9 Gifts of Christmas: PLATF9RM's Present Guide

Shopping remains a large part of the Christmas experience, yet finding the perfect present can ensure the most zen person becomes encumbered with holiday tension. Fortunately, PLATF9RM is jam packed with talented members creating products that’ll make perfect gifts for your friends and family. Read our guide and make shopping stress a thing of Christmas past.

Family friendly games from Gamely

Family company Gamely started their games-making venture to lure families away from screens and appreciate one another’s company. Randomise is their best seller: a combination of Pictionary and Charades that comes housed in a box adorned with adorable illustrations. It’s meant to unleash the boundless arena of your imagination: a better gift than another pair of socks, right?

Learn to code with Confident Web Design

Coding is fiendishly tricky but increasingly a vital part of many jobs. For anyone thinking about learning, Confident Web Design is a book that makes the otherwise complex process accessible to beginners. Author Kenny Wood’s status is backed up by his day job as founder of the web design agency, Indigo Melody. (Cute fact: the company’s named after Kenny’s wife and daughter - Christmas is all about family, right?)


Perfect nails from The Gel Bottle

Receiving The Gel Bottle’s nail varnish is to receive the gift of glam. Their collection boasts a multitudinous selection of colours and, with names like Candy, Fizz, Ruby and Cinnamon Spice, they can be pretty unintentionally, on-the-nose, Christmassy. As well as varnish, they also sell any tools you’d need at home (or, indeed, a salon).

Local art from Nine x Nine

We all know Brighton is a city of the arts. This is obviously great but also means that knowing where to look for arty gifts can be overwhelming. Nine by Nine are the Christmas angels who whittle it down for us. They create a selection of nine prints from local and up-and-coming illustrators and designers, using predominantly vibrant and playful aesthetics with some striking typography work.

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Sustainable fashion from Amberoot

The environmental and ethical damage done by Christmas present-buying is not so jolly, but your conscience can rest easy when you shop with Amberoot. They only sell ethically on-point products: zero plastic, zero sweatshops, organic and always fairtrade. From underwear to an upcycled clock, their apparel, accessories and homeware all have two things in common: they’re sustainable and lovingly selected by founder Gintare Matuzaite.

As an extra festive bonus, PLATF9RM members receive an extra 15% off. For how to redeem, check out the perks section on the portal.

Perfect prints from The Private Press

Prints from Private Press may have been shown in Saatchi Gallery, but they’re also perfect for your Uncle Brian’s wall. TPP was founded and is run by screen printing genius Gary Parselle, who collates and collaborates with artists to produce a selection of hand-stretched limited edition copies, all for sale on their website.

Soothing tunes from Jay Torry

Still My Teacher, Jay Torry’s release of 2018, is available to download from iTunes. The album is dedicated to Jay’s late piano teacher and combines renditions of classical, piano-led compositions by Beethoven and Rachmaninoff, alongside Jay’s self-written songs. It is a delicate and quiet antidote to the frantic Christmas songs blaring on every corner.


Pastel prints and pimped-out pumps from Cleo Barbour

Cleo Barbour specialises in art deco-inspired pastel prints that conjure warmth in the depths of winter. She started by making shoes for her own Cleo B label but is currently focusing on exploring her love of digital design. Shoe lovers fear not, because Cleo hasn’t totally abandoned her first love: her website also features a charming and unique range of lace grills, locks and charms - to pimp out your pumps that could do with some festive colour.

A Cannon of Bison’s Beer for Christmas cheer

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Bison have quite a few options: a beer making kit, Bison merch, a beer tasting experience, and the creme de la creme of boozy gifts - a ‘cannon of craft beer’. This gift’s got both style and substance, with the encasing illustrations earning status as an ornament in its own right. You have the option of either a half or full yard of local or international beers; local picks include a selection of Gun, Lost Pier, Cloak + Dagger and Kiln (plus Bison's own, of course). And it’ll take the edge off the big day - two (mocking) birds one stone.

If we weren’t already tempted by a very Bison Christmas, they’ve also got a beer tasting event showcasing a range of Sussex brews. And in the season of giving, they’ve chucked in a bit of cheeky discount for PLATF9RM members - thanks pals!


And one extra, seeing as it's the holidays - Goodmoney, the voucher to rule them all

Goodmoney vouchers are a great way to support Brighton’s independents. The voucher can be spent in a multitude of Brighton’s local independent business (and incidentally, some of our favourite hot spots too); Bison, Whirligig Toys, Present in the Laine, Little Beach Boutique, Fatto A Mano, Pizza Face, Lust and plenty more. That one small voucher could become pretty much anything; something edible or boozy, an addition to wardrobe or home, maybe bouldering or life-drawing - it’s pretty much a bottomless sack of great gifts.



The INF9RMER Newsletter is matt-iculously crafted, lovingly nurtured, marinated in enthusiasm and cooked at 200℃ for 15 minutes, by PLATF9RM's Membership Assistant Matt. If you have any exciting upcoming projects within your company, would like to let everyone know how your business is progressing in some way, or have a future event coming up - then feel free to email Matt, drop him a message on Slack or come find him in person for a quick chat.

Easy Tigers, Dragons' Den and Snail Spotting

Creative content strategist, freelance writer and all round boss-lady, Lana Burgess, is looking for speakers for Brighton Digital Women events in 2019. Yes/No Publishing have unveiled their political follow-ups to last year’s satirical sellout hits, this year includes Unofficial Annuals from the likes of both Jeremy Corbyn and Donald Trump. The PLATF9RM team's talented portrait photographer Emma Croman has given members an opportunity to get involved in her newest project VALID.

Brighton's beloved Matcha Tea company OMGTea told us all about Katherine Swift's experience on Dragon's Den. 23Digital treated us to a video they created for the Martlets Hospice Snail's in an attempt to help fundraise for their charity.

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Wildheart Media's content queen, Hannah Moss, has written an essential Christmas stocking filler for all the PLATF9RM yoga enthusiasts. The Pond gang along with Nick, Jack and Simon treated us to some insider information on their new set up over at Easy Tiger @ The Hampton, teasing us all with a sneak peak at the Indian Street Food they now have on offer.

Hove's PR wizards FUGU have ended 2018 on a bang by winning three awards at the South England PRide Awards this month and My Hotel finished off 2018's final INF9RMER with some extremely exciting PLATF9RM Member only discounts on rooms and at their hotel bar Merkaba.

Thank you to everyone who put in the time to offer news for this month's INF9RMER, if you have something you would like to include for September then contact Membership Assistant Matt.

Member of the Week - Lewis White

Introducing Lewis White, Director and founder of start-up Flagstaff Consultants, secret Shakespeare fan and general good guy to have around.

Hello Lewis! So you’re one of our fave newbies, how are you liking PLATF9RM?

What a delightful thing to say. I’m loving PLATF9RM thanks for asking. Dad, forgive me for saying this, it’s just good vibes. The people, the atmos, the coffee - wunderbar..


We’ve noticed you have a favourite spot on floor 6 with a view of the sea. Would you say you’re a creature of habits?

I’d say I have a fearful respect of the sea, as should you. It is an element and it should be respected. But yes, I certainly am a creature of habit, creature sounds a bit harsh though.

How did you enjoy PLATF9RM’s second Birthday party?

I had a lovely evening, thank you kindly. The people were a delight and you had one of my favourite beverages (Bison Beer See Side) on the go. It’s a rather unseemly £5.90 a pint in the local pub, you were giving them out for free. You can’t really argue with savings like that, can you?

So you did a degree in English and are a self-professed ‘dabbler’ in Shakespeare - how did that take you to recruitment?

I decided against becoming a world class literary genius, author and wordsmith as it’s not about the awards, you know? I knew I wanted to wear a suit and work in the City, so I tried recruitment. I didn’t like it at first but then I liked it, it went well. A few winters passed and I realised I could build an agency that holds some real values at it's core - and now I’m here.

Do you ever miss your ends in South-East London?

I miss my grandmother but I’ve been busy with Flagstaff and she’s been busy running South East London, as she’s been known to do. I’d like to go back to Greenwich Park a bit more as that’s a lovely part of the world but I must say, I love Brighton and right now I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. Cheesy.

If you were to write a book what would it be about?

Something original for sure. Perhaps a series of novels set in a fictional middle ages world featuring warring families, knights, dragons etc. Nobody’s really done that yet.

Who’s your favourite ginger person? (I’m allowed to ask ginger questions as I have ginger blood)

I haven’t seen you at our weekly gatherings? I couldn’t pick one, we all have to stick together.

What’s the biggest travelling mare you’ve had?

I’m really quite organised being the rock n rolla I am so we were fine most of the time. We did stay in a rather undesirable part of Cambodia once, despite a local man advising me against it due to it being “where the gangs are” but at $3 cheaper a night it was too good of a deal to miss. We were fine in the end but it was certainly not the Ritz.

What’s the most important thing being in your 20’s has taught you?

Not to worry about things. Things will be what they will be. If you can fix something, great, but if not, don’t worry about it. Be happy.

Thank you Lewis!

If you want to be a member at our space, get in touch for a tour and trial.

Good Rebels and PLATF9RM’s Most Influential Of 2018

How do you measure influence?

Many rely on metrics like followers or engagement when quantifying the effectiveness of an online Influencer. But Good Rebels, the PLATF9RM-based digital and creative agency, take a simpler view.

“True influence is trust. The way you trust a friend telling you something at the kitchen table. That trust can then be used to drive action,” says Mark Ralphs, Partner at Good Rebels. “Think of each online person as a node; the bigger the node, the bigger their ability to connect people and make things happen.”

Take a popular music blogger. They can be the bridge between a community that includes fan, artist, record store, record label and venue, all of which leads to the music.

Brighton is blessed with an abundance of talented and trustworthy Influencers, so Good Rebels and PLATF9RM wanted to hail the city’s best. Here’s Brighton’s Most Influential for 2018. Follow them!

Food and drink

Foodie Eshé

Eshé is a food blogger, graphic designer and photographer, who’s been featured by Hairy Bikers. Her food blog is an insider's guide on where to eat across Brighton & Hove, with a focus on independent restaurants. If there’s a new joint opening in town, Eshé’s on the list.


The Graphic Foodie

The Graphic Foodie was launched in 2008 by Fran, a branding designer and freelance writer. Fran’s blog lists frequently updated Brighton restaurant reviews and news, along with family recipes from her Abruzzo region of Italy. Check out her ‘Best Of Brighton’ page for everything that’s good in town.




Rachel Finch

Rachel Finch is a director – along with PLATF9RM members Lana Burgess and Allegra Chapman – of Brighton Digital Women. They connect Brighton’s female digital workers and provide a nurturing, collaborative community. Rachel works at local agency Site Visibility and is an all-round champion of local ladies in those digital businesses that are still – for the moment – guy-dominated.


Tom Bourlet

Tom is a Brighton-based blogger and author of the e-book, The Spaghetti Traveller Guide On How To Blog: From Blogger To Brand. He started his Spaghetti Traveller blog five years ago and has been featured everywhere from Forbes to The Daily Mail. When Tom’s not chatting about his many travels he’s also the co-owner of DrinksPal: an app that lets users find the perfect bar, restaurant, coffee shop, or events venue.


Local politics

Caroline Lucas

No introduction necessary. Caroline Lucas, MP for Brighton Pavilion, is the UK’s only Green Party MP and the perfect manifestation of our city’s progressive, caring attitude. A mum to two sons and general advocate of human and environmental rights, she’s a true local hero.


Peter Kyle

Peter Kyle is the Labour MP for Hove and Portslade and beloved by his constituents. With a past that includes a doctorate in community development to a spell working as an aid worker in the Balkans, he brings an unbiased social conscience to everything he does.


Artists and Makers

Lois O’Hara

Lois O’Hara is an artist and designer well-known for her fluorescent, wave-inspired artwork. You can see her designs and murals all over the city, from the seafront, to the venue Patterns, to an entire basketball court in Saunders Park.


Natalie Edge

Liverpool-born Natalie Edge is a Brighton-based blogger, artist and event designer. Her blog Nat’s Life gives a peek into the nuts and bolts of her life, whilst she’s also a vocal supporter of LGBTQ+ rights and mental health issues.