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Finding the right gift for someone in the office at Christmas 

Christmas gift guide

Finding the right Christmas gift for someone from the office can be a challenge. But whether it’s an individual gift for Secret Santa or something to thank the team, BCU has the ideal Christmas present.  

From books and art to jewellery and fashion, there’s lots to choose from in our Christmas market produced by a really talented bunch of former students. BCU Business Services is proud to have worked with 3 of the women featured in our Christmas market this year: Morgan Grice, Shovon Wiggan and Emma Shipley.

Here are their websites together with a range of other exciting alumni-owned independents that could help you find that perfect office gift.

Odd Orange 

Morgan Grice is the graduate behind Odd Orange, a handmade stationery business specialising in functional and sustainable stationery. From handmade sketchbooks and notebooks to greeting cards, art prints and stickers, you’ll be able to find lots of fun, colourful and unique gifts here.

Hay Fine Jewellery 

School of Jewellery alumni and husband and wife team Chris and Bonnie Hay own their own jewellery shop, Hay Fine Jewellery, in Birmingham’s historic Jewellery Quarter. From super cool modern pieces to totally bespoke jewellery where Chris and Bonnie can bring your vision to life, Hay Fine Jewellery offers something special for everyone. 

Inspire-A-Doll 

Business Management alumna Shovon Wiggan founded her business, Inspire-A-Doll, with the aim to improve the representation of multicultural dolls for children. The Inspire-A-Doll collection includes four dolls from all different cultures and backgrounds. 

Cora and Spink 

Making accessories for everyday adventures are Cora and Spink, founded and run by Fashion alumnus Tim Johnson. From backpacks and utility bags to laptop cases and wallets, Cora and Spink have you covered. The products are all environmentally friendly too; they’re biodegradable, 100% vegan and made from recycled cotton. What’s not to love? 

Soft Season 

Jewellery graduate Rosie Jehan is the alumna behind Soft Season, a handmade and sustainable jewellery business. Rosie’s creations are inspired by ceramics and ancient jewellery, with all pieces hand-carved from wax and cast in recycled metal. From rings and necklaces to gift cards and even workshops you can attend, there’s lots to choose from! 

Jenko + Co 

Illustration alumna Charlotte Jenkins is the graduate behind Jenko + Co, which offers everything from cute postcards and A4 prints to adorable ceramic pet baubles. There’s lots of cards available too, perfect for that special someone in your life. 

Design44 

Textile Design graduate Jade Devall is the founder of Design44, a lifestyle and gift store that champions small makers and design-led brands. Products are available online, and there is a pop-up store at the Bullring until February 2024. 

Grain in the Grove 

From plant stands and benches to record display shelves and coffee tables, Grain In The Grove, run by graduate Melissa Hobbs and her partner Rob, offer super cool and sustainable furniture and homewares for both traditional and modern homes. 

Emma J Shipley 

Textile Design alumna Emma J Shipley offers a wide range of beautiful items with her iconic print designs, from cushions and bedding to prints, mugs and even fabric and wallpaper, there’s so many gift options for you to check out. 

Roots 0121 

Visual Communication alumna Ruth is behind Roots 0121. As well as murals and bespoke illustrations, Roots sell everything from prints, badges and pouches to cute tote bags at their shop in Red Brick Market in Digbeth. If you can’t make it there, you can also check them out on Etsy. 

Phoebe Robinson 

Illustration graduate Phoebe Robinson is an illustrator and mural artist. She offers a range of fun and colourful prints from her online store. 

Hellcat Jewellery 

Specialising in gothic jewellery, Hellcat Jewellery, run by Design Crafts alumna Jo Herriots, is also based in the Jewellery Quarter. The shop combines everyday jewellery like earrings, bracelets and necklaces, alongside bespoke engagement and wedding rings, and memorial jewellery, all with a gothic twist. 

Fei Liu Jewellery 

Jewellery and Silversmithing alumnus Fei has won countless awards for his innovative and contemporary designs. Also based in the Jewellery Quarter, Fei Liu Jewellery create dazzling brooches, bracelets, necklaces, earrings and even tiaras! 

TBrookerArt 

Illustration alumna Taylor Brooker creates incredible aerial embroidery hoops, as well as personalised landscapes and pencil portraits. 

The Heath Bookshop 

BCU alumna Dr Catherine Gale runs bookshop, The Heath Bookshop, in Kings Heath with friend Claire. The bookshop offers coffee and cake and runs events. So whether you’re looking for the perfect gift for a bookworm, or fancy treating yourself, head along and support this great independent business. 

Jean & Moon 

Looking for something a little more personal? Alumna Phoebe Munger is the graduate behind Jean & Moon, offering bespoke personalised gifts made here in the West Midlands. From baubles and stockings, to teddys, mugs and pillows; you’ll be able to find the perfect personalised gift for everyone from your parents to your pets. 

Kiya Coralles 

Kiya Coralles is the work of Jewellery alumna, Kiya. She sources inspiration from ancient South American art and architecture, with the sun a central element in many of her designs as a nod to the Inca sun god, Inti. Kiya specialises in commitment rings and custom-made jewellery, but also works with clients who want to transform their old jewellery by using existing stones or metal. How cool is that! 

Haseebah Ali 

Illustration alumna Haseebah Ali offers a selection of beautiful artwork on her online store, including prints and postcards. 

Birmingham Stationery Co. 

Birmingham Stationery Co. is created by Amrit and Muhammad, who met while studying Architecture at BCU. Their stationery fosters everyday creativity, for notes and sketches that make up big ideas. They source premium materials from around the world and manufacture their books by hand inhouse. Their nature inspired print notebooks are perfect for the stationery lover in your life, or alternatively they have a great set of greetings cards too! 

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