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Tin Time!

November 15, 2010

We’ve skipped right past fall and wham, it seems like it’s Christmas time already! David is keeping me on a tight ‘No christmas until the first of December’ regime but it’s. so. hard. Home Alone music is playing in my head, the wind is whistling the windows and I’m getting sucked into pre Christmas-Christmas shopping offers. I managed to pick up some treats for myself and for a few others at Marks & Spencer* this weekend…AND for half price! I’m always drooling at their packaging, but they’ve really gone above and beyond with this collection of biscuit  (cookie & cracker) tins for Christmas. If I saw them in a boutique store I would pay good money for them…but as the luck would have it, I paid around £2.50-£5 per tin AND got all the treats inside.

The ‘biscuits for cheese’ tin just might be my favourite as it is super simple, yet with a real twist. The darling mousehole line drawing and simple typography (that doesn’t give the era away) and then *squeak squeak* a mouse perched on top! The routemaster bus on the other hand is a straight tribute to Sasek (if not his artwork itself), the creator of the 50’s books ” This is London”, and would make a great London souvenir. The bus tin is probably about a foot long, and the mouse tin even larger, so will be really useful holding something, somewhere in the house. Who knows what yet, but I couldn’t resist. One for christmas, one for me…one for christmas, one for me…tis the season to be giving, eh?

*Marks & Spencer for the non English folk is a department store that sells clothing, furniture, electronics and has an excellent food hall. We aren’t talking Walmart level here, we’re talking utter loveliness in packaging, food etc.

Getting into the Christmas mood? Check out these christmas windows from 2009

Part 1: Bonpoint, Aubin & Wills and Ted Baker Christmas Windows

Part 2: Daylesford Organic and Notting Hill Bookshop

Part 3: Loft Design & Toast

Part 4: Pedlars & Anthropologie

4 Comments leave one →
  1. November 15, 2010 10:53 am

    That mouse and cheese tin is fantastic! I love it.

  2. November 16, 2010 12:59 pm

    You’re a fellow tin-maniac! I love Marks & Sparks tins – I too have the Sanna Annukka one and the London Bus.

    Problem is, I want the Scottish Shortbread and the Cheese Biscuit tins now, and I think that’s probably heading into tin-madness… albeit a kind of madness I want to embrace…

  3. Mutte permalink
    November 16, 2010 6:50 pm

    It’s in your genes that you crave beautiful designs with practical uses. (Do you also have an obsession with boxes?) Wish I lived near M&S.

  4. Jordana permalink
    November 19, 2010 2:58 pm

    The cheese biscuit tin – sweet!

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