Buying gifts for under £50 can be a challenge. And when it comes to getting an affordable gift for a loved-one with an interest in design, it’s even harder. But we’ve been giving it a lot of thought.
Here at The Idealist we think that design fans tend to also like to name drop a little bit. They love to show that they have a bit of knowledge and culture up their sleeves. Maybe you can’t splash out on gifting designer clothing, or original interiors, but you can give a little luxury nevertheless. Or perhaps take the chance to say something personal, or light up your favourite quote…
Our favourite gifts for under £50
On the cards
Christian Lacroix for under £50? Ok you can’t wear them but this beautifully decorated set of two decks of cards with sumptuous illustrations will bring colour and class to anyone’s card table. They come in a gorgeous presentation box with flocking and a pull ribbon.
Light me up
Make them melt with this candle making kit from Anthropologie. Contains all that you need to make six scented tealights. Ok at £45 they might be the most expensive tealights on record – but old candle ends can easily be melted down in the cup to make more and you can channel your inner artisan.
Always beautiful to look at, Taschen’s ‘coffee table’ books make a great present (and they look far more costly than they are).
The World of Ornament, compiled by David Batterham and Auguste Racinet, is a compendium of patterns and designs adapted from historical items, including manuscripts, architecture, tiles and textiles. Book gives access to image database where patterns can be downloaded for personal use. Available from Waterstones, £34.99.
Say it in lights
Say whatever you want to say to someone special! Simply slide in your own message and change as often as you want using the 85 letters and symbols included in this lightbox lamp. What will it be? A line from Bowie, perhaps? £45