Tag: gifts

People we’re loving: Not Another Bill

The people behind Not Another Bill have come up with an ingenious service: susbscribe to them for however long you like (one, three or six months) and they will send you – or a lucky friend (pick me, pick me, pick me) – a surprise present in the post once a month. You have no idea or control over what the treat will be, and nor do the anonymous team, who say they often don’t have a clue themselves until they spot it at an antiques market or tucked away in a little hidden store, or design it themselves with one of their cool jeweller / sculptor / artsy friends.

Because nothing is displayed online, it really is a proper, old-fashioned red-letter-day surprise. And you know it will be fun, quirky and exciting because their website is just that.

People we’re loving: Holly’s Houses

holly's houses stamps

In Nepal last year I bought some beautiful stamped writing paper with matching envelopes, each with a detailed black and white dragon print on the front. If you’re thinking, ‘my god, what a traveller cliché’, you are wrong. It looks great. It ignited within me a nostalgic love for good old-fashioned rubber stamps, and I often wish I was the conscientious kind who has enough time to trot off to art shops and build a really good collection, with – in an ideal world – the perfect, witty stamp for any letter or mood.

But I recently heard about Holly’s Houses and think what she does is the perfect solution. A Central Saint Martins graduate, Holly-Anne Rolfe makes personalised stamps, watercolours or sketches featuring any home or design. Perfect for important presents, weddings, birthdays… the whole shebang, really. The best part is, she can do it from photos, so you don’t have to worry about getting her there.

She’s a bargain too – prices start from just £75 for a black and white illustration. Visit Holly’s Houses for more info.