It can be quite a challenge to think of a unique and special gift for all of our loved ones at Christmas. To avoid the dull jumpers, socks and bath sets – destined for re-gifting – it would be worth popping into The National Gallery‘s gift shop. It is full of gifting gems.
You can pick up some absolute treasures for all ages and that suit every pocket. Avert the queues at over crowded shopping centres. Escape to the National Gallery and enjoy a heavenly walk through the exhibitions, a lunch in the cafe and check off your entire Christmas list at the shop, in one genius stroke.
It was difficult to whittle it down but here are my top 10 picks:
1. Tatty Divine Make-Up Bag. I’m loving the quirky bejewelled braces.
2. This handsome wallet €31.95*
3. House of Disaster 1916 satchel €67.95*
4. The official National Gallery of Ireland Diary. There is an art piece from the NGI collection depicted for every week of the year. €19.95*
5. If you gotta gift sock, at least make them Van Gogh. €5.50*
6. Christmas Sprout novelty snow globe €17.50*
7. Usborne That’s Not my Snowman €17.95*
8. A Year In Art: A Painting a Day €21.25*
9. The Art of Chivalry, Music on the theme of love CD. €10.95*
10. Artist Adelle Hickey’s “Art of Connecting” range of beautiful journals and Notebooks. €20- €30*
*at time of publication: 08th December 2017
Dark evenings and constant talk of “it’s expected to snow” call for staying in by the crackling fire, comfort food and Netflix. If you love art and simultaneously are suffering Game of Thrones withdrawl, Medici, Masters of Florence on Netflix is just for you.
Medici: Masters of Florence tells the story of the rise to power of the Medici dynasty. The drama unfolds against the beautiful back drop of Renaissance Italy, in all of it’s architectural and artistic glory.
If you are missing “Robb Stark” Richard Madden plays the lead character Cosimo De Medici. John Bradley West of “Sam Tarley” fame plays a Medici cousin. Another GoT favourite Dustin Hoffman plays “Giovanni di Bicci de’ Medici”
IMDB rates the series 8/10. Season 1 was released on the 9th of December 2016 with Season 2 promised “by the end of the year” (2017?) Check it out on Netflix here
Image Refs: Stills from the Netflix original series Medici Masters of Florence.
I know I’m an adult but I love, love, love the Late Late Toyshow hosted by Ryan Tubridy. So for the night that’s in it, I made a quick sketch of the Toyshow mug. They are on sale in Penneys, along with a full range of Toyshow merchandise. Raising funds for Temples Street Children’s Hospital and Our Lady’s Hospital in Crumlin. Drinking hot chocolate from a cute, owl mug watching the Toyshow is the nicest charity endeavour ever.
I used coloured pencils from Faber Castell and the Uniball gel pen in white. Oh also a Derwent charcoal pencil, which is fast becoming a favourite of mine. To create your own drawing check out the step by step process pics below: