Eleanor Tattersfield of Marby & Elm. Photography: Tim Lewis-Bale

The phrase ‘hand-made’ is so deeply embedded in the history of Marby & Elm that you can trace founder Eleanor Tattersfield’s interest in designing and making her own cards and stationery back to her childhood. Inspired by her father (an acclaimed lettering artist in the 1960s and 70s), in 2009 Eleanor set up a makeshift studio in her shed and began printing correspondence cards. It doesn’t get much more personal than that.

“Those first cards created in my shed are still my favourites,” she explains. “The spacing and printing left a lot to be desired but the touch of the novice’s hand produced something genuine and unique”. These are the perfect words to describe Marby & Elm stationery; the playful designs, featuring slogans both traditional (Merry Christmas) and spirited (Good Times/F*** Yeah!), are guaranteed to make your Christmas gifts look as thoughtful on the outside as they are special on the inside.