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Jane, the founder of AUTHOR, has picked her top 10 from our 100 rare and exquisite gifts under £100. All of these stunning pieces have been handcrafted by talented and skilled craftspeople across the British Isles with slow design and sustainability in mind. These pieces are made to such a high quality with the finest materials that they will remain timeless in style and long-lasting for future generations to love and appreciate.
Give your nearest and dearest the gift of luxury British craftsmanship this Christmas whilst helping the environment and not costing the earth.
1. Calm Gift Set
This gorgeous gift set includes a soy wax candle, room spray and organic room diffuser all in apothecary styled amber glass and all with the calming scents of Lavender, Mandarin and Sandalwood. A soothing scent for both men and women. All three pieces have been handmade with 100% pure and natural essential oils by the team at Wildheart Organics at the foot of Scotland’s Pentland Hills, meaning no nasty chemicals will be burned or dispersed into your living environment. These relaxing scents are wrapped in AUTHOR’s recycled, luxury gift wrapping at no additional cost.
Calm Gift Set – £70
2. Small Black Marble Square Scented Candle
Handmade in London by Sevin London from plant based wax, this stunning handmade square candle has a minimalist, clean and contemporary design and burns for around 40 hours. The top surface of the candle is delicately carved giving topographical notions, reminding us of serene views of the sweeping valleys and luscious hills of the British landscape. The soothing scent of this dark candle is a sweet amber with delicate notes of jasmine petals and a hint of nutmeg.
Small Black Marble Square Scented Candle – £37
3. The Art of Coorie by Gabriella Bennett
In The Art of Coorie: How to Live Happy The Scottish Way, Glasgow-based journalist Gabriella Bennett, explores what ‘coorie’ is and how it has helped nurture the astonishing creativity that Scotland is famed for, despite an often harsh and unforgiving climate. ‘Coorie’ – or còsagach in Gaelic – is the Scottish version of ‘hygge’. The Art of Coorie explores lifestyle, homes and interiors, traditions, and how to enjoy life despite challenging elements. It looks at how to appreciate what we have around us and how to use the best of all things Scottish to enhance life and its pleasures. Look out for the chapter on ‘festive coorie’ where Jane gives tips for Christmas Gift Wrapping.
The Art of Coorie: How to Live Happy The Scottish Way – £14.99
4. Cocktail Napkins
These lavish cocktail napkins are a part of a collaboration between celebrated Scottish designer, Iona Crawford, and the late renowned chef, Andrew Fairlie. These gorgeous designs by Iona originate from the extraordinary garden where rare and remarkable produce is grown for Andrew’s patented two star Michelin restaurant at Gleneagles. The love of nature and the Scottish landscape cultivated this wonderful partnership. The textures, tones, colours and patina of this 19th century garden are all explored through these original designs by Iona.
Cocktail Napkins – £80 a set
5. Bronze Full and Half Fig
These gorgeous bronze figs are translations cast directly from original, organic figs by bronze artist Alice-Andrea Ewing as a part of her collaboration project she leads, named Pomarius, where Alice creates castings from the produce of gardens, historical locations and ancient trees in the UK. Each casting displays the unique characteristics and details from the piece it was cast from making each bronze individual and exquisite. They have a lovely, cooling surface that shows every little detail of the skin of the fig as well as the internal fruit with the half figs. They look beautiful as a grouping or on their own on a desk or in a bookcase.
Bronze Fig – £98 for full fig, £95 for half fig
Please keep in mind that the cut off date for bronze pieces to be delivered in time for Christmas is 1st/2nd December so please place your order as early as possible. We may have some pieces in stock after this date so do not hesitate to get in touch with the office after this date.
6. Bronze Walnut
Like the Bronze Figs above, these gorgeous Bronze Walnuts are cast directly from original, organic walnuts by artist Alice-Andrea Ewing as a part of her Pomarius project where Alice creates castings from the produce of ancient trees, historical locations and grounds across Britain. These walnuts are finished with a dark patina, rubbed back with natural beeswax by Alice in her Suffolk studio. These stunning walnuts make a delightful, long-lasting gift with their tactile feel and cool-to-the-hand surface. They work beautifully as a grouping or will sit happily on their own.
Bronze Walnut – £99
7. Black Shino Tea Bowl
This stunning glass Shino Tea Bowl with black interior is handblown by glass artist, Vicky Higginson, in her Edinburgh based studio. The pattern on this glass cup echoes the traditional Japanese ‘shino’ ceramic glaze, and is sandblasted to create a tactile exterior surface texture which contrasts with the smooth black interior. This gorgeous bowl encourages us to slow down and take the time to enjoy the peace and simplicity of a nice cup, bowl rather, of tea.
Black Shino Tea Bowl – £80
8. Helvellyn Double Old-Fashioned Whisky Tumbler
This exquisite full-lead crystal tumbler has been hand-blown and hand-cut by the skilled team at Cumbria Crystal on the edge of the Lake District. The design is art deco inspired with its circular pattern, enticing you to swivel the ice in your G&T or dram of whisky to ignite a peaty or juniper aroma. This larger sized tumbler is suitable for an ampler measure or cocktail if you’re gifting the whisky or Tom Collins lover in your life. Cumbria Crystal pieces have been showcased extensively in television programmes and cinema such as Downtown Abbey and James Bond. It is the choice of crystal in many Royal Families and British Embassies around the world.
Helvellyn Double Old-Fashioned Whisky Tumbler – £85
9. Solitary II Ceramic Sculpture
This delightful miniature ceramic vessel and stamp is handmade by ceramist, Rachel Holian, in her Cheshire-based studio. Crafted from wheel-thrown porcelain, the vessel is glazed with a shiny glaze and its base and stamp are left unglazed. Rachel’s work explores relationships within families. The stamp is used to give a feeling of life. All processes are kept to a minimum as the spirit and feeling of the work is captured whilst the vessel is in motion on the wheel. These original, engaging pieces look lovely when displayed at eye level in a bookcase or on a mantelpiece.
Solitary II Sculpture by Rachel Holian – £42
10. Coloured Glass Christmas Bauble
Handblown from molten glass by glass artist, Elin Isaksson, in her studio in Stirling, these stunning baubles are available in a variety of colours. Elin describes her colouration as similar to watercolour paintings and it is easy to see the parallel in the way the pigments merge seamlessly into one another with watery effect. These gorgeous Christmas baubles reflect their subtle colours elegantly amongst the twinkling fairy lights on a Christmas tree. Paired with a beautiful satin ribbon, these baubles can be hung from wherever you fancy, not just the tree and will bring you or your loved one joy for many Christmases to come.
Coloured Glass Christmas Bauble – £24
We are offering our luxury gift wrapping service free of charge for all Christmas orders for our AUTHOR Society members so make sure you are signed up to AUTHOR Society, our free email membership. Your order will be lovingly hand wrapped in our luxurious, recycled gift wrapping dependent on what piece is chosen. This wrapping includes seasonal fruit and decoration, grosgrain or satin black ribbon, acid-free black tissue paper and a black magnetic clip box or luxury black kraft paper. Each AUTHOR item comes with a gorgeous Piece Story inside the wrapping that explains the provenance of the piece and the skilled British-based artisan who handcrafted it.
If you have any questions or need help sourcing an exquisite, thoughtful Christmas gift, then please do not hesitate to get in touch.
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