and Renewal Lab (PERLab) is the firm’s industrial redesign practice. PERLab helps our clients make the products that customers fall in love with. It's a design-driven approach to gross margin transformation that offers end-to-end capabilities – we can support growth at any point in a product’s life cycle. Our experts in product design, product development, sustainability, user experience, industrial design, IoT, consumer insights, product engineering, packaging design, and manufacturing excellence help organizations disrupt markets and leapfrog the competition. PERLab has studios in Chicago, Stuttgart, and Bengaluru, with clients ranging from Fortune 500 to PE portfolio companies.
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