Holiday Gift Guide: Gift Ideas for the culture guy who’s too cool to be smart-shamed 2
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Holiday Gift Guide: Gift Ideas for the culture guy who’s too cool to be smart-shamed

What to get the well-traveled, well-read and well-bred man for Christmas
Mookie Katigbak-Lacuesta | Nov 11 2018

Christmas doesn’t have to be (just) a material wonderseason—though between the gift baskets, the ham, the cheese, the gadgets, and the toys, the material realm brings its own set of complete satisfactions, however short-lived. But what do you get a well-travelled, well-read and well-bred man for the holidays—someone who prefers those good-for-the-soul offerings which might be harder to come by than the store-bought gifts that embrace Christmas trees all over the world.

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Subscription to the New Yorker. The true culture guy’s glossy, the New Yorker is a lush mix of reportage, commentary, literature, and includes a New York culture calendar.

    

Ticket to See the Phantom of the Opera. Who doesn’t love Andrew Lloyd Webber’s half-masked maestro? The phantom makes an appearance at The Theater in Solaire in February 2019. Get your tickets at Ticketworld before they run out.

    

Denon Dp-300 F Turntable. This fully-automatic, fully-affordable turntable makes your favorite Christmas LPS available at the push of a button. Time to bring out the Vince Guaraldi Trio.

    

Subscription to Curzon Home Cinema Via VPN. This on-demand streaming service allows you to watch indie movies on the same day they’re released in cinemas.

    

Chair by Phaidon. This hard-bound book deserves a place in your coffee table because it details the evolution of that most basic bottom rest, the chair (you’ll need more of them when your in-laws come to visit, hooray).

    

The Complete Criterion Collection on Blu-Ray. This collection features the work of cinema’s heavyweights both in contemporary and classic cinema. You say goodbye, I say Truffaut.

    

A ticket to the 2019 Venice Biennale. Known as the Art Olympics, the Venice Biennale takes place from May to November 2019. Tickets aren’t available yet so drop your guy a promissory note and spring for airline tickets which promise to be cheaper because you’re getting them way in advance.

    

A tour of the secret Vatican Archives. Was there Church support for Mussolini’s fascist party? Hitler’s anti-semitic pogroms? Only the secret Vatican Archives know. Documents from monarchs and martyrs, papal bulls, as well as great presidents can be found here. Plane tickets not included.