The best experience gifts for Christmas

Give the gift of great memories with these fun activities


Alpaca walking in Norfolk

We all know a diehard animal lover – and it's highly likely you'll make their year with this adorably unique gift experience. Located in Wells-next-the-Sea in North Norfolk, Alpaca Trekking is a company that organises guided walks along scenic bridleways and coastal paths with groups of friendly alpacas. Walks are tailored to suit and last between one and three-and-a-half hours. The company recommends bringing a picnic along for longer trips, as well as some apple slices for your new furry friends.

From £28;

Subscribe to The Week

Escape your echo chamber. Get the facts behind the news, plus analysis from multiple perspectives.


Sign up for The Week's Free Newsletters

From our morning news briefing to a weekly Good News Newsletter, get the best of The Week delivered directly to your inbox.

From our morning news briefing to a weekly Good News Newsletter, get the best of The Week delivered directly to your inbox.

Sign up

Neon workshop in Stoke Newington

Channel your inner Tracey Emin with a bespoke neon artwork class under the tuition of award-winning artist Richard William Wheater. This beginner's day course takes place in the oh-so trendy Greenhouse co-working space in Stoke Newington and explores the basics of working with neon. You (or rather, your lucky recipient) will design and create (with assistance) a bespoke neon artwork to take home and display with pride. The workshop runs four times a year with only six people per class – so book a place sharpish.


Bespoke perfume masterclass in Hackney

Creating a bespoke perfume was once an experience reserved only for those in-the-know with limitless bank accounts. Today, a surge in DIY and micro-perfumeries has made creating your own fragrance both accessible and affordable – and you needn't travel further than Zone 2 to give it a go. The Experimental Perfume Club – a Hackney-based bespoke perfume lab critically lauded by the likes of Vogue and Tatler – operates a half-day Apprentice Workshop in which a small group is taught the foundations of fragrance in order to create a personalised scent to take home.

From £95; Image

Foraging in the Brecon Beacons

There's only so much posh chutney and fancy chocolates your foodie friend can stomach this Christmas. Why not go one step further with a foraging gift experience in the beautiful Brecon Beacons run by wild-food enthusiast and writer Adele Nozedar. The Foraging Day experience includes a guided walk rummaging through wild hedgerows and learning about South Wales' edible landscape, punctuated by a three-course lunch and afternoon tea. Guests will go home with a rustic goody bag and a wealth of newfound knowledge.


Gin Journey across London

Once maligned as Mother's Ruin and a staple of your granny's drinks cabinet, gin has seen a massive renaissance across the UK in recent years. As such, pop-up bars and micro distilleries specialising in Dutch courage have sprouted all across the country. Rather than cherrypicking just one bar to visit, why not treat your loved one to a fully chauffeured booze cruise to discover the best in town. Gin Journey is a company that specialises in guided tours across major UK cities (London, Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds) to give a fun and informal insight into the world of gin with pit stops at five bars and distilleries – including gin-based cocktails and samples at each one. A full, stomach-lining breakfast before you set off is highly recommended.

From £50;

Continue reading for free

We hope you're enjoying The Week's refreshingly open-minded journalism.

Subscribed to The Week? Register your account with the same email as your subscription.