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The English Heritage Gift Guide

Stuck for Christmas gift ideas? Whether they've been naughty or nice, we've got all the inspiration you need. From days out in history to festive wines and heritage-inspired games, consider your Christmas shopping sorted with our unique gifts.

We've made it so simple, all you'll need is a tree to put them under.

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Gifts for Her

Spoil a special lady with the gift that keeps on giving. English Heritage membership means she can spend 12 months enjoying more than 400 historic places, plus she'll be invited to exclusive members' events throughout the year. Each adult membership also includes entry for six accompanying kids for free.

For the woman who loves a bit of glitz and glamour, explore our online shop for unique jewellery and luxury beauty products inspired by history. One of our favourites for women is our range of Art Deco jewellery, similar to those owned by Virginia Courtauld, the 1930s owner of Eltham Palace. If she loves the great outdoors as much as we do, keep her warm in our new unisex Barbour jacket (also great for the man in your life).

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Stonehenge Barbour jacket

Gifts for Him

Our new Barbour jacket is lined with an exclusive Stonehenge print making the perfect gift for the man who loves wintry walks through history. The range includes two wax jackets and three bags so you've got plenty of choice.

Keeping with the Stonehenge theme, if you know a man who thinks he's the king of the kitchen, book him a ticket to 'A Taste of the Past' at the site's Feast! Exhibition next year. Discover what our ancestors cooked and ate and see a range of decorated Neolithic cooking products like a rare complete bronze cauldron from 700BC. 

Our shop has got a range of gifts for men too, including watches, satchels, and medieval-style souvenirs. Impress him with a book on his favourite period of history or find him a blue plaques plate to commemorate his favourite London personality, from Jimi Hendrix to Sir Alfred Hitchcock.

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Gifts for kids

Your child will be filled with excitement when they unwrap a history-inspired treasure. Dress the kids up in one of our historical costumes inspired by knights, royalty and even a mythological unicorn, then plan a visit to the sites where history happened.  

Our shop's newest gifts for children include our History Top Trumps Quiz with a Twist. You can also bring the family together on Christmas day with an English Heritage-themed boardgame like Monopoly, Guess Who and Cluedo.

Surprise the kids with an early Christmas adventure by booking the family tickets to our Enchanted Events. Watch history come to life in colourful illumination and see your favourite sites as you've never seen them before.

Find a family day out
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Gifts for Grandparents

Grandma and Grandpa can be tricky to buy for. But if you plan a visit to one of our sites, you'll be sure to put a smile on their faces. Visit our Inspire Me page for ideas to spend some quality time together and discover all sorts of suggestions from days out with dogs to mindful escapes.

For the green-fingered, we've got a beautiful collection of gardens within our care and you can find inspiration with our winter walks guide. Our shop also has a collection of heritage garden gifts to complete your present, too.

You can also let them explore history all year round with a gift of membership. Joint membership to more than 400 historic places for two seniors is £63 or just £5.25 per month.

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Gifts for your partner

Treat your special someone to a romantic weekend away at one of our Holiday Cottages. Wake up on the Isle of Wight to with exclusive access to the holiday estate of Queen Victoria, or spend the night in Peverell's Tower at Dover Castle which forms part of the original medieval walls. 

Each stay gives you and your partner free entry to all of our properties during as well as a welcome hamper and discounts for our shops and tearooms.

If you're thinking of a festive proposal, check out our five most romantic places.

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Gifts for your friends

Get your best friends together for a day out in London exploring the city's iconic blue plaques. Follow our app trail and see where your favourite film stars, musicians, philanthropists and scientists spent their time in London. Download the free app from our Apple App Store for iPhone or the Google Play Store for Android to find your favourite Londoner. Wrap up our book, The English Heritage Guide to London's Blue Plaques, so your friends can start researching.

For your thriller-loving friends, order a copy of Eight Ghosts, our new compilation of Ghost Stories. Writen by some of today's leading writers including Sarah Perry and Mark Haddon, the book has received critical acclaim across the country.

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A bottle of Secret Santa Ale

Gifts for 'Secret Santa'

Have you been asked to find a gift under £5 to contribute to your office 'Secret Santa'? We know this can be a tough one, but it doesn't get more perfect than our Secret Santa Beer. We've also produced a Winter Gold Ale and Nutcracker Ale for festive stocking fillers that won't break the bank at £3 each.

Not buying for a beer fan, what about a Gourmet Mulling Syrup or some Christmas Marmalade. Find more inspiration in our online Christmas shop.

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    Gift of Membership

    Wrap up 6,000 years of history for friends or family with the Gift of Membership this Christmas and enjoy days out together.

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    Get stocked up now with some Christmas essentials or buy the foodie in your family some mouth-watering treats. Browse our shop for a feast of festive inspiration.

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