The Pikaland Gift Guide for All Seasons: part 6

giftguide Howdy folks! For part 6 of the gift guide, I’m taking a bit of break from books (although you can see it’s not a 100%) to show you what other fun stuff that’s perfect as gifts for all seasons. This list is a little off-beat, quirky and it’s made up of things I know a creative would love. While I know that Christmas may be the biggest gift season ever, but a surprise gift anytime of the year makes the heart grow fonder (this is definitely from my own experience!) Enjoy! [separator][/separator]

Dita Series Pocket Notebooks by Mossery

mossery From their description:

These special edition Pocket Notebooks was illustrated by Avinindita Nura from Bandung Indonesia, sold in a set of 3: School Kids, Daily Life and Dance Floor.

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The Best People Love Cats & Dogs print by Dick Vincent

dick Need I say more? Printed on 300gsm evolution stock, available here. [separator][/separator]

The Fantastic Fox backpack by littleoddforest

lof This backpack is fabulous for guys and girls, and was inspired by the Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl. It’s made to order though, but perfect for the foxy someone in your life. Available here. [separator][/separator]

Make your own stag/reindeer full mask by Wintercroft

wintercroft The instant PDF download for this mask is great for last minute gifts – although assembly on your own will take approximately 3-4 hours. Time to get out your rulers, cardboard and scissors for a gift that’s truly handmade. More animal masks available too from Wintercroft, and this set is available here. [separator][/separator]

To-do notepad by boygirlparty

boygirlparty Writing things down never gets old – and my books are usually filled with to-do lists. If you like yours neat and organised, get this fun notepad by Susie Ghahremani to keep your list in check. Available here. [separator][/separator]

Living Things Series by Little Otsu combo pack

littleotsu I’ve been crushing on these art zines made by Little Otsu, and they have a combo pack available! Great for satisfying your illustration munchies and to get your juices flowing as each book has different artists each explore one idea based around the theme of living things. Get yours here. [separator][/separator]

Paints short shirt by Masha Reva x SNDCT

sndct I love clothes that are fun and bright. These collections – as a result of Ukranian brand’s SNDCT ongoing collaborations with artists and designers – will surely make you stand out in style. Available here. [separator][/separator]

3D Girls vase by Leah Goren

leah Hand built white stoneware vase with allover 3D girl heads by Leah Goren. Conversation starters? You bet. Available here. [separator][/separator]

Paper Mobile Kit by Faye Moorhouse

faye These funny looking people (and animals) are prints are from original gouache illustrations – seven in all – printed on heavy stock paper, punched and ready to hang. Some assembly is required, but that’s all part of the fun! Available here. [separator][/separator]

Pocket manfriends by Nicola Rowlands

manfriends My husband always mentions to me that he’d like to carry me in his pocket. Not because I’m little or anything, but because I’m entertaining (I think). I bet he’s never heard of Nicola’s pocket manfriends though – they’re really much more pocketable, and I bet they won’t keep asking him for food. Available here. [separator][/separator] We’re almost coming to the end of the 2014 gift guide – so stay tuned for our final instalments! For the entire gift guide, check out this link!

The Pikaland Gift Guide for All Seasons: part 5


In this edition of our gift guide, I turn to a mixed bag of books – while most of them are mainly for kids, I think we can all agree we’re all basically kids at heart; so it’s a double win for everyone! I hope you enjoy the picks of these books by indie publishers! For the rest of the gift guide, click here to see the rest!


The Monsters of Tasmania by Rachel Tribout




From the book’s description:

Captain Blueberry is a mighty adventurer who sails the oceans searching for the unknown and unseen things of the world. People think she is crazy because she believes in monsters.

Can Captain Blueberry and First Mate Albert prove to all that monsters do exist?

The Monsters of Tasmania brings folk tales and sea creatures to life and looks at the landscape in a whole new, monstrous way.

The 72-page book is available here.


Let Your Fish Swim Away by Ella Goodwin



From the book’s description:

“Let your fish swim away” houses illustration based on the idea of letting go of your anxieties. (and strongly influenced by Ruth Ozeki’s book “A Tale for the Time Being.

Available to purchase here.


Journal Doodles “The Works” by Marloes De Vries


Marloes has been keeping a doodle journal and this is the complete collection of all her drawings – all 115 of them, bounded together in a hardcover book.

Available to purchase here.


 Ghost Pirate: The Legend of Juana La Loca by Juliana Coles



From the description:

Ghost Pirate: the Legend of Juana La Loca, is the first published collection of the avant garde visual journal pages, paintings and figure drawings of Juliana Coles. Each intricate page is layered with journal writings, narrative and provocative imagery.

This non-traditional non-linear visual narrative of the perils of piracy begins with the burial at sea of the legendary free spirited Juana La Loca. But death is never final, as the Black Swan Pirate returns from the depths with a message for our illustrious hero, Captain Morgan La Fey…

Available from Juliana’s Etsy shop.


Hand/Made: Lisa Solomon, published by MIEL



From the publisher:

Hand/Made, a monograph of Bay-area artist Lisa Solomon’s mixed-media work, showcases Solomon’s attention to the detail and texture of the everyday, and to the feminine as it erupts into that dailyness. Invoking histories both personal and wider, Solomon demonstrates the effect that the smallest things can have. Solomon incorporates thread (alone and as crochet) into drawings and installations, materially bridging craft and fine art, and bringing concerns with domesticity and women’s stories to the fore.

70 pages in an edition 0f 300, available at MIEL Books.


Bill Bear’s Peloton by Wijtze Valkema


From the book’s description:

Meet Bill Bear, the manager of a small group of animal cyclists. Among the peloton you’ll find Elly Fant, who is a very strong elephant, but unfortunately too heavy for her bike. Wally Nut, who brings food from the manager’s car to the animals up front. King Of the Mountain Maus, Super sprinter Chiita, Chick Ann, they all share life on the road.

The 8-panel booklet is available at BlueOn.


Soundimals by James Chapman


From the book’s description:

In English, dogs go woof, cats go meow and mice go squeak. But what about in Hungarian? Or Japanese?
There’s a wide variety of animal sounds you may not have known, and this is a bright and fun way to learn about them all! 

32 pages and available at James’ Etsy shop.


The Colourblind Chameleon by Laura Kantor & Sarah Ray


From the book’s description:

The Colourblind Chameleon is the debut title from up and coming author/illustrator duo Laura Kantor and Sarah Ray.

This is a colourful and imaginative tale of a chameleon who doesn’t fit in with the rest. He realises that it’s not just good to be different… it’s a lot more fun!

Delight in the rhyming verses, vibrant colours and hilarious drawings as you are taken on a wonderful journey with a special little chameleon (wearing fabulous pants).

Available here.

Brockley Foxtrot by Katriona Chapman


From the description:

Brockley Foxtrot is a 24-page book, illustrated and designed by me, and saddle-stitched by hand. It’s an account of my love affair with the urban foxes that shared my garden in London for many years! The illustrations are in pencil with some watercolour elements, and 75% of them are actually recreated from my own photographs of the foxes. It’s beautifully printed on textured creamy paper, with a colour cover and end-papers.

“For about six years I lived in an area of London called Brockley. For most of those years I shared my back garden with several generations of a family of foxes. When I moved house I decided to make this book to mark the end of this phase of my life… it’s a chronicle of my observations of the Brockley foxes, and what they meant to me.”

Available here.


We’re almost done with the gift guide – stay tuned for a few more of our recommendations!

The Pikaland Gift Guide for All Seasons part 4


We’re reaching the fourth part of our all season gift guide, and this time, it’s mainly about stories. Think comics, poems, zines and books – there’s one for each and everyone!



 You Are the Friction by Sing Statistics



From their website:

You Are The Friction is an anthology of collaborative short fiction and illustration. It’s a small, bright red record of what happens when you introduce twelve writers to twelve illustrators, light a match, and run in the opposite direction. Twelve short stories inspired by illustrations, twelve illustrations inspired by short stories, all collected in a handsome paperback edition published by Sing Statistics.

Get a copy (at a steal right now!) here.


Logic Storm by Theo Ellsworth




From Theo’s website:

Logic Storm is a stream of conscious notebook of detailed pen and ink drawings that I finished in July 2011. Making these drawings helped me clarify the themes and characters I was working with and directly led to the creation of my graphic novel “The Understanding Monster, Book One”.

Get your copy here.


Three Very Gruesome Love Stories by Faye Moorhouse



From one of my favourite artists, Faye Moorhouse, comes 3 illustrated books based on the true life stories of three murderers.

Get them over here.



In a Flat Land by Richard Swan



A beautifully detailed comic by Richard Swan – available to view online.

This 64-page black and white zine is available to purchase here.


Fancy II zine by Laura Callaghan



Lose yourself in the colourful world of Laura Callaghan through her zine – Fancy II is the second volume of her zine, available as a full-colour 20-page A4 zine.

Get yours here.


Elephant and Moon by Meera Lee Patel



Elephant and Moon is an original story written and illustrated for both children and adults by Meera Lee Patel. From the description:

The story accompanies Elephant as he searches for his sense of self and belonging in this sometimes-big and sometimes-scary world. Elephant faces mystery and longing, strange loneliness and small, sparkling moments of tranquility.

Get your copy here.


Something Smells Like Pee: and Other Classy Observations by Blythe E. Jewell



Need a little humour this holiday season (or any other season, really)? Pick up Blythe’s book that has 60+ poems that’s rooted in reality, plus sketches to boot.

Get yours here.


Nothing is Forgotten: A collection of short stories by Ryan Andrews




I love Ryan Andrew’s work, and if you haven’t seen his comics yet, check out his website. He has an anthology of his 4 short stories all packed into one 136-page volume.

Get yours here.


Single Black Glove by Kate Hazell



Single Black Glove is a tale of triumph over misfortune for the gloves you see lost and abandoned in the street, written and illustrated by Kate Hazell. Includes a poem by Ed Hawkesworth.

A5, 12 pages, available here.


Misfits of Love by Katherine Dunn of Apifera Farm



From Katherine’s website:

An illustrated journey of one woman as she grapples with the death of her father. At her side were the Misfits she had adopted into her small farm’s barnyard–a grumpy pig, and old donkey, handicapped goats and one very special elderly goat named Old Man Guinnias.

As she cared or hospiced these creatures, she was able to have her own internal conversations with each–helping her understand their journey better, but also that of her father, and herself.

A beautiful, quiet book for anyone who has lost a loved one or parent, or who appreciates the healing power of nature and animals.

This 12-page book is available here.


I hope you’ve enjoyed the selection so far – I’ll see you next week for more! 


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