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Gifts for Creatives

by Zoe Robinson

1. Make do and mend

Make and Mend is an affordable range of books, sewing materials and craft projects from Oxfam to help us make things, get creative and care for the clothes already our wardrobe.  Visit the Oxfam Clothing shop on Streatham High Road to have a look at the range which includes the brilliant ‘Vintage Fashion Source book’ as well as cute craft kits and sewing sets. Tel: 020 8769 0515

2. Picture perfect

The Frame Factory offers ready-made frames, quality craftsmanship and a bespoke service.  Surprise a budding photographer or painter with a beautiful picture frame to make the most of their talents, or take a special family photo to be expertly mounted and framed – brilliant for the person who has everything. www.framefactory.co.uk

3. Crafty Christmas

Know an artist, sewing enthusiast, knitting fan or someone who loves crafting? Unik Arts and Crafts provide inspiration with 100s of product lines and great gifts for adults and children alike.  Plus, they stock a fab selection of ribbons and decorations to brighten your Christmas gift wrapping. Tel: 020 8769 0422

4. Sound of Music

Gig Sounds, the ‘the one stop music shop’  has been in situ for thirty years and with a motto like ‘ if we haven’t got it, we’ll get it’, we can understand why.  Stocking guitars to harmonicas; keyboards to foot stalls (and everything in between), you really can find it all.  Perfect too for smaller gifts such as DVDs, books, straps and strings – Gig Sounds even have their very own private drum tutor. www.gigsounds.co.uk

5. Go vintage!

It’s not just the local architecture that alludes to Streatham’s stylish past – our charity shops are bursting at the seams with hidden vintage treasures.  One-off gifts, party frocks and brilliant books can all be found – it might take a bit of searching but that’s half the fun.  Plus, they’re bound to be a fraction of the price of buying something brand new of the same quality – they just don’t make ‘em like they used to!

Plenty more ideas for shopping locally this Christmas can be found in our new Gifts of Streatham guide – coming soon!

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