Christmas Gifts for the Person who has Everything   

We’ve got Christmas covered this year with a selection of gift ideas to help you surprise someone special and support the work of heritage organisations.

1. Pick a place they love

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Mugs and Jigsaws from the Historic England Gift Shop

Create a unique, personal gift and support our work. Our dedicated online gift shop has a huge range of beautiful images – from striking landscapes and historical architecture, to animals in the wild, trains, planes and automobiles; sports stadiums and famous works of art. There’s something for every interest, with speedy delivery available in the UK, Europe, USA and Australia.

2. A heritage gift that will last all year

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English Heritage Castles Calendar 2017

Our friends over at English Heritage have a great range of calendars, featuring beautiful imagery and space in each month to record important dates and events. There’s a whole range of calendars to choose from, and you’ll be supporting the upkeep of many important historic places in the process.

3. Great Reads

Browse our online bookshop for titles to delight heritage hobbyists and history buffs alike. Picturing England is a firm favourite, featuring a selection of fascinating photographs from the Archive.

Blog readers can get 20% off their order at the Historic England bookshop. Use code BLOG16 at the checkout.

4. Give them free days out for a year!

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Housestead’s Roman Fort, Hadrian’s Wall © English Heritage

Membership gives your loved one access to their favourite places all year round. There are lots of membership options available; English Heritage gives you access to over 400 historic places, and the National Trust opens the gate to 500 days out.

Many heritage organisations offer membership with perks such as member magazines and special events access. Check out what’s on offer from Twentieth Century Society, SPAB and the Victorian Society.

5. Look to your local Museum shop

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© Historic England Archive

Museum shops are often filled with carefully curated items, from stylish home ware to jewellery, books and educational toys. Many also sell online so you can have a browse for inspiration. Our favourites are the V&A, the Science Museum and the National Railway Museum Shops.

6. Help them be part of something truly special

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Victorian Theatre © Alexandra Palace

Arts and heritage organisations rely heavily on kind donations from the general public. You can easily donate to a project on sites like Art Fund and Crowdfunder with donation options to suit any budget – there’s often rewards on offer for donors. Alexandra Palace in North London is currently crowdfunding to rebuild the Victorian Theatre and TV Studio spaces, saving them for future generations.

 

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