Top 10 gifts for Christmas 2022

17 November 2022

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17 November 2022

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Discover bespoke gifts for the whole family at our museum shop.

Check off your present list at the SS Great Britain shop this Christmas. Our shop is stocked with an array of carefully curated products, many inspired by the life of a passenger aboard the SS Great Britain.

From beautiful handmade artisan rugs that would’ve lined the cabins of Steerage, to a wooden rainbow ark much like the toys Victorian children played with, these time-less products make first-class presents.

Many of the items available in the SS Great Britain gift shop are unique to us, so come on down and grab some one-of-a-kind Christmas presents to wow your nearest and dearest.

  1. Sykes the Monkey
    Lots of animals travelled on the SS Great Britain, including monkeys like Sykes who would have boarded her when she stopped in South Africa. Our soft toy is a much cuddlier version of these real-life monkeys. Sykes is a Vervet monkey, and his favourite things to do on board are play with his best friend (a little dog), pull people’s ears and generally cause mischief! Custom-made by brand Brazier and Co. of Devon, this soft toy comes with his own fact file telling you all about Sykes.
  2. Mr Brunel Christmas Decoration
    Ensure your decorations are perfectly engineered this year by hanging a mini-Brunel on your tree! This little Brunel is ethically sourced and hand-stitched in Thailand.
  3. Sheesham Wood Chess Set
    These luxurious wooden games have been handmade from sheesham wood and are reminiscent of the traditional games played by passengers on the ship. The smaller set has a single drawer for the pieces, while the larger set has a drawer and a carved wooden lid to protect the board.
  4. Ada Lovelace: Little People Big Dreams 
    Meet Ada Lovelace, the British mathematician and daughter of poet Lord Byron. 
    These books make the lives of these role models accessible for children, providing a powerful message to inspire the next generation of outstanding people who will change the world!
  5. Chindi Rugs
    Our range of beautiful rag rugs are directly inspired by the raffia mats in steerage on the ship, although slightly more colourful! They are hand made in India by local artisans who are fairly  paid for their work.
  6. Around the World in 80 Plants
    This beautiful hardback book with colour illustrations calls to mind the Victorian obsession with botany and recording the natural world. Author Jonathan Drori brings to life the science of plants and reveals how they are entwined with our history and folklore.
  7. Apothecary Candles 
    Inspired by the ship’s surgeon Samuel Archer, these soy candles have a hint of the Victorian apothecary. There are a range of scents, from Tobacco and Patchouli to Chamomile and Fig, each contained in a beautiful smoky glass jar.
  8. Rainbow Ark
    Inspired by the toys played with by Victorian children, this wooden ark set makes a wonderful traditional gift for young children. The bright rainbow colours will fascinate little ones and the chunky wooden animals are perfect for little hands to hold.
  9. Old Folding Maps 
    This range of beautiful original maps are laid onto linen, allowing them to be folded. This is the method which would have been used to preserve travelling maps from the elements in the Victorian era. Reproduced in great detail, these maps can be displayed or kept in their own marbled slip case.
  10. Bristol Blue Rose Mug
    These elegant mugs are made from fine bone china and hand decorated using designs from Stokes Croft China’s collection of vintage ceramic transfers. The Bristol scroll is a familiar image for the city and was originally the Bristol Omnibus logo.

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