See Our Pick of the Top 10 Gifts of 2016
Following on from our last post, which looked at the top greeting cards of 2016, today we’re rounding up the top 10 gifts of 2016. Once again I reviewed all of the gifts that featured on the blog in 2016, looking for new gifts that stood out in terms of design and quality and unique style.
From all the gifts that featured I chose a shortlist of 31 gift lines, which after a lot of deliberating I squeezed down to my final top 10 gifts of 2016. These are my favourite gifts from the year, I’ve tried to keep a little variety in terms of category and price point. The result I think is a lovely combination of gifts for all ages and budgets.
If you saw these gifts the first time round I hope you like seeing them highlighted once more. If you’re seeing them for the first time, I hope you will like my selection. It’s never easy to choose just 10 gifts, the industry is full of super talented designers and makers, who do an amazing job to keep creating new gift ideas. If this 2016 selection is anything to go by, I think our gift industry is going to have a very bright 2017.
Once again this top 10 is is no particular order (that would be far too difficult for me) as their all pretty marvellous!
The Top 10 Gifts of 2016 Rundown (in no particular order)
At the start of 2016 the blog debuted the Ceramic Jewellery of Turin-based laboratory, Jamais Sans Toi. A unique project, which united the artistic and creative vision of sisters Camilla and Valentina Gallo. Proudly ‘Made in Italy’ their jewellery combines traditional artisanal knowledge with both modern and ancient manufacturing techniques. The result is a stunning collection of contemporary handmade jewellery, which is truly unique in design and craft.
Great British Bathe Off Collection by Wild Olive
Inspired by the runaway success of the Great British Bake Off, Wild Olive created their very own tribute to the beloved TV show, The Great British Bathe Off Bath Melt Collection. The gift box of quirky, fun bath melts is themed around some of the world’s favourite cakes. Designed and handmade in the UK, the collection sources both ingredients and its packaging locally to create a uniquely British gift.
Rocking Sheep Ride on Toy by White Rabbit England
Fresh for Spring 2016, the Rocking Sheep was a new addition to the White Rabbit England range of interiors and gifts for children. The Sit on toy combines a sweet animal character with quality craftsmanship for an heirloom toy that will be treasured. Each of the rocking sheep features a natural wool fleece perfect for little ones to cuddle. With his fluffy woollen jacket and gentle demeanour, this sheep is a new friend perfect for a child’s bedroom, nursery or playroom.
Pound and Tap Musical Bench by Hape Toys
Next in our pick of the top 10 gifts of 2016 is the Pound and Tap Bench by Hape Toys. Released in 2016 to celebrate the company’s 30th anniversary, this classic toy has been re-designed in style. Perfect for stimulating children’s motor skills, the toy allows little ones to pound the bench with a mallet, sending the balls tinkling over the xylophone. Alternatively they can also play the xylophone separately, helping to boost their natural rhythm.
Floral Stationery by Busy B
Part of Busy B’s 2016 fashion collection the pretty Floral Stationery Range united a soft pastel colour palette with perfect patterns. Delicate blooms decorate the range, which included everything needed to stay organised. From address books to notebooks, sticky labels to birthday books, there was a whole heap of stylish, practical ideas to impress even the most committed stationery addict.
Enamel Pins by Night Owl Paper Goods
For the top 10 gifts of 2016 size wasn’t important. Even the smallest gift can mean a lot and this is one reason I love the Enamel Pins collection from Night Owl Paper Goods. The range of 12 unique enamel pins were designed as a way for people to share their loves; from unicorns to flowers there was a pin for a variety of tribes. An ideal mini gift, the shiny gold cloisonné enamel pins were a cute and quick addition to any outfit.
Pixie Bag by Brennan and Burch
The Let the Music Play Pixie Bag is a medium-sized cross-body bag. Sure to stand out from the crowd the traditional style satchel is brought to life with its unmistakable Brennan & Burch decoration; a music-themed pattern created by illustrator Lisa Brennan. The leather bag is made to order, hand-crafted in Great Britain by artisan leather-workers at The Leather Satchel Co. Not just a practical carrier for all your bits and bobs, this bag made the year’s top 10 for adding a little bit of art and a whole heap of fun to an everyday essential.
Alphabet of Monsters Mug by Becka Griffin
I love gift mugs in general but this particular mug stood out for all the right reasons. The Alphabet Mug of Monsters by Becka Griffin is a charming, quirky way to get a your hands on some very unique monsters. The mug features an A-Z of unusual creatures, that monster-lovers will adore. Each mug is professionally made before Becka’s hand-drawn illustrations carefully applied; A simple and joyful way to brighten up any beverage.
Copper Clock by Bramwell Brown
The impressive Copper Weather Clock is designed and hand-built in Great Britain. The clock features an integrated barometer and unique ‘Mechanimated’ weather artwork, which changes with the fluctuations in atmospheric pressure. Using German-made Quartz mechanisms, the clock remains accurate as well as super stylish.
Strong Man Retro Art Print by Pennychoo
Last but not least in our pick of the top 10 gifts of 2016 is this incredible Strong Man Print from Pennychoo. Part of the unique ‘Big Top’ range of art prints the design is inspired by vintage, circus-themed memorabilia. In this print the classic figure of the circus strong man is captured in all his magnificent style. Using stencils and layered sponging, these prints have an authentic retro style that is so often attempted but rarely achieved.