Christmas Gift Guide: 12 gifts for retro and shabby chic lovers

From shabby chic to mid-century modern, we’ve unearthed a selection of tech gifts that hark back to times past

Sleek lines, glossy black plastic, carbon fibre and brushed aluminium might be some people’s idea of great-looking materials, but others prefer things to be a little more, well, human. Made of wood, cloth or leather. A little more old-fashioned.

While the word ‘retro’ can be made to mean almost anything these days, we’ve gone for gift ideas that possess a certain level of understated 20th century charm.

Magimix Nespresso Maestria Coffee Machine (£350)

The Maestria makes coffee in an ultra-modern way (Nespresso pods), all the while resembling some glorious old contraption from 1950s Milan. If you squint a bit, it also looks like it has a little face, dribbling freshly-made espressos out of its little ‘mouth’.

Tovicorrie Leather Lace iPad case (£55)

Handmade and 100 percent leather, this printed sleeve will ensure your friend’s tablet stays protected – and positively fabulous – at all times. Available in various sizes, to fit the iPad, iPad Mini, Kindle and Kindle Paperwhite.

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Crosley Keepsake turntable (£160)

Your granddad’s record player? Nah son, this is every bit the modern platter, coming with a USB output for transferring vinyl to a computer. It plays 33, 45 and 78rpm records through its built-in stereo speakers, and can be closed up and toted around like a suitcase between listening sessions.

Crosley Manchester stand (£90)

A possible companion to the Keepsake, this turntable stand, which includes a shelf for LP storage, comes straight out of the Mid-Century furniture playbook.

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