The best Christmas presents that are 'experiences', not 'stuff'

Do we really need more THINGS this Christmas? Here, we round up the best Christmas presents that are 'experiences', not 'stuff', from contouring classes to spa days, highland adventures to Michelin star tasting menus. And zero Zorbing experiences, we promise.


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Make-up classes and spa breaks

With cosmetics courses for all levels and goals, from pro/advanced classes to one-to-one mentoring and tutorials, head to The Academy of Make-up to find the perfect gift experience for the beauty lover in your life. For something a little more relaxing, check out Treatwell to book group, couple or solo spa days and retreats; you'll be sure to give the gift of me-time.

Tasting menus and cooking classes

For the foodies out there, try Truly Experiences to get gift vouchers for experiences like ten course tasting menus at Michellin starred restaurants, panoramic dining, cinematic cuisine and live cooking classes.

Road trips and adventure tours

Got travel-obsessed friends and family? Discover Buy a Gift for guided tours, river cruises, and even safaris. Alternatively, you could create your own itinerary and take that special someone on a road trip for a true adventure.

Time tokens

My favourite experience gift to give of all is a 'time token'. I totally stole this idea from my Dad, who gives his Mum a time token every year because she'd rather have time with him than more stuff she doesn't need. Usually, these are handmade or handwritten, or you could get something nicely printed and personalised, and you can let the receiver know they can exchange the token for a day, weekend or even a whole week with you, dedicated to whatever they want to do. Puts a smile on their face every time.

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Ruth MacGilp is an Edinburgh based student and blogger. She's a activist for all things ethical in the fashion industry, as well as supporting the #shopsmall and #shoplocal movements through her work.
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