All I Want For Christmas...from Bridgeman

Stuck on fresh ideas for those tricky relatives, high-maintenance best friend or significant other with left-field tastes? To help you decide, we've selected our favourite products featuring Bridgeman images - but you may end up adding a few to your own Christmas list... 

For:The Woman In Your Life

Item: Anya Hindmarch Courtney Lady Clutch in Multi Satin

They say: 'Inspired by 18th Century oil portraits, the Courtney Clutch has been used as a canvas to depict the Duchess of Beaufort; 'The Lady'. Reworked in printed canvas, it features a beautiful hand crafted leather tassel embellishment which takes our master craftsmen 8 hours to create by hand."

We say: WANT IT. Thanks very much.

Chosen by: every woman in the London office, and several of the men too.


We too shall be beautiful if we have this bag
We too shall be beautiful if we have this bag





For: The Man In Your Life

Item: SkinIt iPad Cover featuring Bosch's The Garden of Earthly Delights: Allegory of Luxury

They say: 'Skinit device skins are the easy way to protect your electronics and personalize them at the same time by using a thin protective "skin" applied directly to the surface of your device. Each skin is made from a flexible, super-strong, vinyl material from Premium Quality that has been specially crafted to perfectly fit every corner, cutout and curve of your device.'

We say: Be they teenage, middle-aged or Stone Age, rare is the man who doesn't have a hand-held device. Toys for boys may seem like the easy option, but if it ain't broke...oh, and this one won't break

Chosen by: Naomi Hepworth, Digital Projects Manager - 'I'm getting my husband the Cezanne Pyramid of Skulls skin from this site for Christmas. He'll like it. He's like that.'

For: The Drinker

Item: Manns Silvia Dry White Wine, courtesy of the Kikkoman Corporation, Japan

They say: 'In 1964, Kikkoman formed Mann's Wine Company, Ltd., for the purpose of producing and distributing its own wine labels in Japan.

To complement the formation of this company, management at Kikkoman also created a laboratory in order to develop sophisticated technology that would allow the use of domestically grown grapes to produce distinctive and unique Japanese wines. In addition, Mann's Wine Company began to import various brandy and champagne labels to market for domestic consumption.'

We say: Seurat could easily be a little-known, highly-prized French grape

Chosen by: Annabel O'Connor Fenton, Marketing Manager: 'No one could be unhappy with a good bottle of wine for Christmas - much better than a box of fruit jellies'





For: The Thinker

Item: Claire Tomalin's biographies of Samuel Pepys, Thomas Hardy and Mrs. Jordan

They say: 'Claire Tomalin's biography of the seventeenth-century diarist Samuel Pepys,(2002) won the the Samuel Pepys Award, and the 2002 Whitbread Book of the Year award. Her book Thomas Hardy: The Time-Torn Man,(2006), was shortlisted for the British Book Awards Biography of the Year. Mrs Jordan's Profession [is] a biography of the actress Dora Jordan, consort to William IV.'

We say: engage the brain with some intellectual activity. What else will you be doing, apart from choosing whether to eat the Quality Street or the Ferrero Roche first?

Chosen by: Jenny Page, Senior Researcher: 'Claire Tomalin is an excellent writer and her subject matter lively in all three books.'

For: the House-Proud Home-Maker

Item: customised roller-blind from Creatively Different Blinds

They say: 'Stunning designer blinds printed with an image of your choice. Make your home come to life with designs that are as individual as you are!'

We say: Longing for a room with a view? Fed up with looking out of the living room window? Spirit yourself away with a classic scene such as 'By the Seashore, Martinique' by Paul Gauguin. The blinds are made up to your requirements - just upload your dimensions, measuring according to the instructions on the website, and wait for the postman to deliver your new perspective.

Chosen by: Will Swainger, Digital Technology Assistant: 'Cheaper than a holiday, plus you don't need any jabs'





...and for everyone else...

Pretty china and absorbing jigsaws can cover all other needs. Put the kettle on and start with the edge pieces.


We hope you've enjoyed our walk through of some of our favourite products of 2012. You can find more Images in Action on our website.

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