Mrs Guru is excellent at buying presents. In fact, she's excellent at birthdays generally and has managed to rustle up some outstanding gifts and activities despite the obvious challenges of the last year.
One of her favourite present-buying sites is Etsy, which is full of artsy stuff, including a good choice of Isle of Wight related artwork, soft furnishings, birthday cards and other stuff (2334 search results at the time of writing).
Here's my choice of five of the best Isle of Wight themed things you can buy on Etsy. All images are from Etsy.
1. IW Letters by Lucy Loves This - £22 (unframed) or £52 (framed)
Mrs Guru bought this print for Guru Towers for my last birthday. Up close you'll see it's made up of Isle of Wight place names and buildings. The top right hand corner of the 'W' is Sandown Pier whilst the bottom right of the 'W' is Carisbrooke Castle. Personally, I think they've made a good job of it and have included lots of places which Islanders are fond of but which usually get missed off touristy souvenirs (Military Road, The Longstone etc.).
Mrs Guru tells me that the artist who created it put out a request for UK places that they could create an artwork for. Mrs Guru suggested the Isle of Wight (obvs) and a short time later they had produced it.
2. Isle of Wight Travel Posters - from £7
I think I'm right in saying that this style of poster is known as a 'travel' poster. There are several good Isle of Wight ones to choose from on Etsy. You can get a digital version for a few pounds or buy a framed print for more. My favourites are the ones of The Needles if you want an obvious choice or the Pepperpot or the beach huts at Gurnard if you're looking for a slightly less obvious choice for an Isle of Wightophile.
3. Wooden Topographic Isle of Wight Map by SDK Designer Maker - £60
This 3D map showing the hills of the Isle of Wight isn't the cheapest gift on Etsy but it's clearly labour intensive and it's pretty unusual. As you can probably tell, the whole thing is made from layers of wood which are numbered to show height.
There's a huge amount of detail with pretty much every beach being named around the edges of the image.
4. Isle of Wight Festival Poster by Bucket List Print Shop - from £25
There are a few different Isle of Wight Festival themed artworks on Etsy. They're mostly focused on the 'original' festivals which ran from 1968-1970 but there are also some nice ones from the more modern festival which has taken place annually since 2002...apart from 2020.
I've picked out this modern one showing the main stage at around sunset which has got to be one of my highlights of the year.
5. Ventnor from above by Mapply - from £12
This map of Ventnor from above wouldn't appeal to my mother as it's not exactly a pretty seaside scene, but I quite like it. You can choose from various contrasting colours but I think this yellow and grey version works well.
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