The Art Of Giving

A design lovers gift guide.

I do know if you are anything like me but I am not in anyway an organised Christmas shopper. I do not have everything wrapped by October in paper I bought in January. Oh how I would love to be that person. I am a December shopper and I really like to feel a bit christmassy (and slightly panicked) while selecting my Christmas gifts for loved ones (and sometimes accidentally for myself) I have picked out some absolute beauties this year, perfect stocking stuffers and a few really unique pieces too. This years gift guide includes many of my favourite shops, designers and makers all on my christmas wish list.

1.The Kinfolk Entrepreneur book

Life story Edinburgh £22.50

I have said on here many times before that books are my absolute favourite gift. I have a long list of titles I would love to see under the tree this year including this beauty. Author Nathan Williams introduces us to 40 creative business owners around the world, showing an inspiring, in-depth look behind the scenes of their lives and their companies. Brilliant interviews and stunning imagery as you would expect from Kinfolk.

2. Lappalainen Brass mobile

Etsy – Lappalainen £201.72

I have loved this beautiful handcrafted mobile for a very long time. I think it would look STUNNING floating freely in the corner of my living room. Lappalainen have an amazing collection of mobiles in different shapes and sizes in their range I love this one in a seasonal brass finish, I think the light would reflect beautifully off it throughout the day. They also have some amazing black ones too that would look look really striking against white walls. Please be mine one day.

3. Bella Freud Art matches

Rockett St George £15.00

Perfect cheeky little stocking filler right here. How gorgeous are these white tipped matches? I love the striking (get it?) Bella Freud ART image on the front in punchy monochrome. These would be so beautiful next to the fireplace, a little box of art.

4. Atelier Stella planter

Atelier Stella from £50.00

These are just the loveliest. I would be chuffed to bits if someone bought me one of these tall tripod planters with arms to cheer up my ever expanding plant collection. They come in shiny off white or matt turquoise glaze. They are built and glazed by hand and signed by the artist.

5. Arc Pouch

Anna Mac £32.00

I love love love the design of this cute little bag. It’s the prefect travel bag or even a clutch. It is ethically made up here in Scotland, on English linen union and has a black polo cotton lining.

6. Arc Necklace

Beth Lamont £45.00

I must have a thing for arc right now. I confess I already own one of these, my sister bought me one as a gift and my feeling is that I need the whole range. These are made from beautiful parain ceramic clay that is so smooth to touch. They are available with different coloured cords, I have my eye firmly on this forrest green cord one with black arc. Each piece is handmade by Beth in her Edinburgh Studio.

7. Human Kindness

By Vinegar and Brown paper I love this milk bottle and the words on it even more. I can think of a nicer gift to give this Christmas and let face it we could all do with an extra pint (or two) of Human Kindness. This design is an individually etched British milk bottle complete with foil milk bottle top. Made by designer Andy Poplar. After an award winning career in advertising he decided he reached the end of his creative tether and quit, he wanted to do something different with his life and thank goodness he did. I am a huge supporter of his work.

8. Lindform Pebble Asti Vase


This tiny vase is part of a collection created by swedish designer Marita Linholm. Inspired by nature with its organic tones and simple shapes. This was created after a day at the beach. I absolutely love this piece, I would definitely like a little collection of these on my table for 2018. There are lots of different styles in the range all with similar tones and different textures they look so beautiful sitting together in a collection. But this one, this one is really special. The vase’s are handmade in porcelain clay

9.Menu Afteroon Lounge chair

£1199.00 from Tea and Kate

This chair! Its my list and I am putting it on. Isn’t it just to die for? The latest Menu chair by Hung-Ming Chen and Chen-Yen Wei. They drew inspiration from two modernist designs. Michael Thornet classic Bentwood  armchair and Borge Mongensend spanish chair. With Leather upholstery and steel arms that curve around to from the continuous backrest is utter perfection. Pretty Please!

10. Big Long Bag

£110.00 The Organic company

‘Respect Comes When Respect Is Given’ I NEED this. I could fit my entire life in this bag, all my postal tubes to make  the post office trip more fun. It would be perfect. Carry your life around in style with this huge bag. Made with 100% organic cotton 100x50x35 (I said it was huge!)

Thats it for this years guide, I am keeping my fingers firmly crossed that at least one of these beauties is left under the tree for me this year. I hope you have found a few new pieces, designers and some great ideas for gifts. I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and thank you so much for your support this year. Soo xx