I don’t think I’ve ever walked into the Arnolfini Book Shop looking for a present for someone and left empty handed. I mean, you know they sell more than just art books, right? Yes books, but also prints, calendars, jewellery, gifts, games and a banging children’s section.
Plus it’s just a really lovely place to have a delicious, slow browse around and escape the hustle and bustle of the Harbourside.
So, here are my top ten picks from this brilliant independent Bristol shop. A perfect place to do a bit of Christmas shopping!
Wee Hee Hee: A Collection of Pretty Funny Jokes and Pictures
Wee Society £14.99
A lovely giant hardback book filled with fun illustrations and very silly jokes. We’re hoping this is going to up our 4 year old’s joke telling game for 2019! (Not hard as his current favourite is “What do you call a parrot with 3 legs? A carrot!” No, I don’t know what this means either!)
Absolute Bristol Legends Tea Towel
Turbo Island £10.00
Brunel, Portishead, Banksy, Dutty Ken, Blackbeard and, of course, Big Jeff… this brilliant tea towel is raising much needed money for the homeless charity, Caring in Bristol.
Now Make This: 24 DIY Projects by Designers for Kids
Thomas Bärnthaler £16.95
This beautiful book is packed full of great projects created by designers from all fields. All the projects are set out really clearly and the book aims to inspire kids to become designers themselves.
Keith Haring Playing Cards
Keith Haring, Mudpuppy £12.99
Bring a little culture to your late night games of Sh💩t Head.
Baby Art Gallery Flash Cards
Damien Poulain £9.99
Turn your baby into an art critic with these high contrast flash cards inspired by masterpieces from the art world. Also comes in a zoo versions for any animal lovers.
Read This If You Want To Take Great Photographs
Henry Carroll £12.99
A brilliant no nonsense guide to photography that is essential reading for anyone wanting to up their Instagram game. I’ll be honest, I’ve learnt things from this book and I have a degree in Photography! There’s also portrait, places and instagram famous versions.
My Wonderful World of Fashion: A Book for Drawing, Creating & Dreaming
Nina Chakrabarti £12.95
A stunning book full of design ideas, projects and creative prompts. I would have gone nuts for this as a young teenager!
Kindness is Strength print
Anthony Burrill £100.00
Lovely print from this gloriously upbeat graphic designer. Unframed, signed, edition of 200. They also stock his new book Look & See, a must for all typography and print fans.
Charley Harper’s Sticky Critters
Charley Harper £11.99
170 colourful stickers that can be stuck to the play board provided or other surfaces again and again. Follow the diagrams to create quirky animals or branch out on your own.
The Arnolfini Bookshop is located on the ground floor of the Arnolfini on the Bristol Harbourside. It’s open everyday from 11:00 – 18:00 and also has a limited online shop.
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