A Waterstone's voucher just isn't going to cut it for the culturally savvy friends and family in your life.
You need to think creatively. And if you've not got the time, let us think for you.
Here's ELLE's edit of the best Christmas gifts around.
Words by Francesca DonovanMore
For the die-hard culture-seeker
Institute of Contemporary Art Membership (£30)
The ICA on Pall Mall is one of London's most respected contemporary arts hubs. With film screenings, art performances and international artists regularly exhibiting in one of the centre's spaces - as well as a fully loaded shop stacked with the latest zines - a membership would give this lucky recipient an annual access-all-areas pass.
For the music appreciator
Crosley Cruiser Turntable
John Lewis (£69.00 - £89.95)
We all know vinyl is back, so let's embrace the past and make like our parents with this three-speed turntable. Fans of analogue are sure to love this beautifully finished record player by Crosely.