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CHRISTMAS SHOP BLOG


Gallery Development Manager, Shelley Mullane, gives us some great Christmas gift ideas in a festive inspired shop blog.

Whilst we don’t decorate the gallery shop with tinsel and fairy lights, we do think of our visitors and their present buying needs at this time of year.
 
We have introduced some new lines and extended some old favourites over the last few months and if you haven’t had a browse in the gallery shop for a while, now is the time to have a look.
 
Decorate your Christmas tree with locally based company Spot on Designs wonderful hanging decorations using the iconic net huts as inspiration.

Treat your friends to a piece of quirky jewellery from Zinc White. They use recycled colouring pencils and old canvases to create their colourful and fun jewellery ranges.
 
Unusual paperweights, attractive notepads and colouring books for grown-ups are some of the stylish products from Polite Company that will satisfy even the hardest person to buy a gift for.
 
Eastbourne-based ceramicist, Anne Barrell, has just taken out a new batch of our beautiful Alfred Wallis inspired ceramics work from the kiln. Milk jugs, bowls and rum cups are some of the bespoke items available to buy.
 
Brighton-based Witshop have extended their popular fish-inspired range to include some beautifully designed fabric napkins to sit alongside their tea towels and recipe cards.

The latest Little Hastings Fish Cook Book by three St Leonards locals, Sally and Stewart Walton and Debi Angel, is a great additional gift that fits with the fish theme. The book includes many wonderfully locally sourced and personal recipes, stunning illustrations and most importantly it encourages people to buy locally caught fish.
 
A selection of colourful, sea-inspired children’s gifts from Djeco are now on the shelves in the shop. Stencil kits, rubber stamps and mosaic packs are among the gift packs available.
 
Lady Muck of Whitstable is a jewellery designer with a real love of the seaside. Her fun ice cream earrings and stylish new seagull range are affordable and fashionable gift options for jewellery lovers.  
 
One of our bestselling books over the last year has been Grayson Perry’s ’Playing to the Gallery', it’s a light and fun introduction to contemporary art, taken from Perry’s 2013 BBC Reith Lectures. The amusing and informative text is also interspersed with Perry’s illustrations.
 
Don’t forget you can visit the shop at any time the gallery is open, you don’t need to visit the exhibition spaces, just pop in and have a browse. If you are a member of the gallery you also get a discount off most shop items. 
10 December, 2015
Written by Shelley Mullane