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The 10 best gift ideas

Forget that novelty nutcracker, this festive season choose from our pick of the best presents that will do good and be truly be appreciated



  1. Give the gift of culture with the National Art Pass, which gives free entry to over 240 museums, galleries and historic houses across the UK, as well as 50% off entry to major exhibitions. From Cardiff Castle and Kensington Palace to the V&A and Tate Modern https://www.artfund.org/national-art-pass from £70


  1. The Lumie Bodyclock Active Bodyclock Active 250 builds the light before your alarm goes off, encouraging healthy sleep and helping to combat Seasonal Affective Disorder. There are also audio options so you can rise to birdsong or your favourite radio www.lumie.com/products/bodyclock-active-250 £95


  1. An on-the-go iPhone charger is an absolute must to avoid the dreaded 1% battery by 4pm scenario. The compact and lightweight Belkin Emergency Battery Pack charges phones, tablets, e-readers, and other USB-enabled devices. £15


  1. For loved ones who travel frequently – or who just can’t seem to get enough shut eye – this beautifully crafted eye mask from the famous luxury British brand is the ideal gift. Probably best to buy one for yourself while you’re at it https://www.otisbatterbee.com/eye-masks £50


  1. Ok, so you might well be walloped by your beloved for buying them a toothbrush for Christmas, but the Oral-B Smartseries 6500 is no ordinary toothbrush. It’s life changing. Clinically proven to remove up to four times as much plaque, whiten teeth and improve gum health, its the gift that keeps on giving. oralb.co.uk £99


  1. Studying for a new skill – or to brush up an old one – can can add real purpose to life. Buy someone you love a voucher for glass blowing, archery, potter or cooking. London’s Cookery School offers one-off or longer courses in everything from perfect pastries to winter comfort foods to healthy eating, using high quality, sustainable ingredients and equipment found in everyday home kitchens cookeryschool.co.uk from £115


  1. Pre-empt January’s predicable resolution to get fit by giving a pair of top of the range running shoes, designed for comfort, support and not to mention style. On your marks, set, go. asics.com from £129.99


  1. Plugging yourself into a charger might sound like a dystopian sci-fi future, but The Human Charger, invented by Finnish scientists Juuso Nissila and Antti Aunio, is a quick, effective and convenient way to get your necessary daily dose of light through earphones, essential for good health. humancharger.com £149.99


  1. Spotify is the best-loved digital music service in the world, giving you access to millions of songs to listen to wherever you are on your phone, computer or TV. A subscription to Spotify Premium, which gives access offline too, will bring a smile to the face of even the biggest Bah Humbug spotify.com/premium £9.99 per month


  1. An elephant might be difficult to wrap, so instead adopt one – or a whole family – in order to protect them. Charity Space for Giants works tirelessly to keep African eles safe from poachers, who threaten to wipe out the species within 10 years. Adoption costs just £60 per year, and you even get to name your chosen pachyderm. Sir Trunkalot is our choice. www.spaceforgiants.org/adopt


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