Christmas, in all its Form & Glory
Each year, Christmas seems to come around just that bit earlier than the year before. No sooner than the plastic cauldrons and pumpkins are packed away that Christmassy goods begin to appear. First, it’s reduced jumbo-size tubs of chocolate; then come the advent calendars and selection boxes before the floodgates truly open.
Gifts for fashionable football fans
At Form & Glory, we know the trials and tribulations of the Christmas shop all too well. Football fans, too, can sympathise with that feeling of hopelessness around the festive period, as club managers up-and-down the country staunchly refuse to buy the player that their club is clearly crying out for.
Save for chipping in and sending them a gift card stipulating ‘good for one defender/midfielder/striker,’ what else can you buy the discerning football fan for Christmas?
The simplest formula is to think: what else does their club represent? Effortless cool. Check. Stylish. Check. Pleasing on the eye. Check. Tick all those boxes and you’ve got the perfect gift.
Dinkit’s carefully crafted prints are as timeless as any free-flowing Arsenal goal, with beautiful typography marking the exact coordinates of the Emirates Stadium; whilst design duo Jeff Knowles and Nick Hard take a more graphic approach with this wonderfully simple birds-eyeview of Arsenal’s home ground.
Luckily their wares extend beyond North London, which might be useful if your Arsenal-supporting friends are thinking of throwing the red wine in and switching allegiances, perhaps to Liverpool or Everton?
Dinkit’s typography-inspired work takes in clubs from across Europe, from Ajax to Zurich and Italy to Spain. For something closer to home, check out Loose Collective, Andy Mallalieu and Dan Heron’s celebration of all things Mancunian.
Secret Santa Solutions
Loved ones can be difficult to buy for at the best of times, but at least you have an intimate knowledge of their likes and dislikes; Secret Santa presents a very different challenge. Thankfully, San Francisco-based Art of Sport are here to help with a huge range of items, from Barcelona prints to Manchester United mugs.
In the spirit of Christmas togetherness, it is worth remembering that a well-considered gift is infinitely more welcome than £10 worth of reduced-to-clear selection boxes and some Haribo hastily purchased from Tesco en route to the exchange.
Fill Yer Stockings
Stocking fillers come in many shapes and forms, although more often than not they come in the form of socks; and although the yearly sock stock-up is welcome, there comes a saturation point where you reach peak sock.
Stephen Wong’s t-shirt collection is the perfection solution; with his abstract reinterpretations of national team flags turning the simplest of designs into works of art.
Cool Gifts for Cyclists
The summer of 2014 may seem like an age away as we delve into winter. More specifically, the immense spectacle that accompanied the Grand Depart feels like it was years rather than months ago.
Cycling is experiencing a real boom at the moment, thanks to successive Tour de France wins and continued success on the track. What was once the reserve of a few, hardy souls has been elevated to a mainstream phenomenon.
If like us you feel slightly awkward at the thought of buying friends lycra for Christmas, Antony Oram's wonderful cycling prints are a more than suitable alternative; as are Planning Unit’s prints that celebrate the gruelling route of the 2013 from start to finish and Andy Mallalieu's fine velodrome illustration, available in both print and t-shirt form. Chapeu!
The Big Ones
Now that you’ve placated your footballing friends and family, ordered gifts for the cycling enthusiasts in your life and ticked off the stocking fillers and secret santas there is one present that remains: the main present.
Rafael Rodriguez’s wonderful RS Barcelona Foosball Tables should really be accompanied by the motto Mes Que un Foosball Table.