Gift Guide: Experience the gift ~ Christmas ideas

Experience the gift, whatever do I mean! Well it’s simple, most of us are used to giving gloves, socks, Christmas jumpers and the lot. Nothing wrong with that but sometimes it’s best to give the special someone chance to experience the gift. An experience gift I want to give my dad which is either golfing or seeing UB40 in concert.

I have fonder childhood memories of going golfing and playing chess whilst listening to UB40 with my dad. These are the two memories I would love to give to him as they mean a lot to me. I know daddy would love to drive a fast car and I have been searching for a good deal with Virgin experiences and Red letter days.

Along the way I also become my mummies baby again and she backs me 💯 percent in my choices. She taught me everything I know, they say you get your brains from your mother I certainly did. Not that I didn’t get brains from my dad. I have realised I can cope with so many things because of the strength I have seen in my mother. I always thought I am her daughter if she can do it so can I. For my mother I would love to give her a spa day or a cooking class. The only problem is trying to get her to sit down and do nothing whilst everyone does it all.

My siblings have a special place in my heart that it hurts me so much when they are sad. When they cry I cry too but we are all the first ones to pick a fight with each other. That’s family for you, they are your first friends and first enemies. They say it’s the thing you feed the most (friendship or enemy) that goes strong. I know I feed the friendship monster with my family and friends.

For my brother since his a parent and husband, I got them a £75 virgin experience gift card to choose what they wanted to do. They went as a couple for a chocolate making day which obviously was the best choice ever for both of them.

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My sister is a different and difficult one to give a chance to experience the gift. But I think for her the perfect gift would be a Beauty Advent Calendar as she is everything beauty. I have taken her on a staycation getaway to Brighton with Trvelodge and she loved it. She loves spending time together but as I said, your family are your first friends and enemies. My sister has the knack to prick me at my sensitive moods so we always end up arguing about something but then laughing about it later.



To my beautiful nephew I would like to create so many opportunities to experience a gift but I am clueless on what’s there for kids. When you’re a parent you’re more attuned to things available for kids. I have next to no clue apart from visiting the zoo, Disneyland and maybe nature walks as my nephew loves to walk.

For my sister-in-law the chance to experience the gift would come in a form of spa day. Or spa day with a hotel stay or afternoon tea or pampering day at home. I know there are many options I can choose from for her but 99% of the time she would love a spa day.

Giving someone a gift does not need to be limited to buying clothes, personalizing favourite items but also a chance to experience  the gift of a life time. I would love to go on London cruise of the Thames or a flying experience over coast.

If you were to give someone a chance to experience the gift, what would it be? If you were to receive and experience day gift what would it be? 


  • Exactly an experience is the best

  • Haha my sister would so join you for afternoon tea in London

  • Thank you so much Ola I appreciate you saying that that’s so sweet of you

  • I would absolutely love a gift experience. I think it’s the perfect idea. We all have far too many things. Memories and experiences are so much better. x

    • Memories and experiences are much better indeed

  • CourtneyLynne Storms

    Omg love thIs!!! I’m all about experiences over things as well

  • Valerie CottageMakingMommy

    I love the gift of experiences too. We started doing this with some of the kids we fostered because we felt they had too much stuff.

    • Awww that’s sweet and I am sure they loved and appreciated that

  • I love the gift of experiences. So often they are more valuable than an item.

    • Absolutely I think they are always a winner

  • Evelina

    This is definitely my favourite type of present. I usually go for spa days or theater tickets

    • Spa days would be welcome

  • Ana Ojha

    I wish if I’d be a millionaire and could give a Travel gift getaways to all my loved ones but right now, I’m planning to give my loved ones an experience of a Paint and drink session!

    • That’s still an awesome experience gift I think

  • kerry norris

    Looks like they have a lot on offer. Hubby and I always get each other experience presents rather than an actual gift. X

    • That’s very sweet I am embracing experience gifts more than tangible presents

  • I love the idea of ‘experience gifts’. I’d love to go paintballing!

    • I have not done paint balling in forever and would love to again

  • Beautyqueenuk

    I feel like I could do with a Spa day right now, I am just absolutely shattered x

    • I have been searching for one myself too

  • Kara

    I have bought hubby a paragliding lesson as he is a bit of a daredevil, I would love to fly in a Chinook helicopter! (I don’t think they offer that but it would be cool if they did)

    • Paragliding!! Oh wow that’s crazy

  • Karen Gough

    These sort of presents sound great. I’ve got my girl something in a similar way, when I got their teddies for build a bear I also got them vouchers each because the were on offer so for their birthday they can go and experience making their own teddy

    • Awww that’s so sweet Karen I am sure they will love that

  • Jenni Grainger

    I would love a spa day or even just a hotel room by myself for a day to catch up on sleep haha x

    • Hahaha I can imagine

  • T-Nicole Johnson

    I love this idea. I would love a gift experience to the spa or a vacation.

    • A spa is #1 as vacations I do them all the time lol

  • Sheila

    Actually, we do gift experiences quite often and Groupon is a great place to get a great deal on a gift experience. My husband loves to cook so this year as a present I have hired a chef to come into our home and demonstrate some cooking techniques along with cooking a fabulous meal for the two of us. For my daughter, she loves adventure so I have purchased her a backpack, poles and hiking gear so we can spend time hiking all the trails which are so close to our home.

    • Oh wow how lovely is that a chef to come home? So cool

  • Divya @ Eat. Teach. Blog.

    My husband and I decided that we wouldn’t be buying each other gifts this year and pocket away that money for a trip in the near future! 🙂 I love the idea of experiences over tangible items.

    • That’s a lovely idea I would love to do that too with my spouce

  • Five Little Doves

    I love gift experiences! Such a lovely idea and the perfect present for someone special!

    • Thanks and me too, experience gifts are the best

  • Patricia Conte

    What lovely sentiments and gifts to give! Love the idea of the experience (and love your memory of listening to UB40 w/ your dad)! Have a happy holiday!

    • Thanks Patricia, one of my best childhood memories, hope to really book something for dad and me

  • We love these ideas for gift experiences too. It’s basically all we ever give to each other for holidays and birthdays. Stuff is cool, but experiences can change who you are.

    • Oh absolutely and couldnt agree more, experiences can change you and stay with you for a lifestyle, things can get lost of worn out

  • I love these ideas, a cruise would be perfect for my friend. For me I always love a good spa experience!

  • I would love a gift experience. Maybe something like a hot balloon trip I think that would be really unique!

    • That would be unique indeed, I have considered it before but my fear of heights seems to speak before me

  • I love all these ideas. A spa would be a wonderful gift. I would love to go on a cruise as well!

    • Thanks Amber me too

  • Briana Marie

    Such an eye-opening post. I think the gift experience is super important! I would love to go on a Caribbean cruise!

    • You and me both and thanks so much

  • Lisa

    Gift experiences are great presents. We got one for a Marco Pierre White steak restaurant in Chelsea and it was fantastic.

    • Oh wow I would love to visit that place, glad it was fantastic for you guys.

  • I’m arranging for my aunt and uncle to go on a gin experience at a nearby distillery!

    • Oh wow I am sure they will love that especially if they are gin lovers

  • Imaobong Asuquo

    For me, probably to travel.
    I can’t wait to see a lot of beautiful places.
    Great post, it made a lot of sense to me.
    And most importantly, the holiday should be centered on showing love in the little ways too.

    • I would love to send my parents and me somewhere but will see. And yes it is important to show our love during these festive season just ike we do all year round