Christmas is looming and whilst there is still plenty of time to order a gift and see it delivered, there's also time to peruse the more alternative 'experiential' ideas that will win you Brownie points well into the New Year.
If you're looking for a seriously upmarket option, gifts that become 'memories of a lifetime' then this is the site for you. Whether it's a tutored tea tasting for two with the ‘Couturier of the tea world' - Sunday Times, Henrietta Lovell of The Rare Tea Company, a bespoke perfume experience with Floris of London, private dining at The Tower of London, a break in Amsterdam with a private tour of the Van Gogh Museum, well you get the gist.
INTO THE BLUE
Order by 21st December (or 22nd and request special delivery) to make it into the Christmas post with an experience that will surprise and delight, there's an endless array of choices on offer here, with a focus on the outdoors in the form of scuba diving, driving and waterspouts. That's not to say a bit of pampering isn't also catered for with spa days and the chance to create your own bespoke signature scent.
Formerly Wahanda, this brilliant site is well known for its myriad beauty offers, but did you know they also do spa vouchers? Don't overlook them for some incredible deals over the festive period - because nothing says I love you more than a day reclining in a bath robe.
COOKERY SCHOOL AT LITTLE PORTLAND STREET
For a great gift, why not surprise someone with a Cookery School e-voucher? Perfect for old and young alike, Cookery School at Little Portand Street has classes to suit all ages and abilities from baking, healthy eating, food for family and friends, gluten free, knife skills, regional cooking and more.
How about courses as a present? There's been a real sea change over the last few years with consumerism going down and learning going up. This company are the front runners when it comes to delivering up easy to digest yet decidedly expert tutorials on all manner of things from urban photography to learning the Ukulele.
CANOPY & STARS
Last but certainly not least, how about a gift card to the wild outdoors? Glamping, being at one with nature, what more could you ask for? There's two for one on selected deals at present and you can even club together as a group. A seriously alternative gift to bring in the new year under a constellation of stars.
Updated November 2017