Feast your eyes on a second(!) Art Desk Christmas gift guide, featuring even more independent makers, artists, and small businesses. Supporting artists and makers is easy and feel-good: simply scroll to discover a curated selection of gifts, cards, and festive decorations, all designed, made, and wrapped by creative people who love what they do!
Hanging decorations by Jessica Kopetzki
Jessica is a freelance illustrator based in the Lake District. A selection of charming autumnal illustrations can be found in her shop, along with a festive paper wreath, and these beautifully designed wooden decorations!
Cards by Luiza Holub
Luiza is an accomplished printmaker whose bold, blocky yet sensitive style perfectly captures the quiet, haphazard quality of everyday life. Her ‘Christmas Hugs’ card/print is particularly lovely – the perfect token to send to anyone you haven’t been able to see.
Embroidered accessories by Hattie McGill
Goldwork embroidery involves using metal thread to create tactile, high-impact embellishment (think military dress uniforms). Of course, Hattie puts her own spin on things, creating brooches etc. from sparkly shrimp, sunglasses, and dinosaurs.
Natural skin care by Wild Sage + Co
Simple skin care made with natural ingredients. Wild Sage +Co is a small, family run business based in the quiet Herefordshire countryside. Visit their website for a delightful selection of sustainable packaged vegan soaps, shaving products, lip balms, and more…
Cards and gift wrap by Nick Sellek
Nick’s paper goods are created using photographs of New York, Paris, Oxford, Brighton, Berlin, Bath, and Hackney in London. Cards feature cut-out windows that reveal mini cosy interiors; turn your prezzies into little buildings with his unique photographic gift wrap.
Decorations by Kayleigh Radcliffe
Kayleigh takes inspiration from a medley of influences including Arthur Rackham’s illustrations, nursery rhymes, folklore, and the natural world. Her decorations and brooches have a slight Brothers Grimm vibe, featuring grinning cats, apples, teeth, and moons.
Hand-printed cards (first, second) by Imogen Aitchison and Heather Tempest Elliott
The Twelve days of Christmas really seems to bring out the best in printmakers. From beautiful colours to hand-painted gold pears, these Partridge cards are certainly among the classiest you’re likely to find!
Hand-printed goods by Claire McKay
Pouches, needle cases, and keyrings in bold botanical designs. All of Claire’s items are handmade from a natural linen-cotton mix that’s been carefully block-printed with her original designs. Visit her shop to view a huge range of gift ideas!
Prints by Callum Russell
Fire escapes, street scenes, industrial fittings – Callum’s detailed works are highly architectural both in subject and composition. A variety of original prints are available in his shop – perfect for that pal who’s after some bold graphic art for their pad/office.
Sea glass jewellery by Beach Shack Project
Necklaces, bracelets, and earrings made from Brighton beach finds. Hannah secures pieces of sea glass by ‘setting’ them in fine woven wire lattice – an ingenious technique of her own creation. Use code AHOY10 at checkout for 10% off!
Every day objects by Amy Leake
Amy is driven by her love of using beautiful handmade objects—a hand thrown mug, a turned wooden bowl—in her everyday life. The wood she uses is sustainably sourced from local tree surgeons or coppiced woodland and worked skilfully with hand tools.
Cards and prints by Lizzy Stewart
Lizzy is a London-based illustrator and author. Her starry Christmas cards combine a naïve simplicity with a joyous, and frankly, extremely Christmassy use of colour. A range of charming prints—Pond, Winter Bird, Living Room—are also available in her shop.
3D Nutcracker theatre card by Ben Dunnett
Ben’s handmade 3D theatre cards capture all the essential elements of The Nutcracker, including movable characters (Nutcracker, Sugar Plum Fairy), the orchestra, and a magic growing Christmas tree. Plus, each card is lino-printed by hand!
Winter sprig decorations by Emma Rosa
Emma’s unique winter berry sprigs are beautifully made from a variety of carefully chosen materials, including silk, wool, moss, and clay. Her life-like rosehip sprigs are available in a choice of burgundy or rust-red taffeta!
Pewter jewellery and keepsakes by Glover & Smith
Every item produced by the team at Glover & Smith is handmade in their small Wiltshire studio from high-quality lead-free pewter. Discover earrings, trinket boxes, and keyrings featuring oak leaves, bees, wrens, and hares.
Pin badges by Heidi Gardner
Know any biochemists or entomologists? Here are the STEM pin badges you need to validate their achievements. Designed by research scientist Heidi after being told she didn’t ‘look like a scientist’, these cheery badges set out to prove that anyone can science.
Prints by Jodie Howard
Jodie is committed to creating atmospheres and emotion in her work, citing light, landscape, and nature as particular sources of inspiration. Regardless of subject, her prints are full of a warmth and thoughtfulness that make them prime candidates for gifting.
Plant pots by Alex Sickling
A charmingly eclectic offering of hand-painted ceramic plant pots. Choose from David Bowie, Nick Cave, Madonna, Ozzy, Yayoi Kusama, Van Gogh, Grayson Perry, Barbara Hepworth, Frida Kahlo, and David Hockney. Make that £1.99 Tesco cactus happy.
Decorations by Kath Cooper
Kath’s ceramic pieces have a distinctly illustrative feel. Visit her shop to discover birds, bears, and little houses, all finished with her signature white detailing. A selection of Kath’s festive pieces are also available to buy from the New Brewery Arts online shop.
Screen-printed goods by Miesje Chafer
Miesje is committed to creating beautiful, functional products. Her practical screen printed goods—pouches, hair accessories, glasses cases—brim with colour, pattern, and style. Perfect for anyone who loves a bold, upbeat, holiday print.
Paper cut art by Jessica Baldry
Intricate paper cut illustrations. Jessica’s compact, botanically-inspired artworks are carefully cut from card using a scalpel. Pieces are full of quirky, patiently crafted detail and look great in floating frames. An unusual gift for the botanically-inclined members of your circle.
Festive collage artworks by Bex Bourne
Bex combines gouache, coloured pencil, and collage to create charming scenes full of colour and quirky detail. Her warm, Christmas-themed original artworks celebrate the now semi-forgotten joys of hanging out with friends indoors
3D cards by Judy Lumley
Judy’s colourful 3D cards are created from her original nature-inspired lino prints. Her concertina cards are particularly detailed, featuring garden birds and winter berries. You’ll also find a selection of other creatures in her shop, including penguins and owls.
Cards and prints by Cecile Berrube
Cecile’s illustrations are rooted in a love of nature, and a desire to introduce a little more tenderness to everyday life. Hers is a charming world in which mice, rabbits, and voles celebrate birthdays, water their allotments, go for walks, and read in bed.
Graphic London Mugs by Sarah Tanat Jones
Celebrate the real landmarks of London—launderettes, chicken shops, old pubs—with Sarah’s collection of bright, illustrated mugs. The same signature designs are also available in the form of sweatshirts and tea towels. Rad.
Walnut shell decorations by Cats in Pairs
Tiny felted woodland creatures. Anna’s miniature owls, squirrels, and rabbits are delicately felted from 100% wool, then nestled in real walnut shells lined with dried moss. Is there a better use for walnut shells? I think not.
Cards and prints by Katy Pillinger
Cheerful, bright, and expressive, Katy’s style is the perfect pick-me-up for lockdown/winter blues. Visit her shop to view a selection of thoughtful cards and prints, as well as colourful mugs, pins, ceramic accessories and more!
Planters and pouches by Lisa Jones
Lisa’s delicate, screen-printed patterns originate from hand drawn designs. Products are created in her Kent studio using linen, cotton, and cork. Her signature combination of natural linen with black, white, and neon orange could be perfect for that chic, design-conscious pal.
Prints and decorations by Elizabeth Harbour
Wooden decorations inspired by vintage children’s illustrations and toys. Choose from prancing horses, dogs on wheels, sailing ships, and manor houses. A series of beautiful prints and originals are also available in Elizabeth’s shop.
2021 calendar by Isla Joy Middleton
Isla’s 2021 calendar is a stunning celebration of seasonal fruit and veg. Each month reveals a new beautiful lino print along with gardening advice and practical growing tips. The perfect gift for the horticulturists, allotmenteers, or printmakers in your life.
Felted birds by Grey Wren Studio
Originally a doll-maker, Rosie has turned her hand to creating wildlife-inspired, needle-felted sculptures. A lover of garden birds in particular, she has stocked her shop with enough woolly robins, wrens, and magpies to delight even your least ornithologically-inclined pal.
Graphic bags by BlockHouseBath
For all those fans of Bath’s timeless Georgian architecture: BlockHouseBath brings you a selection of bold, screen-printed bags that celebrates the city’s regency terraces, crescents, and circuses. Made using 100% cotton canvas and eco-friendly inks.
The Just A Card campaign is on a mission to raise support for Artists, Makers, Independent Shops, and Small Businesses. For more information and downloadable resources, visit justacard.org or follow the #justacard campaign. Campaign pin badges available here. Image design by @angela.chick.illustration
Images used with the makers’ permission.
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