Christmas Present Ideas

Santa Claus has it alright doesn’t he? Fuelled by Kit Kats and Coca Cola he compacts a year’s worth of work into one night, making him the ultimate flexi time worker.

The best way of ensuring St Nick doesn’t get bogged down is to have a clear list of what you want. However, some adults aren’t as thoughtful as they used to be and leave you to buy gifts unaided- with cries of ‘oh, I’m sure whatever you get I will love!’ A likely tale, as you discovered that year you got them that foot lotion set and saw their face plummet lower than the mercury. But November is coming to an end and it’s time to crack on. So scrap the gift boxes and the ‘humorous’ socks, pick an experience or activity this year that they are sure to love and remember. You can find and browse on www.goactivities.co.uk or you can click on the direct links. Easy.

Christmas presents for the family with young children

Families are usually a tricky set of customers, requiring multiple gifts (toys for the kids, something for the mum and dad- too much.)

You can skip the pain of multiple shopping with a family day out. Why not try a High Ropes Course for a family, a day out learning bushcraft skills, a day on a kayak or canoe or a day of archery, karting or clay pigeon shooting?

The reclusive uncle

He’s been a bit down ever since he lost that winning lottery ticket last year. Turn that frown upside down and get him meeting people with a walking holiday. Get him booked on for a long trek, the 3 peaks challenge or a cycling tour and watch as he comes back out of his shell, or hand him an axe for an ‘axe workshop’ day to get that stress out!

Christmas gifts for teenagers and big kids

What better way to get some of that heavy body spray off a teenager or to get a big kid grinning than by getting them dispatched from a plane on a skydive, a parachute jump or a day of skiing?

Presents for your step dad and step mum

A holiday is in order for the stepdad and step mums of the world. Show your affection for them in the crazy world of step brothers, half sisters and multiple divorces by paying for an overnight stay for them both in the woods on a guided walk away or a day spa trip. 

For the outdoorsy couple

You can’t pay for them to jet off anywhere fancy, but what about a session of zorbing – they can even go in as a tandem together!

For your fashionable sister

If your sister wouldn’t be seen dead in a canoe and thinks that quad biking is against the laws of style, then the only way to travel is by hot air balloon.

Otherwise, why not choose a spa day or send her to a fabric spinning course to learn about the fashion industry from the bottom up (she’ll be weaving you scarves in no time….)

For your trendy brother

He’s got his The North Face gilet and his boots, now get them put to the test. Why not book a weekend away learning bushcraft and navigation skills, or bring on that suppressed sibling rivalry again with quad biking or go karting!

For the gap year student

She’s heading off on the adventure of a lifetime next summer with some A-levels and a conditional offer to Dartmoor. Make sure she has a great time by booking some scuba diving courses before she goes!

For the kids

Most kids love animals. Why not go otter spotting, bird watching or on an Autumn forage? Or if you’re forseeing chaos over Christmas, you can always let them pump out that E number stocking fodder energy with a day of clay pigeon shooting!

For your mum

If your mum is the John Lewis type (happy to browse homewares for multiple days without any sustenance) then you need to look into booking her on a weaving, photography or pottery course.

If she puts your Dad to shame with her bicep curls and tricep dips at cardio combat classes, then why not get her on an activity day or high ropes course with her friends? And finally, if she’s always pranging the Audi when she reverses it- get her up to speed with a day of 4 x 4 driving lessons in the mud!

For your dad

What man wouldn’t love the idea of chartering a crew for a boat? Whatever you can get, from a canoe experience or a  trip on a kayak or a day on a dinghy, let Dad be king of the waters on a boating holiday!

For your loved one

To show your love, what could be better than a walking weekend away? Book some lovely accommodation, get exhausted from your day out of walking and then book your lady in for spa day – or your man in for some bushcraft and foraging skills for some ‘me Tarzan, you Jane’ style romance.

For your mad aunt

She wears bindis after that trip to India and has a wardrobe of floaty multicoloured things. Appeal to her sense of adventure with a trip to enjoy segways, or get her zorbing, climbing or the more gentle leisure cycling

Your grandma and grandad

Grannies and grandpas aren’t as old as they used to be. If yours have plenty of get up and go, then book them in for a guided walk around some of the UK’s most beautiful hotspots. From parts of Hadrian’s wall to walks near the Lakes and beyond, spoil her with a trip full of likeminded people.

Check that the walk is suited to their fitness and includes some nice accommodation or pack them an air bed– they didn’t work for 50 years to have to sleep on a hard mattress! If they are up for even more adrenaline, then consider an aeroplane flight – where they get to control the machine! Chocks away!

Christmas presents for your friends

Get the lads together for a day of indoor paintballing (or outdoor paintballing), lazer shooting or tank driving. Still not adrenaline fuelled enough? Try a monster truck driving day. For the ladies, we can recommend a spa day, a day of surfing on the beach, or a trip camping to catch up together.

Christmas team building for the colleagues

If you’re lucky enough to be a manager then we know what your staff want. A pay rise. Failing that, a day of raft building, archery, or team canoeing will be far better than a yawn inducing trust exercises. Be the good boss!

Marketing waited patiently for the chance to sink their MD- and thanks to raft building it was all completely legal.

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