October 2012

From cosy hats and scarves to contemporary clocks and designer tea services, real ale gift sets and bespoke jewellery, there are presents galore in the Shop at the Old Royal Naval College. The Christmas 2012 collection includes eco-friendly and fairtrade products and creations by both leading UK designer-makers and craftspeople working in the Greenwich area. Prices start from as little as £2 meaning that even in these more straightened times there is still something for everyone.

“The Old Royal Naval College is an important part of the community in Greenwich so we are delighted to support our talented local designer-makers by featuring a range of their bespoke products in our Christmas 2012 collection,” says Karine Lepeuple, Commercial Director of the ORNC.“We are also conscious that money is tight for many families this year so have been careful to select products that are both desirable and affordable. From the colour-in angel bunting that will give hours of fun for the family to the new Greenwich Skyline light, all the gifts in the 2012 Christmas Collection offer quality at reasonable prices.”

Gifts from £10

Greenwich-based designer Melissa Dora’s beautiful porcelain Christmas decorations, inspired by Turkish patterns, start from a little as £8 and will bring a touch of oriental style to any tree, meanwhile Life’s a Party’s eco-friendly paper lanterns at only £8.99 for a pack of three are an attractive addition to the Christmas décor that won’t cost the earth. Another Greenwich-based design maker, Bird and the Button, offers a range of affordable stocking fillers including beautifully wrapped soaps and London badges, and why not enhance your gift-wrap with one of their vintage labels. Believe you can is a company committed to increasing our Fair-trade shopping habits. The ORNC 2012 Christmas Collection features a range of pirate themed items for the younger generation including eye patches, treasure pouches for the tooth fairy and a “make your own” hat and eye patch kit, all at under £10. Meanwhile, offering hours of fun for the family are the colour-in ranges of Angel bunting, pocket pirates and postcards from Eggnogg which start from as little as £1.99.

Gifts from £10 - £30

The 2012 ORNC collection includes new ranges from designers whose products have proved popular in the shop both at Christmas and beyond. Style guru Wayne Hemingway described Susan Bradley’s designs as having “wit and beauty”. For Christmas 2012 the ORNC offers a new selection of her letter racks and bookend designs. Meanwhile, following the popular “Festival” pattern, the shop now features Magpie’s “Whitby Coast” range designed by Mini Moderns. The espresso cup and plate sets are complemented by a beautiful cake stand, ideal for those inspired by the Great British Bake Off to show off their tarts, buns, biscuits and more. ORNC is also pleased to be offering gift sets from Meantime for the first time. The onsite micro-brewery is popular both with visitors and locals. Now it is possible to get a taste of the brewery’s fine ales at home with this special Meantime Christmas set of two bottles of beer and two engraved glasses.

Gifts from £30 - £50

With a cold winter forecast what better way to brave the elements than wrapped up in a warm hat and scarf. Once again the Shop at the ORNC is offering a range of suitably cosy lamb’s wool products from the popular Seven Gauge design company. Hats and scarves in a variety of colours and patterns start at £35.99 with cushions that bring a little indoor luxury starting at under £50. Also unveiled for the Christmas 2012 collection is the new Greenwich Skyline light from Locomocean and Block’s funky Orbit Clock (available in five colours) which at under £40 will bring a touch of contemporary class to any room without breaking the bank.

The Shop at the Old Royal Naval College is based in the Discover Greenwich Visitor Centre in the heart of the World Heritage Site, a short walk from the DLR and the mainline train station and served by many buses. Enter the shop directly from the Thames Clipper stop at Greenwich Pier, from King William Walk beside the Clore Learning Centre (opposite the Cutty Sark) or via the Meantime café and restaurant on the ORNC site. Opening hours: Monday – Sunday, 10.00 – 17.00.

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