Ho, Ho, Ho!! Apologies for the slightly premature festive greeting but St Nick has donned his red suit and has a list of Smithers goodies to ease you through the Christmas period and resolve the pressure of present buying. T’is (almost) the season of goodwill to all menfolk in their mancaves, wonder women, turbulent teenagers and over excitable little ones, so kick back with a glass of eggnog (who even drinks that crap?!) and listen to Father Smithers.
Turkey and tinsel we may not do, but if you’re after Christmas retro gifts that come with sparkle as standard (and you can never underestimate the power of sparkle), then look no further than Smithers Grotto!
GIFTS FOR HIM
It’s a well known fact Mr Smithers is something of a big kid at heart, so with this in mind let’s make a start on this quirky Christmas list with the perfect retro gifts for all my fellow Peter Pans out there. Copper Bot Christmases of the 1970’s saw a young Smithers spend many a happy hour playing with shiny new copper robot toys and its this long lasting love that has seen us undertake the very shiniest collection of Robots at Smithers.
Having never truly grown up (don’t tell Mrs S I’ve admitted to that), the Vintage Bot offers everything I could want from a robot. Handmade from tin plate and smart in design, he walks, does a 360 spin and fires open his chest to unleash his ultimate weapons when attack threatens.
Our on trend Copper Robot’s machine gun even lights up and fires laser shots! Does it get any better than that?! I think not. Our retro robots make great collectors gifts and come packaged in a quirky gift box.
Be sure to check out our full range – spinning helmets and smoking mouths are just a couple of the fabulous features from our bionic creations. However if you prefer your robot with a festive twist, our Nutcracker Robots are just the thing.
What better way to enjoy this time of year than sat by the fire with your new robotic friend and a handful of monkey nuts?! If you’re after a truly original gift with a retro twist, then pay a visit to the Smokin Bot and his robot chums.
Our Climbing trio of Strong Men is a fun yet striking wall sculpture that showcases a clear understanding of the male figure in what appears to be a a tense moment, through still motion. No mean feat.
I’d like to tell you their muscular physique is based upon my own masculine frame but I don’t want to end up on Santa’s naughty list.
Handmade from resin, our Climbing Men are ideal for narrow accent walls, adding dimension to a flat, plain space. This strong trio make the perfect gift for any office bound fella or man cave enthusiast.
Dart Coat Hooks
An excellent stocking filler for the dart lovers amongst us. Brighten up your fellas living space or office with these fun themed arrows and score ONE-HUNDRED-AND-EIGHTYYYYYYY in the gift giving stakes.
Stare straight down the barrel of home accessories and create somewhere a little different to hang up your coat this winter.
There’ll be no double trouble with these designer darts under the Christmas tree – you’ll be bang on for a bullseye!
Book Rest Table Lamp
A firm favourite at Smithers and the bookworms amongst us is our new Book Lamp, but as you’d assume here at Smithers HQ, this is no ordinary book lamp!
Christmas night and you’re tucked up in bed reading your book of choice under the light of your quirky new lamp, delivered that very day by St Nick himself. Mr Sandman starts to work his magic so you give in to those heavy eyelids and put your book down.
This is the special bit – no page corners turned down or book marks required. Simply place your open book on top of your illuminated wonder!
Not only will you never lose your page, you’ve even built a little house! I’m desperately hoping for someone called Jack to receive this – the house that Jack built?! Never mind. Made from frosted glass, the lamp gives off the softest glow ideal for reading. This is quite simply the most imaginative book rest we’ve seen in a long time and if the added bonus of the house element doesn’t make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside then I say Bah Humbug!
GIFTS FOR HER
The dog house is a cold place my friends (so I’m told), and who wants to spend Boxing Day making awkward gift returns? Plus shopping with us can be done from the comfort of your man cave! Win win.
Smithers Gifts for Her will not only keep you out the bad books, they’re even capable of world peace. Well, in your house anyway! Remember lads – happy wife, happy life.
What lady doesn’t love a new bag? I’m telling you fellas – she doesn’t exist! For those of you with jet setting loved ones, our Zebra Travel Bag will guarantee smiles all round this festive season. The flora and fauna print of our zebra bag encapsulates the spirit of exotic funky travel and vintage style one one fell swoop.
From cosy, romantic weekends away to a few sun drenched days by the pool, we’re convinced our Zebra Bag will ensure an uber stylish traveller and enhanced experience, regardless of destination.
Whatever your preferred initial, word or phrase of choice, we guarantee you will categorically be in the good books for many moons to come if you treat your lucky lady to these beautiful illuminated letters this Christmas.
Reminiscent of yesteryear carnivals and cinematic lighting, our magical metal Letter Lights will transform any unloved wall or shelf into a stunning statement space.
Bird detailing and decor still remains a classic style and our glorious Gold Cockatiel ornament adds a flourish of luxury to any dressing table or window sill.
Handmade in a simple mirrored gold finish, your loved one will sing like a canary when she finds this beautiful bird in her stocking on Christmas morning.
A little birdie tells me this golden beauty won’t ruffle any feathers and guarantees a very happy love nest this winter. Well you know what they say – a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
There’s a filthy joke in there somewhere, but best not venture on this occasion. Just buy the bird – for your bird!
Chocolates and diamonds are so last year – nothing says “I love you” like a Pink Stag Head with yellow antlers! Add a touch of quirk to your beloveds Christmas with our stylish stag.
Handmade from solid resin, this magnificent magenta wall hanging comes complete with vibrant yellow antlers and beautiful rosebud detailing.
Drop a pop of retro chic flair to your loved ones home or office space with this glorious conversation piece. Remember – a stag is for life, not just for Christmas.
GIFTS FOR TEENS
Teens can be a troublesome lot. Barely grunting one minute, hissy fits the next. With all those hormones flying round, it’s vital you get the gifts right. We’ve got everything you’ll need to keep Kevin and Perry happy this Christmas, so listen up!
We love a double sided coin at Smithers and our Laundry Punch Bag is a perfect example of this. As a grumpy teenage boy (I’ve not changed much), I recall being ever so slightly aggressive and not overly helpful with my dirty washing. If only I’d had a Laundry Punch Bag!
The perfect release for teenage angst and no stinking clothes on the floor – everyone’s happy.
Big enough to hold a heavyweight load of washing and tough enough to take a Balboa beating. Ding ding!!
Star and Symbol Lights
Your teenagers will blush with embarrassment if you remind them how much they used to like singing ‘Twinkle Twinkle, Little Star’ (naked with their pants on their head), but they’ll love you forever if you treat them to one of our fairground themed Star Lights this christmas.
We’re talking super cool illumination for any bedroom in a variety of colours to suit all. It’s a well known fact that mobile phones are part of the daily routine for teens (and me to be honest), so if you prefer your lighting with a text style twist we also have fairground lights available in Ampersand, Hashtag and Arrow Symbols.
For kids who love the great outdoors with a retro feel, we have our 1975 California Cruiser Skateboards. Smithers is keeping old skool style alive with these nostalgic boards – Dogtown and Z Boys would be proud.
Single kick decks make it easy to execute signature tricks and stunt favourites.
These vibrant skateboards are available in purple decks with green wheels or turquoise blue with orange wheels and are the only colours to be seen in this Christmas.
If today’s kids are anything like I was as a teenager, then it’s all about the music and so with that in mind, we present to you the ultimate in docking stations – The Tube.
Sleek in design with a bang on trend copper finish, our Bluetooth docking station is the perfect present for any music lover this Christmas.
The Tube offers eleven hours of uninterrupted tunes and only the very best sounds with a stylish edge. The Tube = Happy Teens. Enough said.
GIFTS FOR CHILDREN
Christmas is all about children. Grotto visits to Santa, making wishes whilst stirring the pudding, decorating the tree, nativity plays and excited little faces on Christmas morning. In turn, a child can add a priceless magic to your Christmas, so it’s only natural you’d want give a gift that will make their day even more special.
I’ve got an excellent reputation with my daughter for giving great gifts, so take note good people and you may also be lucky enough to receive the ‘cool parent’ status that I now proudly hold.
If a puppy just isn’t on your agenda, we may well have the next best thing. Our Bully Stools make great bedroom or playroom furniture that’s fun and lovable.
They enjoy the roughest of cuddles and even come fully house trained! What better way to watch their favourite films this Christmas than from the comfort of Bully’s back?
Available in soft grey and brown faux suede or patriotic Union Jack print for any aspiring little soldiers, these quirky limited edition stools will be your childrens new best friend in no time at all!
Classic Red Pull Cart
I sense I should start this item with an apology – I can only begin to imagine some of the unsavoury items your children will choose to fill our Classic Red Pull Cart with, and for that I am truly sorry, but I cannot deny my love and enthusiasm for this cart. If any outdoor toy should ever be made compulsory to childhood, this would be it.
The Pull Cart promises endless hours of good old fashioned outdoor fun – conker collecting in autumn, making tracks in the snow or simply sharing rides with friends. For pre-schoolers who are out of buggies, it’s also a great item to take on long walks, when their little legs won’t go any further and a meltdown threatens!Three words to sum up our fabulous cart – classic, cool, compulsory.
Add a drop of retro fun to your kids packed lunches with our vintage style Robot Lunch Bot!
Children can be fickle when it comes to food, but our Robot Lunch Box will encourage even the faddiest of eaters to fill their faces! Lunch Bot loves Bionic Banana Sandwiches and Chocolate ‘Chip’ Cookies best, but what’s your favourite packed lunch treat?!
Ride On Cars
Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without the addition of a new ride on car delivered by the big man. Yes, it’s probably blowing a wet and windy gale outside and yes, you’ve probably got every relative, friend, neighbour and stranger round for Christmas dinner, but you can guarantee none of the above will deter the kids from riding their new beloved vehicle and taking a few ankles and door frames with them along the way! Well it is Christmas.
I am so, so happy to say we have the most wonderful collection of Classic Ride On Cars available this Christmas and if I could find one in my size, by Christ, you wouldn’t see me for dust!
Whether you’ve got a budding firefighter, classic car racer or just a super, cool dude or dudette, we’ve got the bases covered.
The Classic Red Hook and Ladder Fire Engine comes complete with ladder detail, ringing bell (apologies once again) and the shiniest paint job we’ve ever seen.
This is emergency vehicles where style comes as standard. For Lewis Hamilton fans with a retro twist, it’s got to be the Classic Silver Racer.
The grills, the chrome steering wheel, the number one decals – this sassy racing cars got it all.
Lastly but by no means least, I give you the Classic Hot Rod – for only the very coolest of kids. Red hot flames lick the mustard yellow body and scream ‘Grease Lightening’ status.
Sadly Brylcreem and a leather jacket aren’t included but I’m working on it. Could these retro ride ons be any cooler? Good luck choosing.
Needless to say, I want them all Well, I’m feeling thoroughly festive after that little lot!
Time to roll out my Christmas mug for the next tea break me thinks. Tried using it in July once – the wife gave me a filthy look. I’ve not made the same mistake twice. Hopefully we have eased any gift giving concerns and you’re feeling joyful and triumphant, however if the thought of wrapping paper and cellotape are bringing you out in snowflake shaped hives, one thing to mention is we also provide a gift wrapping service. Panic averted. Back to the eggnog filth.
Well I could stay and chat all day, but obviously St Nick’s got a deadline so off back to the Smithers grotto I go.Until next time my festive friends, Mr Smithers.