The best experience day gifts, Christmas presents and gift vouchers for 2018

Give them a memory that will last forever...

best experience day gifts

Give them a memory that will last forever...

Let’s face it; sometimes unwrapping socks or a new jumper simply doesn’t cut it. Sometimes you need to take it up a notch and give your loved ones an experience they will never forget. We’re talking days out at the spa, season tickets for their favourite sports team, passes for an exhibition or the most amazing facial of their life. Whether they’re all about that indulgent life or are film buffs, we’ve rounded up the very best experience day gifts, Christmas presents and gift vouchers. You’re welcome.

Lanesborough Spa day

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This is just as much for you as it is for them. There’s little better than a day spent being pampered at the spa. Visit the spa VIP double treatment suite where relaxation is just momentarily away. You’ll enter a Mud Chamber for a Rasul Mud Bath followed by a side-by-side Back Massage. Have a spot of lunch, with a glass of champagne (you’ve deserved it) before having a signature mani/pedi to finish off the day. Total bliss.

Time for Two (approx. 5/6 hours) at The Lanesborough Spa, £580 for two people.

Six Nations Experience

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For Rugby fans, why not a trip to the new East Stand at Twickenham Stadium to enjoy the ultimate Six Nations match day experience.

Prices from £399 per person.

Su-Man Chi Flow contour facial

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Su-Man is legendary on the facial scene and quite frankly, one of the best facials in London. This incredibly special facial is based on the traditional Chinese medicine healing art form Gua Sha, or skin scraping technique.

Using various strokes and friction techniques to softens muscular tension and stress to reveal a more calm, balanced and glowing complexion. Deep cleansing with steam , extraction , exfoliate and Gua Sha massage followed by nourishing mask.

Su-Man Chi Flow Contour Facial, £220 for 60 minutes

i-escape travel voucher

If, like us, your dream prezzie isn’t as tangible as your traditional under-the-tree gift, favouring instead something a little bit different, a little bit exotic and something uniquely personal, the new i-escape gift voucher from the boutique accommodation gurus is going to be right up your street. Choose *any* amount up to £10,000 (you can club together with your family & friends to up the amount), the lucky recipient can then choose their dream i-escape trip that’s bespoke to them - from boutique city hotels to cheap chic seaside B&Bs, as well as eco-retreats, safari lodges and spa hotels. If you want to stay closer to home, the site also includes over 120 small hotels right here in the UK.

Simply choose the voucher amount, write your personalised message to accompany the exclusive printed card (yes, even the voucher is cool) and give the most epic escapist gift this Christmas…

Buy your voucher here

Ex Nihilo Personalisation Service

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The one for fragrance lovers. For a truly unforgettable experience, take a trip to the Ex Nihilo space in Harrods Salon De Parfum, where you can add several ingredients to their luxurious fragrances to make for a captivating blend that is just for you.

Prices from £240

British Library membership

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The membership entitles you to a number of benefits including: unlimited Library access, free entry to fun events & exhibitions, priority booking for events, 20% off public restaurants and shops, entry to the Members’ Room and more.

British Library Memner Gift Pack, £87 (or £127 for a joint membership)

Wembley Inner Circle

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Club Wembley membership, the ultimate viewing experience at the home of England football, Wembley Stadium. Not to mention includes priority access to other sporting events and the best music entertainment at Wembley Stadium. There’s even easy access on busy match days with a complimentary train service dropping members right at the stadium.

Inner Circle membership starts from £2,148

Aldwyn & Sons pedicure...for him

Aldwyn & Sons, pedicure

Is this one of the best experience day gifts for him? Because pedi’s aren’t just a women’s issue, we’re backing the UK’s first and only Gentleman’s pedicure room, Aldwyn & Sons for the ultimate Christmas foot treat for the man in your life. The ‘speakeasy’ style room is housed in the back of Sharps Barber & Shop on 9 Windmill Street, Fitzrovia, and is a thankfully laid back affair, operating with a no foot judgement policy. For a pedi first timer, gift them The Modern Footman voucher, £50 for 45 minutes, which will sort out their nails and cuticles, including foot filing, exfoliation and moisturising followed by a foot massage.

Seriously, buy them one. Their feet will thank you for it.

Aldwyn & Sons, The Modern Footman £50 for 45 minutes.

Barbican Membership

BARBICAN-MEMBERSHIP, Best Experience Day Gifts

Not only do you get free art gallery entry, you’ll also receive 20% off cinema tickets and discounts across the Barbican programme. Where do we sign up?

Barbican Membership, £59 per year

Cineworld Experience

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This handy little box contains vouchers for 2 cinema tickets as well as drinks, popcorn and snacks.

Cineworld Christmas Gift Box for 2, £25

The London Helicopter Company

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For unforgettable festive sightseeing and easily one of the best experience day gifts, send them on an aerial tour over London's famous skyline courtesy of The London Helicopter company.

The London Helicopter Tours from £200

Margaret Dabbs Medical Pedicure

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Give feet a new lease of live with the ultimate pedicure by way of Margaret Dabbs.

Margaret Dabbs Medcal Pedicure, from £85

Lee Valley VeloPark, Track Taster Day

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The fastest track in the world is not just for champions, cycling fans can follow in the tyre tracks of Sir Chris Hoy and Mark Cavendish by cycling the same velodrome track made famous during the London 2012 Olympic Games. Perfect for cycling enthusiasts and beginners alike, during this action packed, one-hour session cyclists will be coached in the use of a fixed wheel bike and the basic skills required to safely navigate the same track made famous in the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Lee Valley VeloPark, Track Taster Day, £45

Grande Baia Resort, Monte Petrosu Trip

A well deserved break is what is needed at this time of year, and with the Mediterranean shrubs surrounding the sandy bay, the village of Monte Petrosu insures exactly that. So why not send them off to relax and meditate in the heart of Italy.

Grande Baia Resort, Monte Petrosu Trip, from £560


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