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!
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!
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Buying from small businesses and independent makers keeps dreams alive and post offices open. With another UK lockdown now underway, many of the outlets that makers rely on to sell their wares—shops, markets, events—have evaporated. So, with festive thoughts in mind, here’s a sparkling Art Desk gift guide featuring not ten, not twenty, but thirty-four (phew!) gift ideas from UK creatives and small businesses, all making things you simply can’t get anywhere else.
Shimmering jars of mayo, golden lobsters, and glittery bottles of milk and hot sauce – perfect gifts for that one friend who loves StrictlyCome Dancingand condiments. Kate also offers a variety of kits, including a sparkly DIY gin bottle…
For the pal who inevitably took up cross stitch during lock down: Chloe’s 2020 embroidery kit includes everything you need to stylishly memorialize the year that everyone stayed at home. Why not subscribe to Chloe’s Hoop Club?
These timeless trees are hand-turned from native, locally-sourced hardwoods like ash, beech, and oak. David acquires his raw materials via foraging, chance encounters, and notoriety; his final pieces are simply and beautifully made.
Elizabeth’s ‘Hare on Winter Stubble’ is really more of an artwork in itself than a greetings card. Check out her 12 days of Christmas designs: Three French Hens, Six Geese A-Laying, Ten Lords A-Leaping, and a Partridge in a Pear Tree!
Trained in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, Hannah uses methods like lost wax casting and hand forging to create delicate, detailed seed pods, buds, and leaves. Crafted in fine silver, her lovely range of nature-inspired jewellery is available here.
Sam’s design process begins with photographs and observational sketches, taking inspiration from her own garden as well as local countryside. Print highlights include: rudbeckia, sweet pea, sloe, and cosmos; find Sam’s Christmas cards and wrapping paper here.
Lindsey’s candles are handmade in Yorkshire with bees wax sourced from her local apiary. Bees wax candles burn more slowly than their paraffin counterparts, and don’t release toxins into the air. They also smell absolutely incredible!
Sweet miniature scenes made from driftwood and upcycled material found on the beaches of south-east Kent. Christmas scenes feature garlands of festive lights made from tiny coloured beads; Desi also makes highly creative use of old brushes and clothes pegs…!
Charming, illustrative winter greetings cards. Nicky is a landscape architect by trade, something which involves a lot of model-making – she also stocks some lovely DIY paper scenes (nativity, woodland, ice skaters) for you to cut out and arrange!
Amy uses eco-fi, a felt made from recycled plastic bottles, to make her delicately embroidered botanical badges. Pieces feature dainty sprays of heather, rowan, cornflower, chamomile, clover, and dandelion. Find Amy on Instagram, Folksy, and at amypandashop.com.
Elegant shallow-welled paint palettes made from subtly rustic, flecked cream stoneware. Emma’s palettes are lightweight, easy to clean, and decidedly charming. Perfect for mixing watercolours, they make unique, portable gifts for creative pals everywhere.
Small-batch crepe paper flowers. Pam’s handmade snowdrops, mistletoe, and cyclamen are intended as seasonal keepsakes, complete with presentation box, stand, and greetings card (very postable!) She also stocks a DIY anemone craft kit.
Rachel’s festive, nature-inspired wrapping paper, gift tags, and greetings cards are all hand-printed from carved lino blocks. She also stocks a varied mix of affordable prints in her shop, including ‘Summer Greenhouse‘.
Impeccably finished hair accessories made with Liberty of London fine printed cotton. Items arrive beautifully packaged and customer service is excellent – what’s more, if you’re after a particular print, they’ll order it in for you at no extra cost!
These charming hand-printed seed packets make lovely tokens for the zealous horticulturalists in your life. What better way to spend lockdown than sorting and labelling seeds? Alternatively, Lyndsey also stocks an excellent cat-themed range…
Pippa is a textile artist specialising in 3D botanical fibre sculptures. Committed to making her work accessible to all, she has created a range of delicately embroidered brooches and buttons, as well as a beginners embroidery kit.
Hannah’s hand-printed fabric has a distinct Arts and Crafts feel. Single carved blocks are inked and printed onto natural UK cotton to create beautiful repeating patterns of fieldfares, robins, foxgloves, wrens, goldfinches, and hellebores.
10p from every Christmas card sold goes to the Woodland Trust. Head over to mollylemon.com to see a selection of original prints available for under £30. Follow Molly on Instagram for some great behind the scenes print-making action!
Cally’s nature-inspired prints are an elegant celebration of the flora and fauna of the British Isles. Artworks feature deer, otters, foxes, hares alongside ancient native plants (rowan, hawthorn). Beautiful gifts for the wildlife enthusiast. Check out Cally’s Christmas cards here.
Deck the halls three times over with a unique range of brightly coloured paper garlands and hanging decorations, including baubles, fir trees, reindeer, turtledoves, and stars. A low-key, high-impact way of making your Christmas decor sing.
Sylvie’s detailed, one-off artworks arrive ready framed – perfect for gifting. The snakeshead fritillary (right) is particularly beautifully observed. Sylvie also makes embroidered brooches edged with plush velvet ribbon – how festive!
Melanie creates her ceramic pieces by taking impressions of herbs (dill, fennel, coriander) from her garden, as well as the odd hedgerow find. Her pendants, brooches, buttons, and bobbins all have the same delicately brushed, worn finish.
In addition to creating beautiful original lino prints, Lou has designed a range of other items—enamelled tin mugs, tea towels, tote bags, notebooks—bearing her unique artwork. Read more about Lou in our Contemporary Printmakers article.
Tactile, sculptural pieces that’d make anyone’s breakfasts, snacks, or teas at three significantly classier. Tamsin’s pieces embody a unique balance between rustic material, practical form, and elegant detail; highly functional and resoundingly beautiful.
Lorna studied Printed Textiles and Surface Pattern Design at Leeds Arts University. Hand-printed with tropical monstera and banana leaves, her bold purses and pouches are made from linen with an unbleached calico cotton lining. She also makes face masks!
Eleanor’s detailed enamel pin badges are based on her own watercolour illustrations. Each badge is presented on a gift-grade backing card – unique little tokens for hats, bags, and lapels. Eleanor also sells fabric patches, magnets, cards, and prints.
Inspired by mid-century children’s illustrators and vintage greetings cards, each of Tamsin’s honeycomb paper decorations is cut and embellished by hand. Visit her shop to see a festive offering of angels, mice, toy soldiers, and footmen.
Judith’s robin and partridge cards are printed on recycled paper using mellow, vegetable oil-based inks – eco-friendly reproductions of original lino prints. Her hand-printed sage and silver mistletoe cards are created using a 130 year old cast iron Victorian book press.
Bright, quirky, hand-painted hanging decorations in an unusual palette of red, indigo, mint, orange, pink, and red. Joanna’s aim is to ‘bring colour and joy into people’s homes’ – her pin badges and Christmas cards are as cheerful as advertised.
Vicki’s explosively colourful, folk-inspired DIY decorations arrive in flatpack form, ready to be assembled by you (or a delighted recipient). She also offers a fabulous range of Christmas cards and wrapping paper.
Colour-enthusiast Justine has found an unusual way to add a little something to fine metal jewellery. Pieces are hand-detailed, washed in enamel, then sanded back to reveal the copper underneath. Check out a wide range of earrings in her shop, most of which are ready to ship!
Assemble your own mini high street from 3D paper shops—ironmonger’s, fishmonger’s, butcher’s, hat shop—all based on Clare’s original lino prints. A variety of Christmas cards are available in her shop; she also sells directly on Instagram.
Every sale means the world to an independent maker, even if it’s just a card. The Just A Card campaign is on a mission to raise support for Artists, Makers, Independent Shops, and Small Businesses. For more information, visit justacard.org or follow the #justacard campaign on Instagram. [Images by @angela.chick.illustration]