Ah, yes, when Computer Arts was young, we were happy to find our Christmas stocking stuffed with simple gifts – thick-knit sweater, Ball in a Cup, a satsuma or two ... How times have changed. To ensure you're giving great presents this year, we suggest you consult part two of our Christmas gift guide (opens in new tab): the best posters, postcards and books from monthly magazine feature Designed for Life.
Know Your Condiments tea towel
Do you think of tea towels as kitsch monstrosities emblazoned with cats and images of Spanish seaside towns? Then this striking – and informative – design by Crispin Finn (opens in new tab) is for you. 100% cotton, woven label, drying dishes still a chore. (£10.00)
Sally Beerworth Postcards
We've featured Sally Beerworth's colourful, quirky and occasionally caustic creations on before, but these unique postcards (opens in new tab) (£9.50) with their bon mots are something else. They're made from stiff, matte card, with one side blank for your own witty messages.
Quoteskine Volume One
From personal project to internet smash, and now a book. Lee Crutchley's Quoteskine Volume One (opens in new tab) (£10.00) combines famous quotes and song lyrics snippets with funny and poignant sketches.
BB - KK Posters
These posters (opens in new tab) offer a modern twist on four classic children's stories, using a mixture of original and contemporary illustrations and though-provoking quotes from the original texts. From $50 each, $160 for the set.
Donna Wilson Exercise Books
Scottish designer Donna Wilson created this set of three exercise books (opens in new tab) (£9.95) as a souvenir to celebrate community-building project Create 2012 (opens in new tab). Each book has a different design on the front with maps on the back showing the best places to swim, cycle and "do handstands" in east London. Great for kids.
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