Do you find that the older you get and the more stuff you accumulate in your house, you begin to realise that you don’t really need all these “things”! I am exactly the same. What I love more than anything these days, is exploring new things, trying out new ideas and experiencing life!
I feel huge guilt every time I open a gift surrounded by huge amounts of plastic packaging. If, like me, you’d much rather support local businesses, help the environment and really enjoy giving and receiving gifts, here are some great ideas for you and your loved ones this Christmas.
1. A Gift Voucher for a Family Photoshoot
A family photo shoot gift voucher is so much more than an hour or two of photography. Not only will the photo shoot be loads of fun with lots of silliness in the great outdoors, the memories that we create will bring joy for years to come.
Get in touch today to enquire about a photography gift voucher for your friend or loved one.
2. A Bird of Prey Experience
Based at Honnington Farm between Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge, Sky Birds of Prey offer a number of different bird of prey experiences from Hawk Walks to Half Days and onto VIP family experience days. So whatever your budget or level of interest, there is a experience for everyone!
3. Gin Making
Greensand Distillery in Shipbourne between Sevenoaks and Tonbridge, prides itself on being a carbon-neutral business, using only renewable energy to power the distillery and keeping any plastic use to an absolute minimum. So when booking a gin tasting and making experience, you can be sure you are being as green as it’s possible to be! The 2.5 hour courses are nice and small with a maximum of 6 participants per session.
Talking of going green, read about some great ways to Reduce & Recycle after Christmas HERE!
4. Cheese Tour
Choose between a group or private tour of the Kent High Weald Dairy which specialises in creating artisan cheeses to the highest standard. If you are, or know, a cheese lover, then this is the gift experience for you! The High Weald Dairy is based at Horsted Keynes near Haywards Heath.
5. Truffle Making Workshop
This is THE gift for the chocoholic in your life! On a 3 hour truffle making workshop you will learn how to make truffles from scratch using your own choice of flavours and finishes, taking home a delicious bag of truffles with which to wow your friends and family! Or keep all to yourself! Workshops are limited to 10 people, so it’s a lovely intimate experience with lots of hands on – and messy – chocolate making. Temper Temper is based in Southborough.
6. Hot air balloon ride
A very special gift for the loved ones in your life, a hot air balloon ride over the Kentish countryside is an experience that will never be forgotten! Fly from Headcorn Aerodrome when the weather dictates, you’ll win lots of brownie points with this memorable experience gift.
7. Wine Tasting
I think this one would be top of my Christmas List!! Running tasting sessions from the lovely environs of the Hotel Du Vin in the middle of Tunbridge Wells, The Kent Wine School offer various evening courses helping you explore wines, wine styles and wine regions from around the world, or develop your wine knowledge even further with food and wine pairing evenings.
8. Fly in a spitfire
For a REALLY extra special loved one, this is a true ‘bucket list’ experience for any adrenaline junkies with a head for heights. Fly with Aero Legends from Headcorn Aerodrome south towards Beachy Head and enjoy birds eye views and even a barrel roll or loop the loop in the safe hands of your experienced pilot.
9. Spa Day
For those not so keen on the adrenaline rush, a spa day at local Ashdown Park Hotel is just the ticket to give your loved one a relaxing and really enjoyable day of tranquillity.
10. Rent a fruit tree
Renting a fruit tree for the season is a unique and lovely gift to give your loved one this year. I can attest to the beautiful setting of the orchards at Bentinck Farm, located just outside Pembury, as I run Spring and Autumn Mini Sessions there. When you rent a Cherry, Apple Tree or a Cob Nut tree you will receive regular updates from the lovely Mark, owner of Bentinck Farm. You can visit your tree during the flowering season and enjoy your crop at harvest time; and feel free to take along your family and enjoy picnics and games in the field!