Yes, it’s that time of year again. There’s some debate over what date the shops should start playing Christmas songs, but I think we’re pretty safe to start thinking about Christmas now that bonfire night is out of the way.
I know that LARPers love to exchange gifts all year round, especially if they find something wonderful that would be just perfect for a friend’s character – and I can’t imagine that they stop just because it’s Christmas! So with that in mind I’ve been scouring the ‘net for the best artists and creators in the LARP community who should be top of your list when you’re thinking about what gifts you might like to pick up for friends.
First on my list is the inimitable Steph Morris – better known online as Trinkety. Not only does she have a Patreon account where you can support her creating art, but she also has an Etsy shop so that you can easily buy her cards, works of art, and adorable plushies.*
Having grown up with a ginger cat called Jasper, I just had to include this one here. (Plus it’s basically the law that everyone on the internet loves cats). Steph has created some of the most beautiful Christmas cards that are printed professionally and sold for the incredibly low price of £2.50. If there’s someone special in your life, perhaps they deserve one of these?
Have you ever seen such a friendly looking robot? This one isn’t going to cause evil havoc in the world, but it might steal your heart. I think it would be equally at home as a prop for a character in a modern LARP setting, or sitting on your bed waiting for you to drift off to sleep.
If you have a habit of wearing your heart on your sleeve, why not try a dinosaur on your jumper instead? It’s just a suggestion – plus at £4 they make wonderful stocking stuffers!
Steph will also be at the University of East Anglia’s Christmas Fair on December 6th 2016 in Norwich. You can find more information about the event here on their Facebook page. There will be over fifty stalls in the Student Union, so it’ll be well worth heading along and checking out if you live nearby.
And of course, if you have something specific in mind you should absolutely drop Steph a line because she loves to work on private commissions. In the past she’s painted banners for LARP groups and systems, created small works of art, and made custom plushies.