Inspiring ideas - it's the fabulous Deco Christmas gift guide (part two)

Inspiring ideas - it's the fabulous Deco Christmas gift guide (part two)

From original posters to rusty angel wings, linen cushions to wooden elephants, chalkboards to boot bags, our guide is the gift that keeps on giving great ideas

By Abby Trow and Kay Hill
Original 1930s' ski poster by Jupp Wiertz from antikbar

Original vintage posters make a very special gift for a very special someone and AntikBar is one of the UK's leading dealers. Pictured above: Original 1930s skiing poster: Christiania by Jupp Wiertz (1888-1939), 58.5x67.5cm.

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Click here to see Part One of the Fabulous Deco Christmas Gift Guide

 

AntikBar Posters
Original vintage posters make lovely - and very generous - gifts. So if you are buying for someone with a keen interest in cinema, travel, sport or politics, you'll find a fascinating poster from the genre at AntikBar, which has an extensive collection online, and you can now visit their showroom in London's Kings Road to see these artworks yourself. Prices from around £150. Antikbar

Craft-tastic Yarn Tree Kit
For older children or teens who like to unleash their creativity, the Yarn Tree Kit could be the gift that gets them into making things. The pack comprises a flexible wire tree (recyclable) and lots of different coloured lengths of wool (biodegradable) that you wind around the branches to achieve a pretty tree that's the perfect storage place for earrings, bracelets and necklaces. Age 8+. Yarn Tree KitPrice £24.99

Laura Loves Design
Kent-based designer Laura Nicolson has created an inspiring range of modern floral cushions. Her 100 per cent linen Pansy Dance design evokes a spring flower-bed bursting with purple pansies and it's a stylish accent piece for a sofa or bed. 42x42cm, duck feather cushion pad, handmade in the UK. Laura Loves Design. Price £65.
 
L'Atelier Natalia Willmott
York-based Natalia Willmott sources a marvellous range of homewares, decorative pieces, antiques and vintage designs for her unique online Atelier Natalia Willmott. If you're on the hunt for something specific she will almost certainly have the answer - with prices from below £25. For a partner who loves vases and the colour orange, you could choose the Burnt Orange Vase by French ceramicist Natasha Farinha. It features transfer printed and hand-painted butterflies on one side and Queen Elizabeth 1 on the other! L'Atelier Natalia WillmottPrice £135
 

 

Craft-tastic Yarn Tree Kit, £24.99, on Amazon
Pansy Dance linen cushion by Laura Loves Design. 42x42cm cover is printed all over with delicate pansies. £65, made in UK, www.lauralovesdesign.co.uk
Burnt Orange Vase by French ceramicist Natasha Farinha, £135 at UK's Atelier Natalia Willmott https://nataliawillmott.co.uk
Jenny the Cow drawn by Caroline Walker.  Chalkboards are made from recycled MDF in the UK, £19.95. caroline-walker.co.uk
Woven in Turkey from locally-grown wild cotton, Peshtemal diamond -weave Damla blankets and towels are long lasting, versatile and lightweight. Choose from a host of great colours, £25 or £55 from Lüks Linen, www.lukslinen.com
Carry your muddy wellies in style with this boot bag from UK company Teales

Lüks Linen
Lüks Linen specialises in traditional Turkish Peshtemal cotton towels, which for generations have been woven on hand-looms in Turkish communities using locally-grown cotton. Peshtemal towels and blankets are endlessly versatile and feature a subtle diamond pattern.The towels are super fast-drying and lightweight, so are perfect for travellers or anyone who's a regular at the gym or pool. The larger blankets look great as bedspreads or as throws on sofas/chairs. Lüks Linen. Prices: Peshtemal towels £22 - £30 or Damla Blankets £55.

Caroline Walker Animal Chalkboard
Artist and designer Caroline Walker’s love of animals, particularly rural animals, was instilled from an early age and she draws and paints them, capturing their characters to a tee. Based in Cornwall, Walker has created a home and giftware collection that features her brood of four-legged friends (and two as we can't forget the chickens) and products are made in the UK. For an inexpensive gift for an animal-mad friend, a chalkboard would ensure a smile every time you jot down your to-dos, whether you go for Ruby the chicken, Jenny the cow or Wilf the pig. Boards are made from recycled MDF and come with a rope hook. 36.5cm high. Caroline Walker.  Price £19.95
 
Teales Leather & Canvas Boot Bags
The winter country walk may well find you ankle deep in mud...which raises the problem of dirty wellies in the back of the car. So a sturdy leather and canvas boot bag from British sporting goods brand Teales is the answer as you sling in your boots, zip it up and voilá, no mess. These robust bags are beautifully made and they have a shoulder strap for ease of carrying. Surely a gift that would delight anyone who loves getting out into the countryside - particularly because Teales will emboss your recipient's initials on the bag at no extra cost (*up to 4 letters)Teales. Price £74.99
 
 
Vintage Swedish rag rugs from The Northern House
For heavenly candles..Rusty angel wings from Velvet & Dash, £5 a pair. www.velvet-dash.co.uk
Colourful striped wool lambswool cushion from Quiirk
John Julian UK-made hand-thrown porcelain pinch pots are great for james, butter or olive oil. Small £10, large £15

Above, clockwise from top left: Vntage Swedish rag rugs at The Northern House; Rusty angel wings from Velvet & DashPorcelain tableware by John Julian; Striped wool cushion from QuiirkBelow left: Laser-cut Prism LED light by Amberlights; Right: Art Deco clock on sale in Catherine Southon December auction; bottom left: hand carved wooden elephants from Nilare. Bottom right: The Wild Irish Skincare.

Beautiful Five Pointed Prism light made using reclaimed wood, metal and LED lamps, £150, www.amberlights.work
An ivory and shagreen Art Deco clock, set £100 to £200 at Catherine Southon's December auction. www.catherinesouthon.co.uk
Hand carved by craftspeople in Gabon, these wooden elephants from Nilare are tactile and entrancing. nilare.com
The handmade Wild Irish Skincare range uses seaweed and other natural sustainable ingredients including organic shea butter. Available on Etsy

The Northern House Swedish Rag Rugs

Pretty rugs don't have to cost the earth so if you want to give a practical and decorative gift to, say, a child who's left home and is living in a flat without many creature comforts, something soft underfoot will be appreciated. A vintage Swedish rag rug from The Northern House would be ideal. Rugs are very eco-friendly being made from Swedish people's waste textiles, they come in lots of colours, don't weigh very much and are very easy to transport. The Northern House. Prices from £85.

Velvet & Dash Rusty Angel Wings

A sweet gift for a candlelight-loving someone who believes in angels (isn't that a line from an Abba song?...) - a pair of rusty angel wings that can transform a plain pillar candle into a heavenly light source. Made by Charlotte Starling at Velvet & Dash Interiors using scrap metal from the local blacksmith which she rusts outside, the wings cost just £7.50 a pair. Velvet & Dash

Quiirk Pure Wool Cushions

Cushions are great for adding colour and online arts and homewares retailer Quiirk has a gorgeous cosy range of knitted wool cushions. If you know someone with a soft spot for pinks/reds/blues, the Love Loli Stripe cushion made from machine knitted and felted lambswool is perfect. Quiirk. Price £50.

Amberlights Laser Cut Wood Lamps

Amber Stefani of Amberlights makes exquisite low-energy lamps using laser cut birch and recycled wood, with LEDs. Inspired by nature and by stained glass windows, the lights are designed to cast mesmerizing patterns on the walls and ceiling and the effect of watching them is very relaxing. Five Pointed Prism lamp £150. Order time: 4 weeks. Amberlights.

Nilare Carved Wood Elephants

Nilare is a fair trade, ethical London-based business that works with brilliant craftspeople in Gabon to bring to the UK hand-made homewares and decorative accessories with an African flavour. Nilare's small and perfectly smooth hand-carved elephants are delightful and come in a choice of woods and in stone. These contemporary tactile creatures cost £30 (stone costs £40). Nilare

Catherine Southon Auction

Auctions are brilliant places to find interesting, unusual or quirky presents and Catherine Southon's auction in December (you can bid online too) features lots of decorative accessories and objet d'arts. We love the Art Deco shagreen and ivory mirror that has an estimate of £100 to £200. Catherine Southon

We know too much downward scrolling can be a drag, so click here to see Part One of the gift guide

 

 

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