The Dabbler recommends… Christmas gifts for the curious shopper


Following our books for Christmas recommendations, The Dabbler’s very own style columnist Susan Muncey selects some ideal festive gifts from her Shopcurious collection….

Online shopping is perfect if you’d rather not venture out in the cold, or mingle with the multitude on the streets at Christmas. Described by the FT How to Spend It as, ‘A multi-layered online world of quirky and exotic curios’, virtual curiosity shop, ShopCurious, offers a unique range of gifts from under £10 to several thousands. Here’s our pick of the curiosities on offer for Christmas:ShopCurious has a selection of quirky royal commemorative tins that are useful for storage around the house. This one would be great as a child’s pencil case, and make a good stocking filler to boot. For the anti-monarchist, there’s also an appropriately irreverent Andrew and Fergie biscuit tin.

Staying with the royal theme, clothing by Fake London features a curious counterfeit warrant. Fake’s t-shirts are perfect as gifts for young men – or anyone young at heart. And, for fans of the Mad Men look, there’s a cosy classic cashmere Union Jack cardie – the ultimate in retro-progressive style.Practical decorative gifts include charming rose bud napkin rings, specially designed for the festive table, as well as this curiously cool retro lobster plate set.

And to eradicate any nasty cooking smells, why not invest in a traditional gift set of suitably seasonal gold, frankinsence and myrrh?

For the ladies, ShopCurious offers an extensive range of vintage and contemporary jewellery that’s full of character, like this playful pooch brooch.

Colorsport lipstain gift sets also make a cheap and chic present for all women of all ages. These old fashioned Hollywood style lipsticks are guaranteed to survive the test of time.

Finally, for anyone looking to create their very own cabinet of curiosities, a miniature mounted animal skull trophy should appeal. At only £20 a pop, these won’t make a hole in your wallet, though watch the antlers don’t make a hole in your Christmas stocking.

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About Author Profile: Susan Muncey

Trend consultant Susan Muncey, is Editor of Visuology Magazine. In 2008, she founded online curiosity shop, She writes on style and trends for several blogs, including, and The Dabbler. She previously owned cult West London boutique, Fashion Gallery, one of the first concept stores in the world. Susan graduated in geography from Cambridge University and is also an Associate Member of the CFA Institute. She lives in London with her husband.

3 thoughts on “The Dabbler recommends… Christmas gifts for the curious shopper

  1. Worm
    December 9, 2010 at 15:50

    love the lobster!!!

    December 9, 2010 at 19:16

    I forgot to mention, there’s also a 10% discount for Dabbler readers on all ShopCurious Christmas gifts. If you wish to claim this discount, please email to request the voucher code.

  3. Gaw
    December 9, 2010 at 20:03

    There are also some excellent gifts to be found at I know because I recently bought a couple of distinctive (and well-priced!) presents there.

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