Amelia’s Magazine | Christmas Gift Ideas 2012: Best Design Gifts For Men

Bianca Green in love with iphone cover
In Love With iphone cover by Bianca Green.

Most men love a bit of gadget based frippery, and there is an almost endless choice of iphone decor out there. Amidst the huge amount of guff on Society6 (it’s surprising how few things work when just plonked on, say, a hoodie), there are some gems, shown here for your delection…

fimbis iphone cover geometric glow
This neon abstract Geometric Glow is by Fimbis.

Ewan Arnolda vintage camera iphone case
The fake vintage camera is a perennially good look – particularly fun if you are into self portraits as the cover design will register in the mirror! By Ewan Arnold.

kate hasted iphone cover japanese flower
I think the most unusual has to be this iphone cover by textile designer Kate Hasted, inspired by Japanese flowers.

GlyphicBlack_Phone Pop vinyl iphone backs
For iphone 5 users why not take a look at these new vinyl backs with bold optical designs by Phone Pop?

Glove & Hate Oven Gloves, Stuart Gardiner
If the man you are buying for loves cooking why not surprise him with these fab Glove and Hate oven gloves? They come complete with hairy wrists and chunky gold bracelet: by Stuart Gardiner at Howkapow?

And those who like camping: what about this Kuksa outdoor wooden cup of traditional Sami design, available on new website The Brokedown Palace. A great place to find the perfect present for those who love the great outdoors.

derek shop notebooks
Does your man love nice stationery? I adore these illustrated notebooks (including one by contributor Lorna Scobie) from Dereks Shop.

soma gallery bike parts notebook
Or if your man is a bike lover, how about this Bike Parts notebook, by Luke James for Noodoll, available on Soma Gallery.

2013 wall planner calendar
This fab 2013 Wall Planner is from Present and Correct, the most fantastic website for all graphic design and stationery buffs.

office in a christmas cracker present correct
They also do an ‘Office in a Christmas Cracker‘ which is beautifully put together.

retro pop calendar present correct
And to sit on the table, a vintage rolling plastic calendar.

craig yamey hans_downe plush
Does he like collectibles? If so how about this fantastic plush toy by Craig Yamey for Constructive Studio? Hans Downe is part of the limited edition Yam Kids range: strange creatures all.

printstagram calendar
On a more personalised tangent – if you’ve got the time and you’re a social media nut nut like myself, why not make an instagram calendar with printstagram? If you don’t have time to edit you can just stream the photos off your phone and bung them all in!

seven gauge studios lambswool scarf
Moving on to clothing: I adore this lambswool scarf by Seven Gauge Studios on Two Red Trees.

Stonemen mens briefs rob yelling horses
Or if you prefer something with a bit more humour – how about these brilliant boxer shorts with wild horses stampeding all over them? By Rob Yelling for Stonemen.

This beautiful handmade Skinny Rhodesia leather belt is by M.Hulot and it is available on Dereks Shop.

Niza Huang PETROLEUM cufflinks
For jewellery I am particularly taken by Niza Huang‘s petroleum cufflinks – inspired by the preciousness of ‘black gold‘.

Lars Beller Fjetland wood penguin
As far as beautiful objects go, I love these re-turned wooden birds created from scrap wood by Finnish designer Lars-Beller Fjetland on The Lollipop Shoppe.

Maybe he remembers the Moomins? Then this birch ply family by Lovi on Hus and Hem is just the ticket.

Garudio Studiage flat pet pug
Does your man hanker after a pet? If he’s as dotty for pugs as mine then he’ll love this festive specimen bearing Christmas antlers by Garudio Studiage.

reindeer head by armstrong ward
Or he might prefer this ace felted reindeer head by Armstrong Ward on Not on the High Street.

mozaa game
Finally – if he’s into games how about Mozaa, a colourful combination of puzzle and mosaic, bound to be loved by all design fiends.

dice for change
And in 2013 maybe he’ll fancy playing with his Dice for Change: featuring beautifully designed pictograms to inspire daily random acts of kindness.

More to come :)

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Amelia’s Magazine | Christmas Gift Ideas 2012: Top Ten Best Tea Towel Designs

Like cushions, tea towels provide the perfect surface to showcase artwork: is it any wonder there are so many great designs to choose from?

Mr PS old fashioned sweetie type tea towel
For some reason I seem to have fixated on type when it comes to these – first up is this fun sweetie design by Mr PS.

Howkapow great british roast tea towel
Howkapow always stocks great design so I like to check in now and again and see what they have. I particularly like this Great British Roast Tea Towel designed by Stuart Gardiner.

thornback and peel rabbit cabbages tea towel
There is a simplicity to most of Thornback and Peel‘s designs which is very appealing but I like this one with bunnies running through the cabbage patch.

colorful winterland calendar tea towel
On etsy designer Gabriela Larios is selling this brilliant 2013 Tea Towel Calendar: why not kill two birds with one stone! 

Hus and Hem stock this fabulous retro tea towel by Almedahls: the Pomona design was first created in 1956 and looks every bit as good today.

christmas-tea-towel-victoria eggs
Designer Victoria Eggs has produced a Christmas dinner tea towel, featuring all your festive food favourites in fancy type.

Classic Cocktails tea towel by Stuart Gardiner
To Dry For is THE shop for tea towels, so I had to check in and see what they have this season: my favourite is the Classic Cocktails tea towel, also by Stuart Gardiner.

Ella James Bank Note tea towel
How much fun is this bank note tea towel by Ella James? It comes in two designs based on either the £20 or £50 bank note.

pintuck make do and mend
The Pintuck website from Mary Land has got a few fab designs: I like this one’s sentiments. Make Do and Mend.

dear santa rob ryan tea towel
And if your budget doesn’t stretch to a one off bit of Rob Ryan artwork you could always frame his very special 2012 Christmas tea towel. What a winner! Best of all it can be cut up and sewn into a personalised stocking if you fancy.

Looking for other Christmas gifts? Check in with my best cushions and best mugs blog posts too!

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