Gifts and experiences to buy this Christmas for mums, sisters, friends, and colleagues

It might be the first week of December but soon it’ll be the big day itself.

If you’re scrambling to get something for your loved ones this Christmas (and don’t fancy leaving the house because, pandemic and all) then we have you covered.

Those that are in dire need of something fun or a little different for their mums, sisters, colleagues and friends, look no further.

You can even offer these presents to your partner – though we do have a separate guide for your girlfriends.

We have a variety of things you can add to cart right now – whether you want something for a Secret Santa, or to send an experience to your mum, there’s plenty on our list.

Some of these are also small businesses or or use sustainable sources to make their product, perfect for those on the lockout for an ethnical present.

Here are some things you can gift to the women in your life:

Up at the 02 Climb Gift Certificate

AEG Europe, £44.50

Up at The O2 allows visitors to enjoy a 90-minute outdoor climb with 360-degree, panoramic views of the capital, with its highest point standing at 52m.

With this, you get to conquer an icon and raise a glass of Champagne Lanson on the roof (and can book a date of your choosing).

It is now open and as it’s an outdoor attraction, bookings of up to six people from your household or bubble are accepted in compliance with government guidelines.

Limited Edition Saicho Sparkling Tea Gift Box

Saicho, £35.99

This elegant bamboo gift box contains three bottles of Saicho sparkling teas, one of each expression; Jasmine, Darjeeling and Hojicha, alongside nine exclusive Saicho tea flavoured truffles and three origin cards.

London Rooftop Bar packages with bottomless fondue and views of The Shard

Winter Heights, £70 to £100

With these Christmas packages, you pay per table for a package which includes entry, a glass of mulled wine, and a gourmet meal (ginger pig hot dog or cheese fondue) for everyone. As it’s outdoors, you can book for up to six people.

Haircuts and colours

Richy Hair Boutique, from £60

If you want to gift someone a bougie haircut then Richy’s has some Christmas offers in their new highly Instagrammable joint.

With each appointment, you get a bespoke consultation where the stylists, colourists and extensionists consider every element of what you would like to achieve with your hair.

Set in a four-storey townhouse, complete with private terrace, the interior of the boutique prides itself on the décor. There are six socially distanced stations, but only three will be in use to give you even more space.

Christmas Charcuterie Platter

The Plattery, £30

The Charcuterie Selection contains jamon serrano, smoked black forest ham, red wine Coppa, Salami Milano, Iberico chorizo and Brussels pate with caramelised onion

The Cheese Selection includes creamy camembert, Brie de Meux, Stilton, Wensleydale with cranberries and Gloucester with chive.

There is also a Fruit & Crudités Selection with vine tomatoes, rosemary, dried apricots, figs, black grapes, satsumas and winter cranberries.

Sustainable lingerie gift card

Phaein, £25

This is a high quality and comfortable lingerie brand that is designed by women, for women and for all body shapes and sizes, tackling sustainability through every aspect of their supply chain.

And it’s pretty affordable.

Afternoon tea at home

Forman & Field, £59.95

The Forman & Field Afternoon Tea hamper is jam-packed with treats to make you feel very special.

They’ve hand-picked some of their finest sweet treats and even produced a mini trio of their most popular cakes so that you can enjoy an indulgent afternoon tea. Presented in a beautiful wooden hat-box.

Ultimate Christmas Care Package

Forman & Field, £99.55

Turkey, sprouts, mince pies, smoked salmon (and even festive crackers) – this carefully curated care package has the lot, with a perfect serving for two people.

Loft™ 7D Ladies Bike

Electra Bikes, £475

The Loft™ 7D is a lightweight commuter bike which is a bit of pricey gift, but an ideal one for big Christmas present.

Plus, with an ever-present pandemic, it might be perfect for someone hoping to get on the bicycle lane.

Book and Snack Package

Don’t Buy Her Flowers, £25

The perfect gift for anyone that wants to enjoy an evening with a good book, delicious snacks and something to wash it down with (there are different books to pick from).

A Very Kardashian Christmas Decor Workshop

Airbnb, £78

During this star-studded decor session – including designer, Jeff Leatham – Kris Jenner will share her personal holiday styling hacks and inspiration during an interactive live stream.

Perfect for anyone obsessed with the Kardashian-Jenners who’s already missing the reality TV stars.

Huda Beauty Holiday Gift Set

Huda Beauty, from £16

This is the eponymous make up creator’s largest collection of holiday gift sets. Spanning Huda Beauty, WISHFUL and KAYALI favourites, the set features bestsellers and Huda’s faves.

Ranging from the KISS gift set which contains two limited edition mini Silk Balms, to NUDE which features best-selling Nude Obsessions Eyeshadow palette and a matching mini Liquid Matte.

Spa and Prosecco for Two Package

Virgin Experiences, £92

Enjoy a touch of luxury with this spa getaway at The Edwardian Manchester, a Radisson Collection Hotel.

In the heart of the city, you’ll find a tranquil escape. Unwind with three hours full use of the facilities, including the swimming pool, sauna and steam room, as well as the gym and relaxation room. Your experience includes a 30 minute ESPA treatment each and a complimentary glass of Prosecco each.

Shard Experience and meal for two

Virgin Experiences, £110

You can enjoy views of The Shard followed by a three-course meal of the finest quality fare at Marco Pierre White’s London Steakhouse Co.

All topped off with an expertly-crafted cocktail each.

Festive afternoon tea

The Savoy, from £79

Guests will be able to experience culinary bliss with The Savoy team’s take on afternoon tea favourites. As well as sweet treats, the iconic hotel also offers savoury treats including smoked venison loin, chestnut and blackcurrant finger sandwich made with fresh juniper bread baked by Boulangerie de Paris.

You’ll get to live that good life high tea favourite – hand-dived scallops, which are delivered fresh from Billingsgate Market each morning, and served with fennel puree and miso dressing.

This might be a nice way to spend some time with a loved one. And The Savoy even has a Christmas Day offering of high tea, but it’ll cost you upwards of £135.

Solve the Mystery Escape Room

Airbnb, £16

Airbnb has plenty of experiences you can do – with some online and others IRL.

Virtual escape rooms and scavenger hunts have the added benefit of being online, meaning you can play with loved ones around the country or world when it suits you.

Latte Art Gift Voucher

Artisan Coffee School, £90

There are various coffee-mastering courses available at this fancy caffeine school, but this three-hour workshop will have you mastering lattes better than any barista in no time.

You can gift this voucher to a coffee-lover in your life who can book it when it’s suitable for them.

Wilko Gin Mixer Set 10 Pack

Wilko, £8

This might be perfect for a Secret Santa for someone you know loves gin.

They’ll be getting delicious and unique cocktails with a variety of fruit flavour mixers. The set contains 10 gin mixers in all different flavours; pineapple, cucumber, pear and more.

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