Christmas gift guide: the best subscriptions

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Everyone needs more fun and colour in 2017
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Everyone needs more fun and colour in 2017.

Lucky Dip Club, from £6, luckydipclub.com
Various different subscription options available

Bringing much-needed colour, fun and positivity through the letterbox each month, Lucky Dip Club finds quirky ideas from independent artists and designers.

2018 could be their year of art
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2018 could be their year of art.

National Art Pass, £65 (double for £97), artfund.org

Free entry to more than 240 museums, galleries and historic houses across the UK, as well as 50% off entry to major exhibitions – all in one little card.

Home gym kit for fitness fans
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Home gym kit for fitness fans.

TRX equipment and year’s subscription, £179.95, trxtraining.co.uk

For anyone sporty looking to boost their core strength from the comfort of their own home, this is the best bit of kit going. It can be used anywhere, and all that’s needed is a door or hook from which to hang the TRX. Subscription includes many different video programmes.

Like the Wind, £32 a year, likethewindmagazine.com
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One of the best indy magazines.

Like the Wind, £32 a year, likethewindmagazine.com

A stunningly produced and illustrated magazine for runners, featuring original illustrations – and, of course, stories about running, all done by runners. Each issue is a mini work of art (and you can buy prints from the magazine at the online shop, too).

Sock it to them
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Sock it to ’em.

Sock Exchange, from £20, thelondonsockexchange.net

One pair of socks might be a boring Christmas gift, but a rolling subscription of fancy new ones is quite a different story. Some of them have pandas on them. What more could your lucky recipient desire?

Fancy a brew?
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Fancy a brew?

HonestBrew, from £48, honestbrew.co.uk

Small batch beers from around the world delivered to their door. The gift subscription comes with a pack of six and a glass to start them off, plus a voucher for the selected number of months.

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