time is running out.
Delivery deadlines are looming and the struggle to find the right gift becomes a little too real.
No matter how prepared we are, time goes by so quickly, and when it’s gone there is no fabulous gift guide anywhere that can save us.
At VA, this holiday season, we’ve been looking for practicality when it comes to present shopping, gifts we know will be used.
Be pleased to know, there are many gifts that don’t require wrapping, gifts that focus on an entire experience rather than something material.
They offer memories in a different way to what physical gifts would offer.
Treat your loved ones to their favourite magazine every month; Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, National Geographic or GQ. What about a newspaper subscription?
Subscriptions are the gift that keeps on giving and they can look forward to it every month for the next year, or six months, depending on the length of subscription.
Along similar lines, there are also subscriptions for books so every month your recipient will receive a new book in their favourite genre.
Or why not try another kind of subscription, like a monthly beauty box or weekly flowers? We all voted for a monthly bunch here.
There are many organisations that offer Animal Adoptions such as WWF where your loved one can adopt their favourite animals such as a Snow Leopard or Rhino and track their progress from their lives thousands of miles away. VA’s nearest and dearest are becoming adoptive parents this Christmas :)
A lot of these organisations will also offer a pack to commemorate the adoption and it feels incredible to know it will also be helping out the organisation to continue their valuable work.
Beauty treatments can be a luxurious treat to anyone; mothers, grandmothers, sisters, daughters and friends.
The great thing with beauty treatments is there are so many to choose from; massages, manicures, facials and blow dries – the list is endless. VA’s daughter has that covered at RUUBY, London’s digital beauty concierge.
Experience days could be anything. Take your best friend out on day tour in their favourite city – even the city they live in.
Bus tours are heaps of fun, especially sitting on the top deck with views all around.
Classes are a great idea, purely for their versatility. There truly is a class for everyone no matter their taste.
Why not try a gin making class or a calligraphy class?
Cooking classes are really exciting – how about a cupcake class or pasta making. Take a group or join in together.
Why not book tickets for your chosen person to see their favourite band, or tickets to the theatre to see the latest blockbuster?
There’s nothing like a gift that makes an impact.
If you’re stuck for ideas or running out of time this holiday, why not try an experience? Plan a weekend away – far or near home it’s the planning that makes it a special gift. Memories and fun are guaranteed and sometimes offering your time can mean so much more than something physical.
Finding the perfect gift this Christmas never felt easier.
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