Gift shopping unwrapped - take a look at some suggestions

PUBLISHED: 07:00 25 November 2017 | UPDATED: 09:11 28 November 2017

Christmas presents.

Christmas presents.


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.

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