Still stuck on what to get that certain someone who has everything? Try these exclusive and extraordinary gifts of the experiential kind…
For the chocolate lover: Chocolate Ecstasy Tours with Jennifer Earle
Indulge in this highly acclaimed golden ticket experience that takes you on a decadent guided walking tour round London’s finest chocolate boutiques, as well as coffee houses and cocktail bars, depending on the trail you wish to book. Follow your sparkling host Jennifer Earle, a chocolate connoisseur and of course, complete chocoholic, on an epic journey to learn all about the sweet stuff (from growing beans to percentages and different types) and consume plentiful along the way! To enrich the experience, Jen sprinkles fascinating historical titbits on the neighbourhoods you visit whilst you get to meet the makers and taste artisan truffles, sip on milkshakes, hot chocolates and choc-tails. The promise is that you won’t be able to eat another piece by the end.
From £33 per person
For the coiffure queen: Salon Science Lesson at Andrew Jose
Give the gift of gorgeous hair this year that not only leaves locks looking glamorously groomed but also delves down to the root to improve hair and scalp health. This exclusive hair appointment is with SALON SCIENCE® haircare Brand Ambassador, award winning hairdresser, session stylist and acclaimed educator Andrew Jose at his wholly inviting eponymous hair salon based on London’s Charlotte Street. Balancing hair health and outer beauty, the SALON SCIENCE® product range is already being lauded by many in the beauty industry as the latest rejuvenating skincare regime for hair. The products contain a dynamic fusion of powerful active ingredients and stem cells derived from rare plant extracts to tackle four areas: Repair & Radiance, Anti-Ageing, Scalp Relief and Hairloss, all designed to address hair conditions from the inside out. The 90-minute package includes hair analysis, scalp health check, personalised product prescription (including a gift bag of products for after care at home) and a ‘high end hair’ service that includes a tailor-made cleanse and treatment followed by your preferred cut and signature blow-dry. In true VIP style, you can have two stylists to yourself and order champagne and canapés from nearby Michelin starred restaurant Pied A Terre to turn up the luxury dial one more notch this Christmas.
From £80 for an appointment with Andrew Jose for men, £150 for women
For the speed demon: The Touring Car Experience at The Racing School, Donington Park
This is the exclusive and thrilling chance to climb behind the steering wheel of a racing machine with a touring car driver. Then, trade seats and savour the adrenaline of being driven at racing speeds by the best in the business. The Touring Car Experience also involves driving no fewer than five racecars around the sweeps and dips of the legendary Donington Park race circuit including a Porsche Carrera and Ginetta GT4. This gift will give that special someone an unprecedented insight into the touring car world.
£849 per person
For the perfume punter: Make Your Own Fragrance at Floris of London
Fragrance fiends who know their notes will enjoy tailoring their vey own signature scent at the Marylebone flagship Floris boutique. The sensational sensory experience by the British family perfumers involves an in-depth 90-minute private consultation where you get to discover which characteristics suit to your taste. Once you have chosen from the Floris Fine Fragrance or Private Collection range, new ingredients will be added to create a bespoke scent. Take home a 100ml bottle of customised eau de parfum along with a certificate of provenance from the perfume maker. Your individual recipe will be kept on file making it easy to re-order too.
£250 per person (available for him and her)
By Reena Patel