The Homes & Antiques Christmas Gift Guide

Behold! Beat the Christmas list with beautiful ideas for antique, vintage and new presents

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It’s a busy enough time of year without having to wrack your brains for original Christmas presents but fear not, Homes & Antiques are here to help. As many an antiques hunter will agree, an old piece makes for a truly unique gift whether it’s for children or adults (or big children of course). Scroll on to discover our favourite picks from the shops this season, with a mix of old, new and vintage finds. All you need to do is pick an era…

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ANTIQUARIAN

From cameos to Roman busts, bestow a gift fit for an emperor with this collection of classic finds

Bronze sundial, £550, Appley Hoare Antiques. Stack of marble dishes, from £25, Ines Cole. Profile of a classical figure by Peter Hone, £15.50, Pentreath & Hall. Boxes in ‘Stone Lattice’ wrapping paper, £3 per sheet, Pentreath & Hall. Svend Bayer pitcher, £75, Maud & Mabel. Porcelain fruit stand, £195, John Julian. In fruit stand: small earthenware jug dish by John Derian, £45, Pentreath & Hall. Clam and mussel shell salt and pepper dishes, £58 for the pair, The Shop Floor Project. Julius Caesar bust, £195, Rockett St George. Antique African beaded necklace, £250, Appley Hoare Antiques. French crock pot, £125, The Old Cinema. Marble lens box, £59, The Design Museum Shop. Ocarina whistle, find similar at any music shop. Michelangelo David figurine, £55, The National Gallery. Fornasetti teapot, £325, Liberty. Two stacks of French antique books, £100 per bundle, Appley Hoare Antiques. Fornasetti-style faces jar, £49, Rockett St George. French farmhouse table, £450, Gear Antiques. On wall: Roman emperor ‘Intaglio’ case by Bridie Hall, £455, Pentreath & Hall
Bronze sundial, £550, Appley Hoare Antiques. Stack of marble dishes, from £25, Ines Cole. Profile of a classical figure by Peter Hone, £15.50, Pentreath & Hall. Boxes in ‘Stone Lattice’ wrapping paper, £3 per sheet, Pentreath & Hall. Svend Bayer pitcher, £75, Maud & Mabel. Porcelain fruit stand, £195, John Julian. In fruit stand: small earthenware jug dish by John Derian, £45, Pentreath & Hall. Clam and mussel shell salt and pepper dishes, £58 for the pair, The Shop Floor Project. Julius Caesar bust, £195, Rockett St George. Antique African beaded necklace, £250, Appley Hoare Antiques. French crock pot, £125, The Old Cinema. Marble lens box, £59, The Design Museum Shop. Ocarina whistle, find similar at any music shop. Michelangelo David figurine, £55, The National Gallery. Fornasetti teapot, £325, Liberty. Two stacks of French antique books, £100 per bundle, Appley Hoare Antiques. Fornasetti-style faces jar, £49, Rockett St George. French farmhouse table, £450, Gear Antiques. On wall: Roman emperor ‘Intaglio’ case by Bridie Hall, £455, Pentreath & Hall

VICTORIAN EXPLORER

Inspire a budding collector with an arresting array of natural treasures and artefacts

Complete clam shell, £60, Decorative Antiques. Victorian amber glass decanter, £550, Guinevere. Boxes in ‘Regency Caning’ and ‘Falling Cubes’ wrapping paper, £3 per sheet, Pentreath & Hall. Butterfly collection, £125 (plus VAT), Retrouvius. Ammonite fossil, find similar at Fossils-UK.com. Leather lidded box, £850, Gordon Watson. ‘Kikapu’ woven vessel, £90, Raj Tent Club. Maps by James Wyld, £20 each, V&A Shop. Wooden magnifying glass, £245, The Old Cinema. Brass safari animals, £75 for set of three, Raj Tent Club. 19th-century oak corner cabinet, £420, Lassco. Inside cabinet: Paris dish by John Derian, £45, Pentreath & Hall; ‘Gentleman Stag’ glass decoration, £10, Rockett St George; minerals, find similar at Fossils-UK.com; ‘Gentleman Hare’ glass decoration, £10, Rockett St George; Georgian rosewood tea caddy, £275, Pentreath & Hall; stack of French antique books, £100 per bundle, Appley Hoare Antiques. French farmhouse table, £450, Gear Antiques
Complete clam shell, £60, Decorative Antiques. Victorian amber glass decanter, £550, Guinevere. Boxes in ‘Regency Caning’ and ‘Falling Cubes’ wrapping paper, £3 per sheet, Pentreath & Hall. Butterfly collection, £125 (plus VAT), Retrouvius. Ammonite fossil, find similar at Fossils-UK.com. Leather lidded box, £850, Gordon Watson. ‘Kikapu’ woven vessel, £90, Raj Tent Club. Maps by James Wyld, £20 each, V&A Shop. Wooden magnifying glass, £245, The Old Cinema. Brass safari animals, £75 for set of three, Raj Tent Club. 19th-century oak corner cabinet, £420, Lassco. Inside cabinet: Paris dish by John Derian, £45, Pentreath & Hall; ‘Gentleman Stag’ glass decoration, £10, Rockett St George; minerals, find similar at Fossils-UK.com; ‘Gentleman Hare’ glass decoration, £10, Rockett St George; Georgian rosewood tea caddy, £275, Pentreath & Hall; stack of French antique books, £100 per bundle, Appley Hoare Antiques. French farmhouse table, £450, Gear Antiques

MID-CENTURY

Treat a lover of 20th-century style to a statement piece bursting with colour

Red ‘Anglepoise’ lamp, £295 (plus VAT), Retrouvius. Wooden toy truck, £45, Matt Mitchell London. Vitra ‘Wooden Doll No 11’, £85, The Design Museum Shop. ‘Falling Cubes’ yellow cushion by Fine Cell Work, £95, Pentreath & Hall. Ceramic miniature vases, £23 each, The Old Cinema. ‘Large Monochrome Fat Lava’ vase by Bay Keramik, £55, Homeplace. Breakfast cups and saucers, £29 each; coffee pot in ‘Jet Black’, £99, all Branksome China. Red geometric shape, £30, Mar-den. Boxes in ‘Falling Cubes’ wrapping paper, £3 per sheet, Pentreath & Hall. Brass paperweights, £38 each; brass stationery tray, £35, all Native & Co. Danish black-and-white vase, £25, The Old Cinema. ‘Boulder’ napkin, £20, Dinosaur Designs. Geometric glass vase, £120, The Old Cinema. Farmhouse table, £750, Gear Antiques. On wall: rare vintage botanical chart, £85, Homeplace
Red ‘Anglepoise’ lamp, £295 (plus VAT), Retrouvius. Wooden toy truck, £45, Matt Mitchell London. Vitra ‘Wooden Doll No 11’, £85, The Design Museum Shop. ‘Falling Cubes’ yellow cushion by Fine Cell Work, £95, Pentreath & Hall. Ceramic miniature vases, £23 each, The Old Cinema. ‘Large Monochrome Fat Lava’ vase by Bay Keramik, £55, Homeplace. Breakfast cups and saucers, £29 each; coffee pot in ‘Jet Black’, £99, all Branksome China. Red geometric shape, £30, Mar-den. Boxes in ‘Falling Cubes’ wrapping paper, £3 per sheet, Pentreath & Hall. Brass paperweights, £38 each; brass stationery tray, £35, all Native & Co. Danish black-and-white vase, £25, The Old Cinema. ‘Boulder’ napkin, £20, Dinosaur Designs. Geometric glass vase, £120, The Old Cinema. Farmhouse table, £750, Gear Antiques. On wall: rare vintage botanical chart, £85, Homeplace

ART DECO

Add a little glamour to your gifts with sinuous accessories in crisp white and burnished gold

Faux gold palm branch, £12, Rockett St George. 1930s cocktail shaker, £245, Goldsmith & Perris at Alfies Antique Market. Gold wing bookends, £38 for both, The National Gallery. ‘Nixon’ cake stand, £228, Jonathan Adler. On cake stand: small 1930s bathroom cabinet, £95, Attic; small art deco glasses, £480, sold as part of a set with decanter, The Old Cinema; art deco figure, £440, The Old Cinema. ‘Clear Dot Bauble’, £6, The Conran Shop. Porcelain flower vases, £30 each, Native & Co. Art deco ‘Bronze-effect Lady Lamp’, £87, Rockett St George. Glass art deco decanter, £480 (sold as a set with glasses), The Old Cinema. ‘Century Hotel’, £195, Chisel & Mouse. ‘Jewel’ vase by Louise Roe, £45, Couverture & The Garbstore. Art deco silver pendant, find similar at Connie Speight at Alfies Antique Market. Boxes in ‘Falling Cubes’ wrapping paper, £3 per sheet, Pentreath & Hall. French farmhouse table, £450, Gear Antiques
Faux gold palm branch, £12, Rockett St George. 1930s cocktail shaker, £245, Goldsmith & Perris at Alfies Antique Market. Gold wing bookends, £38 for both, The National Gallery. ‘Nixon’ cake stand, £228, Jonathan Adler. On cake stand: small 1930s bathroom cabinet, £95, Attic; small art deco glasses, £480, sold as part of a set with decanter, The Old Cinema; art deco figure, £440, The Old Cinema. ‘Clear Dot Bauble’, £6, The Conran Shop. Porcelain flower vases, £30 each, Native & Co. Art deco ‘Bronze-effect Lady Lamp’, £87, Rockett St George. Glass art deco decanter, £480 (sold as a set with glasses), The Old Cinema. ‘Century Hotel’, £195, Chisel & Mouse. ‘Jewel’ vase by Louise Roe, £45, Couverture & The Garbstore. Art deco silver pendant, find similar at Connie Speight at Alfies Antique Market. Boxes in ‘Falling Cubes’ wrapping paper, £3 per sheet, Pentreath & Hall. French farmhouse table, £450, Gear Antiques

ARTS AND CRAFTS

Take your cue from nature – choose wares old and new enriched with a rustic, handcrafted vibe

William Morris ‘Cray’ silk scarf, £48, V&A Shop. Plaster cast of a flower and stem, £80, Lassco. Wooden jewellery box, £100, The Old Cinema. In jewellery box: ‘Tilda’ flower egg cups, £10 each, Rowen & Wren; ‘English Rose’ locket, £895, The Shop Floor Project. Decorative jug, £32, Phoenix on Golborne. In jug: antique artist’s brushes, £85 for both, Decorative Antiques. Bird candlestick, £295 for a pair, The Shop Floor Project. Diary illustrated by Eric Ravilious, £10, V&A Shop. Fabric swatch notebook, £12.50 for three, The Shop Floor Project. V&A ‘Kilburn’ coral enamel mug, £9.95, Wild & Wolf. Medium resin ‘Pebble’ vase, £175, Dinosaur Designs. Wooden milking stool, £75, The Peanut Vendor. On stool: ‘Treasure Tree’ cushion; ‘Varx’ cushion, both Cameron Short, £140 each, The New Craftsmen. Boxes in ‘Stone Lattice’ wrapping paper, £3 per sheet, Pentreath & Hall. Farmhouse table, £750, Gear Antiques
William Morris ‘Cray’ silk scarf, £48, V&A Shop. Plaster cast of a flower and stem, £80, Lassco. Wooden jewellery box, £100, The Old Cinema. In jewellery box: ‘Tilda’ flower egg cups, £10 each, Rowen & Wren; ‘English Rose’ locket, £895, The Shop Floor Project. Decorative jug, £32, Phoenix on Golborne. In jug: antique artist’s brushes, £85 for both, Decorative Antiques. Bird candlestick, £295 for a pair, The Shop Floor Project. Diary illustrated by Eric Ravilious, £10, V&A Shop. Fabric swatch notebook, £12.50 for three, The Shop Floor Project. V&A ‘Kilburn’ coral enamel mug, £9.95, Wild & Wolf. Medium resin ‘Pebble’ vase, £175, Dinosaur Designs. Wooden milking stool, £75, The Peanut Vendor. On stool: ‘Treasure Tree’ cushion; ‘Varx’ cushion, both Cameron Short, £140 each, The New Craftsmen. Boxes in ‘Stone Lattice’ wrapping paper, £3 per sheet, Pentreath & Hall. Farmhouse table, £750, Gear Antiques

1970s LUXE

Pieces that shine are the order of the day in this tactile, decadent display

‘Travertine’ bowl, £1,500, Gordon Watson. ‘Krakatoa’ vase, £138, Jonathan Adler. Brass pineapple, £225, Louise Verber Antiques at Alfies Antique Market. Medium ‘Cloud’ brass bowl, £145, Dinosaur Designs. Italian goblets, £150 for six; Italian ice bucket, £450, all Sambataro at Alfies Antique Market. Boxes in ‘Regency Caning’ wrapping paper, £3 per sheet, Pentreath & Hall. Palm tree table lamp, £149.99, Rockett St George. Hammered brass fruit bowl, £400, Matt Mitchell London. ‘Medium Liquid’ silver vase, £115, Dinosaur Designs. ‘Honeycomb’ tealight holders, £12.50 and £18, Rockett St George. Silvered pear, £900, Gordon Watson. French farmhouse table, £450, Gear Antiques
‘Travertine’ bowl, £1,500, Gordon Watson. ‘Krakatoa’ vase, £138, Jonathan Adler. Brass pineapple, £225, Louise Verber Antiques at Alfies Antique Market. Medium ‘Cloud’ brass bowl, £145, Dinosaur Designs. Italian goblets, £150 for six; Italian ice bucket, £450, all Sambataro at Alfies Antique Market. Boxes in ‘Regency Caning’ wrapping paper, £3 per sheet, Pentreath & Hall. Palm tree table lamp, £149.99, Rockett St George. Hammered brass fruit bowl, £400, Matt Mitchell London. ‘Medium Liquid’ silver vase, £115, Dinosaur Designs. ‘Honeycomb’ tealight holders, £12.50 and £18, Rockett St George. Silvered pear, £900, Gordon Watson. French farmhouse table, £450, Gear Antiques

MINI VINTAGE

Enthral little minds with folk-style finds heaped in heritage

‘H’ alphabet pot by Bridie Hall, £40, Pentreath & Hall. Wooden bird whistle, from £6.50, V&A Shop. ‘Mr Red’ tin wind up toy, £24, Rockett St George. Numbered antique stoneware bottles, from £4 each, Homeplace. Oxo tin, £15, Attic. ‘Wooden Mother Fish & Child’, £104, The Design Museum Shop. Stack of small vintage French notebooks, £4.99 each, Attic. 1970s brass globe, £150, Present & Correct. Boxes in ‘New Pavement’ wrapping paper, £3 per sheet, Pentreath & Hall. ‘Grandma Fox’ by Anne-Claire Petit, £195, The Conran Shop. Gold glitter party crowns, £10 for eight, Rockett St George. 1960s ‘Suitcase & Flag’ money box, £30, Present & Correct. 1950s child’s table and chair, £65, Mar-den. On chair: ‘Teixidor’ merino wool throw, £240, Maud & Mabel; ‘Superstar’ notebook, £25, Rockett St George; Italian notebook, £30, Maud & Mabel. Under chair: 1960s snap cards, £6.50, Present & Correct. Blackboard world map, £5, Sunbury Antiques Market. Vintage Rupert book, £6.50, Pitfield London. ‘Classic Teddy Bear’, £125, Steiff. On wall: vintage German school map, £245, Chase & Sorensen
‘H’ alphabet pot by Bridie Hall, £40, Pentreath & Hall. Wooden bird whistle, from £6.50, V&A Shop. ‘Mr Red’ tin wind up toy, £24, Rockett St George. Numbered antique stoneware bottles, from £4 each, Homeplace. Oxo tin, £15, Attic. ‘Wooden Mother Fish & Child’, £104, The Design Museum Shop. Stack of small vintage French notebooks, £4.99 each, Attic. 1970s brass globe, £150, Present & Correct. Boxes in ‘New Pavement’ wrapping paper, £3 per sheet, Pentreath & Hall. ‘Grandma Fox’ by Anne-Claire Petit, £195, The Conran Shop. Gold glitter party crowns, £10 for eight, Rockett St George. 1960s ‘Suitcase & Flag’ money box, £30, Present & Correct. 1950s child’s table and chair, £65, Mar-den. On chair: ‘Teixidor’ merino wool throw, £240, Maud & Mabel; ‘Superstar’ notebook, £25, Rockett St George; Italian notebook, £30, Maud & Mabel. Under chair: 1960s snap cards, £6.50, Present & Correct. Blackboard world map, £5, Sunbury Antiques Market. Vintage Rupert book, £6.50, Pitfield London. ‘Classic Teddy Bear’, £125, Steiff. On wall: vintage German school map, £245, Chase & Sorensen
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