Now that summer is out of the way and the weather is gradually getting colder, it’s time to start thinking about Christmas. 

Love it or loathe it, Christmas is a time for friends, festivities and, perhaps most importantly, food. It’s also a time where families gather to share stories and presents while seeing out the remainder of the year. 

However, if you’re struggling to come up with said present ideas, have no fear – we’re here to help. Rather than buying an expensive, physical present, why not think about purchasing a gift experience idea instead? 

Whether it be a certain skill somebody has mentioned wanting to learn, or a particular life experience you think they would enjoy, listed below are nine fantastic ideas to think about. 

Aroma Workshop.

If your friend or family member is a particular cologne or perfume fanatic, they would really be in their element at an aroma workshop. Not only would they be able to create and use their very own perfume, they’d also be able to learn the processes involved in its production, enabling them to go away and potentially design even better aromatic creations. 

Music Lessons. 

Turn your loved one into a rockstar by booking in a couple of music lessons. Simply buying somebody a new instrument is very easy but getting them to learn it is a whole different kettle of fish. By spending money on a few music lessons, you’ll ensure that the user will actually play it, rather than turning it into an expensive-looking ornament. 


If your friend or family member is an adrenaline junkie, or you simply like seeing them suffer, booking them a skydiving experience could be a great gift idea. Whether you decide to go all out and book them in for a real sky dive, or instead decide to go down the indoor route, whichever option you choose will provide them with a truly unforgettable experience. 

Rosetta Stone. 

Learning another language is a pipedream for a lot of people, so why not turn that into a reality for your loved one? Now, thanks to educational technology software from Rosetta Stone, making somebody bilingual has never been easier. What’s more, it could also come in very handy whenever you next decide to go away on holiday. 

Theatre Tickets. 

Who doesn’t love the theatre? Whether it be a comedian, play or musical, buying tickets to the theatre is one of the best gifts money can buy. Not only does it demonstrate that you know what your family or friend would enjoy seeing, but it also extends the Christmas festivities beyond Christmas Day itself. Plus, if you buy two tickets, there’s every chance they’ll take you a long with them. Win-win. 

Sports Tickets. 

While on the subject of tickets, there are several other options to think about instead of the theatre. If your friend or family member loves their sport, for example, why not treat them to a live game? Nothing beats the atmosphere and excitement of watching live action sports – whether that be football, basketball, tennis, wrestling, netball, or whatever. 


A lot of stress and anxiety can build up over the course of a year, so what better way is there to release that tension than through a relaxed spa day? Booking this experience for your loved one will leave them feeling nice and calm over the festive break, getting their body in tip-top condition for the new year around the corner. 

Driving Range. 

While on the theme of relieving stress, for many people, whacking golf ball after golf ball at a driving range can be highly therapeutic. This experience also helps to improve somebody’s game substantially, giving people the opportunity to practice their swing and develop their accuracy. If your friend or family member is a golf fanatic, booking in a driving range could be a great shout. 

Escape Room. 

If your friend or family member fancy themselves as a bit of a Sherlock Holmes, you can always put them to the test by organising a visit to a themed escape room. These can be found throughout the country and typically involve being trapped inside a room for a certain length of time, relying on various clues within the room to work out how to escape.  

Gift Token. 

If you still can’t decide what to get, why decide at all? Leave the choice up to them instead – buy a gift token for them to choose which activity they’d like to do most. However much you’re looking to spend, there will be a gift token to suit your budget, so you can feel rest assured that your money will be going towards an experience they’ll love – whether that be a flying lesson, holiday, or cooking class.


This article about “The 9 Best Gift Experience Ideas for Christmas” was written for Housing Hand – the Award-Winning UK Rent Guarantor Service by Annie Button. For more information on how you can work with Housing Hand, visit or call 02072052625 and select option 2. 

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