Gift shopping unwrapped - take a look at some suggestions
PUBLISHED: 07:00 25 November 2017 | UPDATED: 09:11 28 November 2017
Shopping for gifts? Don't know where to start? If you're looking for inspiration, read on for ten of the giftiest gifts to wrap up your Christmas.
Lucky dip: Pick up a reasonably sized festive box and fill it with any bits and bobs that catch your eye as you go. Variety is the key to a mini voyage of discovery and a very happy unwrapping on Christmas morning.
Unforgettable experiences: Some Christmas gifts aren’t just for Christmas. Give someone something to look forward to - a day at the races, or a head-in-the-clouds summer flight in a hot-air balloon. For the speed demon in your life, a race day at the track, for the historian a visit to one of Devon’s historic houses. The choice is yours. Check out local attractions and venues to see what’s on offer.
Spoilt rotten: We all know someone who could use a bit of pampering, and a gift package for a day or even a weekend at a spa is a reliably welcome gift. Many spas and beauty salons also offer gift vouchers for individual treatments, so there’s a gift to suit all budgets.
Growing gifts: It may be winter by the time Christmas comes, but gardeners never rest and a garden is never finished. A voucher to spend at a local garden centre is a gift that will just grow and grow.
Memberships and subscriptions: Give a gift with a long shelf-life and lots of privileges and benefits: try membership of a local festival, theatre or cinema, historic venue, wildlife reserve, racecourse, or a subscription to a favourite magazine, newspaper, or online movie channel.
Best seats in the house: If you know they’ll love it, why not treat someone to a night at the theatre? See what’s on locally and book the best seats in the house, or give them the gift of choice with a gift certificate. Add a pre-show supper for an extra treat and a night they’ll remember.
Eating and drinking: There’s some very fine dining to be had in Devon. Book a favourite table, or send someone special somewhere new. Many restaurants supply gift vouchers in a range of denominations.
Vouchers: We’ve come a long way from the days when gift vouchers were a last resort once we were all out of ideas. A voucher can be for anything from a night out at the cinema to an experience to treasure forever. It can be a book token or a store gift card too – whatever you’re giving, a voucher is a very welcome present in its own right.
Adopt a donkey: With more than 20 donkeys to choose from, you can find the perfect match for someone you love for just £2 per month. The recipient can visit their donkey at The Donkey Sanctuary, near Sidmouth. Adoption packs include two portraits, four beautiful postcards, a certificate and membership card.
Spirit of Christmas: Give a gift that keeps on giving and is the very essence of the season of goodwill with a donation to a local charity in their name.