Last-minute Christmas gift ideas: it’s all about the experience

Christmas shopping: something that comes but once a year; that can prove to be a bit of a challenge at a busy time; but that also gives us the chance to find that gem of a gift that will make someone special smile.

And while there are go-to items that will inevitably go into stockings (after all, is it really Christmas if you don’t buy or receive a pair of jazzy socks?) there’s a lot to be said for thinking outside the box when it comes to picking that perfect present.

Avoid a panic purchase

With people busy choosing outfits, attending parties, or ferrying the kids to and from their own hectic schedule of festive activities we understand that it can become difficult to find time for a leisurely shopping trip to choose gifts.

That’s where exciting experiential gifts come in. You can choose something to suit your budget, get creative and give a gift that really gives the impression you’ve gone the extra mile.

And there’s every chance you’ll find said experience online – so grab a mince pie and a mulled wine and get researching.

Give something they’ll love

Hotel gift vouchers are a simple but thoughtful way of giving something that you know will be loved and appreciated. Suddenly, a fantastic city break or romantic getaway beckons in the New Year and your friend or loved one will be mentally crossing off the days on their 2018 calendar until it arrives.

It’s an opportunity to send them to a city they’ve always wanted to visit, or simply treat them to a well-deserved bit of respite in luxury surroundings.

Our gift cards may well be the perfect choice this Christmas. We offer an array of gift options across our outstandingly contemporary locations in London, Bath, Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Dundee, including luxury winter breaks, decadent spa treatments, exceptional dining, and much more.

Monetary vouchers

If you’re not sure what that special person might like, then opt for a monetary voucher and let them choose from our plethora of experiential opportunities. It’s just the excuse they need to start planning an escape – and if you spend £100 or more on a monetary voucher, up to Boxing Day, you’ll get 10% off if you enter promo code ‘XMAS’ at the checkout.

Your friend or loved one will be thanking you over and over for your oh so thoughtful gift.

Why not treat them to a spa day, the ultimate in relaxation? The four-star Apex City Quay Hotel & Spa in Dundee is a standout in that regard. Its award-winning Yu Spa boasts an extensive choice of more than 50 detoxifying and rejuvenating treatments, including massages, facials, holistic therapies, and many other revitalising experiences.

Super Sunday for Two

The four-star Apex Grassmarket Hotel in Edinburgh has a range of exceptional packages to make ideal Christmas gifts. The ‘Super Sunday for Two’ deal offers a double or twin room, full Scottish breakfast, and full use of leisure facilities – including gym and swimming pool – all for just £94.

Guests can also enjoy a bite to eat at the hotel’s Metro Bar & Brasserie, with seasonally rotating menus fusing Scottish classics with contemporary twists, and it even offers a view of the famous Edinburgh Castle.

Dining options at Apex London Wall Hotel are no less mouth-watering, including a sumptuous three-course meal for two with a glass of house wine for just £50. Great meal experiences like these are of course a fabulous Christmas gift to receive.

Sharing platter for two

For those who might be tempted by a lighter Christmas treat, Apex Waterloo Place Hotel Edinburgh and Apex City of Edinburgh Hotel both offer a sharing platter for two with wine for £25, including a choice of Artisan Scottish Cheese Platter or Continental Charcuterie Platter and bottle of house wine.

Champagne Afternoon Tea

Further gift card indulgences include a Champagne Afternoon Tea from just £25.95 within the Lounge Bar and Restaurant of Apex City of Glasgow Hotel, including a sparkling glass of Lanson Champagne, a selection of delicious sandwiches and cakes, and clotted cream scones. It’s a fantastic way to treat the special person in your life for a stylish post-Christmas catch up.

When it comes to hitting the mark with your festive presents, Apex is the height of good taste.