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The Ultimate Gift Giving Guide for Everyone on Your List

Christmas is the season for giving, but trying to find the perfect gift that your loved ones will adore can sometimes be a daunting task. Here at Museum Selection we have embraced the festive season and have brought together inspiring new ideas and our bestsellers to bring you an all-inclusive guide that has everything you will need to satisfy everyone’s Christmas wish list. If you are looking for meaningful gifts they can treasure, experience-day gifts that will put a smile on their face or usual gifts for people that have everything, you’ll find everything you will need right here.

Gifts for Luxury Lovers

We all have that friend or family member who loves to indulge in life’s luxuries. Here are a few suggestions for those hard-to-please people that will make them feel cossetted without breaking the bank.

1. Renaissance Lambswool Gloves


These gorgeous embroidered gloves, inspired by renaissance mittens, are soft to the touch with a mix of lambswool and nylon, adding a touch of elegance with crystal detailing. With a generous cuff, printed scrollwork and crystals these ladies gloves will add a little sparkle to everyday and are just £24.99. View our Lambwool gloves here.

2. Floral 18th century Toiletries


Delicate scents fit for a princess, soaps and eau de toilettes from France, researched for their historical accuracy and made from essential oils. The Bouquet du Trianon is an original fragrance using wooded and floral scents, especially tuberose, favoured by Marie-Antoinette This luxurious set of toiletries comes ready gift-boxed, so they are perfect for anyone who likes to indulge in a bit of pampering. Buy it now from only £5.99, for the perfect stocking filler for ladies.

3. Peony Jewellery Pouch


This jewellery pouch is perfect for keeping favourite jewellery safely stored at home or travelling. Inspired by motifs from 19th Chinese ceramics, it has small pockets in the lid and a secure ring holder. At only £14.99 this peony jewellery pouch will be a gift they will love.

4. Birth Month Glass Perfume Atomiser


Give a lustrous atomiser with meaning, our mouth-blown perfume bottles come in the colours of each month’s birthstone. A decadent addition to any dressing table, perfect to hold their favourite scent. A wonderful keepsake they can treasure. Buy now for £22.99.

Gifts for History Buffs

It can be hard to find the perfect present for someone interested in the past; for intriguing, well researched and imaginative gifts here are just a few ideas that will put a smile on their face when opened on Christmas day.

1. Leonardo Da Vinci Notebooks and Puzzle Codex


Da Vinci was one of the great creative minds of the Italian Renaissance, hugely influential as an artist and sculptor but also immensely talented as an engineer, scientist and inventor. What better person to take influence from this winter.  Your history buff will be in their element if they received either Leonardo’s notebook or puzzle codex.  This definitive single-volume notebook has reproductions of over 1,000 sketches and line drawings.  With exact translations from Da Vinci himself this is a great stocking filler option at only £14.99- buy it now.

Alternatively, keep them quiet beyond Boxing Day with Da Vinci’s puzzle codex. Taken inspiration from the fertile mind of Leonardo, this fiendish collection of 150 logic reasoning, riddles and code-breaking puzzles is sure to keep their minds busy over the Christmas period. View it online for only £14.99.

2. V&A Museum Membership Gift Card

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Sometimes a gift which is an experience can be worth more than a hundred presents. For whose that love to delve in the past, a membership pass for the Victoria & Albert museum In London, the world leading museum for art and design could be the perfect choice. V&A Members enjoy a wealth of benefits, including free unlimited entry to exhibitions throughout the year. Members can bring along guests to share the experience with or get them an extra member’s card. V&A membership lasts for a year - so from only £64 you can give the gift that keeps on giving. Browse the V&A site here. (http://www.vam.ac.uk/)

3. Shakespeare's Insult Diary


Get them ready for all that 2017 will bring with some pithy asides from Shakespeare’s insult desk diary. Estimated to have coined and adapted the use of over 1,700 words in the English language, the Bard provides inspiration for colourful insults to bait and berate. At only £12.99 this is the perfect present for history buffs, literature lovers alike.

4. My House History, Personalised Book


A truly unique gift, ideal for anyone interested in their home and local history is this personalised History book of Your House.  A portfolio of documents centred on the post code of your choice brings together the history of your house through Ordnance Survey maps dating from 1841–1979. Content varies but typically includes: 7 historical map extracts (1:3,650 or 1:10,560 scale), aerial photograph c.2000 (1:2,500), colour extract from current O.S. Landranger map (1:50,000) and personalised frontispiece. At £42.99 this is a fascinating gift they can treasure forever.

Gifts for Nature Enthusiasts

Finding the right gift for someone who is happiest enjoying the great outdoors can be hard, especially in winter when the weather threatens to keep them inside. Bring the outdoors in with gifts for ornithologists, walkers, gardeners and woodland wanderers.

1. Birdsong Book


It may not be the weather for bird watching, but this fascinating birdsong guide book will let you interact with birds in the comfort of your home.  Referencing 150 of the British isles' birds accompanied by an interactive sound-module to hear 184 bird sounds at the touch of a button; ideal for nature lovers who want to learn how to identify garden favourites but also to hear rarities, migrants and far-flung birds. The guide also contains stunning photographs and absorbing text, the recordings include the songs and calls of much-loved garden birds as well as the sounds of many wonderful migrants. This compact interactive gift is perfect for nature enthusiasts and will leave them itching to get outside and listen out for the birds they have been reading about. At only £18.99, it won’t break the bank either.

2. National Trust Membership

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Explore more than 500 historic houses, gardens, nature reserves, archaeological sites and more with a National Trust membership. This gift will keep on giving and turn a Christmas gift into a year full of great days out. The year-long membership will give them unlimited access to National Trust sites, as well as free parking, National Trust handbook and three complementary Trust magazines without the year, packed full of news and inspiration. An individual annual membership is on £63, with joint, children’s and family memberships available too. For more information, visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/features/gift-membership

3. Teacup Planter


For green-fingered friends and family this pretty planter will just their cup of tea, especially if it’s planted up with mint or camomile. Terracotta teacup planter with an antiqued stone finish, perfect for planting herbs that they can enjoy throughout the year. Buy it now for £39.99.

4. Mouse on a Toadstool Sculpture


This uniquely hand-carved sculpture of a mouse on a toadstool is made from a ‘bloom’ that is produced when a mushroom-like growth attaches to a Chinaberry tree. This natural sculpture echoes naive folk art traditions of Britain and America. At 8½" tall x 5" wide this charming little feature is perfect for nature lovers who admire that natural creation of the countryside. Buy this hand-carved sculpture for only £24.99.

Gifts for Art Lovers

Find the perfect gift whatever their passion. Here at Museum Selection we celebrate art though the ages and from great Renaissance masters to the Impressionist and British artists like L S Lowry.

1. Trio of Ladies Tote Bag


Laurence Stephen Lowry (1887- 1976) the English artist who depicted drawings and paintings of Pendlebury, Lancashire, where he lived and worked for more than 40 years, is one of our favourite artists. This tote bag portrays 3 jolly women walking in the street. This image has been inspired by one of Lowry’s famous paintings “Home from the Pub” in 1944. Raise a smile with this jolly cotton bag.  Buy it now for only £12.99.

2. Monet Lily-pond Ladies Watch


Claude Monet (1840-1926) the founder of the French impressionism paintings. Monet would paint water lilies found in his garden pond at Giverny for over 20 years, creating ever-more fluid pieces of art that helped define Impressionism. This pretty watch with Japanese quartz movement captures his fluid brushstrokes. At £39.99 this Claude Monet watch lets them take great art with them.

3. Tate Gallery Membership

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A year–long gift, the Tate Gallery annual membership offers a wealth of opportunities to enjoy the very best of art in 2017. They can visit any of the four Tate galleries and exhibitions for free for a whole year, as well as gaining exclusive access to the stunning Member’s rooms. From just £77 for the year, this will be a gift they will hold close to their heart. Visit www.tate.org.uk to book tickets.

4. J.M.W Turner Calendar

A beautiful calendar to plan the year ahead, enjoy twelve of Turner’s atmospheric works in 2017. Renowned for his landscapes in oils and watercolour he is an inspiration for any budding landscape artist. Capturing water, Italian scenery and sky in imagery spanning 1827–46. The calendar includes ‘Venice – Sunset – a Fisher’, 1845, ‘Italian Bay’, c.1827-28, and the mythological ‘The Golden Bough’, 1834. Produced with the Tate, at £9.99 it makes a great stocking filler. Buy the calendar here.

Gifts for the Lady of the House

For the hostess with the ‘mostest’, finding the perfect gift to say thank you for excellent hospitality during the festivities can be hard, whether it’s a gift for the family home or just for her these ideas are bound to please.

1. Morris Scented Candle


Beautifully presented, this candle is decorated with in one of Morris’s best-know designs, “Strawberry thief” on burgundy tinted glass. The candle is scented with sandalwood, patchouli and vanilla, and burns for up to 50 hours. At £22.99 this Morris candle is a thoughtful present, smartly boxed and ready to give.

2. Hummingbird Porcelain Bowl


This handsome porcelain bowl makes a striking centrepiece, with decoration inspired by late 18th- and early 19th-century engravings. Made to go from oven to table it is perfect for serving up in style. A great home gift for any hostess. Buy now for £36.99.

3. Victorian Music Box with Soap

An indulgent treat for her. This beautiful music box holds a triple-milled soap and plays an excerpt of the 'Blue Danube Waltz' by Johann Strauss. At only £18.99 this a treat for the senses. Buy it online now.

4. Florentine Stationary Set


The art of letter writing is still alive and well, every lady of the house needs beautiful stationery. With an opulent design inspired by the traditional Florentine patterns of 'Portofino' (blue) and 'Lorenza' (gold) our 50 single-sided cards come with co-ordinating plain envelopes in a keepsake holders. Co-ordinating   ballpoint pen and pair of notebooks complete the set for £35.00. Buy the Florentine stationary set here.

Gifts for Smart Alecs

Our favourite ideas for the person who not only knows everything but has everything! Give a gift that will challenge their grey matter this Christmas.

1. Wooden Magicians Kit


This wooden magician’s kit will keep them entertained for hours (especially on Christmas day) and a great way to get the children involved and working together. Be amazed by this wooden magician, recalling the great Comte (1788-1859). Build the wooden structure made from over 100 components and watch the magic man perform sleight of hand as a rabbit transmutes into 3 other objects. See their mind ticking as they create this. It is sure to keep them busy for a while. Buy it now for £29.99.

2. V8 Model Engine Kit


The perfect Christmas present for the curious and a wonderful way to spend time with older grandchildren. Make a real working V8 engine from over 250 parts. This set comes complete with ignition sounds and illuminating spark plug.  Hours of fun and discovery. This V8 engine kit is available to buy from £59.99.

3. Einstein's Riddle Book


Test them on how smart they really are. 50 of the toughest logic problems and lateral-thinking puzzles to entertain and confound. Includes the eponymous riddle devised by Albert Einstein which, he claimed, only 2% of the population could solve. Thankfully for all it includes solutions. This riddle book is a great gift for men that think they know it all, and from only £12.99 it won’t break the bank.

4. 50-year Calendar and Magnifier


This brass calendar and magnifier duo is a handsome piece for any desk, echoing Victorian perpetual calendars.  Cleverly calculates the day of the month for any year from 2016-2065 with fold-out magnifier giving 2 ½ x magnification. £16.99 buy this Victorian inspired gift now.

Gifts for Food Fanatics

Find delicious traditional ideas for everyone on your list, whether sweet or savoury ensure that it’s always great-quality and utterly indulgent. We love to give nostalgic treats remembered from childhood and authentic recipes beautifully presented.

1. Seasonal English Condiment Selection

This seasonal condiment set makes the perfect gift, presented with wooden rack and spoon which can be used long after the sauces have been enjoyed. Made in Kent these seasonal jellies and sauces are a delicious accompaniment to turkey, game or cold meat. The set includes four 113g condiments of Cranberry & Orange sauce, Red Onion Marmalade, Damson & Port sauce and Redcurrant jelly. This mouth-watering gift is bound to get opened on Christmas day for a taste test. Buy it now for £19.99.

2. Traditional Fruit Cakes in Tins


A traditional fruit cake is the perfect accompaniment to any Christmas. Made in Yorkshire to traditional recipes, they are hand decorated and come in a useful, reusable tin. 520g fruit cakes are available in three flavours, Date & Walnut, Apricot & Fig and Cherry & Almond. From only £9.99 these are a great Christmas treat. View the fruit cake.

3. Milk & Dark Chocolate Lebkuchen


Lebkuchen is a traditional German gingerbread, thought to date to the 13th century. Give a tempting selection of milk and dark chocolate-covered gingerbread in traditional festive shapes. Boxed and ideal for giving at only £12.99. Buy it here.

4. BBC Good Food Show Tickets

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The BBC Good Food show is a 4 day event that is held across the country every season. The event brings together exhibitioners in all kinds of foods and drinks companies, including chocolates, cheeses, meats and more.,  The event allows you to explore new foods and flavours and taste an array of samples. As well as trying delicious food and drinks the events is home to some of the UK’s best chiefs and bakers, including Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood, James Martin, Michel Roux Jr and more. This is great day out for any food lover, who will be waiting in anticipation for the day to arrive.  To find out more about the BBC Good Food show visit www.bbcgoodfoodshow.com or call 0844 581 1363 to book tickets.

We hope this ultimate gift giving guide has given you some inspiration, when it comes to present buying this Christmas. For more gift ideas and stocking filler inspiration for young and old, visit www.museumselection.com.
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