Dogs are for Christmas — not just for life, is artist Peter Clark’s message in his new show of collage paper pups.
Made with an intriguing mix of vintage paper, maps, love letters and other precious scraps, Clark’s work will be on show and for sale, from £400 plus VAT for unframed prints and up to £4,000 for originals, such as this fabulous British bulldog, at the Rebecca Hossack Gallery, 28 Charlotte Street, W1 (020 7255 2828; r-h-g.co.uk).
For high kitsch that is difficult to match, check out the glittery tree decorations from Liberty which include stiletto shoes, red phone boxes, Sixties Mondrian-style frocks and dazzling peacocks, from £3.50 each.
Liberty is in Regent Street, W1 (liberty.co.uk).
The fashion-to-homeware designer Nicole Farhi has come up trumps with this perfect blue martini glass for Bombay Sapphire: it is large, heavier than you’d think and thoroughly in tune with all things Mad Men. It costs £35 but looks stunning.
The limited-edition glasses are only available from Nicole Farhi, 17 Clifford Street, W1 (020 7494 9051; nicolefarhi.com).
Hang hand-crafted silver Christmas tree decorations, made by designer-makers, from The Goldsmiths’ Company’s online directory to really make a show. They are not as expensive as you might think and look lovely on the Christmas table, too.
Chris Perry’s Robin (£65), Glitterati’s Stars (£110) and Snowflakes by Kirsty Eaglesfield (£55) add weight and glitter to the festivities.
See them all at whoswhoingoldandsilver.com.
V&A museum shop
Taking inspiration from the museum’s exhibitions past and present, and from its permanent collection, the V&A shop is a great place to find quirky presents this year.
We love the patterned stag heads (£35 each). They are 35cm high, printed on board, easy to assemble and based on 18th- and 19th-century Italian textile designs. Also find festive decorations from only £2.
Visit the shop (better than the website), at the V&A, Cromwell Road, SW7 (020 7942 2000; vandashop.com).
Emma Bridgewater has just re-opened her shop in Fulham having given it a significant facelift, now making it look more like her own home.
This is the place to find her trademark range of cosy, country kitchen-style ceramics, including new baby reindeer-design mugs (from £12.95).
Find the shop at 739 Fulham Road, SW6, or visit emmabridgewater.co.uk.
E17 Designers Market
On November 26 and 27 you will be able to browse and buy crafted textiles, ceramics and prints, together with leather bags made by a local saddler, plus quirky, vintage-inspired homeware including quilts, cushions and throws at this special market.
Admission is £1, which includes a seasonal drink and the chance to win a goody bag.
Friday 26 November, 7pm-10pm; Saturday 27 November, 2-6pm. The Asian Centre, 18A Orford Road, E17. Visit e17designersmarkets.blogspot.com.
The ever-thoughtful merchandising team at Waddesdon has commissioned RCA graduate students to design a collection of lovely things in time for Christmas, inspired by a visit to the Rothschild pile near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.
Hitomi Hisono’s Spoon on Spoons cost from £15 to £25; Suzi Tibbetts’ solid silver candle holder is £95 and Hanne Enemark’s Derome book vase is £40. Visit waddesdon.org.uk.