The Inkygoodness Gift Guide 2017

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Creatives are notoriously hard to buy for. What fellow creatives see as 'good taste', the rest of the world often sees as just being picky. Luckily, our 2017 gift guide is here to showcase some products that even the pickiest designer couldn’t resist.

It’s easy to get drawn in by all the big brand’s glitzy Christmas campaigns, but it’s important not to forget about the smaller businesses out there. Within our round-up we’ve included both individual artists and smaller brands, all of whom champion creativity and uniqueness with their gifting ranges.

Here are some top Christmas gift ideas for 2017…

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Print Club London Gift Boxes (£90 – £185)

Print Club London’s new range of gift boxes make the perfect present for the print-lover in your life. The club has 3 different boxes available – The Cockney Badger, The Camberwell Carrot and The White Fang. Each includes a copy of the studios new book “Screenprinting, The Ultimate Studio Guide: From Sketchbook to Squeegee” as well as either print shop or workshop vouchers and a few extra items like pins and postcards.

Whether you’re shopping for someone who loves collecting art or who loves making prints – Print Club London’s gift boxes have you covered!

Greg McIndoe
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“Astratto” Cup & Saucer Set from Oliver Bonas (£40)

With Oliver Bonas’ new “Astratto” cup and saucer collection, you can give the gift of an artful coffee experience. “Astratto” means abstract in Italian and the range takes inspiration from 1970’s Italian design. The cups and saucers are made with fine bone china and hand painted with floral designs before being finished off with a touch of gold to add that opulent feeling. The recipient’s daily coffee fix will never be the same again!

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Geometric Print from Katie Leamon (£30)

Keeping with the classy homeware gift theme, this geometric print from Katie Leamon adds a bold statement to any interior. Particularly perfect for any graphic designers on your list, the simplistic design features an array of geometric gold foil shapes.

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A4 Portrait Illustrations from Amy Victoria Marsh (£60)

If you are looking for a more unique print to give this Christmas, Amy Victoria Marsh has the answer. For the reasonable price of £60, Amy is offering custom portraits of you, a loved one and any pets or plants you might wish to include. She even offers the chance for you to review a digital sketch before the final artwork is made.

If you are looking to immortalise a memory with a loved one in a completely unique way then Amy’s custom portraits are the perfect solution!

Greg McIndoe
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“Hockney” Plant Pot from Wrap Magazine (£49)

If you know someone who picks quirky over classy every time when it comes to homeware, this plant pot from Wrap Magazine will be right up their street. Handmade in Brooklyn by ceramics studio Group Partner the booby pot adds a bit of personality to any houseplant. Pots are cast in a light tan stoneware and finished with hand painted Hockney-esque details.

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A3 Leaf Print from Sandra Dieckmann (£22)

Leaf by Sandra Dieckmann would make the perfect gift for picture book lovers out there. And if they already have a copy, Sandra has a whole range of prints from the book available. Find out their favourite scene from the book and then you can get it framed for them. Our favourite is this adorable scene featuring Leaf the bear napping inside a cave.

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Tiger Throw from Jacqueline (£195)

Another leaf-themed gift idea is this gorgeous jungle-inspired throw from Jacqueline Colley. Tropical motifs were all over the design world this year but few took inspiration from them as much or as well as Jacqueline. Earlier in the year, we championed Jacqueline as queen of the tropical trend as she managed to stay original, whilst taking advantage of it’s popularity. You can read the full article here.

Whether they unashamedly jumped on the tropical bandwagon, or liked leaves before it was cool to like leaves, you are bound to know someone who is all over the botanical trend. And this is the perfect gift for them!

Greg McIndoe
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Cactus Cookie Jar from Howkapow (£26.95)

This cactus cookie jar from Howkapow is yet another ultra-trendy homeware gift. Designed in Amsterdam, the jar will make the perfect present for cookie and cactus lovers alike. The jar isn’t ideal for any snack hiders though. It makes far too bold a statement to keep your best snacks secret.

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Papergang Subscription from Ohh Deer (£10.95+)

Finally, a Papergang Subscription is both our biggest and smallest gift idea of 2017. Each individual box is small enough to fit through a letter box, but the subscription can last as long as you want. Every month the recipient will be treated to a selection of beautifully illustrated paper goods hand picked by the team at Ohh Deer.

Stationery addicts are actually one of the easier creative types to buy for. The little things in life like paper and pencils thrill them. Just think how elated they will be when they find out they have months of papery treats still to come!

Greg McIndoe

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Posted on Dec 13th, 17 by | Twitter: @HeadlessGreg

Headless Greg is the pseudonym of Scottish illustrator Greg McIndoe. Often found hunting for creative ideas and inspiration online and in books and magazines, he joined Inkygoodness in 2014 as a regular columnist.

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