10 top Christmas gift ideas from Southbank Centre

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - 15:31

Christmas is coming, geese are wondering if their bum looks big in this; emergency chairs are being sought from lofts and garages. Yep it truly is that time of year again, the time where every Santa has a ball, and where everyone else is panicking about what to buy the great aunt who's suddenly decided to announce she’ll be visiting.

Thankfully we can help, well with the present buying at least. The Southbank Centre Shop is full of gift ideas to suit anyone and everyone. Here’s just a small selection of some of our favourites.

Gift Membership, starts from £79

For the culture lover

Not sure what to give? How about an experience too big to wrap, with Membership to Southbank Centre? All our Members get priority booking for our events, from the biggest gigs to captivating classical concerts, blockbuster talks and thought-provoking literature events. Plus they get free entry for all exhibitions at Hayward Gallery, and access to our Members’ Cafe-Bar on the top floor of Royal Festival Hall, with knockout views of London. 

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Bright pink Ecoffee Cup - reusable coffee cup
Ecoffee Cup, £8

For the environmentally minded one

Choose to reuse and do your bit for the environment without forgoing your caffeine fix with this Kerr & Napier 12oz Ecoffee Cup. Light, bright and beautiful to drink from, they are made with bamboo fibre, corn-starch and resin, and are available in pink and green.

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London City Skyline bookmarks, £7.50

For the metropolitan bookworm

Keep your page, and your sense of place with these iconic London City Skyline bookmarks; each one produced to (a very small) scale. Choose from the day set of The Shard, London Eye, BT Tower and Battersea Power Station, or the night time foursome of Tate Modern, The Leadenhall Building, Walkie Talkie and St Paul’s Cathedral.

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Instax Mini 9 Camera, £75

For the one who likes to capture the moment

Yes you could live in the moment, but you could also document it too with the Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Camera, a fun compact camera which delivers instant photos. With a close-up lens and selfie mirror, get the perfect shot whether in front or behind the lens. Also available in blue, pink and ice blue.

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Bridget Riley at Hayward Gallery, adults: £16, concessions: £12.50, under 16s: £8, under 12s: free

For the art lover

For anyone who loves art, tickets to see the current Bridget Riley exhibition at Hayward Gallery are an absolute must. On until 26 January, this major retrospective is the largest and most comprehensive exhibition of Riley’s work to date. The exhibition spans 70 years of the artist’s work, bringing together her iconic black-and-white paintings of the 1960s, expansive canvases in colour, early figurative works and recent wall paintings. Not to be missed.

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Front cover of Bucket List Cities Journal
Bucket List journal, £20

For the one with the travelling bug

If you know someone who likes every weekend break to be the adventure of a lifetime, this Bucket List journal will help them make the most of their time. With room to plan and document each experience, the Bucket List journal includes a range of functional features. Perfect for that person who’s always jetting off somewhere knew and hitting you with Instagram FOMO whilst you’re stuck in the office

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Brutalist 2020 Calendar front cover
Brutalist 2020 calendar, £20

For the architecture aficionado

Celebrate stark concrete architectural inspiration everyday with Blue Crow Media’s brilliant Brutalist calendar. Each month of this limited edition print, features a full spread black and white photograph of a stunning Brutalist building from around the world, including our own iconic Hayward Gallery.

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Front cover of Classic Albums by Women book
Classic Albums by Women, £15

For the dedicated muso

Delve into some of the most inspirational music ever produced that celebrates the musicality of women and the power of the female voice. Compiled by Classic Album Sundays, and initiated in support of International Women’s Day, Classic Albums by Women features contributions from Nina Kraviz, Nick Mason, KT Tunstall, Jamie XX, Black Madonna, Rankin, and John Grant.

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RIVSALT: Himalayan rock salt with miniature grater and small wooden stand
Rivsalt - The Original Himalayan Salt Rock, £25

For the foodie in the family

We all know that person who is always on top of the latest food trend; the one who knows the hip restaurants and dining experiences before they reach the broadsheets. Well, here’s the perfect gift for them. Rivsalt is a new way of adding salt to food, with natural Himalaya salt grated onto the dish a Japanese style grater. Comes with table-top stand made from untreated natural oak too so they can place it proudly front and centre at their next dinner-party.

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Two Southbank Centre Net & Ball scarfs in yellow and blue hanging on coathooks
Net & Ball scarf, £80

For the dedicated follower of fashion

Stand out from the crowd, and stay warm at the same time with the distinctive ‘Net & Ball’ design scarf. This iconic pattern was originally created by Peter Moro and Leslie Martin for the carpet in Royal Festival Hall when it opened at the 1951 Festival of Britain. You can still see this design, based on a visual representation of sound, on the floors of our Royal Festival Hall today.

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From homeware to jewellery, posters to games, you’ll find a huge array of distinctive and stylish gift ideas in the Southbank Centre Shop. We have three stores across our site, on Festival Terrace, in the Royal Festival Hall, and at Hayward Gallery. Or if you can’t make it to us, try our online shop.


Southbank Centre Shop opening hours

Festival Terrace

Weekdays: 10am - 9pm
Saturdays: 10am - 8pm
Sundays: 12noon - 8pm

Royal Festival Hall

Daily: 12noon - 8pm

Hayward Gallery

Tuesdays: closed
Thursdays: 11am - 9pm
All other days: 11am - 7pm