This year’s festive season is long awaited. Since we’ll all be celebrating togetherness this year, our Festive Edit brings a special focus on creating decorative arrangements as well as ideas and items that will bring warmth and joy to your spaces. Join us as we bring you Kit Kemp’s Festive Gift Edit for 2022…
Gifts under £50
The Christmas cracker was invented by London-based confectioner and baker Tom Smith in the 19th century. On a trip to Paris, Smith discovered the French ‘bon bon’, a sugared almond wrapped in a twist of tissue paper. Bonbons proved a hit at Christmas time and to encourage year-round sales, Smith added a small love motto inside the wrapper. The inspiration to add the explosive ‘pop’ was supposedly sparked by the crackling sound of a log fire. Now Christmas crackers are an essential item for the festive table.
Find our set of 6 Christmas Crackers at Shop Kit Kemp, wrapped in our ‘Graphic Print’ design. They have eco-friendly wooden tree decorations and are neatly tied with Kit Kemp ribbon.
To get the look from Shop Kit Kemp, click here.
A Christmas tree is the pièce de résistance! This vintage mouth-blown Staffordshire dog glass decoration is guaranteed to add sparkle to any Christmas tree and a smile on your guests’ faces!
To find these from Host Home, click here.
How about this decoration of a jolly dog who’s got their paws on a Christmas pudding, or a mouse fashionista who’s clutching a V&A handbag! These felted items are handmade in Nepal and crafting of the products supports the work of small cottage industries in the region.
To find these products at V&A Shop, click here.
Make Homemade Decorations
Why not create your own heart-warming decorations at home? This ‘Bauble collection’ embroidery kit from Nancy Nicholson is the perfect starting point. The kit contains felt, craft foam, hanging, ribbon threads and a needle. It’s complete with a full set of instructions and templates for each of the six designs, stitch maps and stitch guides.
To find this from Nancy Nicholson, click here.
It’s no secret that we love the art of block printing. British print designer Molly Mahon has easy-to-use block printing kits available to print your own lampshade, tea towel or personalised greeting card.
To find Block Printing Kits by Molly Mahon, click here.
SJ Axelby’s Interior Portraits Book
Earlier this year, we celebrated the launch of SJ Axelby’s beautiful book ‘Interior Portraits’ in the Drawing Room at Covent Garden Hotel. With a foreword written by Kit, ‘Interior Portraits: An Artist’s View of Interior Living Spaces’, is a book filled with colour and inspiration. SJ brings new life to interior portraiture, capturing in paint the favourite rooms of 89 leading interior designers, antique dealers, florists and chefs. This is a perfect gift for the stocking.
To buy the book from Shop Kit Kemp, click here.
Gifts under £100
Around this time of year, we decorate our mantelpieces with garlands, fairy lights, festive wreaths, pine cones, and candles. This is also where you’ll find our Christmas stockings!
Christmas Stockings (Stuffed with Treats!)
Our Ultimate Ozone Christmas Stockings are created from offcuts and repurposed fabric designed and used by our Design Studio. They are filled with a pre-wrapped selection of RIKRAK bath and body products, a RIKRAK candle (both in our lavender and eucalyptus fragrance), as well as a ‘Mr Fizz’ key ring from our beloved hand-made Patchwork toy range.
These limited edition Willow Moondog bears make the perfect bed-time companion. This Pillow and Willow set includes our RIKRAK Pillow Mist and candle in lavender and eucalyptus to ease you into a peaceful night’s sleep.
Colourful Home Accessories
We found the perfect centrepiece for your coffee table or for serving with. These vibrant resin trays come in fluid shapes with an oversized dot in the centre, designed by Gaetano Pesce.
To find these trays at Coming Soon New York, click here.
Can we entice you to join a pottery class? Decima Clay Studio in London is where you can start turning your ideas into three-dimensional objects. You can even give a private wheel throwing lesson a go!
This year we’ve introduced something special that we hope will inspire you. Carve out creativity with our Moment of Inspiration gift. It’s a collection of Kit Kemp products designed to help you take a moment and pull together your room schemes, sketch an idea or write down your thoughts in our beautiful ‘Tall Trees’ notebook. Enjoy your favourite hot drink in our wonderful ‘Mythical Creatures’ breakfast cup and saucer, surrounded by the scent of coriander and bergamot ‘Tall Trees’ Candle.
There’s also a Moment of Inspirations for him which includes our ‘Travelling Light’ notebook as well as a pocket square, a ‘Sailor’s Farewell’ mug, a box of pencils and RIKRAK Wheatgrass & Bay Candle.
Specialities for under £500
When we think of the festive season, we imagine cosy homes, crackling fires and spending time with our loved ones nestled on the sofa. Sister at Studio Ashby has vintage handmade Kantha quilts that would make the perfect accompaniment for these cosy evenings. Each textural cotton quilt is unique, reversible and can be thrown onto a sofa or bed.
This ‘Knotting Knitting’ blanket also ticks that box. Ana María Gómez’s home textiles are almost conceptual pieces, something between wearables and eclectic functional furniture.
To shop the collection from Ana María Gómez click here.
To complete our edit, is the ‘Eve Candleholder’ by Laetitia Rouget. We love the storytelling aspect that this blue earthenware has. With its intriguing shape, this is a must for mantelpieces that need a pop of colour!
To find this from Koibird, click here.
We hope this edit has inspired you to embrace the season and shown there are many creative options for you to find gifts for friends and loved ones. Join us for an evening of shopping at Ham Yard Village on 8th December. Live music will fill the courtyard and in Ham Yard Hotel’s lobby, a gingerbread village is there to delight. There will be special offers from stylish boutiques, including Kit Kemp Design Studio. Champagne, mulled wine and festive treats will be served as we welcome the chance to celebrate the season together. To find out more, click here.