Only three more sleeps to go! Have you done all of your shopping and wrapping? I think I’m just about done with shopping, I just have the wrapping to do. Tomorrow I’m off to my mum’s to bring her back to Cheshire for Christmas. I’m hoping the traffic won’t be too bad – two and half hours each way is long enough at the best of times.
With Christmas Eve falling on a Sunday it means a lot of shops in the UK will operate under normal Sunday trading hours, particularly the big supermarkets. There’s nothing worse than having to make a mad dash to the shops on Christmas Eve to buy someone a present. In case you haven’t finished your shopping I’ve compiled some last minute Christmas gift ideas that you don’t have to leave the house for!
Rather than posting separate gender-specific gift guides I’ve chosen things that both men and women will enjoy. The bonus of buying experiences as gifts is that it gives the recipient something to look forward to long after the Christmas decorations have been packed away. For my husband’s 50th birthday a couple of months ago I bought him a flying lesson. He’s holding off until the weather is better to make the most of it, but he’s really excited about taking to the sky. Another option is a glider flight or a maybe a helicopter flight.
If you’re not sure what kind of experience that special someone would prefer you can buy them a Virgin Experience Day, which covers a range of options, including: a 15-minute Tiger Moth flight and IWM Duxford entry, an aerobatic flight, extended falconry, extended microlight flight, meet the meerkats, ocean race yacht experience, a cookery course, Super Car Thrill & Passenger ride and ocean race yachting amongst other things.
For the ultimate adrenalin rush you can buy a ride on a Seabreacher. The unique watercrafts are a mixture of speedboats and submarines powered by a 260 hp supercharged engine. The thrust system mimics the tail articulation of real aquatic animals like the killer whale. Seabreachers can reach speeds of 60mph on the surface and 40mph underwater.
This extreme speed allows thrill-seekers to fly out of the water like a rocket and reach heights of up to 18 feet above the surface. The Seabreachers can also dive six feet below the surface. Predator Adventures is launching from Royal Victoria Dock in Central London in February but they are taking bookings now. It’s the first of its kind in the UK, and I might just be having a go…if I’m brave enough! I’ll keep you posted 😉
If a thill-seeking experience isn’t what you’re looking for a magazine or beauty box subscription might be the ideal gift. Or maybe a night at the theatre with dinner, or a day of pampering at a spa? And not forgetting the kids (how could we?) there’s a subscription for them too. Trunkaroo send a different trunk full of arts, crafts and science experiments every month for little explorers to enjoy. All Trunkaroo projects are gender neutral and designed by experts to be both fun and educational. The trunks contain all the instructions, inspiration and materials for two projects plus a 12-page magazine full of science, puzzles and activities to extend the fun and learning.
With any of these last minute gift ideas, you don’t have to wait for the paperwork to arrive, you can drop a hint in your own unique way – perhaps a drawing in a Christmas card or a printout of the booking in a cracker!
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