What do you get the person who has everything? Something invaluable, of course. And that means time with and family via an 'experience' gift. And this means your loved ones will have something exciting to look forward to after all the fun of the is over. Whether it's candle-making or strolling through Peckham and tasting the latest veggie pop-ups, we've got you covered.
Learn how to sketch with Sketchout’s ‘The Fundamentals of Drawing’ in the stunning Victoria & Albert Museum.
Prices start from £99.
Calling all magazine/print/words lovers - this gift is absolutely for you. Stack picks the 'best independent magazines' and delivers them straight to your door. Start your gift subscription from 23 November and you'll get a free mag of choice.
Prices start at £20 per quarter or £70 per year.
If you're an adrenaline junkie, this 2000 metre zip wire in North Wales will be perfect. Thrills and unforgettable panoramas? Look no further.
From £100 (for two people).
Need a place to work that isn't Starbucks/an overpriced 'work space' of some sort? The British library is your answer. And their annual membership gives you unlimited library access, free entry to exhibitions as well as priority booking for events, 20% off public restaurants, cafes and shops, plus entry to the daytime Members’ Room and Knowledge Centre Bar. The best bit? You get all that for £80.
This ninety-minute class by Earl of East takes you through the basics. Smell the essential and botanic fragrance oils, crumble the wax, learn what it takes to perfect a fragrance and how to make your own 6 oz scented Soy wax candle which you can take home (but not on the day).
£45 per person.
This 'light butchery' class, from The Ginger Pig, gives you a hands-on lesson in meat and traditional butchery skills. For three and half hours you'll learn more about where your meat comes from, pick up a new skill and get the most from each cut. Afterwards there’s also a two course informal meal in Askew or Moxon, and a Borough Market produce feast in the Cathedral Street location. You also get to take home the joint you've butchered or sausages you've made.
Prices start from £155 (for poultry) and £165 (for beef, lamb, pork and sausage-making).
Pick from treasure hunts in Manchester Brighton, Manchester or York. Team players receive clues by text and with a variety of themes available at each location, there’ll be something to suit everyone.
From £15 per person.
Love booze? Got green fingers? Why not combine the two? On this workshop you'll learn how to design the little garden, the soil, the drainage, how to get your plants thriving, as well as aftercare and top tips to keep your plants healthy. After the demo is done, you’ll learn how to make your own. Everything you need will be provided on the day.
Prices start from £55.
Escape the room you're locked into through a series of games, locks, puzzles and generally roaming around looking for hidden doors/compartments in blood-stained walls. Pick from four rooms: Psychopath's Den is arguably the scariest, but there's also a Hangover-themed room, a kids’ spy game and Patient Zero 2150.
From £30 per person.
The perfect present for the person in your life who has everything. Whack as much (or as little) as on want on i-escape's new gift cards, and your loved one can stay at any of the properties in their collection. Pick from over 1,300 boutique hotels and off you go.
From £25 (and go up to £5000).
Walk through Peckham with food writer Naomi Knill, weaving in and out of local food institutions and new pop-ups, tasting as you go. Expect everything from fresh parathas to mouth watering homemade chocolate. For three hours you'll be lead through small local cafes, restaurants and independent businesses, learning about and meeting the chefs, plus expert advice. You'll also get to try a selection of delicious tasters (think Iranian mezzes to Caribbean ice-cream).
From £100 per person in a group, or £265 per person.
Take a tour of the night sky, spotting constellations of the northern hemisphere, and various deep sky objects such as the Orion Nebula. You'll be shown how to set up a telescope, use binoculars, navigate via star maps and then photograph some of the magnificent sights in the night sky.
From £55 per person.
Design your own garden in the sky and make the most of your rooftops and balconies. During the class you’ll learn how to plan, layout and plant with designer solutions. Draw a simple site plan to scale and create a beautiful mood board as a style guide for your choice of planting. You'll be creating at least one planting combination suitable for your site and brief.
From £135 per person.
Calling all whisky lovers. Join the and you'll be given access to a constant supply of one-off single cask, single malt whiskies, drawn straight from the barrel and bottled at natural strength (undiluted).
Prices start from £65, for the annual membership and renewal. There's also the special Christmas Pioneer Welcome Pack, which includes three 10cl sample bottles of Society whisky to get started, a £15 e-voucher, SMWS journal and a club lapel badge, for £130.
We all have moments in our life when we seem to be losing control, and while it is obvious that sleep is a good thing, it is often one thing that is most elusive during the dark hours. Calm is a meditation, sleep and wellness app, with over 33 million downloads to date.
One-year subscription to the app Calm, £36
Condiments just got a little bit more interesting thanks The Fermentarium. Make your own probiotic mustard, fermented salsa, lacto-fermented chutney or a cultured horseradish sauce.
This class is 3 hours for one person and happens once a month on Sunday in Walthamstow, east London. Suitable for beginners, and there are 10-12 people in a class.
£50 per person.
For your loved one that loves fitness, why not try BLOK's first-ever retreat? Hosted in a former cognac estate in Bordeaux, instructors from the London-based gym will guide you through a curated programme that will 'challenge, realign and restore' you. What this means in reality is a week of HIIT, strength, barre, yoga, running and meditation, plus workshops on more challenging poses and technical movement. All meals (and protein shakes) are included.
Prices start from £1200 per person.
Drop them an email to register your interest, otherwise, bookings go live on 24th November at 11am.