Still looking for that perfect last-minute gift for the art lovers in your life? Whether it’s a friend, significant other or yourself, most of these art-related gifts don’t require postage and support arts organisations or creators to help culture thrive in 2021.
Still looking for that perfect last-minute gift for the hard-to-please art lover of your life? Or maybe you’re finished gift-buying for the year and deserve a little something for yourself. Or maybe you love both yourself and the art-inclined ones in your life so much that you want to get even more art-related goodies for everyone after this exhausting year. Whatever the case, there are good reasons to take a look at these last-minute gift ideas that will make it under the tree by the 25th of December.
These subscriptions, memberships, and gift cards all support the arts, and by purchasing from these organisations or creators, you’re ensuring that the foundation is set for culture to thrive in 2021. Make someone’s Christmas morning with some art, and panic no more about the overstretched postal services.
ORANJ is a groundbreaking new online gallery and wine shop that specialises in monthly collaborations between artists and natural wine aficionados. December’s case comes with a specially commissioned artist poster by Faye Wei Wei called ‘PLONK’, alongside five wines picked by Michelin star The Clove Club sommelier Dominic Smith. Their membership guarantees you monthly access to these collaborations, virtual wine tastings, pop-up food events and exhibitions happening in the new year.
Cost: Memberships starting from £60/month.
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Sedition are offering 66% off their yearly Art Stream plan this holiday season. Enjoy or gift an art gallery experience at home for $60 for the first year. Discover hundreds of world-renowned artists and thousands of artworks available via Art Stream (you can play any available artworks from their collection), and create playlists to match your decor or mood. Offer ends 31 December 2020.
Join artist Guillaume Cornet's Elephants in their adventures by exploring London and finding their lost belongings, along with plenty of other characters to discover in this highly detailed 1000 pieces puzzle. London is the first stop in a collection of 16 Jigsaw Puzzles following the adventures of "Elephants On Tour: A Search & Find Journey Around the World by Guillaume Cornet".
Puzzle of 1000 pieces, 66 x 47 cm, with a poster of the puzzle plate.
Cost: £17.99 + £5.00 delivery
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For the literature-obsessed (or just literature-mildy-infatuated), these high-quality first-translations of contemporary European novellas by Peirene Press is the way to go. An award-winning boutique publishing house based in London, Peirene offers an annual subscription of three books that come straight to your door. Subscribers’ books are sent out two months ahead of general publication. New subscribers receive their latest release upon subscription, followed by the next two books to be published.
A Peirene subscription isn’t just wonderful to receive: it's essential to their work as an independent publishing house. Your subscription enables them to publish translated literature that wouldn’t normally reach the mainstream market.
Cost: £35.00 per year
Subscribe for Peirene
Yodomo offers creative courses and kits from independent makers and artists. Choose from courses on how to draw, smoke-firing ceramics, or knitting and crocheting for anyone itching to master a new skill that'll yield many cosy scarves and sweater for the cold season.
Cost: From £2.99
Book or gift online courses
Hot Potato is an independent newspaper that covers current affairs through commissioned photography and writing. Visually rooted in fashion, the publication spans subjects from Brexit and the decline of bees to the gender data gap. Hot Potato is unique in that the photographer and writer work independently on the same brief. The result is as poetic as it is meaningful.
Pre-order and gift Hot Potato Issue 3
Pending is an online exhibition and window display, which raises vital funds for San Mei's exhibition and education programme as well as providing a source of income for artists who may be economically affected by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Purchase by 20 December to help out artists, own or gift some wonderful art and get it in time for Christmas.
Cost: From £30.00