Top 10: Christmas Gifts for Art Lovers in 2016By Suzi Malin
Looking for the best Christmas gifts for art lovers? We’ve got it sorted. Buying presents for the art lover is great fun; everyone loves art and there are so many exciting things out there right now to titillate the senses. Here is a round up of our favourite arty Christmas gifts, with prices ranging from £10-£504, so there is definitely something that will appeal to your art lover friends – whether to eat, to wear or just to light up their lives:
The Lowdown: If it’s time for a new watch and you want to look neat, then wear Magritte! Six unique watches have been designed by the Belgium deign brand, Komodo and inspired by artist Rene Magritte.
The Idea: The manufacturers claim these watches to be unisex but may be better suited to men than women because they are for a larger wrist. Each depicts different details from a signed Magritte Painting, comes in a limited edition Magritte box.
The Lowdown: Face creams for a pre-Raphaelite complexion. These 2 face creams infuse the skin with an inner luminosity and magical rejuvenation. The two products, the Blue Diamond Supercream and the Blue Diamond Concentrate (which won the Vogue Best Serum Award) come in packaged Christmas box.
The Idea: This special offer combines two creams usually £295 each, but you get both for £400 saving £200 off the total cost price. Omorovicza products are powered by a potent blend of Hungary’s mineral rich healing waters and their patented hydro mineral transference. It doesn’t come cheap but if you want your muse or yourself to be the picture of radiance and beauty, then this is worth the money and the most perfect gift.
The Lowdown: Exclusive to the Tate is this great iPad cover featuring Roy Lichtenstein’s ‘Explosion ‘suitable for iPad 2 and 3 and costing £35.
The Idea: There are also fun products from Roy Lichtenstein to accompany this trendy item – the Lichtenstein mug and cushion. Fun, young at heart items to brighten any home.
The Lowdown: For art lovers who love to cook, buy the Francis Bacon apron inspired by one of his original drawings. The apron was created to coincide with the opening of the Francis Bacon exhibition at the Tate Liverpool in the summer of 2016.
The Idea: It is now half price at only £12.50. Another item taken from the same Francis Bacon drawing is a cushion, originally £20 and now reduced to £10. The blue in these products has beautiful depth and makes a very practical, reasonably priced present.
The Lowdown: The Gold King Edison pendant lamp by Mineheart will light up your home in a way like no other. Humorous, romantic and certainly a talking point Mineheart designed by Young and Battalglia is available for £504.
The Idea: The dimensions are 15 cm x 21cms and for use with 5 volt power supply and with 2 metre braided cable. Certainly quirky, this light will delight!
The Lowdown: For those who like to feast the eyes as well as the palate, there is a set of china just for you. This fine, handmade, bone china, made in Stoke on Trent, is durable enough for everyday use but with gilding that can make it perfect for grand occasions too.
The Idea: Extend the Melody Rose range to include dinner and salad plates at £45 and £38 respectively. At least if you can’t cook , no one is likely to notice as this tableware has to be the best distraction on the market.
Price: Espresso cup and saucer (set of two) – £64. Teacup (set of two) – £68.
The Lowdown: Ideal for singing in the rain – here is an umbrella with magic. Rainwater transforms a simple black and white geometric umbrella into a coloured one.
The Idea: London landmarks magically appear, Big Ben, Tower Bridge and more. At last, rain is fun at only £26.99 from the British Museum.
The Lowdown: The Delicious Art Luxury Hamper is crammed with delicious delights – fudge, marmalade, jam, cookies, tea, dark and milk chocolate, Cabernet Savignon Valle Centralle to name a few. All top quality produce and adorned with beautiful reproductions of well known paintings.
The Idea: It is a perfect gift at £70. In this range one can also buy individual gifts with art packaging, for stocking fillers. There is the Prestat gift box dusted of Praline Truffles, made from a 100-year old recipe with Van Gogh’s sunflowers on the packaging. The £28 sloe gin made by London Dry Gin, with a detail of George Stubbs’ Whistle jacket’ about 1762, is an ideal gifting looks great on the drinks tray.
The Lowdown: The electronic device Olloclip is for the new world of artistic, selfie lovers. A new, patented design that fits both phone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus model and works with both the front and rear facing cameras to capture the perfect selfie or any other moment with wide angle, fish eye or 10×15 macro.
The Idea: It is a wearable pendant which makes this the first wearable smartphone lens which clips on and off your device in seconds.
Price: The Ollocip 4-1 photo lens is priced at £49.79
The Lowdown: Leaving the best to last, this present is one every woman wants. The colours are extraordinary and the fabric itself is so luxurious that one won’t want to wear anything else. The visual artist, Lowri Tan has her original art work printed in the heart of Lombardy, known for its rich history of silk production.
The Idea: Lowri Tan has five signed, limited edition, boxed designs. Four of these are 140cm x140 cm which can be tied as a sarong or a rectangular scarf and retail at £185. The fifth, limited edition scarf is 90×90 cm and is silk twill priced at £165. Wear your art to be terribly smart
Price: From £165