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The Gift KingCologne
Onkel Otto Store
A little bit of bookstore, lots of gift ideas, and loads of stationery! Onkel Otto, is a creative little shop where every item has been lovingly unearthed by a mother-daughter team with a passion for vintage and graphic arts… or should we say by Uncle Otto!
Finding a husband for Auntie Emma
Graphic arts is a family affair at Onkel Otto's. This mother-daughter team got the idea of finding a husband for "Tante Emma", the name given in Germany to the tiny shops of another era where everything could be found. Uncle Otto has a moustache and travels all the time. When he comes home, he always brings a VERY original and surprising gift. He's an aesthete and especially partial to graphic arts. He likes handicrafts, old things and new things. He never buys anything found or made that might damage the planet.
Beautiful, environmentally-friendly gifts
The gifts Onkel Otto finds meet very high standards. Their first common denominator is graphics. Notebooks, postcards, decorative items, dishes, T-shirts, accessories and comic strips. His love of design is in evidence everywhere, even on the chocolate bar wrappers! Next, the products all have a little something extra, a touch of humour or of ingenuity that make them unique and unexpected, like the card that turns into a tulip vase. Lastly, Onkel Otto is convinced that objects have several lives, that confetti can be used to plant flowers and that scraps of industrial fabric can be used for knitting.
I'm a translator and editor for several publications and I love the hidden side of the city, its secret gardens, its discrete gourmet restaurants and its new, high-design spots. Outings with my friends end late at night. My little extra: a dynamic, fun and really trendy Cologne!