Buying presents is difficult. The reason I find it so difficult is because as adults, if we want something, we buy it. When it rocks around to December there isn’t really anything we necessarily want, and all I can think about is things I need. Toilet blocks and rubber gloves aren’t particularly exciting gifts, so I usually get stumped for ideas. I guess you could say this makes me pretty difficult to buy for. If I don’t know what I want, how on earth is anybody else going to know what I want?
This notion set me up to assume I’ll never be able to buy anybody a present they’ll be happy with because I figure whatever I buy them will end up in the charity shop. As a result, I usually end up buying people experiences or holidays. In my opinion, spending money on travel is the only purchase that makes you richer. People usually end up forgetting what they unwrapped but they never forget experiences, so I’m all over that.
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1. Charbonnel et Walker Chocolate Afternoon Tea for Two at the May Fair Hotel
For an award-winning afternoon tea with a twist look no further than this central London hot spot! The May Fair Hotel has taken the traditional British afternoon tea and added a delicious chocolate injection of flavour. Accompanying a delicious range of sandwiches will be such tempting treats as doughnuts with chocolate sauce, chocolate scones, tiramisu and flourless chocolate and orange cake, plus a tempting assortment of Charbonnel et Walker truffles, making this signature afternoon tea a sure hit for anyone with decadent tastes!
2. Hotel Chocolat’s Children’s Chocolate Workshop for Two
A chocolate workshop is a dream come true for any child with a sweet tooth. At Hotel Chocolat’s cocoa vaults your children can discover the enticing world of cocoa. A welcome drink will kick off the workshop alongside an introduction to the experience before the real fun begins! They’ll be able to get stuck into a memorable chocolate decorating session with the guidance of an expert. Once they’ve completed their mouth-watering masterpiece, they’ll package it up in a beautiful box, ready to take away and feast upon at home!
3. Thames Rockets Powerboating Experience for Two
Winner of England’s Family Friendly Attraction of the Year 2017, Thames Rockets guarantees an unforgettable day in the capital. Stepping aboard a light and high-speed powerboat, you will receive a unique experience that you will want to relive again and again. Taking you on an adventure down the river, you can sit and admire all the iconic attractions, from the Tate Modern to the London Eye and Canary Wharf. As you glide through the water, you will receive fascinating facts and commentary from your knowledgeable skipper.
4. Tree Top Adventure for Two Adults at Go Ape
Explore the canopy of some of the UK’s most beautiful woodland with this fun-packed Tree Top Adventure. You’ll be kitted out with a harness and briefed for safety before taking on an exhilarating range of obstacles, from adrenaline-fuelled zip wires and thrilling Tarzan swings to challenging crossings and tricky tunnels. Every Go Ape site has been thoughtfully situated in a stunning forest location – the ideal setting for an exciting day out you’ll never forget.
5. Feed The Big Cats By Hand at Paradise Wildlife Park
An animal enthusiast’s dream, this experience will have you getting very well acquainted with the lions and tigers at Paradise Wildlife Park, as you join them for feeding time! You will be safely behind the fence throughout while you hand feed them under the close watchful eye of the big cat handlers. Your voucher also includes entrance to the park, ,so take the full day to visit all the other animals and attractions.
6. Penguin Feeding Experience at Drusillas Zoo Park
Expect some unique characters, fantastic photo opportunities, and unforgettable memories from a Penguin encounter at Drusillas Zoo Park in East Sussex. On arrival, you will be greeted by a zookeeper who will take you to the Penguin enclosure and introduce you to these magnificent creatures. You’ll quickly see their individual personalities for yourself as you get up close to the Penguins and are allowed to feed them some tasty treats. Remember your camera, as there will be plenty of photo opportunities to capture this unique experience!
7. Vietnamese Street Food Class at The Jamie Oliver Cookery School
Step into a whole new world of bold, fresh flavours with this Vietnamese culinary expedition at The Jamie Oliver Cookery School. You’ll try your hand at such street food classics as beef pho, delicious prawn and vegetable summer rolls and pork balls sandwiched between baby gem leaves. This appetizing array of aromatic delights is topped off with a beautifully zingy dipping sauce that will bring your taste buds to life. Take a tantalizing taste of the Vietnamese streets back to your kitchen!
8. 3 Hour Artisan Cheese Making Class at The Smart School of Cookery
Have Edam good time learning the techniques needed to make a variety of different artisan cheeses. This 3-hour cheese making course will enable you to create delicious varieties from a selection including mozzarella, ricotta, paneer, goats cheese and soft cheese with chives and chilli. These gateway cheeses will
inevitably generate cravings for a greater buzz, so you’ll also learn the theory behind making hard cheese, as well as how to make bread from some of the by-products.
9. Three Course Meal with Prosecco and Show Tickets at Proud Embankment
It’s showtime! Enjoy a night of glitz and glamour at the Proud Embankment in London. Mark an important occasion in style with a delicious Pan-Asian three-course meal and dazzling cabaret show.
Celebrate and toast the occasion with a glass of prosecco and prepare to be amazed as the Proud Embankment hosts a variety of shows, from circus nights to classic burlesque.
When you imagine your night out, think Moulin-Rouge or Chicago style! Enjoy mid-air acrobatics, daring fire acts, cheeky strip teases and much more. The magnificent two-story building is located beneath Waterloo Bridge, close to the prominent West End of London.
10. Upper Circle Theatre Show and 3 Course Meal at a Contemporary London Restaurant
Enjoy a perfect evening in London’s West End with this theatre show plus a dining experience for two. Take your pick of hit theatrical favourites such as the terrifying Woman in Black or the enduring Wicked. From fine contemporary Mexican and Peruvian cuisine to classic British cuisine accompanied with wine, the dining options will also leave your spoilt for choice.
11. Blue Skies Helicopter Tour with Bubbly for Two
Take to the skies with a loved one during this breath-taking helicopter tour. The two of you will be able to marvel the magnificent countryside below as your pilot points out the local landmarks, all from the dizzying height of 1000 feet. There’ll be ample opportunities to take some wonderful photos, so don’t forget your camera! Afterwards you can reminisce on your experience and enjoy a glass of bubbly each while you compare who spotted the most landmarks.
12. Champagne Balloon Flight for Two
Swap the car for the most magical means of transport, a hot air balloon! You and a friend will reach a height of 2000 feet as you soar over a beautiful location of your choice in the early hours of the morning. Prepare to be amazed by the mesmerising sunrise, valleys, quaint villages and endless fields below. Then it’s up, up and away into the serene sky for an hour ride with a glass of champagne.
13. Spa Break with Dinner and Private Hot Tub at Three Horseshoes Country Inn
Head to the picturesque countryside of Staffordshire for a relaxing spa retreat designed to soothe your body and mind. You’ll be able to make full use of the Mill Wheel spa facilities during your stay and you’ll both enjoy a 25 minute Beach Hut treatment. If this taste of relaxation isn’t quite enough, you’ll receive 20% discount on any other spa treatments you wish to book during your stay, and you can also take a dip in your very own hot tub in your private garden! Your stay includes a delicious three course meal, as well as breakfast before you check out. You’ll leave feeling relaxed and thoroughly pampered.
14. Two Night Tree House Escape for Two
Find yourself elevated from the ground exposed to the majestic views of birds, greenery and trees. Take the stress out of camping and stay in a luxurious treehouse. The designer unit sleeps two adults and two under 16s, and has comfortable beds, vintage wooden furniture, edgy cushions, tea lights and lanterns. There is an ensuite composting toilet, so no stumbling around the woods in the dark looking for the loo! There are beaches nearby, and with the town of Machynlleth just a short drive away, you’re not stranded too far from civilisation if you run out of cornflakes… or beer!
15. Quad Bike Thrill
Whether you are a complete beginner or a seasoned quad biker, this fantastic experience will cater to your needs. Whichever course you choose, your dedicated instructor will greet you with an introduction to the vehicles. You’ll then get the chance to try the quad bikes in a more relaxed environment on the training course to hone your skills. It’s then out onto the more challenging circuit for a rally style session, as you pick up speed and put yourself to the test!
16. Supercar Thrill with Free High-Speed Passenger Ride
Feel the thrill of driving one of the biggest, loudest, fastest names in motoring with this incredible supercar experience. From a stunning Lamborghini Gallardo and a fierce Ferrari to a suave Aston Martin and a nippy Nissan GTR, you’ll be simply spoilt for choice. Following a thorough safety briefing, you’ll take to the tarmac for six adrenaline-fuelled miles in your chosen vehicle. With hundreds of horsepower in your hands, it’s a driving experience you’ll never forget!
17. One Night Spa Break with Dinner and Wine at Formby Hall Golf Resort and Spa
Formby Hall Golf Resort and Spa offers a wonderful setting for an overnight escape. It’s time to throw on a fluffy robe and enjoy a little slice of heaven as you revel in two blissful hours in the thermal suite, before taking advantage of unlimited use of the leisure facilities. Take relaxation to the next level with a soothing 25-minute treatment. In the evening, you and your loved one will be served a two-course gourmet meal, accompanied by a crisp glass of wine, and on the morning of your departure, you’ll be treated to a delicious breakfast.
18. Relaxation Spa Day with Lunch for Two at Whittlebury Hall
In need of a good catch-up with a friend? What better way to spend some together than with a gloriously relaxing spa day at a stylish hotel! Located in Northamptonshire, Whittlebury Hall will provide some much-needed pampering for the day, with full use of the leisure club – including the swimming pool, sauna, and steam room – and the amazing heat and ice experiences, designed to invigorate the body. From the ice cave to the aromatherapy crystal steam, your skin will be left soft, smooth and hydrated. What’s more, a sumptuous two-course buffet lunch is included.
19. 60 Minute Golf Lesson with a PGA Professional for Two
With a full 60 minutes with a PGA professional, you’ll have no problem making a hole in one! You and your guest will be able to gain expert advice from a professional with years of experience and skill. You’ll be able to dramatically improve your golfing technique as well as nurturing your natural skill at the game. Thanks to many brilliant locations across the UK and over 100 PGA professionals ready to teach you everything they know you’ll be completely spoilt for choice!
20. Indoor Surfing Experience for One
Want to feel the wind in your hair as you surf 20ft waves in dangerous shark-infested waters? No? Neither do we! Now you can enjoy the thrill of surfing in the safe and controlled environment of the FlowRider machine, located in Bedfordshire. Receive expert guidance from an experienced instructor as you jump onto a specially designed board that skims across the continuous four-inch wave. The edges are fully padded and the sea itself is made of a special soft membrane ride surface, which means no matter how many times you fall you’ll walk away without feeling sore! You’ll be part of a group of up to 12 and take it in turns to ride the wave.
21. Predator Adventures Seabreacher Experience for One
Strap in and hold tight for this whirlwind of a ride! Board the supercharged Seabreacher Watercraft at one of the world’s most extreme and revolutionary water sports! These incredibly unique semi-submersible vessels boast a 300HP engine, reaching speeds of up to 60mph on the water’s surface and can even dive below at up to 40mph! Not one for the faint hearted, you will leap, roll and dive, turning doughnuts and 90 degrees angle side rolls across the water, as your expert driver takes you on an adrenaline ride on the Thames.
22. Bungee Jump Experience
Call yourself an adrenaline junkie? Then get stuck into this amazing bungee jumping experience for one. Take a deep breath, close your eyes and take the leap of a lifetime as you fall towards the ground below. The jump may only take a matter of moments, but those memories that will last a good deal longer! You can even purchase a video or pictures of your experience so you can prove to your mates (and yourself!) that you really did it!