This is a guest post by Kaylene Alder, a freelance illustrator and screen printer living and working in Brixton. She is a frequent contributor to the Brixton Blog and Bugle, so you have probably already seen some of her work! She also illustrated Miss South‘s Recipes from Brixton Village, and sells prints and cards on Makerhood, in her Etsy shop, Studio 73 in Brixton Village and Diverse Gifts. Kaylene is open to any and all illustrative projects – get in touch with her if you want some drawings!
So I should say, before I begin, that this was a tricky tricky task. There are SO many lovely shops and things in Brixton that narrowing it down to 5 was most challenging.
Anyway, I digress, here are the gifts for I would buy for folks I like with my shiny shiny Brixton pounds…
Ok, I know, socks for Christmas – not generally thought of as awesome… but these are BAMBOO socks. They are like hugs for your feet! Warm in the winter, cool in the summer… I could go on. In aces patterns and colours, these delights by Braintree Clothing can be purchased for your Brixton Pounds at The Keep for £4.90 each or 3 pairs for £12.00.
32/33 Brixton Village, Coldharbour Lane, London, SW9 8PR
Something framed from Studio 73.
With all manner of amazing originals and prints by local artists and an in-house framing service, giving the gift of art is made properly special by Adrian and his lovely team. A3 frames start from £29.
73 Brixton Village, Coldharbour Lane, London, SW9 8PS
This beautiful silver and walnut hammer pendant necklace is made by Daniel Darby can be found at Brixi and bought for someone who is tough and delicate and deserving for £110.
Unit 7 Brixton Village, Coldharbour Lane, London, SW9 8PR
I find it tricky to resist the nostalgia of wooden toys. This toy train made from bobbins and other machinery parts from former weaving mills in the north of England can be found at Diverse, amongst loads of other good stuff. It’s £45 but will be around for generations of littlees.
Diverse, 390 Coldharbour Lane, London, SW9 8LF
While I was imaginary shopping with an imaginary budget, I thought ‘Why not go all out?’ Look! She’s pretty and shiny and Christmassy green! And she’s on sale, down from £1100 to £935. But think of the savings on petrol! And the environment! And the health of the lucky recipient! You can pick her up at Brixton Cycles where the lovely, approachable, deeply honest staff can tell you all about the technical ace-ness of this bike and not just about how shiny she is. If you don’t happen to have an imaginary budget, they do have two-wheelers which are lower in price.
Brixton Cycles, 145 Stockwell Rd, London SW9 9TN
Thanks Kaylene for this great gift guide! For more gift guides and other festive content keep an eye on our blog – we’ll be posting every day for 12 days of #BriXmas (that’s a whole 8 left!)