Christmas Gift Guide 2018 – Shop Independant
Small Business Saturday fell over the weekend of our annual Cockpit Arts Christmas Open Studios. As you may know, our studio based in Deptford, run by Cockpit Arts is the home of many small and independent designer makers and their businesses. Small Business Saturday, which falls on the 1st Saturday in December every year, helps to promote small businesses like ours, and encourages people to shop small for their Christmas presents and in general throughout the year. When someone buys a product from a small business, it provides the owner with a sense of satisfaction and happiness that can not be rivalled at big chain brands. We would like to thank you all for your continuing support and hope you will still get behind the brand after Lorna moves away from London to Oxfordshire, which will brings some exciting changes to the business. Although Lorna will no longer have a studio at Cockpit Arts, the move will provide new and exciting opportunities and Lorna will never forget the lessons leanrt and friends she has made over the years in her Deptford studio.
This year we are providing you with a nudge in the right direction when it comes to Christmas gift ideas. It can be really difficult to think of inventive and unique gifts to give to loved ones, so we have provided you with an extensive guide with different price categories to fit every budget. All categories include stylish and beautiful gifts, proving that spending more money is not always necessary to find the perfect gift for someone.
We have included a range of ideas from fine art prints, textiles, leather goods, stylish radios and much, much more! Each of our gift ideas is from an independent brand, as we want to support smaller independent brands like ourselves to ensure their is always variety available on the high-street. These gift ideas offer a unique alternative to what s readily available at big chain brands – so help support variety within the high-street!
Images from left to right – Lorna Syson Small Fabric Robin Fabric Plant/Storage Pot, Josie Shenoy A4 London Buildings Art Print, Lorna Syson Robin Christmas Stocking and Another Studio Plantini Miniature Plant-House Gift Kit
Gifts under £25
1. Lorna Syson Robin Christmas Stocking – £15
Christmas just isn’t Christmas without a stocking hanging on the mantelpiece; this delightful stocking brings nature indoors with a touch of nostalgic charm. It has plenty of room for you to fill with goodies and create the special Christmas excitement and magic. The Robin design is perfect for the festive period, however our stockings are also available in our Buds & Butterflies, Arla and Goldcrest designs, so you can match your stocking to your decor! Fill with small gifts for children or give to a friend as an ornamental gift for Christmas.
2. Lorna Syson Small Robin Fabric Plant/Storage Pot – £19.50
Not just for your festive plants, our small pot holders have a multitude of uses year round as they can store your precious bits and bobs. These pots provide a practical way to bring colour and style into your home. Available in our Robin design, perfect for Christmas, as well as all of our signature prints and a hanging plant pot option in selected designs too! Gift these fabric pots to your bird loving friends and family with their favourite plant inside!
3. Another Studio Plantini Miniature Plant-house Gift Kit – £24.95
Plantini is a beautiful mini indoor planthouse kit which includes everything you need to grow your own tabletop hot house – Not only a unique home for your seedlings, but a fun pastime for the festive season. The kit contains a flat-packed etched planthouse and step-by-step instructions on how to assemble your planthouse. Perfect as a stocking filler or for anyone that loves DIY.
4. Josie Shenoy A4 London Buildings Art Print – £25
This intricate art inkjet print was an original illustration for ‘The Buildings That Made London’ (Bloomsbury Publishing), each A4 print is signed by artist, Josie Shenoy and would make the perfect gift or stylish addition to your own home. Each element is painstakingly illustrated and coloured by Josie in her London based Studio.
Images from left to right – Lorna Syson Designer Square Robin Cushion, Luna Lighting Snowflakes Maxi Tealight Holder, Rentaro Pink on Yellow Serpent Necklace and Sally Lees Brass XOX Cufflinks
Gifts under £60
1. Luna Lighting Snowflakes Maxi Tealight Holder – £36
A wonderful addition for your festive mantlepiece – or a stylish gift for a friend. This Luna porcelain tea light holder is hand thrown and decorated with tiny hold snowflake patterns which give a magical flickering glow. Keep out year round as an ornamental feature and light to create a calming and tranquil atmosphere.
2. Rentaro Pink on Yellow Serpent Necklace – £45
London-based designer Rentaro Nishimura creates innovative necklaces using 3D printing and laser-cutting techniques. His minimal designs bridge the gap between craft and technology – fun, tactile and in a range of fabulous contrasting colours and the perfect gift for any lover of unique and quirky jewellery.
3. Lorna Syson Designer Square Robin Cushion – £52.50
This British Robin cushion adds a festive element of Scandinavian feel to any room. Our luxury feather filled cushions are made in the UK and come in a variety of our Flora and Fauna prints to suit yours or your friends home styling. The Robin design is the perfect gift for Christmas as it is traditional and charming and is bound to be cherished by the receiver.
4. Sally Lees Brass XOX Cufflinks – £55
These hand crafted brass XOX motif cufflinks by designer Sally Lees are the perfect Christmas gift for that difficult to buy for dad, brother or husband. Simple swivel cufflink backs with a good quality mechanism are soldered onto the cufflinks making them virtually unbreakable.hand
Gifts under £125
1. Row Pinto Chouette Skinny Scarf – £90
Designer Row Pinto’s super-soft chouette skinny scarf is handcrafted from the finest British yarn. With a focus on quality and craftsmanship, this lightweight beauty is sophisticated and warm. The stripes change throughout the length of the scarf so that the look is always different however the wearer chooses to tie it! The ideal luxury gift for a family member, perfect for the colder winter months.
2. Lorna Syson X RSPB VQ Monty DAB Digital Radio – £99.99
An exciting collaboration between ourselves and RSPB: this traditional DAB & FM radio with a wireless Bluetooth connection to stream your own music. We created two signature prints in collaboration with RSPB, Long Tailed Tit and Hummingbird – A beautiful gift for a special person, or yourself?!
3. MONTI Frida Plant Stand – £110
The MONTI studio designs and handmakes each plant stand using glass, solder and patina. They can be used as a table top or a perfect alternative to display potted plants or air plants – a super stylish gift for the home.
4. nette’ Handcrafted Leather Goods Patterson Tablet Case – £125
The Patterson envelope tablet case is hand-crafted from genuine Italian leathers, designed with a colourful quilted lining to keep your tablet scratch free and safe, it also works as a simple clutch bag. A great gift idea for any technology lover wanting to keep their tablet or laptop safe whilst on the go – This is also quite unisex so is a good option if you don’t know what to get someone, man or woman.
We hope that this gift guide provides you with some refreshing ideas for Christmas gifting, and that you will continue to support small businesses like the ones featured and our own!