Christmas 2021: Unusual UK and at-home experiences you can gift

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The time of Christmas shopping is well underway, with many of us furiously scouring the shops for gifts for loved ones.

But if you want to try a more sustainable way of gifting than presents that end up in the bin, why not buy them an experience they’ll never forget?

Plus e-vouchers conveniently save on the faff of trying to get things delivered on time during the Christmas rush.

We’ve rounded up some truly unique experiences that you can do either at home or in the UK, from cookery classes to flying in an actual Spitfire plane.

Read on below to discover some of the best you can gift this Christmas.

A replica ‘Bake Off’ experience at The Big London Bake tent

For a Bake Off star in the making (Picture: Scott Mathieson)

Do you know the next Giuseppe? Give them a chance to prove themselves with a replica ‘Bake Off’ experience at The Big London Bake Tent.

Bakers get 90 minutes to whisk their way to a showstopper, as they compete to be crowned Star Baker. Even Paul Hollywood would approve.

Buy a voucher for two for £91 at The Big London Bake

How To Find Love and other virtual personal development classes at The School of Life

A gift that makes a lasting difference (Picture: BigstocK)

For that perpetually single friend, a personal development class might be just the thing they need to find the one.

If you’re not sure about how that gift would go down, The School of Life offers virtual classes on everything from building self-confidence to unlocking career potential.

Sessions from £40 at The School of Life

Flight in a World War II Spitfire

Ready for take off

Relive history with a daring flight in an WWII spitfire – one of just 53 left in the world!

Lucky passengers are taken up in the air for a 30-minute chock-to-chock flight with a qualified RAF pilot.

Buy a voucher for £2,975 at Virgin Experience Days

Pasta Perfection class at Leiths cookery school

Learn to be a pasta master

Keen cooks can learn to make their own pasta from scratch, with and without a pasta machine from the experts at Leiths cookery school.

After this masterclass, they’ll be as good at Italian cooking as a real nonna. Mamma mia!

Book for £165 at Leiths

Belmond British Pullman Golden Age Of Steam day trip with five-course lunch and champagne

All aboard!

Send them back to the golden age of travel with a trip on the famous British Pullman steam train.

Passengers are treated to a sumptuous five-course lunch, and are even welcomed with a glass of champagne when they board at London Victoria.

Book from £420 per passenger for round trip from London Victoria at Belmond

Online Aromatherapy For Stress course

And breathe… (Picture: Bigstock)

After a stressful year, we can all think of someone who needs a little R&R.

This Zoom masterclass is designed to show how aromatherapy can help cope with the symptoms of stress, as well as teaching other forms of stress management.

Book for £40 at Neal’s Yard Remedies

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