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The Vintage Guide To London | February 22, 2018

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Santa Baby - top Christmas gifts for the vintage-loving London gal

With the Festive Season Fast approaching you may well be tearing your hair out as to what to get that special someone with a penchant for vintage. Gemma King has some excellent tips what to buy any vintage-loving London gal.
The main problem with buying for the vintage connoisseur is the fact that tastes tend to be very particular, or, when you discover the ideal item, upon enquiring about the price… shock horror… you need a small mortgage to secure it! Fear not, I’ve been on the hunt for some inspiration to guide your way, so let’s start off with ideas for pressies for her Ladyship!
Under £10
Butterfly brooch – £8 from Autumn Jewels
Yes you saw right, £8! It’s made from wood and is glazed by hand. It reminds me of the Art Nouveau enamel butterfly brooches produced during the early 1900s by John Atkins & Son.

Autumn Jewels doesn’t  just stock brooches, there’s rings, necklaces, bracelets and earrings, all of which are lovingly hand crafted by Jillian Raitt.
Under £20
Besame Red lipstick – approx £13 from What Katie Did
Every vintage-loving girl loves a bit of red lippy, and what better gift than a smashing tube of Besame’s vintage inspired lippy. They’re long lasting, all natural and don’t only come in red – you have 10 shades to choose from. What Katie Did stocks these beauties, along with other products from the Besame range.



Keep your dates in style with a vintage print diary – £18 from the V&A shop
The V&A has some splendid calendars and diaries in stock, including this beauty that’ll be sure to keep any gal organised on the move . Mini William Morris ‘Clover’ Weekly organiser for £18, from the V&A shop.


Read on for more of Gemma’s gift ideas

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  1. Rebecka

    Great tips – I would also add that a decent pair of stockings are always appreciated, as they are so easily worn out when dancing… Like the lovely 40’s style rayon stockings from What Katie Did (, or Agent Provocateurs selection:

  2. Hey Rebecka… I didn’t think of stockings, that’s good thinking! Whilst we’re on the subject, I could do with a new pair… Dear Father Christmas….