Gifts that don’t come in boxes often make the best presents (no matter how enticing that luxury gift set may look). If you’re scrambling to find the perfect present, there’s still time to snap up the ultimate gift and treat your loved ones to an experience they’ll always remember this Christmas.

From gourmet getaways to serene spa days, there’s an experience gift to suit everyone on your list – including the person that has everything. Here’s our top picks of experience gifts that are bound to go down well on Christmas day (and give you something to look forward to when the festivities are over).

The Best Experience Gifts For Christmas 2023

For A Gourmet Getaway…

Gastronomic Dinner, Bed & Breakfast at Great Fosters

Great Fosters is one of our favourite UK staycation choices, and it’s only a 40 minute train from London, too. The Gastronomic Dinner, Bed & Breakfast package is one to treat your favourite person to this Christmas, including an overnight stay and a seven-course tasting menu in the Michelin starred Tudor Pass – an intimate dining space (there’s only seven tables) with some of the most incredible hotel dining around.


For Film Fanatics…

Private Movie Night at The Cinema at Selfridges

If your loved one loves their films, then book an experience at one of London’s most secret luxury cinemas. The movie night experience includes a private screening of a film of your choice, as well as a bottle of Champagne, snacks and nibbles to enjoy. It’s for a max of two people, which makes it the perfect, intimate date idea to swoon your other half.


For Dancing Queens…

ABBA Voyage

A gift your Mum will definitely rate, ABBA Voyage is an unforgettable night out, using cutting-edge technology and spectacular lighting to bring Londoners the ABBA show of a lifetime. The beloved music group take to the stage as digital avatars, performing all their hits as if you’ve stepped back in time. It really has to be seen to be believed, and if the person on your Christmas list is a music-loving millennial like me, they’ll absolutely appreciate the opportunity to experience an ABBA performance for themselves.


For Serenity Seekers…

AIRE Ancient Baths

This cavernous building was once home to wine cellars, and the very place where J.M. Barrie wrote Peter Pan. Now, it’s one of the best under-the-radar spa experiences in London. A one-of-a-kind afternoon, this atmospheric, candlelit experience will see you journey through baths of varying temperatures, inspired by ancient Roman, Greek and Ottoman civilisations – a perfect way to relax the body and mind. Gift experience options include cava and truffles, relaxing full body massages, and a signature wine experience for two, where you’ll submerge in the antioxidant properties of Spanish Tempranillo grapes.


For An Intimate Private Dining Moment…

The Oratory at The Milestone

A world away from the hustle and bustle of the city outside, The Oratory is one of London’s most romantic private dining venues, perfect for whisking a loved one off their feet this Christmas (or proposal planning). The charming, intimate space offers exclusive use for up to 8 people, luxury tablescaping, celebratory champagne, floral displays and a harpist – all the makings of an unforgettable evening, and the most romantic of gifts.


For Bridgerton Fans…

Queen Charlotte Afternoon Tea at The Lanesborough

Does your giftee love their Netflix? Give them the undeniably brilliant gift of Queen Charlotte Afternoon Tea at The Lanesborough Grill, London’s stunning regency-style dining room. They’ll experience a menu of character-inspired delights, like ‘King George – Dreams of Venus’ and the ‘Danbury Delight’, as well as ‘The Queen Charlotte’ cocktail, combining Fords Gin, Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur, cranberry, exotic lychee, vanilla and lime, topped with Champagne for the royal seal of approval.


Accidentally Wes Anderson Exhibition

If they love travel and photography, this next experience will see them journey through 7 themed rooms, displaying over 200 of the most beautiful and interesting places on earth, that look as if they’ve been plucked straight from a Wes Anderson film.


For Trainspotters & Travellers…

Luxury Train Journey on the Belmond British Pullman

Travel enthusiast on your list? Embark on the ultimate adventure together on the Belmond British Pullman, and tour the English countryside as you sip champagne and tuck into fabulous food. There’s a number of journeys to choose from – from moving murder mysteries to champagne afternoon tea and five-course feasts – and destinations include Bath, Kent and Belmond’s Michelin starred hotel restaurant at Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons. Soak up the art deco surrounding of your carriage (one has been designed by Wes Anderson, no less) and get ready for the luxury train journey of a lifetime.


For Tranquillity Lovers…

Tea & Treatment Time at The Carlton Tower Jumeirah

Carlton Tower Jumeirah are known for their flawless luxury experiences, and for the perfect girls day out, their Tea & Treatment Time package is just the thing. For a luxurious 90-minute forest therapy massage, two-hours use of the spa facilities, followed by an award-winning afternoon tea ritual in the Tea Room, it’s the perfect present for someone who loves a pamper.


For Nail Art Addicts…

Mani-Pedi at Townhouse

We all have that friend who’s a huge beauty buff, so if you’re planning a day out with them, you know an afternoon at London’s premium nail salon is a safe bet. Treat them to a flawless mani-pedi at Townhouse and top it off with a glass of fizz. 

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For Wilderness Gastronomy…

YOXMAN, A Michelin-Star Dining Experience

Give the gift of a foodie getaway to remember this Christmas with YOXMAN, the one-of-a-kind Michelin Star dining experience at Wilderness Reserve in Suffolk. Taking place in January and May, the culinary extravaganza is set against the stunning backdrop of Wilderness Reserve’s 8,000-acre estate, and will showcase food, drinks and entertainment hosted by acclaimed chefs that have ten Michelin stars between them. The winter instalment in January will be hosted by Tom Aikens, Raymond Blanc and Alex Dilling, and the luxury experience includes three days of fireside feasts, gala dinners, cocktail nights, and accommodation in iconic Wilderness Reserve properties. The ultimate luxury gift to sweep a foodie off their feet.


For Fashion Fanatics…

Sloane Street Private Shopping Appointment

If your giftee is a fan of all things fashion, then they’ll love this experience. Unlike a typical morning’s shopping, this time they’ll spend it with their very own Sloane Street stylist, guiding them through luxury fashion boutiques and elegant flagships. Their stylist will hand-pick items to suit their personality and lifestyle, and work with them to create their dream wardrobe. Following the appointment, they’ll receive a personalised style report containing expert advice on the trends, colours and silhouettes that best suit them.


For Dram Devotees…

The View Whiskey Experience at The Athenaeum

With panoramic views of London, The View is a top notch spot for those who love their whisky. You’ll enjoy a guided tasting, complete with cheeseboard, and enjoy four unique whiskies from different regions and countries.


For Pasta Lovers…

Cooking Classes at Eataly

An emporium of all things Italian, share the pasta love this year and booking in for a cooking masterclass at Eataly. You’ll get the chance to learn more about Italian cuisine, the importance of high-quality ingredients and develop the skills needed to create incredible Italian dishes. From classic pasta, pizza and tiramisù, to in-depth wine masterclasses, the events are perfect for the foodie in your life.


For Theatre Buffs…

Theatre Royal Drury Lane Tour

Looking for a top-notch London theatre experience? Gift that special someone a tour of the world’s oldest theatre. This is the birthplace of musicals, modern panto, and moving scenery, to name a few, and the tour is a show in itself, with two fantastic actors entertaining you with stories of Royal scandal and murder. Pop into the onsite bar afterwards for bespoke cocktails in one of London’s most beautiful buildings.


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For Tapas Enthusiasts…

Jamón Carving Masterclass, Sherry Tasting & Lunch at Pizarro Bermondsey

Have a foodie friend or family member you’re looking to impress? Jose Pizarro’s jamón carving masterclass and sherry tasting is the gift to get them. The Bermondsey-based restaurant hosts the experience for 2-4 people, which includes getting to know the curation process of Spain’s best-loved product, 5J jamón Ibérico, a tasting of dry and sweet Spanish sherries, followed by a lunch full of delicious tapas.