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Christmas present inspiration: Gifts for girls

  • Eastern promise

    Encourage them to keep their pocket money safe with this coin purse from the British Museum. Featuring exquisite images from 18thCentury traditional Korean paintings that have been screen-printed on to the leather exterior, plus attached key-ring, it is small but perfectly formed.

  • Soft touch

    You can’t go wrong with cashmere at Christmas-time − it’s comforting, cosy, and luxurious. British purveyors of designer cashmere, Brora, are known for the lovely, subtle hues of their wools – and these children’s Colour Block gloves are a prime example.

  • Picture this

    Painter and printmaker Elizabeth Blackadder is the first artist to be elected to both the prestigious Royal Academy in London and the Royal Scottish Academy. More importantly for gift-choosing purposes, she paints a wonderful cat. This charming Kikko print comes in a light bronze wood frame.

  • The art of giving

    The Derwent artist’s pencil wooden-box set is a serious bit of kit that is not specifically for children. However, for a child who is a keen artist, some quality materials that (in theory) could last for many years to come are a worthwhile investment.

  • Over the rainbow

    Andrew Lang’s Rainbow Fairy books are a collection of the world’s greatest tales of childhood − from the Arabian nights to Norse mythology, and the Folio Society’s covetable hardback editions feature classic illustrations. The Orange Fairy Book shown here includes Hans Christian Andersen’s classic The Ugly Duckling, as well as stories from as far afield as Iceland and Australia.

  • Crowning glory

    For girls – or indeed boys – who like making stuff and dressing up (and let’s face it, what child doesn’t?), this Seedling create-your-own-feather-crown kit is perfect. Each set contains a felt crown piece, feathers, velveteen string, felt sheets, ribbon and wooden beads. The rest is up to them.

  • Hello dolly

    Strictly for the discerning doll, the architect-designed Lundby Stockholm doll’s house has its own electric lights, and comes with fabulously swishy touches, such as a pull-out plunge pool, exterior staircases and a roof terrace. Founded in Sweden in 1945, Lundby make dolls’ houses and miniature furniture that follow contemporary trends in furniture − and has a cult following among Scandi design fans.

  • Can do

    The Andy Warhol Tomato Soup soup can puzzle contains 200 jigsaw pieces, and when completed measures 12 x 18in. The original, iconic artwork is the signature piece of Warhol’s career. A larger-sized puzzle with 500 pieces is also available for the more ambitious jigsaw – or Pop art − fanatic.