For some people, their home is their castle: creating a space for themselves that feels like it reflects their personality and tastes is their top priority. But we also know that those people can prove difficult to buy for during gifting season. Here, to make it a bit simpler, we’ve put together a few ideas to help you get started – you’ll find everything from Paul Smith’s own candles and homeware collection to art prints and Anglepoise lamps in just a quick scroll.
1. The Cosy Blanket
Help them make the most of their down time during Holiday season (and perhaps encourage a little self-care into the next year) and gift them the gift of something cosy. A blanket is the perfect thing. This one is from our new home collection, and is made in Scotland from lambswool with a touch of cashmere for added luxuriousness.
2. The Scented Candle
On the subject of making time to rest and relax, a candle also makes a perfect present – particularly for those who tend to burn theirs at both ends. Encourage them to press pause with this Bookworm candle from Paul Smith’s debut home fragrance collection. This three-wick one, inspired by the endless library of books in Paul’s office – is ideal for curling up with a favourite novel.
3. The Iconic Piece
An objet d’art in its own right, you’ll likely already be familiar with the iconic Alessi citrus reamer – and if you aren’t, you can be certain that that design-obsessed friend on your gift list will be (and will be very pleased to unwrap it). The juicer is the brainchild of Philippe Starck, who designed it in 1990, and it is now in the permanent collections at MoMA, Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC and the V&A in London.
4. The Original Artwork
The subject of a recent large-scale exhibition at our bright pink Melrose Avenue shop in LA, George Byrne’s constructed landscapes are a post-modernists dream. Included in the second edition of his book Post Truth, which compiles a selection of his poetic pieces, this pastel-toned print is love letter to the city he calls home. It’ll go down a treat with art and photography lovers.
5. The Colourful Mug
They say that starting the day off on the right foot is the secret to a day well spent and what better way to brighten up your mornings than a brew served in a colourful mug? The perfect gift for both tea and coffee-drinkers, this one features a variation on Paul’s Artist Stripe design – Painted Stripe – and is made from 100% bone china.
6. The Useful Gadget
For the minimalist in your life, you need scroll no further. Our collaboration with Braun is a tribute to the timeless simplicity of the iconic design – but we couldn’t very well leave out a signature Paul Smith twist, could we? This handy travel clock, like the rest of the collection, includes an Artist Stripe second hand for a pop of colour.
7. The Conversation Piece
Sculptures tend to be the sort of thing we assume resides solely in museums or public squares rather than a way to decorate our homes – mostly because their size is an obvious hinderance. Scaled down though, they’re no less impressive. This table-top piece by Volta is based on Alexander Calder’s work, which in turn inspired one of Paul Smith’s most recent collections.
8. The Party-Ready Piece
We all have that friend who loves to entertain – in fact, by the time you read this, you’ll probably already be planning what to wear to their holiday and New Year bashes. A gift that helps them embrace their natural hosting skills is certain to impress. If you’re looking to splurge, Vagabond House’s pewter champagne cooler will make for a statement centrepiece at any dinner party.
9. The WFH Lamp
A true interiors icon, Anglepoise’s Type 75 lamp is one of those pieces that never goes out of style. Our partnership with the brand aims to preserve the integrity of the original design by Sir Kenneth Grange, but with subtle Paul Smith twists. Now in its sixth edition, this one is an all-white version with a discreet Artist Stripe trim – the desk size is the perfect WFH lamp, but it’s also available in floor and mini versions.
10. The Classic Coffee Pot
With its clean lines and streamlined design, Stelton’s coffee pot is an ideal gift for those who like both the finer things in life and whose tastes err on the side of timeless. First created by legendary functionalist architect and furniture designer Arne Jacobson in 1967, it is part of the brand’s minimalist Cylinda collection and is made from polished stainless steel with a durable Bakelite handle.
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Words: Molly Isabella Smith