Editors’ Picks: Christmas Gifts

Christmas present giving – the yearly challenge. How does one pick the perfect gift for your nearest and dearest?!

With the weeks until Christmas burning away here’s a little inspiration from London Book & Screen Week to help with even the most awkward of family members.

(£) Definitely affordable | (££) A little extra treat | (£££) Something special

 

THE MINDFUL LIVING DEVOTEE

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The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well, Meik Wiking (Penguin Life) (£)

Meik Wiking is the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen. He is committed to finding out what makes people happy and has concluded that hygge is the magic ingredient that makes Danes the happiest nation in the world.

London Wellbeing Festival 2017, 28th April – 1st May, Olympia London (£)

It’s time to head for the “great gathering” that is the legendary Mind Body Spirit Wellbeing Festival. Europe’s iconic hub for inspiration, self-exploration, yoga, music and all the delights that celebrate and affirm the union of our mind, body, spirit and wellness connections.

 

THE FILM BUFF

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Curzon Cinema membership (£££)

With three options of membership, the Curzon offers any film lover access to films and events, discounts on food & drink and no booking forms.

 

SPORTS ENTHUSIAST

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Laura Trott and Jason Kenny: The Inside Track, Laura Trott, Jason Kenny (Michael O’Mara) (£)

The official autobiography of the Rio Olympics’ golden couple. Through an integrated narrative Laura Trott and Jason Kenny retrace the steps of a journey to gold-medal success at the Rio Olympics.

The Summer of World Athletics (£££)

In July and August 2017, London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will light up for a spectacular Summer of World Athletics. It will be the biggest global sporting event of the year – and you’re invited.

 

THE FATHER FIGURE

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A Life in Questions, Jeremy Paxman (William Collins) (£)

‘Paxman is witty, incisive, acerbic and opinionated . . . In short, he carries the whole thing off with panache bordering on effrontery’ Sunday Times

British Museum membership (££)

Membership allows you to discover 2 million years of human history with free unlimited entry to exhibitions, a programme of special events and many more benefits.

 

THE HOME MAKER

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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying: A simple, effective way to banish clutter forever, Marie Kondo (£)

Marie Kondo (近藤 麻理恵) is a Japanese organizing consultant and author. Kondo’s method of organizing is known as the KonMari Method, and one of the main principles is keeping only possessions which “spark joy.”

Kondo’s best-seller The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing has been published in more than 30 countries.

Ideal Home Show (£)

Tickets now available for the Ideal Home Show returns to London’s Olympia from 24 March – 9 April 2017. Spark the imagination!

 

THE LITERATURE LOVER

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Shakespeare’s Globe Exhibition & Tour (£)

Open all year round, the Globe Exhibition & Tour gives you an opportunity to learn more about this unique building and its most famous playwright, Shakespeare.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (££)

The National Theatre’s award-winning production is playing now at the Gielgud Theatre in London’s West End.