Whether you’re a seasoned Londoner or just visiting the capital, we’ve made it easy to find that perfect gift for the design geek in your life without breaking the bank. Here are our top 10 design gifts you can buy in London.
Fortnum’s Beehive Design Half-Pint Mug
A trip to this 17th-century British establishment is a real treat just for the experience alone, whether it’s perusing its infinite selection of fine teas or actually enjoying a delicious afternoon tea in the Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon. This mug by famous British ceramicist Emma Bridgewater was designed exclusively for Fortnum & Mason, illustrating the beehives that sit on top of the store – it’s just one of the Fortnum-branded products you can find in its incredible homeware department.
No.136 candle holders
While John Lewis has long been a favoured store of the design connoisseur, stocking a wide variety of iconic brands, it now has its own range called Design Project. It’s a curated collection of pieces that are progressive as well as timeless – these candle holders blend clean lines with bold contrasts, mixing brass and metal for an industrial-luxe look.
Geo Paradise Garden Cheese Board
This collaboration is a design fan’s dream, blending the boho style of Anthropologie with the iconic florals of heritage brand Liberty. This cheeseboard is covered with a fun tropical-inspired-roses print that will add the wow-factor to any dinner party.
Instax Acrylic Multi Picture Frame
For snap-happy pals and intrepid travellers, look no further than this Urban Outfitters exclusive frame – the clever part is that the nine removable frames for the Instax pics are magnetic, so you can easily curate and update your pictures as often as you like.
Fine speaker by Lexon
Heal’s has been the home of homeware since 1810 and is a design lover’s haven. Here you’ll find everything from one-off exclusives to designer classics, including this super-slick and smart rechargeable speaker from award-winning design brand Lexon. The Fine speaker is shown in an on-trend gold finish, but it also comes in burgundy, metal gun and dark blue.
Symons Coffee Spoons
Whether it’s for the friend who has everything or the coffee connoisseur, these dainty coffee spoons make a great gift that’s elegant and extra special, presented in a gorgeous gift box. The White Company has collaborated with iconic British cutlery brand Robert Welch to create this timeless set that will add a touch of class to any get-together.
Design Letters A4 message board
For those who truly appreciate Scandi design, this is the perfect gift. The message board from the very cool Danish brand Design Letters incorporates Arne Jacobsen’s hand-drawn 1930s typography – the letters can be used to create everything from little notes and inspirational quotes to practical lists. Selfridges has plenty of concessions full of presents perfect for design geeks – check out the Conran Shop, Tom Dixon and Hay stands for stylish treats.
Ideal for the on-trend traveller, this stylish copper globe is a perfect gift for wanderlusters with a contemporary home who want to track their adventures and plan their next trip.
Woodcarving kit by Morakniv
The Dala horse is one of Sweden’s most iconic national symbols and is the perfect gift at Christmas time – this woodcarving kit is especially ideal for creative types so they can customise their Dala horse to match their unique interior style. Skandium is the go-to store for beautiful Scandinavian designs and stocks iconic names from Georg Jensen and iittala to Marimekko and Arne Jacobsen – it’s just opened up a brand-new two-storey concept store on Thurloe Place in South Kensington, which will make the shopping experience all the more pleasurable.
Carrara Set of Two Marble Teacups & Saucers
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