Top Gifts for Culture Vultures

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It will be a quieter Christmas than those that have come before, but you can still add some laughter, colour and joy with this selection of cultural gifts …

It’s been a tough year for the theatre lovers, movie goers, galleristas and opera fanatics among us. With live performances and indoor gatherings largely banned for the past six months, those that get their kicks from cultural fixes have felt hard done by. But 2021 is a new year and things are looking up. As we plan to step slowly and cautiously towards some semblance of normality, live fixtures and events are appearing once again.

But for now, we are still destined for a quieter Christmas than those that have come before – so why not treat the culture vulture in your life to some items that will bring joy right from the living room sofa. Go old-school and get a boxset of their favourite TV series; sign them up for an IFI subscription so they can stream arthouse and indie films from the comfort of home; and even if they will miss the annual trip to the ballet to see The Nutcracker, they can still get lost in the magic of the Christmas story…

Gift them a new sound system or projector to make the at-home experience (whether film or music or both) rival that of a theatre. A book subscription or hamper is guaranteed to please, Dubray are currently offering a gift consultancy where staff will help you to find the perfect gifts over the phone or by email while shops are closed or you could offer a year’s subscription (from €150 for kids, €200 for adults). And Books Upstairs have book bundles available to order by theme, genre or age group.

Writer and founder of THESP, Dubliner Gilly Hopper has written a two-part book during lockdown. Titled Intermission, it explores pauses in theatre – what happens when the stage falls silent: mid speech, at an interval, in between roles… during a pandemic. Guaranteed to be a hit with the theatre buff on your list, proceeds from sales of the book will go to Acting for Others – a UK organisation which provides financial and emotional support to all theatre workers in times of need. €14.50 available to order from The Pound Project.

And if all else fails, gift them a special diary to fill with the wonderful experiences to come in 2021, which promises to be a better year for all …

Main featured image: Roberts Stream 94i, €229, available at Harvey Norman

PHILIPS

PicoPix Nano Pocket Projector, Philips, €299.95, at Brown Thomas

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EASONS

The Nutcracker and Other Christmas Tales, €42, at Easons

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THESP

Intermission two part book, THESP, €14.50, at The Pound Project

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BOSE

BOSE Soundbar 700, €899, at Arnotts

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LOUISE KENNEDY

Crystal Column Bookends, €695, Louise Kennedy

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CLOON KEEN

Antique Library candle, €40, Cloon Keen

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Treat the culture vulture in your life to some items that will bring joy right from the living room sofa

PHAIDON

Great Women Artists, Phaidon, €45, at Brown Thomas

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BOMBAY SAPPHIRE

Bombay Bramble blackberry and raspberry gin, €32, at O’Briens Wine

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NATIONAL GALLERY OF IRELAND

A Composition art print, Mainie Jellett, €29.51, at National Gallery of Ireland

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ARTICLE

Modernist Chair Redrawn mug, €19.95, at Article 

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SHOCK OF GREY

Blue Matisse earrings, €45, Shock of Grey

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IMMA 

“Feetasso” socks, €8.95, at IMMA shop

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