Because you must take care of yourself because you can take care of others 50 People of East London by Adam Dant £12.95, hoxtonminipress.com Not only is this book beautifully illustrated, it is uncannily accurate in its profiling of all the diverse personalities that make East London brilliant, from the Creative ‘digital thought leader’ typically found on Great Eastern Street, to the ‘massive bush’-carrying Sunday Flower Market Shopper along Columbia Road. – – – – – The Bluebeards Revenge Perfect Man Kit £49.99, bluebeards-revenge.co.uk How about a gentle nudge for your partner in the grooming department, because if it helps him, it helps you? This set has all the essentials to keep him fresh and fragrant – a ‘does what it says on the box’ type of gift. – – – – – Bomb Cosmetics Berry Christmas Gift Set £7.99, bombcosmetics.co.uk Good enough to make your mouth water, this cracker of a gift contains three fantastically fragrant, fruity bath bombs made with essential oils including neroli, sweet orange and chamomile. – – – – …
It’s all too easy to just fire off an email but if you want to do things properly, pick up one of these beautifully charming Prantl notecards illustrated by Kera Till. With 20 different designs, you now have 20 different excuses for putting pen to paper. (From £3.30 per card, prantl.com)
It’s a pop-up card but not as you know it. Part of the Spots Paris range, this 3D card by Paper Tango of the Louvre is beautifully intricate, having been laser-cut to perfection. A gift card that’s almost too good to gift. What a dilemma! (£5.99, papertango.co.uk)
Follow the lead of stylish stationery fiends by keeping this distracting yet endlessly beautiful ‘Daydreamer’s Notebook’ by Nikki Strange, close by. There are a range of colourful, painterly designs, including Freedom Feather and Sky Souffle (above), ideal for the style-conscious busy-bee. £4.99, www.nikkistrange.co.uk
A notebook can actually be the most treasured of possessions, not only for the thoughts that become inked onto the pages themselves, but also for the artistry that goes into creating a covetable cover. This NOTED thought is demonstrated quite beautifully with the new Ori collection of notebooks by Paperblanks. Inspired by the craft of folding, or ‘Ori’ in Japanese, and featuring the work of artist Yuko Nishimura, the collection of four notebooks showcases some pretty stunning straight-lined, curved and ripple designs that are both incredibly tactile and visually captivating – notebooks really worth cherishing. Each design comes in a Mini size and costs from £10.99. Available nationwide, visit www.paperblanks.co.uk for your nearest stockist.