Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Ginalicious Proseccolicious Summer Cocktails

We have this great new range in store from a Scottish Company called Plant & Grow.
You could always team the Ginalicious Kit with a bottle of their favourite gin to make a unique gift??
The Ginalicious Gin Botanical Cocktail Garden Kit is a fabulous growing kit from Plant-n-Grow, the ideal gift for a green fingered loved one who likes the occasional tipple!

Immerse yourself in the botanical infused world of Gin cocktails. This great kit contains everything you need to sow, grow & mix a cocktail or two.

Raspberry & Rose Petal Cocktail infusion bag (just add Gin)
Earl Grey & Blue Flower infusion Bag (as above – just add Gin)
1 seed packet of Cucumber ‘Burpless Tasty Green’ – produces delicious crisp fruits with no bitterness. Packed with flavour and easy to digest!
Rosemary Officinalis Seeds x 1 packet. Adds a wonderful pine fragrant flavour
Basil ‘Aristotle’ Seeds x 1 packet. A variety easily grown on a windowsill in pots
Thyme ‘Olde English’ Seeds x 1 packet. Subtle mint and lemon notes provides a slightly floral aroma to a cocktail. (During the 18th century, thyme was used as a hangover cure – which may come in handy with this growing kit!)
6 Page Cocktail Recipe Book bursting with recipes for fresh and aromatic cocktails.

Team with a bottle of Prosecco – it makes a really special gift

Love Prosecco? Want to try your hand at growing something? Then try “Proseccolicious” – the Prosecco Botanical Cocktail Garden Growing Kit from Plant ‘N’ Grow.

Prosecco Botanical Cocktail Garden Growing Kit includes:
High Quality Seeds: One packet each of Sage, Orange Scented Thyme, Viola & Lemon Basil (Sow by end June 2018 – herbs grow all year indoors)
Mini Greenhouse (propagator)
10 x Compost discs
6 x wooden plant markers
Perfect for growing indoors or in small outdoor spaces
Beautifully illustrated instructions
3 Botanical Infusions for your cocktail recipes : Lavender Buds, Strawberries & Raspberries
Cocktail recipe book for 6 delicious recipes to pimp up the Prosecco.
Simple way to grow herbs, try out some cocktails and impress friends.

Thursday, 7 June 2018

Dad's Day Covered.

Father’s Day is fast approaching with just over a week to go (it's Sunday June 17th).  We have loads of quirky gift ideas & gadgets plus a huge selection of cards too.  With our signature gift-wrapping all part of the service, we have Dad's Day covered.

Here are just a few ideas to help show him just how much you love him.

For Wannabe Head Chefs, Rock Gods and Rappers alike, these fun oven-mitts are guaranteed to make laugh.

The ideal gift for a green fingered loved one who likes the occasional tipple!

Each handpicked item in this range has been sourced, selected, made and crafted with some of the world’s best artisans. Together they form a
unique collection of the finest goods that tell a story of seasonality, 
provenance and uncompromising quality.


London is in thrall to the cult of Frida Kahlo (1907-1954), in anticipation of a major show opening at the V&A on June 16th. 

Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up 

In 1954, following her death, Frida Kahlo's possessions were locked away in the Casa Azul (Blue House) in Mexico City, her lifelong home on instruction from her husband Diego Rivera that they remain concealed in one of the bathrooms for at least 15 years. Half a century later her collection of clothing, jewellery, cosmetics and other personal items was re-discovered.  Experience a fresh perspective on Kahlo's compelling life story through her most intimate personal belongings, decorated corsets, outfits, jewellery, letters, photos and medicines. Kahlo’s preferred lipstick was Revlon’s Everything’s Rosy, and her Ebony eye pencil is still in its wrapper.

Kahlo's powerful style is as integral to her myth as her paintings.  It is her construction of identity through her ethnicity, her disability, her political beliefs, her rejection of gender orthodoxy as well as her art that makes her such a compelling and relevant icon today.  People continue to want to have a little piece of her in their lives and it is the unflinching gaze of the Artist’s self-portraits that have been a gift to merchandisers.

We literally cannot wait.  Here's a little preview of our ever growing Frida Collection.

1.  Frida Kahlo - Making Her Self Up £35.00
2.  Frida Kahlo Flower Earrings by Diana Wilson £39.95
3.  Frida Necklace by Diana Wilson £120.00
4.  Frida Cushion by Diana Wilson £69.95
5.  Frida Cushion by Diana Wilson £69.95
6.  Peacock Glasses Case £12.50
7.  Frida Cushion by Diana Wilson £69.95
8.  Frida & Thorns Notebook £10.50
9.  Frida & Flowers Notebook £10.50
10.Frida Soap £3.95
11.Frida Crewel Work Cushion £46.00
12.Frida Dreams Mug £12.95

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Weddings & Anniversary 'Etiquette'

The idea of a theme for every year of marriage dates back to 1922 when Emily Post, an American writer, attempted to solve the issue of what gift to give on the occasion of an anniversary by drawing up lists of anniversary themes in a book titled “Etiquette”.  The idea has been revisited and a modern list curated with alternatives of colours and flowers for each wedded year.

Here's our fun edit (tenuous, and bending the rules just a little) but great gifts none the less...

The first Anniversary is paper, and all gifts need wrapping!  We wrap for free - all part of our famous customer service - see our google reviews here and maybe leave one yourself?  Your 2nd Anniversary is China - this quirky vase is from a selection from PiP Studio, The 3rd Anniversary is Glass, it's my third wedding anniversary this year and I'd love to receive this Water Decanter and Glass Set also by Pip Studio.  The 4th Anniversary is Silk - we have a gorgeous range of Silk tops and dresses by Gabrielle Parker.  5th is Wood, what better way to celebrate a wedding or an anniversary than with great pictures.  This Multi Frame with an 'Edge' from Umbra can also house little keepsakes and trinkets.  Jumping to 9th Anniversary - it's Leather!  Our good friend Harriet Wilde makes bespoke leather wedding shoes for your special day - or buy your loved one a Leather Wallet from our new range from Golunski Leather.  10th is Tin - we have a huge range of  Hand-decorated Tin Decorations and Mirrors from Mexico in store.  25 is the Silver Anniversary - just take a look at our range of Silver Jeweller, and finally if you make it all the way to Gold at 50 years - what better way to celebrate half a century together than with a Gold Cactus Vase? Perfect!

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

April Product Launch - Four New Fridas & Yvonne Ellen China

Hooray.......we are absolutely delighted to announce the arrival of 4 new Frida in the form of Crewel Work Cushions.  These Fairtrade cushions are hand-made in Moradabad by a team of mostly women. Their motto is "talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships". It is important to us to know that the workers are provided with regular health check ups, bonuses, conveyance allowances and provident funds towards their pensions.  We literally cannot get enough of them, since they are made by hand their output is limited and we are therefore permanently on a waiting list for further supplies - get them while stock lasts!

Back in stock this month by popular demand are the bright and colourful leather wallets from Golunski.  Made in the UK from premium quality leather they really do make spending money a joy.

We have also launched a quirky range of ceramics and giftware by London Designer Yvonne Ellen her 'Birds of a Feather' range - feature beautifully illustrated unexpected juxtapositions of animals and birds.  Each item is hand-finished with gold detailing and comes gift packaged in a hat box style box, making them an ideal gift for someone special.

In other exciting news we had a mini refub over the Easter weekend so we'd love you to pop by and let us know what you think of our new displays.  

We have an important favour to ask - we are working really hard to raise our Google rankings, to spread the Map Gift Shop love further around the world (in a sort of David versus Goliath way) - if you love what we do please consider writing us a review.  A few words here would mean an awful lot to us.

1.  Religious Frida Cushion £46.00  2.  Frida with Cat Cushion £46.00  3.  Frida with Horns Cushion £46.00  4.  Frida with Bird Cushion £46.00  5.  Leather Wallet £35.00  6.  G and Tea Cup £22.95  7.  Leather Card Holder £23.50  8.  Yvonne Ellen Tea Pot £52.50  9.  Yvonne Ellen Zebra Tea Cup & Saucer £23.50  10.  Flamingo Tea for One Pot and Cup £52.50  11.  Yvonne Ellen Elephant Tea Cup & Saucer £23.50

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Happy Easter!

It's Easter already!  As the long weekend approaches we thought we'd drop you a quick round up of new product launches and a note of our holiday Opening Times.  
Good Friday 10am - 6pm
Saturday 10am - 6pm
Easter Sunday Closed
Easter Monday Closed

We had such a phenomenal response to our new toiletries range from Fikkerts - we have introduced a new fragrance - Jasmine, see the whole collection here.
At last we have received a new cushion to add to the Frida Crewelwork cushion collection.  We have a full range of spring scarves & purses,  new jewellery and a brand new collection of silk dresses, tops and kimonos.

We may be closed for 2 days but the exciting news is that we are having a mini pop back after the holidays to see our new look.

1.  Jasmine Bath Oil £16.95  2.  Frida Crewel Work Cushion £47.00  3.  Tunic Design Scarf £14.95  4.  Grey & Silver Tassel Necklace £25.00  5.  Chiara Eye Tassel Earrings £16.00  6.    Moroccan Paradise Purse £12.95  7.  Purple and Pink Silk Kimono £57.00  8.  Turquoise and Olive Top £37.50  9.  Pink and Purple Top £37.50  10. Paisley Purse £12.95  11. Dream Circles Large Purse £16.95

Saturday, 10 March 2018

I said who, who do you love? - Time Out Love London Award 2018

Who do you love?   Time Out London have launched the TimeOut Love London awards 2018 and we have been nominated!  As winners in 2014, 2015, and 2016, (there was no award in 2017)  we feel we have a corner to fight!  

But with fabulous new shops & businesses moving into Junction Road all the time The Toy Project, The Battenburg Badger and Lost Boys Pizzas and CruDough on the new Navigator Square, we'd like to put Archway N19 on the map (scuse pun). 

We’re talking restaurants, bars, shops, parks… wherever it is that you get your kicks. Shout about them!  Spread the word and share the love! The aim of this is for you to spotlight your favourite local.  We want you to help those deserving places get a bit more cash in their till!
You can nominate and vote when you sign in here search for Map Gift Shop and get voting.