An indie Christmas

So much stuff to buy, how to choose? Here's a completely subjective list of things that have been rolling around my head recently. The loose theme is they are all things from indie shops.

A festive, but not necessarily "festive", tattoo from the brilliant Brooklyn-based temporary tattoo company Tattly (founded by the wondrous Swiss Miss). There are so many different ones and they are super cool and just downright fun. I've already sent my husband a link to this one.

ps read the very short Tattly story if you want a quick blast of inspiration. 

I'm a sucker for blue and white ceramics so the Indigo Storm (great name btw) collection of swirly blue glazed earthenware by Faye Toogood for Staffordshire-based pottery company 1882 Ltd caught my eye. 1882 Ltd was founded in 2011 by a fifth generation descendent of the Johnson Brothers who started making ceramics in 1882. Go! British manufacturing.

How about a classic pair of old-fashioned scissors made by Ernest Wright & Son in Sheffield - a business that was about to go bust until a short video on Vimeo showing how they make their scissors made it onto the BBC, went viral and they were... saved by the internet.

This 'multi-purpose' pair of scissors made of stainless steel has a bottle and can opener built into the handles and it's available from The Saturday Market Project. Another high five for British manufacturing. Yay. 

I'm a bit over geometric prints, never thought I'd say that, but I think I'm just bored of the precision perfect-ness. Having met the delightful Klaus Haapaniemi, a Finnish designer based in London, at London Design Festival this year I'm now a going crazy for his folkloric fantasy textiles. 

Stationery is always welcome in my book (boom boom) and the Rifle Paper 'Travel the World' 2015 calendar ticks a lot of boxes, it's available from Papermash

Contradictions are what make us human, so I'll let this geometric-shaped item in because actually in this context it looks fantastic. I love this brass bottle opener by Fort Standard, yes, I know it's expensive, but this is in in the spirit of "buy less, but better". It's available from Fate London, in fact I like almost everything on this site, it's so earthy. 

These earrings made me laugh. And they're from one of my favourite museum shops The Southbank Centre Shop, well it's not technically a museum more of a cultural institution, but it's in roughly the same category, and it has some pretty cool stuff in it.