Christmas may feel a little different this year, but we can still spread some joy through thoughtful gift giving.
If you’re looking for a unique present for a loved one, that also supports Birmingham Museums during this uncertain time, then this gift guide is perfect for you.
While our sites may be closed during the lockdown, our online shop remains very much open. What’s more, our gifts are inspired by the brilliant city of Birmingham and its collection of art and fascinating objects, making them perfect for art lovers, culture fans and keen historians. Take a browse through our top Christmas picks below.
Benny’s Babbies Poster - £15
Created digitally during lockdown as part of a partnership with satirical collage artist Cold War Steve, and now gracing the walls of the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, this collage celebrates Birmingham and some of its best people. A perfect gift for a proud Brummie!
Buy online: Bennie’s Babbies Poster
Sarehole Mill’s Homeware Range
Sarehole Mill, one of Birmingham Museum Trust’s historic properties, has fascinating connections to J.R.R. Tolkien, author of The Lord of the Rings, as well as featuring a delectable on-site bakery. Our online shop includes a range of homeware gifts inspired by the Mill’s baked goods and waterwheel, including an apron, tea towel, and coaster. Why not treat your favourite baker, or encourage a family member to develop their banana bread baking skills?
Walk Birmingham Book - £9.99
If there’s one thing many of us have loved doing over the lockdown, it’s going for walks. This handy guide will take you all around the city, with 20 brilliant walks that explore Birmingham’s heritage. From Sutton Coldfield to Longbridge, and Harborne to Sheldon, use this gift to encourage the whole family to venture out this Christmas.
Buy online: Walk Birmingham Book
The Brum Cup - £10
If you know somebody who can’t cope without their morning coffee, here’s the perfect environmentally friendly gift, with a beautiful cityscape design by local artist Olive Burke. The Brum Cup is made from natural husk, is compostable and dishwasher safe, and also entitles the user to discounts on takeaway hot drinks across the city! With several participating venues offering discounts, and profits from the sale of the Brum Cup supporting Birmingham Museums, everyone’s a winner with this gift.
Buy online: The Brum Cup
Birmingham Museum Trust’s Books
For book lovers, we have a range of exciting and educational reads to suit all ages. Children can learn from the weird and wonderful ‘Horrible Histories’ series or be inspired by pioneering figures, such as Rosa Parks and Marie Curie, with the ‘Little People, Big Dreams’ series.
Adults can discover more about our world-renowned collections with stunning coffee table books such as ‘The Pre-Raphaelites Guidebook’ and ‘The Staffordshire Hoard Book’ or immerse themselves in art with gifts such as the ‘William Morris Colouring Book.’
The magnificent William De Morgan peacock charger, on display at the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, has inspired a range of unique gifts. Order a lovely lime, mandarin and basil scented candle, to create a cosy home ambience, or opt for the compact mirror, to take your favourite art with you wherever you go.
Staffordshire Hoard Mead - £15
For a festive drink with a historical twist, why not order a loved one a bottle of our Staffordshire Hoard Mead? This light, semi-sweet honey wine was developed in partnership with the Shire Meadery and inspired by the Staffordshire Hoard. Brewed as a tribute to the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon treasure ever found, this harks back to a time when mead was enjoyed by those of great wealth and renown. Make your family feel like royalty this Christmas with this delicious tipple, infused with juniper and meadowsweet.
Buy online: Staffordshire Hoard Mead
For lovers of all things 19th Century, these cushions will make the perfect Fine Art accessory. Choose between Proserpine, the beautiful Roman goddess painted by Dante Gabriel Rosetti, or the vibrant image of The Blind Girl, by John Everett Millais. Whether scattered on a sofa or given pride of place in the living room, these Pre-Raphaelite cushions will add style and comfort to your home.
Punks and Chancers Range
Birmingham Museums prides itself on supporting local businesses. For a light-hearted and distinctively Brummie gift, look no further than the Punks and Chancers fashion range. These local designers use ethically traded, organic cotton, hand screen printed in the UK. Choose from iconic Birmingham slogans ‘Our Kid’ and ‘Yes Bab’, available as t-shirts for adults and children, or bibs for babies. Wear your Birmingham heritage proudly with these cheeky gifts!
Local Jewellery Designs
Dazzle a loved one this Christmas with beautiful tree snake earrings, created by Vanessa Miller, Jeweller in Residence at the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter. This unique design was inspired by the iconic Smith & Pepper snake rage at the museum, working directly from the business’ sketch book. Also, why not browse our extensive collection of jewellery by Birmingham makers, including stunning pendants, rings and necklaces.
Custom Art Prints - from £20
Art masterpieces don't just have to be admired on the walls of the museum, they can now adorn your walls at home with the Birmingham Museums custom print service. Some of the city's most popular artworks are available in a range of sizes, as an art print or a canvas and you can even add a frame, making them the perfect gift for an art lover in your life, or as a treat for yourself. The perfect backdrop to brighten up all those zoom calls!
Buy online: Custom prints
Gift Voucher: A Meal for 2 at Sarehole Mill’s Pizza Pods - £27
At a time when in-person experiences are few and far between, this voucher ensures a special experience with flexible booking. This gift voucher entitles two people to pizza, cake and a drink within the enchanting grounds of Sarehole Mill, sheltered from the rain within our brand-new igloo pods. With several tasty options to choose from, this voucher is perfect for your favourite pizza-lovers, (or yourself and a member of your household as a pre-Christmas treat!)
Buy online: Pizza Pods Voucher
Birmingham Museums Trust Membership – starting from £30
Give a gift that gives back with Birmingham Museums gift memberships, starting from £30. Many of us are looking to reduce the amount of ‘stuff’ we buy, and memberships are unique gifts for culture lovers who may be missing visiting our nine museum sites across the city. With gift memberships, the 12 months doesn’t start until it’s redeemed by the recipient so it’s a great option to be used once restrictions have been lifted.
Buy online and select the gift option: BMT Membership
Art Post: The Personalised Card Service - £2.90 each
For a Christmas card with an arty twist, why not try our bespoke new Art Post service. This allows you to send personalised cards, featuring prominent artworks from the Birmingham Museum’s collection, delivered direct to your loved one’s door. Choose from 8 stunning images, including the majestic ‘Bacchus’ by Simeon Solomon, and Elijah Walton’s atmospheric mountain landscape ‘Monte Civita’.
Browse our Art Post range online
Looking for further inspiration? There’s plenty more to choose from within our dedicated online gift section, with everything from Aston Hall inspired raspberry preserve, to arty Birmingham Museum face masks.
Whether big or small, every purchase you make from us this Christmas really makes a difference, helping us to continue to care for our historic venues and collection of over 1 million objects that tell the story of Birmingham and it’s people, preserving history for this generation and for those to come.
We can’t wait to see you again in-person as soon as possible, but in the meantime, happy shopping!