We have always loved travel at Kouamo. We come back to the studio feeling invigorated - bursting with stories, ideas and inspiration. If you have a friend or loved one who also enjoys exploring, here are some thoughtful gift ideas which might just make their Christmas...
The perfect bag is a travel essential. We love a bright little bag to fit a purse, passport, phone and sunscreen for those days exploring - when you want to be light on your feet. ‘The Tea Handbag’ by Kuku Big Bag at Cockpit Arts Deptford is a gorgeous gift - exquisitely made-to-order in an array of lovely colours. The veg-tanned leather is selected from a northern Italian tannery, and each bag is constructed using traditional leather working tools and techniques.
£180 Kuku Big Bag
We love Christmas shopping in the beauty department at Liberty London - soaking up the exotic scents and colourful packaging. It’s hard to pick one favourite so here in one tempting treat for travel-lovers. The aroma of Ortiga, Florio Bath Oil instantly transports us to sunshine filled places as it combines the natural oils of avocado, olive, and castor seed with the fresh spring flowers of Sicily. £30 Sunshine Scent & Glow on the go
The kindle may have revolutionized reading on the go, but gifting the perfect novel to a travel-lover is a true art. We think that a Bibliotherapy session at School of Life is a brilliant idea, providing a ‘prescription’ reading list tailored to an individual's concerns, dreams or challenges. This very special gift could help your globetrotter to discover stories to enrich their own travel experiences or provide their perfect escape, from the comfort of the sofa. Sessions can be carried out remotely or face-to-face in Bloomsbury, near the Kouamo studio.
The gift of a good night sleep will be welcomed by anyone who likes to travel or dream of far-off lands. Who wouldn’t drift into a delicious deep slumber whilst wearing this luxurious eye mask to keep light at bay? Handmade by Row Pinto at Cockpit Arts Deptford in the softest cashmere - it comes in a selection of colours with Liberty London fabric on the reverse and a contrasting strap. Each eye-mask is even packaged in a pretty little gift box, ready to tie with ribbon and pop under the tree.
At Kouamo we always return from our adventures with a pile of tickets, maps, flyers and other paper ephemera. Often these keepsakes are stowed away in scrapbooks or boxes where they could easily be forgotten. This is why we love the work of jeweller Clara Breen our neighbour at Cockpit Arts in Holborn. Alongside her collections - Clara can create bespoke brooches, rings and necklaces using your own paper mementos. A beautiful way to carry precious memories of travels or to take a piece of home away on an adventure - this is a meaningful gift for a loved one.
Returning from travels in the winter months may feel a bit gloomy for globetrotters. Bold colourful lighting can be a brilliant Christmas gift - injecting the sunshine back into the home and evoking happy memories of far off places. Our Valle de Vinales Lampshade is wrapped externally in deep bugambilia-flower coloured silk, with a narrative print featured within. The beautiful sunset glow is bound to banish any holiday blues.
£129 Holiday in the home