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Last minute gift ideas for creatives

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1. Ceramic gifts

These two beautiful jars by @ionaceramics on Instagram (above) are made from jade green porcelain and inspired by ripples on sand.

Photo credit: @birkimbags on Instagram

Metallic Tote bag style planter by Kimberley, @birkimbags on Instagram. She makes a range of planters and vases perfect for plant lovers.

Figure 1 Photo Credit Sculpd

Air drying clay craft sets by Sculpd, who also sell candle making kits. For ideas on what to make with your kit, check out their gallery page Best of Sculpd


2. Bullet Journalling

 Photo Credit: Journal Junkies

Highly rated is the A5 Leuchtturm 1917 dotted notebook (a firm favourite among journallers) with ink-proof paper that pens won’t show through.

Photo Credit: Tombow

Any new bullet journaller or avid fan of scrapbooking will also need pens, such as this dual brush pastel set from Tombow. These have a fine liner and brush heads for highlighting and underlining.


3. Culinary and home-growing gifts

 Photo Credit: WHSmith

Many creative people find an outlet in cooking, or in creating flavour combinations in drinks. This literary themed recipe book, Tequila Mockingbird has cocktails inspired by great books. 

Photo Credit Sous Chef

Sous Chef also has a range of cookbook and ingredient bundles such as this pack by Dishoom – modern Indian cuisine, which is a hit in its restaurants in London, Edinburgh and Manchester. 

For the green-fingered among us, a growing kit for herbs which accompany tea is ideal – this set includes fennel, chamomile and peppermint. The site also has this coffee plant for caffeinated friends and family. 

Other horticultural gifts include personalised tools which are perfect for indoor and outdoor growing. 


4. For artists in need of inspiration or encouragement

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For sketchers, budding painters and established artists, 365 Days of Art is a book of creative prompts from illustrator, designer and author Lorna Scobie (@lornascobie on Instagram)

A good stock of stationery is key to being prepared to make art on paper, and the London-originating company Cass Art stocks a range of sketchbook options for all budgets. Their gift collections vary from lino printing sets to oil paints, and they also have vouchers for indecisive gifters.

And for an owner of pens, pencils and implements this canvas pencil roll may be just the gift to store these compactly, from Present and Correct. 

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And last but not least, this cool iridescent stapler from Poketo is brilliant, literally. 


5. Charity Wall art

Photo Credit: Creative Boom

Help Syrian refugee women in Lebanon by buying any from this selection of prints from Across Borders (available until the 20th of December on acrossborders.es) 


6. For photographic fun

Photo Credit: Urban Outfitters

Fujifilm Instax Mini polaroid cameras are popular for their ease of use and portability, allowing you to capture important moments whenever they happen and however you choose to display your printouts. This Sage colour is a lovely addition to the range, an Urban Outfitters exclusive.


7. For the Traveller

Photo Credit: Etsy

These customisable travel journals featured on Creative Boom are fantastic for people who like to explore, and come in a range of countries and cities from UK-based Fo!Design on Etsy.  


8. For soon-to-be lovers of a good ‘stitch n bitch’

Photo Credit: Cotton Clara

These embroidery kits from UK-based Cotton Clara are a great entry point for beginners and a nice gift for seasoned sewers too.

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And for the craftivists, Feminist Cross Stitch, the “ultimate subversive cross stitch book” available on Bookshop.org (remember Lorna Scobie from earlier? It’s in her shop!)

Hawthorn Handmade snowman needle felting

Also these two Christmassy kits featured in You Magazine would be a great way for someone to make their home festive.

Corinne Lapierre angel decorations kit

9. Abstract Lampshades for all your interior design needs

 Photo credit: Instagram and Instagram (@sparke______)

From Sparke Designs (Minnie Sparke Peck) or @sparke______ on Instagram, these hand painted commissioned lampshades are a beautiful addition to any room.


10. The most comfortable dungarees you may ever wear

Lucy and Yak’s range is produced sustainably in India and have become synonymous with casual eco chic. With classic corduroy in pastels and neutrals to loud statement limited edition pieces these are an autumn/winter (and spring!) wardrobe essential for lovers of comfort. 


11. Memberships

Photo Credit: Art Fund
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For people who like galleries, heritage and generally wandering around an airy or historic space, there are annual passes from.

Along with a range of memberships available for individual institutions which are just a quick Google search away.

Libreria – Photo Credit: Secret London

For book lovers, a monthly subscription (fiction, non-fiction or child) to independent bookshop Libreria might also be a good idea.


12. And finally – other gift cards

These were featured by The Telegraph and would be suitable for people difficult to buy for:

A Bandcamp Giftcardwhere you can buy music, records and merch.

 Photo Credit: Candid Arts Trust

Candid Arts Trust LondonZoom Life drawing class voucher.


Extra ideas:

Ring making kit: https://www.notonthehighstreet.com/poshtottydesignscreates/product/personalised-silver-ring-making-kit?DGMKT=FID__TID_pla-4580496730137641_PID_799525_CRI_4580496730137641_ST_ring%20making%20kits&msclkid=9a29f4d7dc9d1ae403c0ab01a4c1aca2&utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=UK_PLA_FGT_a.Catchall&utm_term=4580496730137641&utm_content=a.Catchall%20%7C%20Family%20%7C%20jewellery 

For colleagues – secret santahttps://www.creativeboom.com/features/if-you-think-secret-santa-is-rubbish-take-a-look-at-this-ungifted-solution-to-help-save-the-planet/


By Josie Eldridge

By assemblagecollective

An interdisciplinary youth collective made up of young creatives aged 18-26

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