If you’re still looking for something to give to someone with a special fascination with print and paper (and who doesn’t), here’s our guide …
A printer’s Christmas
This festive gradient purple and green A5 print takes the words of 12 days of Christmas and reshapes them with a folded print. It consists of many fonts and typography printed with an Adana on 300gsm white Snowden paper by printmaker Elizabeth Fraser. Availability is very limited, but it would surely be the perfect gift for letterpress printers around the world.
Get it from frauhaus.co.uk
Price £ 8
A Dictionary of Color Combinations, Volume 1
First published in 1935 by artist Sanzo Wada, this book contains 72 color palettes themed on Japanese seasons and 165 drawn from fashion, interior and graphic design from the early to mid-20th century. An ideal tool for designers, artists or even when you are just redecorating the guest bedroom.
Get it from presentandcorrect.com/collections
Price £ 19.50
Elvis & Kresse Print Room Wallet
The Elvis & Kresse Print Room wallet is handcrafted by combining vintage print covers and a real decommissioned fire hose. Printing blankets are redesigned to give the material a “beautiful and tactile matte black finish”. The fire hose, previously deployed in active service for up to 25 years in UK firefighting, softens with use but does not lose strength. The wallet is lined with reclaimed military grade parachute silk and presented in a reclaimed print cover sleeve. Available in red pipe with black print cover body with or without coin pocket. Elvis & Kresse donates 50% of the profits from its Fire-hose Collection products to The Fire Fighters Charity.
Get it from elvisandkresse.com/collections
Price £ 75
MyFirst Camera Insta 2
MyFirst Camera Insta 2 is a thermal camera and printer designed to add joy and fun to your child’s learning process, and which can output an image in 10 seconds. The 12MP camera is also capable of taking 1920 x 1080 videos, to be saved to a microSD card. It comes with two rolls of thermal paper, which will be enough for about 60 prints, and a self-adhesive thermal roll (36 shots), which can be pasted anywhere.
Get it from myfirst.tech
Price £ 95
The Color of Alternative Music – Special Edition
This new color chart from design studio Dorothy brings together 66 songs, each represented by a color swatch that reflects the song title. It includes songs such as Fools Gold by The Stone Roses, Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots by The Flaming Lips, Orange Crush by REM, Sproston Green by The Charlatans and Red Right Hand by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. Samples and metallic bronze backing are printed in litho on 150gsm matte fine art paper.
Get it from wearedorothy.com/collections/music/products/the-colour-of-alternative-music-special-edition
Price £ 30
Our Family In A Box letterbox gift
If you think you know someone who would truly appreciate the Mini Me models in their family, artistic gift retailer Betsy Benn is offering you the chance to do just that. The Family In A Box allows you to recreate a family on miniature wooden models (max height 130mm) from the photos you provide. The models are made in-house at the company’s studio in Cheltenham. They are printed onto 6mm thick cherry wood veneer and then laser cut to fit a range of pattern sizes. Models are presented in a personalized gift box designed to fit in standard letterboxes.
Get it from betsybenn.com
Price From £ 30
Sollas Coptic Binding Kit
Sollas Bookbinding is a small, artisanal bookbinding workshop in the Outer Hebrides, founded in 2008 by Corinna Krause, who has been passionate about bookbinding since the early 90s. In addition to the binding and repair business (as well as a separate translation service) , Krause offers workshops, made-to-order books and boxes, and book kits. This kit includes everything you need to make a Coptic book, including a retro 1950s decorative paper in blue with small cream-colored flowers. It includes all the tools you need in the kit, including a beach roller from North Uist, which can be used as a weight to hold the sections while sewing. The format of the book is approximately 100x148mm and has seven sections, which gives it a nice thickness of 180mm. The project is supposed to take around two hours to come up with a beautiful, handmade notebook.
Get it from livressollas.com
Price £ 29
Cricut is a company that manufactures consumer digital die-cut printers for craft and personalization applications. The Cricut Joy is the entry-level and smaller model and is well suited for small-scale projects, such as making self-adhesive labels for kitchen jars, vinyl wall art, or production of a custom-cut greeting card. USP is easy to set up and use via Bluetooth and an app for phone, tablet, or PC. It comes with knife and pen tools and can create intricate cuts and (monochrome) prints in minutes on a wide range of materials up to 305mm (12 inches) wide in sheets or rolls. Materials include vinyl, iron, aluminum transfer sheets, paper, and cardboard and can cut individual shapes up to 4 feet long or make repeat cuts up to 20 feet long.
Get it from cricut.com
Price £ 179.99
Paper iPad Screen Protector
Paperlike is the screen protector developed for professionals and artists who want the precision of paper in a paperless environment. In combination with an Apple Pencil, it is designed to replicate the experience of writing on paper while maintaining the convenience of a digital notepad or drawing pad. The manufacturer claims it is optimized to create “the ideal amount of friction for extended drawing sessions and the right running resistance for optimum precision.” So instead of dragging your Apple Pencil across the glass surface, it looks like a page from your sketchbook. It is also said to reduce muscle fatigue caused by writing on a glass tablet.
Get it from paperlike.com
Price £ 34
Three options here to have the puzzles spread out on the dining table after the party roast has been cleaned up and everyone is too sleepy to do anything else
The first, ‘Merry Christmas’, comes from Wentworth Wooden Puzzles and is an oval-shaped puzzle with a repeating cut pattern and a very jagged outer edge – and no straight edges. With 206 precision laser-cut pieces that fit together perfectly, the company says it is ideal for those who want to combine the unique elements of a shaped puzzle, with the challenge of a difficult-to-cut puzzle. All Wentworth puzzles are made in the UK from wood from sustainably managed forests.
Get it from goworthpuzzles.com
Price £ 29.95
Carnovsky 3D Animal
Next is the Carnovsky 3D Animal Puzzle, a “mesmerizing multi-layered puzzle” that features images produced by Carnovsky, a Milan-based art and design duo comprised of Francesco Rugi and Silvia Quintanilla. Layers of color blend over 500 pieces and lines and shapes intertwine, forcing the viewer’s eyes to try and make sense of the image. Once all the pieces are in place, a strikingly beautiful image is formed. The puzzle includes three pairs of vision glasses in red, green and blue. By donning a pair of glasses, you will see a distinct animal come to life. You can also scan the QR code on the box to explore the digital app and turn your phone into a magical vision lens.
Get it from www.findmegift.co.uk
Price £ 14.99
Finally, there’s the Areaware Gradient Puzzle, a “Dynamic Way to Meditate on Color,” available from John Lewis. It is printed on heavyweight paper and high quality fine art paper, so it can be assembled over and over again without losing its edge. US-based design company Areaware says the act of putting the puzzle together is of necessity slow and deliberate, where the color of each piece is used to locate its appropriate position.
Get it from johnlewis.com
Price £ 45
Some gift ideas for those who like to work with paper
Le Corbusier paper models
Le Corbusier Paper Models is a set of models to recreate some of the most famous structures of the modernist architect Le Corbusier. Using the art of kirigami (cut and fold, for you and me), 10 of his most important works can be fashioned from paper. Each slide-out template includes step-by-step instructions, as well as a photo of the final design. An ideal gift for lovers of modern architecture. Gifts will need a craft knife, cutting mat, ruler, considerable patience, and possibly bandages.
Get it from Blackwells.fr
Price £ 20
For those who like their paper building modeling to be a little less nerdy, there’s the Build Your Own Stately Home from Clockwork Soldier. Described as an “easy to make” craft kit, this printed and folded country estate is meant to be fun to make, with “extra activities fit for a lady or man of high standing” such as design of your own family crest and property deed. The exterior soars to reveal an opulent interior, a five-piece jazz combo, and a roaring 1920s-style cocktail. No need for glue or scissors.
Get it from shop.bl.uk
Price £ 12