24 July 2020

Best Kew gifts to buy for summer

Make the most of your staycation and recreate your favourite holiday at home with our range of treats.

By Meryl Westlake

Summer range of products from the Kew Shop

Look the part

You might not be able to get to the beach, but there’s no reason you can’t dress for the holiday you want.

Featuring plants growing in Kew's Temperate House, this screenprinted kimono-style top works perfectly as a beach cover-up, or styled over a dress or smart vest.

(There’s an accompanying headband too to complete the look.)

Did you know? Our Temperate House is home to 10,000 individual plants. 

Holiday reads

No getaway is complete without that page-turner book.

Walk the grounds of Kew with the first female gardeners in a historical novel set during World War I. Follow Ivy and Louisa as the Gardens flourish under their care, inspiring them to look to their own freedoms and futures in The Kew Gardens Girls.

Or, delve into the social and economic history of tonic water. This award-winning book weaves together the dark history of empire and consumer tastes – the perfect read with a G&T in hand. 

More of a picture-lover? Grab a copy of our pocket-sized Botanicum; a curated set of stunning, intricate illustrations and facts about the wonderful world of plants.

Gin o’clock?

Speaking of that drink, Kew’s range of treats will satisfy that little craving you’ve been having.

No drinks cabinet is complete without one of our gins. Add a splash of summer colour to your glass with our Pink Elderflower & Jasmine Gin.

In fact, just get whole mini gin set, with three flavours: Geranium and Mallow, Rose, and Lavender and Echinacea.

Whilst you’re shopping, you might as well try the luxurious strawberry and champagne preserve to jazz up that Victoria sponge you’re bringing to a picnic…

Game time!

Whether there’s children to entertain or long summer nights to while away, our unique set of games are a must-have.

Our rose-themed playing cards are delightfully adorned with the original print by 18th century botanical painter Pierre-Joseph Redouté.

Famed as ‘the Raphael of flower’ and official artist to Marie Antoinette, his rose paintings are known as his finest work.

Tease your brain and your guests with our Gardener’s quiz and puzzle book.

Or set up a safari with a twist for the kids. With this bug nature kit, they can explore and identify the insects, spiders and creepy crawlies in their garden or park.

If you can’t get abroad this year, you can always bring these goodies and Travel the world at Kew: a holiday of a lifetime in a day.

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