In a world where we seem to have everything, choosing a Christmas gift can be a challenge. Rather than choosing something material, why not treat them to an experience gift they’ll never forget? We’ve picked out activities and days out for mum, dad and the kids, as well as some experiences all the family can enjoy together.
Best For Mum
An overnight escape
Indulge in an overnight break for two at Alexander House Hotel. With 120-acre surroundings, the West Sussex escape offers a luxurious spa experience, swimming pool, hot tub, as well as an elegant dining experience at its award-winning restaurant. After dinner, toast the evening at their 1608 Champagne Bar.
A 5-course tasting menu and champagne lunch
Enjoy a lengthy afternoon of eating and drinking at London’s Pied à Terre. Chef Asimakis Chaniotis will cook up five courses which will be served with impeccable service at the Michelin-starred restaurant. Receive a champagne welcome on arrival and indulge in an unforgettable dining experience.
Afternoon tea at Harrods
Whether you’re on a weekend break in the capital or looking for a special treat in the city, Harrods’ afternoon tea is a delicious indulgence. Tuck into a selection of savoury and sweet delights, including finger sandwiches, fruity pastries, freshly baked scones and a selection of teas.
Best For Dad
The Bear Grylls adventure experience
Does he have the courage and nerve to take on the Bear Grylls Adventure? Take on basecamp challenges to test physical ability, problem-solving skills, and mental grit. With no half measure permitted, the two of you will have to break out of the escape room, escape the survival maze, take on the assault course and hit the targets in archery training.
Triple supercar high speed rides
Does he have a need for speed? Give him the chance to take three supercars for a spin and enjoy six heart-thumping miles in each of each. The line-up to choose from includes classic American muscle supercars, such as the Nissan GTR, the Lamborghini Gallardo and a Ferrari favourite. Start with an introduction and safety briefing, the prepare to put the pedal to the metal.
A helicopter ride over London
Who could ever turn down this awesome experience? See the city like never before as you weave around the rooftops and fly over historic landmarks, including The Houses of Parliament, the Tower of London, and St Paul’s Cathedral. For around 30 minutes, you’ll enjoy a seeing the city from a completely different angle and discover corners of London you’ve never seen before.
Best For The Kids
An annual pass to KidZania
Looking for something that they won’t lose interest in a week or so after Christmas? An annual pass to Westfield’s Kidzania is just the ticket. The indoor city for kids offers a mix of reality and entertainment for 4-14 year olds. Children are able to explore the world on a small scale and fulfil their dreams of becoming a pilot, dancer or fire-fighter in imaginative ‘real-life’ activities.
Meet the piggies
Get up close with four little Kune Kune pigs at their home in the Brecon Beacons. The kids will love interacting with the pigs and asking questions to their owner. Afterwards they’ll be tea and cakes with stunning views of the Senni Valley. It’s an brilliant experience for any animal lover!
A sushi masterclass with a master chef
Let them get hands-on in the kitchen with this sushi master class. They’ll learn all the top secret skills in the art of sushi-making with a expert chef before making their very own Maki rolls. At the end, the children will be awarded a Nigiri Ninja certificate to show off their new-found skills. Parents can enjoy complimentary tea and coffee, while the class is taking place.
A VIP walk on the wild side animal encounter
Give them a wildlife experience they’ll never forget. As VIPs, you’ll have the chance to go behind the scenes at one of the UK’s top conservation centres and learn about the day-to-day life of a zoo keeper. After a guided tour, an zoo keep will introduce you to the VIAs (Very Important Animals) and you’ll meet bearded dragons, tenrecs, hedgehogs and pygmies.
Best for all the family
A view from London’s shard
Every Londoner has to experience the magic of the Shard at some point. Take your family 800ft into the air and see the city from London’s highest observation deck. At the top, you’ll have 360-degree panoramic view of the capital and beyond. There is also no limit on viewing time! This is a treat that will impress children and grandparents alike and the perfect chance to capture the ultimate family selfie.
A day at the circus
Book a circus experience for all the family! Circus Zyair showcases high-energy acts from around the world with an hour and a half of colourful action. See brilliant magicians, daredevils, acrobats and jugglers perform in a dazzling and eclectic show. It’s certainly a fun day out that everyone will enjoy.
A day out in Kew Gardens
Spend some time as a family in the beautiful surroundings of Kew Gardens. Learn about the world’s largest plant collection that is housed in the Royal Botanical Gardens, take in the beautiful woods and vistas, as don’t forget to visit the Palm House, filled with tropical plants from around the world. There are activities at Kew to keep all ages entertained.
Still not sure which experience day to opt for? Fortunately, you can now send a Smartbox, which allows your loved one to choose which experience they’d like to try. And there are absolutely thousands to choose from! Adventures for adrenaline junkies, including zip-lining and skydiving, pampering treatments for those in need of a break, dining experiences and afternoon tea treats and much more!