Shop at Southbank Centre: 11 Christmas gift ideas

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 11:34

Christmas is upon us again, and so too therefore are the annual Christmas gift buying dilemmas. What on earth do you get people? Well, to help inspire you we’ve compiled a list of 11 gifts, from £10 to £75, suitable for a range of ages.

Many of these suggestions come from our carefully curated Southbank Centre Shop, which is always full of intriguing and great quality gift ideas. And, if that wasn’t enough to tempt you, any purchase you make in our shops contribute to to our year round programme of amazing free arts events and exhibitions.

Don’t forget we also sell beautiful gift wrapping and cards too, so you can make anything you may choose from the list below, that little bit more personal.

For your favourite arts lover: Gift Membership

Gift Membership to Southbank Centre

You’ll hear a lot of claims about gifts that keep on giving and are perfect for the person who has everything, but honestly, a Gift Membership for Southbank Centre is both those things. Members get more: for a year, your friend or family member gets access to priority booking for all our events, the use of our exclusive cafe-bar with river views, free entry to Hayward Gallery, special discounts and invites to Members-only events.

Also, for the month of December you get a free Southbank Centre tote bag (RRP £10) when you buy a Gift Membership. Doesn’t that sound brilliant?

buy online from £69 


For your favourite pizza-baking friend or family member: Cutting Board with Pizza Wheel

Made from acacia wood, this cutting board and wheel is perfect for anyone you know you loves to make their own pizzas. To be fair, it works just as well on pizzas that are pre-made, but something so beautiful deserves a bit more respect in our opinion. Designed and made by Nicholas Vahe.

buy online for £40

For the mini would-be Jimi Hendrix in your life: Red Guitar

This guitar combines striking looks and full functionality, as well as being suitable for tiny hands. So if one of the young people in your life has a hankering to learn a few smokin’ licks or just strum along to ‘Kumbaya, My Lord’, you can’t go wrong with this.

buy online for £20

For the architecturally curious among your friends & family: Southbank Centre Tour

What does an egg box have to do with the structure of Royal Festival Hall? Why does there appear to be a captain’s bridge above the Central Bar? All is revealed on our Southbank Centre Architecture Tour. No two tours are identical and we can make provision for anyone with particular access requirements. You can book online or, if you’re not sure what date suits them best, give the gift of a Southbank Centre voucher and let them choose.

book a tour buy a voucher

For someone who loves style and cosiness: Net & Ball Blanket

This gorgeously soft and fabulously warm blanket is inspired by the famous net and ball design that dates back to the 1950s and can still be seen today in the carpets in Royal Festival Hall. It’s made from new wool from New Zealand and is finished with a traditional blanket stitch.

buy online for £75

The person you know with the most eclectic tastes: Shonky

Small and imperfectly formed, John Walter’s book Shonky: The Aesthetics of Awkwardness focuses on artworks that are anything but tasteful or minimalist. It showcases exuberant sculptures, eclectic performances and boundary-pushing paintings, as well as featuring essays on subjects such as ‘The Shonky Factor’, where a list of artists are assessed for their shonky-ness levels.

buy online for £10.99

For your favourite budding young writer: Write Your Own Story Book

Usborne's Write Your Own Storybook

This book is aimed at children aged 7 and upwards, and is part 'how to' and part inspiration. Get advice on coming up with ideas, creating characters, settings and storylines. Then, in the second half, you write! There are loads of ideas to get you started, some plot suggestions and questions that prompt the imagination. We advise you to help the recipient see their efforts through to completion – that way they’ll end up with their very own story, and you’ll end up being thanked in their Booker Prize winner’s speech!

buy online for £8.99


For someone who fancies turning water into beer: Brewdog Punk IPA Kit

Brewdog swears that making beer doesn’t have to be complicated with this kit. It contains malt, hops and yeast, the recipient needs to provide water, a large pot, a funnel, a strainer and some beer bottles. And hopefully an invite for you to taste the results.

buy online for £30

For your foodie family and friends: dinner at Skylon

Cocktails and tasty bar snacks, a bottomless brunch (think unlimited prosecco and Bloody Marys) or a gourmet dinner cooked by the incredible chef Kim Woodward. Any outing to Skylon is sure to be a memorable experience, so consider spoiling one of your loved ones. 

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For the rose gold jewellery-loving person in your life: Let The Light In necklace

This elegant necklace features a solid bar which is debossed with the words ‘Let The Light In’ and hung from a 32-inch long chain in rose gold colour. Not only is it an eye-catching piece of jewellery but if you buy one you are contributing to our ‘Let The Light In’ campaign to restore the Hayward Gallery, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room to their best.

buy online for £32

For the moggy-loving baker in your life: Cat biscuit cutters

Buy this kit and get six cookie cutters of different sizes, all depicting cats in varying poses (not all of them asleep). Fun and good quality at the same time.

buy online for £12

Southbank Centre shops

There are hundreds more gift ideas at a range of prices suitable for most budgets in our shops. Visit our online store, or pop in when you’re passsing Southbank Centre, to see the full range.