Christmas 2015: 10 best arts and culture gifts

Music, Mad Men, museum memberships and more feature in our artistic round-up

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Do more than just wrap up the latest celebrity biography or chart-topping CD – these cool, classic or beautifully packed gifts offer the arts-lover in your life a little more.

Whether it’s bringing art into their home, splashing out on the biggest and best boxsets, or signing them up for membership to make 2016 the most cultural year yet, these presents promise to inspire and delight in equal measure.

1. Tate membership: £70 to £200, Tate


Give the gift of art, with a year’s entry to Tate galleries wrapped up in a gift box designed by Martin Creed.

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2. Mad Men boxset: £99.99, Amazon


Revisit all seven series of the seminal TV show with this complete boxset.

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3. William Scott fruit bowl: £50, Royal Academy


The Royal Academy’s exclusive, elegant china bowl is based on Scott’s painting An orchard of pears no13.

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4. Royal Shakespeare Company posters: £39.99 to £99.99, RSC


Framed print-on-demand posters from the RSC archives, including the artwork for Peter Brooks’ legendary 1970 A Midsummer Night's Dream.

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5. Fitzcarraldo Editions: £35 or £70, Fitzcarraldo


With cutting-edge authors and crisp design, a subscription for a year’s subscription of essays or fiction (or both) is a treat for bookworms.

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6. Still-life cushion: £35, National Gallery


Blooming lovely: this National Gallery cushion features Ambrosious Bosschaert the Elder's A Still Life of Flowers in a Wan-Li Vase.

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7. In Colour - Jamie XX: £24.99, Amazon


A deluxe edition of one of the best albums of 2015, with three records in eye-popping vinyl.

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8. T-shirt: £15, Courtney Barnett


‘Nobody Really Cares If You Don’t Go to the Party’ was one of the tracks of the year - now splash your indifference across your chest.

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9. Cheshire Cat tea towel: £12.95, Liberty


Mrs Moore’s Alice in Wonderland range promises to get you grinning, even when doing the dishes.

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10. Tintin totes: £3, Southbank Centre


Dodge the 5p fines with these cheap and cheerful Tintin and Snowy shopping bags.

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