Sometimes it’s really hard to buy gifts for people because they pretty much have everything they need and if they don’t – they buy it! That’s why I love sites like Buyagift, as you can buy people experiences rather than things! Here are a few of my favourite from the Buyagift site. I particularly like the sound of the top one, a Charbonnel et Walker afternoon tea – surely life does not get much better than that! I also fancy the Vietnamese Street Food Class at The Jamie Oliver Cookery School, I just think that would be such a lovely gift to receive! Anyway, read on for more lovely treats!
For an award-winning afternoon tea with a twist look no further than this central London hot spot! The May Fair Hotel has taken the traditional British afternoon tea and added a delicious chocolate injection of flavour. Accompanying a delicious range of sandwiches, will be such tempting treats as doughnuts with chocolate sauce, chocolate scones, tiramisu and flourless chocolate and orange cake, plus a tempting assortment of Charbonnel et Walker truffles, making this signature afternoon tea a sure hit for anyone with decadent tastes!
A chocolate workshop is a dream come true for any child with a sweet tooth. At Hotel Chocolat’s cocoa vaults your children can discover the enticing world of cocoa. A welcome drink will kick off the workshop alongside an introduction to the experience before the real fun begins! They’ll be able to get stuck into a memorable chocolate decorating session with the guidance of an expert. Once they’ve completed their mouth-watering masterpiece, they’ll package it up in a beautiful box, ready to take away and feast upon at home!
An animal enthusiasts dream, this experience will have you getting very well acquainted with the lions and tigers at Paradise Wildlife Park, as you join them for feeding time! You will be safely behind the fence throughout while you hand feed them under the close watchful eye of the big cat handlers. Your voucher also includes entrance to the park, ,so take the full day to visit all the other animals and attractions.
Expect some unique characters, fantastic photo opportunities and unforgettable memories from a Penguin encounter at Drusillas Zoo Park in East Sussex. On arrival you will be greeted by a zoo keeper who will take you to the Penguin enclosure and introduce you to these magnificent creatures. You’ll quickly see their individual personalities for yourself as you get up close to the Penguins and are allowed to feed them some tasty treats. Remember your camera, as there will be plenty of photo opportunities to capture this unique experience!
Step into a whole new world of bold, fresh flavours with this Vietnamese culinary expedition at The Jamie Oliver Cookery School. You’ll try your hand at such street food classics as beef pho, delicious prawn and vegetable summer rolls and pork balls sandwiched between baby gem leaves. This appetising array of aromatic delights is topped off with a beautifully zingy dipping sauce that will bring your taste buds to life. Take a tantalising taste of the Vietnamese streets back to your kitchen!
Have Edam good time learning the techniques needed to make a variety of different artisan cheeses. This 3-hour cheese making course will enable you to create delicious varieties from a selection including mozzarella, ricotta, paneer, goats cheese and soft cheese with chives and chilli. These gateway cheeses will
inevitably generate cravings for a greater buzz, so you’ll also learn the theory behind making hard cheese, as well as how to make bread from some of the by-products.
Swap the car for the most magical means of transport, a hot air balloon! You and a friend will reach a height of 2000 feet as you soar over a beautiful location of your choice in the early hours of the morning. Prepare to be amazed by the mesmerising sunrise, valleys, quaint villages and endless fields below. Then it’s up, up and away into the serene sky for an hour ride with a glass of champagne.
Head to the picturesque countryside of Staffordshire for a relaxing spa retreat designed to soothe your body and mind. You’ll be able to make full use of the Mill Wheel spa facilities during your stay and you’ll both enjoy a 25 minute Beach Hut treatment. If this taste of relaxation isn’t quite enough, you’ll receive 20% discount on any other spa treatments you wish to book during your stay, and you can also take a dip in your very own hot tub in your private garden! Your stay includes a delicious three course meal, as well as breakfast before you check out. You’ll leave feeling relaxed and thoroughly pampered.
Find yourself elevated from the ground exposed to the majestic views of birds, greenery and trees. Take the stress out of camping and stay in a luxurious treehouse. The designer unit sleeps two adults and two under 16s, and has comfortable beds, vintage wooden furniture, edgy cushions, tea lights and lanterns. There is an ensuite composting toilet, so no stumbling around the woods in the dark looking for the loo! There are beaches nearby, and with the town of Machynlleth just a short drive away, you’re not stranded too far from civilisation if you run out of cornflakes… or beer!
Formby Hall Golf Resort and Spa offers a wonderful setting for an overnight escape. It’s time to throw on a fluffy robe and enjoy a little slice of heaven as you revel in two blissful hours in the thermal suite, before taking advantage of unlimited use of the leisure facilities. Take relaxation to the next level with a soothing 25 minute treatment. In the evening, you and your loved one will be served a two course gourmet meal, accompanied by a crisp glass of wine, and on the morning of your departure you’ll be treated to a delicious breakfast.
In need of a good catch-up with a friend? What better way to spend some together than with a gloriously relaxing spa day at a stylish hotel! Located in Northamptonshire, Whittlebury Hall will provide some much-needed pampering for the day, with full use of the leisure club – including the swimming pool, sauna and steam room – and the amazing heat and ice experiences, designed to invigorate the body. From the ice cave to the aromatherapy crystal steam, your skin will be left soft, smooth and hydrated. What’s more, a sumptuous two-course buffet lunch is included.
This post was written in collaboration with Buyagift.