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Thursday, 6th December 2018

The stress-free solution to great gift giving

To quote Maya Angelou, “people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel,”- how can you relate this nugget of wisdom to Christmas? Good gifts make people feel good.

Here's our easy solution to all your gifting problems: experience gifts. Leave it to the professionals to make your  loved ones feel great. Additionally you’ll be supporting the service industry, instead of adding to the 'Great Pacific garbage patch'- a step towards creating a circular economy. Win, win.  


Here’s our favourite experience-gift ideas:


Wellness Retreat

Amazing how a steamy room, white fluffy dressing gown and the scent of eucalyptus can turn you into a new person in just a few hours, isn’t it?

Our picks: Bamford Haybarn Spa, Cotswolds
Massages from £55

The Lido, Bristol
Gift vouchers from £20

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“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life”- Picasso. Get a sparkly new soul with an arts membership.

Our picks: Friends of the RA Membership- Royal Academy, London
£60 for annual subscription 16-25yr olds.

Melkweg Year Member- Melkweg, Amsterdam. €25

Renzo Piano's Exhibition 'The art of making buildings' is on at the RA until January 2019, Image credit: The view from the shard


Fine dining is a tried and tested recipe for success. Why not try Skye Gyngell’s seasonal farm-to-fork menu at Heckfield Place, Hampshire. Or have a Richard Curtis moment at Dans Le Noir, London, where, as the name suggests, you dine in complete darkness. 

Image credit: Heckfield Place


Get fit with an online fitness program. Check out these supermodel-approved finds:


One year digital training package, The Skinny Bitch Collective £99

Ballet Beautiful subscription,
 $39.99  per month

For the young professionals

Everyone likes to feel special and private members’ clubs are masters of the art. Admittedly they’re a little pricey, selective and you’ll probably need to do some networking to gain entry, but if you’ve done your research about these places we’re sure you’ll want in.

SOHO House, requires nomination by two existing members, admittance by the membership committee and a “creative soul”. Discount for under 27s.

Silencio, Paris. Offers three variants of membership to suit your needs. Discount for under 30s who’s main residence is outside of France.

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