Christmas is getting closer, and it seems to you that all the interesting and original items have disappeared from the shops? The Christmas markets seem to be selling every year the same pillows with cherry pits or earrings with an ethnical touch, isn’t it? Lost in the excitement that distinguishes the last month of the year, we forget to look elsewhere and, escaping from the crowd, being able to find a really original present that can make feel good the person who receives it.

© The Peggy Guggenheim Collection

Il giardino di Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, primi anni ’70 • Ph. Ray Wilson. Courtesy of Peggy Guggenheim Collection Archives

For Christmas the Fondazione Peggy Guggenheim in Venice is suggesting to offer a Membership card (and for you there is a free entrance) to visit the Peggy Guggenheim collection, to enjoy a 12 months of unlimited access to the museum. The London National Portrait Gallery  applies discounts on its bestselling items, and remaining in the UK, the Victoria & Albert Museum offers Christmas cards inspired by its collection.

Also without ad hoc promotions, our favourite museum can happen to be the best place to complete our Christmas shopping: why not giving a Museumkaart that gives you free access to over 400 museums across the Netherlands and Belgium during a year? The Museumkaart includes such museums as the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, where you can turn yourself in an expert about Rembrandt; the Kunsthal in Rotterdam, hosted in Rem Koolhas magnificent building, and the Fotomuseum in Den Haag.

Back in Italy, you could give an entrance ticket for a guided tour at the Fondazione Achille Castiglioni, or make a donation. On the other hand, if you have a quite high budget and you want also to arrange your New Year’s plans, you can always rent an entire museum: the Leopold Museum in Vienna is only waiting for your call!

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Photo: Erik Smits

Amsterdam_rijksmuseum

Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, Militia Company of District II under the Command of Captain Frans Banninck Cocq, Known as the ‘Night Watch’, 1642. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. On loan from the City of Amsterdam

Johannes Vermeer, The Milkmaid, c. 1660. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Purchased with the support of the Vereniging Rembrandt

photo Jeroen Musch

photo Jeroen Musch