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Gifts from Birmingham:
A BrumHour Gift Guide
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You haven’t seen your friends from all over the country since March and if you have, you get wincy if they cough. Send them a memory of Birmingham with a special gift just to remind them how fantastic our city is.
The food, the views, staying safe and supporting local businesses take a look at BrumHour’s gift guide.
Birmingham Artwork from Draw My City
Award-winning public relations expert and former newspaper editor Stacey Barnfield’s passion for Birmingham is immeasurable. Now Stacey is finding his creative energies focused on the impressions he has of our great city of Birmingham.
Stacey has created Draw My City, artwork which focuses on familiar aspects and views of Birmingham, £5 from each artwork sale goes to SIFA Fireside, “Birmingham’s main day centre for homeless and vulnerably housed adults.”
Speaking about the reaction to Draw My City, Stacey said:
I’ve always enjoyed urban sketching and spending more time at home during lockdown gave me the chance to pick up the pens and paintbrushes to try new artworks, which I then shared with the hashtags #isolationart and #lockdownart.
The response was incredible and I appreciate so much everyone who gets in touch or ‘likes’ the sketches. I had so many requests from people who asked if they could buy the paintings as reproductions I launched the website for people to take a look and to place an order.
I’m so pleased this has been able to support SIFA Fireside, a cause close to my heart, which delivers a vital service to people who really need our support. Sales have now generated over £500 for the charity, which is fantastic.”
I was more than excited to be given my own copy of this print and I need to work out which wall it will go on!
Until 30th September 2020 get 10% off Draw My City orders using code BRUMHOUR10, Stacey will still donate £5 from to SIFA Fireside. Check out the website here: drawmycity.co.uk
Face Mask from LoveBrum
If you know an anti-masker who hates Birmingham then this LoveBrum facemask is truly the gift for them.
What is LoveBrum? On their website LoveBrum says:
LoveBrum is a registered charity that supports hidden gem projects across Birmingham that are often volunteer-led and that deliver real change.
Discover more about LoveBrum and get the 2020 look from the shop here: lovebrum.org.uk/product/lovebrum-cloth-face-masks-pack-of-two
Museum Gifts from Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
From books to mugs, face coverings and even some Thinktank Top Trumps the great online gift shop at Birmingham Museums offers a whole range of Birmingham memories. Earlier this year I was lucky enough to be sent a reusable Brum Cup. Great for taking drinks in a car and saving on waste.
Birmingham Museums website says
The Brum Cup is an environmentally friendly, reusable cup featuring the Birmingham skyline, drawn by local artist Olive Burke.
Explore the shop here: shop.birminghammuseums.org.uk
Peaky Blinders inspired suit from Colmore Tailors
Inspired by the globally famous BBC drama set in Birmingham based Colmore Tailors have created this suit inspired by the TV programme.
Colmore Tailors said:
A three/two-piece or three-button suit is the real deal when it comes to the ‘Peaky Blinder’ style. The Shelby’s iconic look started with plain tweed, but as their fortunes grew, they opted for pinstripes with pleated or flat-fronted trousers and other more expensive materials.
The classic jacket was designed with the iconic three-button finish with rounded foreparts and swelled edge stitching, alongside a matching waistcoat with welted pockets, a cloth back and notch lapel.
In full Shelby styling, the trousers were crafted out of the same fabric for authenticity, cut to a high-waisted style, with twin forward pleats and a fishtail back.
Paired with braces, workers boots, and of course a flat cap, we’re loving this ‘Peaky Blinders’ look, and being based in Birmingham, we’re sure you couldn’t get a suit more authentic to the original!
Find out more here: colmoretailors.co.uk
Positively Birmingham – 5th Edition
Now in its 5th edition, this great book by adopted Brummie Jonathan Berg features over 300 photos documenting the Birmingham of the 21st Century against its historical backdrop.
Jonathan Berg also hosts regular tours of the city which explore central Birmingham’s unique heritage and features.
Order the book Positively Birmingham book here: positively-birmingham-shop.myshopify.com/collections/all/products/positively-birmingham-hardback-book-special-for-our-tourists
Sauces from Pip’s Hot Sauce
To be found on the tables of independent venues across Birmingham and at street food events, Pip’s Hot Sauce is great on loads of foods! I like to use it as a dip!!
Find out more and gift Pip’s Hot Sauce here. Or get some for yourself: pipshotsauce.co.uk
Tan Rosie’s Sauce Bundle
Inspired by Caribbean heritage, this Birmingham based business has curated authentic flavours, seasonings, pesto and fudge! This sauce bundle is sure to make anyone missing their Caribbean adventures in 2020 feel a bit more comforted.
Order here for free UK delivery: tanrosie.com
The Trail Series by AA Abbott
For the best part of a decade, AA Abbott has been writing fiction about the underbelly of crime in Birmingham from stand-alone novels to The Trail Series. These books are a great gift for someone who wants stories with real Birmingham backdrops.
Take a look at AA Abbott’s website here: aaabbott.co.uk
There and Back Again: By Glynn Purnell
Local lad Glynn Purnell is back with a brand new hardcover cookbook featuring over 30 dishes. This is a hefty tome featuring over 380 pages that Glynn Purnell describes as a “greatest hits”.
Ahead of the book release Michelin-starred chef, Glynn said:
I’m living the dream. I have my own restaurant and this book reflects on just that. It follows my journey. It retraces the steps I’ve taken from the council estate I grew up on to working with some of the greatest producers and most brilliant chefs in the world.”
At £85 this for serious foodies. Order here: awaywithmedia.com/buy-books/glynn-purnell