The festive season is upon us and, thankfully, Black Friday is now a distant memory. If you are still stuck for original Christmas gift ideas that won’t make your loved ones yawn, then we have some top experience gift ideas for you. If you buy them an experience, not only will they smile at Christmas - they'll enjoy something entirely new, and it will all be down to YOU.
1. All aboard - Cruising like Tom Cruise (before he became a cult psycho)
This is a great Christmas gift for any women in your life that love a good cocktail. Not only will they get to enjoy the highlights of London on a canal boat of the River Lea, they also get to sip on their favourite tipple. The bar is open throughout the two-and-half-hour cruise and there is a tasty menu to delve into. Design My Night offer two voucher options from £20.
2. A Fawlty Towers dining experience - Basil!
If you are buying Christmas presents for your parents or older siblings, then this could be a great option. One of those gifts that they never would have considered buying themselves, but an experience they will never forget. They will be immersed in the world of Fawlty Towers at The Torquay Street Theatre, where dinner and internationally-acclaimed theatre combine. You never know, they may even have a Waldorf salad. But whatever you do - don’t mention the war (we did once, but we think we got away with it)! This voucher from Virgin Experience Days buys you a meal for two for £138.
3. Aerobatic stunt flying experience
Whether you know your mate will love it or just want to have a laugh at their expense, this is a real whopper of a present. After a comprehensive briefing, they will board the plane and experience rolls, loops and stall turns. There is even an opportunity to take the controls. This Red Letter Days voucher will get them a 30-minute stunt flying experience for £150.
4. Gamers paradise in a London pub
If your friends or family love gaming and pubs, then The Four Thieves in South London will blow their minds. Not only do they have not one, but two of our escape rooms available for groups up to six; they also have a retro arcade, mini golf, virtual reality installation and an RC racetrack. Couple that with a plentiful bar and tasty menu, and you could all make a night of it as a family. All of the games are affordable, including escape games from just £19 per person.
5. A dream date for Arsenal football fans
If you are tired of buying the same old football token gifts for your Dad or want to drag your other half into your own idea of heaven; you can get an Emirates Stadium tour with a meal and wine for two. In addition to a tasty meal, you will get a look behind the scenes of the famous Arsenal FC, one of the world’s most impressive and renowned sporting arenas, all for just £59.
Collect new memories for 2017
There you have it. There is no need to get the same old stocking fillers and scramble around for random gadgets. There really is so much more to life than stuff; buy your friends or family some experience this year.