6 of the best UK experiences to give away this Christmas

We all have a lot of stuff these days, and frankly, no one wants or needs more clutter. But what we’ve all missed over the past couple of years is spending time with our loved ones.

So this Christmas, why not offer an experience and have a good time with your loved ones?

And, as an added bonus, you’ll have a lot less packaging to do. Plus, with nearly one in five Christmas gifts going to the landfill, you’ll also help reduce waste.

Here are some of our favorites:

Take to the skies

Strathaven Hotel, located approximately 20 miles south of central Glasgow, Scotland, may seem like your typical country house. However, in addition to serving the usual afternoon tea, they can also teach you how to fly.

So why not offer the adventurer of your life an unforgettable trip, with dinner, overnight, breakfast and a individual flying lessons. But don’t worry, the lesson is not with the hotel receptionist, all lessons are taught by an instructor approved by the UK Civil Aviation Authority.

During the lesson there is also a flight photoshoot, so don’t forget your camera.

Sit back, relax and… bathe in the wine?

AIRE Ancient baths, London is a sanctuary in the heart of Covent Garden. Based on the ancient bathing traditions of Roman, Greek and Ottoman civilizations in a restored historic building, AIRE offers something a little more than your usual spa day.

For a particularly remarkable gift, why not offer the Couple wine bath experience?

Guests are immersed together in an antioxidant-rich formulation made from tempranillo grapes in a 17th-century Venetian well bath. After bathing, couples can soothe their bodies with a 60-minute full body massage with grape seed oil, transporting the mind to a state of deep relaxation.

AIRE offers a gift system now, book later so the recipient can choose the perfect time for them. And don’t worry if your loved one isn’t in a relationship, they also offer an individual version of the Wine bath experience.

Back to nature

There is something very satisfying about going out and getting your hands dirty. Cotswolds hideouts have teamed up with Cotswold National Landscapes to offer two experiences and two courses to help us get back to nature.

Our choice is Experience the call of the wild forest. Bring out the lumberjack (or woman) in you and learn how to collect and chop firewood, make a campfire, and cook outdoors.

If you don’t know which experience to choose, you can buy a voucher and let your loved one choose instead.

To show creativity

Set in beautiful Loch Lomond and Trossach National Park in Scotland, a trip to Gartmore House is the perfect gift for the aspiring artist in your life.

The historic building has been transformed into an active vacation destination and offers everything from creative writing and vocal coaching to calligraphy, upholstery and stained glass.

If spending time indoors isn’t their thing, Gartmore also offers a range of outdoor activities, including archeology and drone photography.

Buy a voucher here.

Made a splash

It seems every man and his dog have bought a paddleboard in the past 18 months. But if you’re looking for a gift for someone who hasn’t tried it yet, why not treat them to a day exploring the Thames? Based in Marlow, Moose canoe rental also offers kayaks and canoes for half or full day adventures.

Gift vouchers are available here.

Take a little break

Located a few hundred meters from the beach, 5 * Seaham Hall in County Durham is the perfect destination for a taste of luxury.

The Georgian mansion is surrounded by 37 acres of land and was the setting for the poet Lord Byron’s wedding in 1815.

You can send your loved one to stay in one of Seaham’s six unique suites, some of which have their own wood-fired hot tubs. During their stay, they can spend the day at the spa or dine in the modern British dining room or the relaxed Pan-Asian restaurant.

Gift Certificates are available for restaurants, spa or stays.

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