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Christmas gift ideas and inspiration for grandma

  • It's magic

    For the wise owl in your life, how about a decorative plate by Taika? The Scandinavian tableware design brand takes its name from the Finnish word for magic, and draws on folk-art influences.Need some inspiration for gift-giving this festive season?

  • Lady of letters

    An elegant pen will always be welcome, especially among the letter-writing generation. The Tamo pen-and-box set is handmade in Colombia using the decorative technique Tamo, and was created to coincide with the exhibition Beyond El Dorado at the British Museum.

  • Softly softly

    Tweed is unbeatable in the winter months for both warmth and classic style. This jaunty, blue ladies’ flat cap has been created for London’s V&A shop by Welsh textile designers Melin Tregwynt.

  • Racing times

    This Racehorse umbrella is inspired by the 18th-Century painting Flying Childers by James Seymour. The original painting is housed in the permanent collection of the British Museum in London.

  • Queen of crime

    A collection of Miss Marple novels is a must for fans of Agatha Christie, the most widely published author of all time. The sharp-eyed, elderly heroine is an iconic Christie character, brought further to life in the Folio Society edition with illustrations by Andrew Davidson.

  • Art of style

    This ‘Landscape Mash-up’ silk scarf is handmade and was designed to celebrate the V&A’s current exhibition of Chinese painting. Created by X&Q Art (contemporary Chinese artists Xiang Jing and Qu Guangci), it is inspired by artworks from the show.

  • Comfort zone

    A beautifully designed cushion will gladden the heart of most grandmas, and British brand Sanderson is a good place to start. Their Fitzroy style in muted mauve and yellow is made from cotton cambric, and the pad inside is duck-feather filled.

  • Golden girls

    The Granny Alphabet by fashion photographer Tim Walker celebrates the indomitable spirit of fabulous ‘little old ladies who live down the lane’. His images of beloved, stylish and eccentric older women are inspiring and beautiful.