Want to give off Big Gift Energy this festive season? Look no further.
We’ve wrapped up into one neat blog some of the best experiences out there that make ideal Christmas gifts for friends, family (and maybe even yourself).
So whilst there might be some people in your life that are impossible to buy for: whether that’s your mother, boyfriend, secret santa in the girl gang or even the in-laws (shiver). But we don’t think you can ever go wrong with a fun day out at one of our handpicked experiences.
Your loved ones can create their perfectly imperfect mug, bowl… or anything they fancy! At the end of this fun and relaxed class, they’ll get to take home their creations and also have the choice of getting them fired and glazed.
Top tip: don’t let your mum wear her favourite cashmere, it can get quite messy!
View on AVA Bake with a Legend On your marks...get set...bake! London, £££ There’s no better experience for a GBBO lover (and who isn't one?)
These fun, unique baking classes are with some of the nation’s favourite bakers. Your GBBO lover will be able to work alongside the likes of Howard Middleton, Kimberly Wilson, Andrew Smyth and their favourite ex Bakers for this intimate experience. They'll help create a favourite pudding as well as teach invaluable skills for your loved ones to continue using at home.
From perfect patisseries to decadent desserts, you’ll get hands-on in these unforgettable baking experiences (and now your mum can finally spend some time in the kitchen with Glenn Cosby!).
Complete with a glass of bubbly and a washer upper, you don’t need to bring along ingredients or equipment, just enthusiasm! So, on your marks...get set...bake! Check them out Unico’s Gelato Making Experience Become a gelato chef for the day! Notting Hill, £ We don’t know about you, but even though it’s pretty cold outside we’ve always got time for gelato!
Unico’s gelato experience is the perfect gift for your sweet-toothed friends. They’ll get hands on creating traditional gelato as well as an impressive gelato cake to take home!
The gelato chefs share the secrets to their authentic Bologna gelato recipe and the toppings and flavours are both delicious and endless. Your friends are in for a real treat with this sweet experience! (And we know we shouldn’t give to receive but this time just make sure they share their goodies with you!)
View on AVA Grid Escape Room It’s time to save humanity Blackfriars, ££ Get your girl gang something really different this year as you group together to attempt to complete this wacky immersive escape room ... whilst sipping on cocktails.
It’s a secret undercover operation (so leave Amelia at home) to operate Neosight’s AI tools whilst drinking sci-fi potions...
...But don’t let the cocktails go straight to your head… you have to #ActNormal and don’t give away your undercover operation to any one else as they may not be members of The Grid. Check Them Out Mimo’s Chef’s Table Fun for all the family Borough, £££ Why not go the extra mile this year and show up your brothers and sisters by treating the family to a sensational dinner at Mimo London?
This unique experience is something the whole family will enjoy as you get to watch expert chefs prepare and cook a beautiful tasting menu right in front of you. All you needs to do is sip on the accompanying wines and enjoy their delightful dishes.
The chefs are all big personalities and will add a different flavour to the evening by talking you through their dishes and sharing the inspiration behind their creatively designed menu!
You’ll certainly be in the good books with everyone after this Christmas pressie! View on AVA Yuuga Kemistri’s Vegan Cooking Class We said we had something for everyone! Marylebone, £££ Have you got a vegan friend who loves cooking? Or maybe mum and dad need to explore the veggie diet?
Then it was meant-to-bid on this experience as they‘ll be taught a range of recipes by a world-class vegan cookery teacher.
Full of tips, tricks and delicious plant-based food, the class involves creative and cleverly designed dishes to reduce those sugar cravings and make them fall in love with veggies all over again!
After working hard in the kitchen, Mum and Dad can then eat their creations as well as take home a load of yummy recipes to share with the rest of the family. View on AVA Luxury Grooming Package with the Well-Groomed Barber One for the men in your life Hackney, ££ We certainly have a treat for all the dads, grandads, boyfriends and brothers when the Well-Groomed Barber’s involved!
Your loved one will experience a couple of hours of luxury with this intimate one-on-one full male grooming package with Benjamin Goakes - the ex master barber for Dolce and Gabbana and lead barber of the Soho House group.
Treat them to a personalised consultation, inclusive of a haircut, beard trim or shave and a hot towel facial. It’s self-care at its finest and they can even have a cheeky beer or two to really relax! In fact, for the more discerning gentleman, Benjamin even keeps some whiskey stashed away to enjoy whilst he works his magic. View on AVA Kas and Ros' Jewellery Workshop The perfect present Bermondsey, ££ We know it can be difficult to buy someone else jewellery so why not let them create their own silver ring at one of Kas and Ros’ jewellery workshops?
The experts will guide your loved one through the process of ring making - the traditional goldsmith way - to create their very own ring.
And don’t worry, over the course of the evening they’ll be able to practice their newfound skills before crafting their final masterpiece.
This is a friendly, relaxed experience that we know your mum will love! Check them out The London Refinery’s Candle Masterclass Definitely worth a cheeky bid or two! Multiple London Locations, ££ Like most of our experiences, we think this gift is better when you can get involved too and what better way than to get creative with your bestie and take home a new goodie!
You’ll join the founder of The London Refinery, Lucy Heale, for this premium Candle Making workshop to create your very own aromatherapy, eco soy-wax candle to take home.
Learning how your sense of smell works and how fragrance affects your mood and emotions, you can choose your favourite scents and oils to infuse and make the candle of your dreams!
It’s natural, handmade and most importantly fun and that’s why we think this is the perfect gift experience! View on AVA Bustronome Dinner with a twist Embankment, £££ It’s not everyday you get a panoramic dining experience!
Hop onboard the Bus Restaurant and treat your partner to a luxurious dinner with a twist.
As you sip on Champagne and indulge in the finest 6-course dinner, you'll get to see London from an entirely new angle out of the giant panoramic windows on this specially renovated bus.
It’s a delightful way to enjoy food and wine whilst (re)visiting London’s iconic landscapes. Check them out