The Greatest Experience Presents To Gift This Christmas
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The Greatest Experience Presents To Gift This Christmas

Sometimes you can't fit all the festivities into a box...

If you’re sick of scrolling and guessing sizes, here are our picks of one-size-fits all experience presents that anyone would be lucky enough to receive this Christmas. Gifting the chance to experience something special expresses an affection that knows no bounds of boxes and bows, plus its a great way to sneakily invite yourself along.

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Experience Presents For Christmas 2023

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The House of Colour strategy

House of Colour

Voucher, from £50

Feeling confident in what suits you is essential for anyone thinking of building a forever wardrobe of investment pieces. House of Colour offers bespoke style and image consultations.

Pink macarons | Experience Christmas Presents

Cordon Bleu

Macaron Making Classes, from £250

The favoured snack of royals throughout history. Learn how to make
these perfect bites of delicate macaron at home – Cordon Bleu style.

Cooking lesson in kitchen | Experience Christmas Presents

Rick Stein

Two-day Cookery Residential, from £360

Everyone benefits when you gift that foodie friend a cookery crash course. After all, they’ll need someone to test those dishes on. Winner-winner, Cambodian marinated beef dinner.

Dog on beach

Headland Hotel

Hotel Stay, varying price points

For the friend who can’t bear to leave their pooch for a second, the Headland Hotel has it all: incredible Cornish dog walks, and endless doggy delights and treats (plus practical poo bags).

Close up of person playing guitar

London Guitar Institute

Set Of Five 60-Minute Lessons, £300

Transform their guitar playing – whether they’re a total beginner or a budding Jimi Hendrix (or wannabe Daisy Jones).

Woman pulling sled in snow | Experience Christmas Presents


Polar Skills Trip, £6,995

Calling intrepid women: Shackleton’s all-female polar skills trip prepares them for sub-zero adventures, before plunging them into snowy Norway for six days of heart-pounding ski-tours and skill building.

Sailboat Sailing on Water Near Island

Royal Yacht Association

Sailing Lessons (All Levels)

Encourage them to take a break from their latest business machinations, and learn how to navigate choppy waters for real with sailing lessons from the Royal Yacht Association.

Man playing immersive football | Experience Christmas Presents

TOCA Social

Immersive Football, from £60

Test your toe punts and volleys with London’s immersive football experience, TOCA Social. Just remember not to cave under the pressure of a penalty shootout.

Close up of someone's hands wearing a ring


Trade-In Vouchers

Create a really special gift by sending your unloved antique gold (or other metals) to Lylie, the Belgravia-based jeweller who will recycle it for you, and convert the value into a voucher for her beautiful designs.

Woman running on treadmill | Experience Christmas Presents

Hooke London

Screenings, from £7,500

Hooke London offers a new approach to healthcare, with full-body screenings by experts that prioritise early detection, and proactively address and prevent conditions for optimal health.

The Royal Opera House interior

The Royal Opera House

Madama Butterfly Tickets, various price points (on sale 11 January)

Take inspiration from The White Lotus, and give them a night to remember at the Royal Opera House for its 2024 production of Madama Butterfly – without the series’ murderous finale, of course.

EJ Churchill Clay Shoot Wormsley Estate

E.J. Churchill

Shooting Lessons, from £105

Make like the cowboys of Montana, and learn how to shoot like a pro with E.J. Churchill. With grounds in Buckinghamshire and North Yorkshire, they’ll be a sharp shooter in no time.

Featured image: Rodion Kutsaiev, Unsplash