Sometimes it’s just too hard to find a present for someone who seems to have everything they want already, so a great solution is to give them something we could all use more of: fun activities and happy memories!
It’s not necessary to jet off to another country to experience something new, either, because across the UK there are many fantastic day trips and weekend getaways that could make for great gifts, whether it’s a birthday, anniversary or any other special occasion.
Head to a shopping village
If you think your friend or loved one would enjoy picking out their own gift, combining that experience with a trip to somewhere new could be the ideal solution. Bicester Village is one of the best of these locations in the country, with a huge range of discount designer shops (plus food outlets so you can refuel and extend the trip).
Relax with a spa weekend
An alternative to a fast-paced shopping spree could be more suited to someone who needs some personal time to relax. If you want something a little different to the usual spa experience, you’ll find various unusual treatments on offer at the Turkish Baths & Health Spa in Harrogate, one of the most impressive spas in the UK.
Stay at The Chocolate Hotel
Located in Bournemouth is one of the UK’s most desirable boutique hotels. This trendy, confectionery-themed destination is perfect for chocolate lovers, who can learn the perfect wines to pair with different chocolates during their stay, as well as tucking into plenty of complimentary treats.
Get them a historical society membership
If you know the person you’re buying for has a keen interest in historical sites, but you’re not sure where they’d most like to visit next, why not get them a membership with either the National Trust or English Heritage? Between the two, almost all of the best buildings and sites in the country are covered, so they’ll be able to enjoy free or discounted entry to countless attractions in the coming year.
Professional cooking classes
If your friend or family member is interested in cooking, professional lessons in a commercial kitchen setting could be a fantastic experience. Many top restaurants in London (and increasingly across the country) are now offering these sessions as a bonus for fans of their food. Several celebrity chef-owned establishments are doing the same, so you might be able to tie in your gift with their favourite TV cook.