The House of Illustration 2019 Christmas Gift Guide

Get your Christmas shopping all wrapped up with our handy gift guide.


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Yes, some people finished their Christmas shopping in last year’s sales, but if you’re like us and looking for inspiration with 2 weeks to go, we’ve got you covered – from gorgeous books to unique experiences.

For bookish types

1. The Designed in Cuba: Cold War Graphics exhibition catalogue

What is it? A full-colour catalogue packed with 120 images from our five-star Designed in Cuba: Cold War Graphics show. Plus it’s a steal at just £15.99.

Perfect for armchair revolutionaries, graphic design lovers and those with enough of a sense of irony to celebrate socialism in this season of rampant consumerism.

2. 100 Figures: The Unseen Art of Quentin Blake

What is it? A surprise! If you’re expecting Quentin Blake’s scratchy characters, this 128-page book is a revelation, showing fans of the great man an unprecedented insight into his private practice as a figurative artist And a little present from us to you: use the discount code XMASNEWS to get 25% off.

Perfect for Quentin Blake fans, i.e. pretty much everyone.

For the practically minded

3. A luxury tote bag

What is it? A limited-edition tote bag that adds a touch of sophistication to your very non-limited-edition grocery shopping, with illustrations by our main man, Quentin Blake.

This beautiful limited-edition lined tote bag features illustrations by Quentin Blake from the book A Drink of Large Water. No nasty materials here – it’s made from 100% cotton.

Perfect for someone who wants to carry their love for Sir Quentin on/near their sleeve.

4. An arty tea-towel

What is it? An array of luxurious tea towels featuring artwork from iconic illustrators Posy Simmonds, Edward Ardizzone and, of course, Sir Quentin again.

Perfect for everyone! Everyone needs tea towels so why not make this everyday item extra special?

For people you actually want to spend time with

5. Sketchmeet tickets

What is it? London’s original and best live drawing event.

Perfect for your friends! Treat them (and yourself) to a great night out. Expect drinks, laughter, joyful vibes and quick-fire drawing challenges with a different guest hosting every time.

6. House of Illustration Gift Membership (plus guest, of course)

What is it? Membership to the UK’s centre for illustration and graphics, starting from only £30.

Perfect for fans of graphic design, children’s books, mildly pornographic homoerotic illustration… you know, the usual mix. Our programme is totally varied, so members will get an entire year of free, unlimited entry to all exhibitions, which in 2020 will include everything from Raymond Briggs to Tom of Finland. Plus they’ll get 10% off in our shop and tasty discounts on selected events, talks and classes.

For aspiring artists

7. A spot on an illustration course or masterclass

What is it? Our masterclasses are as varied as our exhibitions programme: we’ve got one-day courses on picture books, graphic novels and animation, illustrating people, animals and botanicals, and so much more. If you really, really like someone then our courses are the gift that keeps on giving.

Perfect for anyone who likes to draw, paint, animate or illustrate, or someone whose New Year’s Resolution is to get creative.

Ordering from our online shop? Make sure you’ve done so by Thursday 19 December so we can send it in time for Christmas.