With all the ups and downs of 2020, lock downs, self isolating and just generally spending a lot more time in our own homes it’s not been the best year for new experiences. So why not treat a loved one this Christmas to an extra special experience.
We have rounded up a selection of the best gift vouchers and experiences from local Yorkshire companies for kids, grown ups and the whole family. From things you can buy now and have fun with on Christmas day to classes and events you can enjoy in the future, there is something for everyone!
If you are looking for the perfect activity to tire the kids out after Christmas why not give them an Agility gift card. The Agility obstacle courses are designed to test the fitness and agility of children allowing them to use their body for what it was intended for: to run, to jump, to climb and to think. Valid for a year, it can be redeemed against either of their Ninja or Warrior courses.
At My Baby Can Dance we combine movement to music with activities, singing and musical instruments, numbers, colours, phonics and shapes also looking at seasonal topics such as transports and health and hygiene. My Baby Can Dance is a wonderful interactive experience with Mummy or Daddy, a Grandparent or even a carer. So why not treat your little one to a gift voucher which can be redeemed against classes in the new year. Classes are running virtually and in person, dependent on the latest government advice.
This Christmas you can give the gift of magic with the new Potions Cauldron Gift Card. The Gift Card can be used to buy any of our products in the Magical Marketplace on thepotionscauldron.com or book a Potion Experience with one of our Wizard with a chance to find out more about the history of Shambles and mix your own magical potions.
The Potion Experience lasts 25 minutes and involves a visit in to our Secret Potion Room and a gift for every young Wizard. The Potion Experience is £4.99 for adults and £3.99 for children. Dates available until Xmas Eve and January 2021 dates going live before Christmas.
What better gift to give to family or friend than the gift of swimming, an essential life skill that will stay with them forever. At Water Babies we are passionate about working with families to support parents and carers to teach their little ones to swim in a safe, relaxed and fun environment. Our highly skilled and experienced teachers use song, games, toys and sensory activities to develop water confidence and safety, leading through to the skill of swimming. Our classes not only teach a life skill but are a lovely opportunity for precious one to one time for parent and child. Little ones can swim with us from birth through to 6years and can join us at any point within that age a range.
Vouchers can be purchased for a full 10week course or in any amount to contribute to a course, to find out more email our lovely office team: firstname.lastname@example.org
Build your own eco system with London Terrariums York
Having recently moved from London, Layla is the proud founder of London Terrariums York, the northern branch of the London-based start-up which specialises in the art of terrarium making. These ecosystems water themselves and are very low maintenance, which makes them the perfect gift for a busy mum!
Each terrarium is carefully made by hand using a variety of tools and tropical plants. When these plants photosynthesise the heat and oxygen produced condenses along the glass forming water droplets. This allows the plants to thrive with minimal human intervention, just sit back and watch your miniature garden grow. You can purchase these terrariums ready-made, or learn how to make your own at one of her popular workshops across Yorkshire!
Gift Cards also available to be used for both workshops and terrariums.
Enjoy a selection of Pairings hand picked wines and food from the comfort of your own home with a Pairings at home food experience, select from a range of prices and hamper content options. Gift vouchers can also be purchased for food and drink experiences at their warm and friendly wine bar on Castlegate.
Collection and local delivery available for Pairings at home.
The York Gin Discovery Box is a beautiful and interesting gift for drinkers who want to learn more about this wonderful spirit.
All five award-winning York Gins – including gold medal winners York Gin Outlaw, Old Tom and London Dry – are paired with five Fever-Tree mixers and garnishes. The box also includes exclusive tasting notes and a guide to gin tasting. You also get access to a YouTube tasting session with the York Gin experts.
Prepare for a live, interactive theatrical quest around the cobbled streets of historic York. With the aid of our cast you will be hunting for clues to find the secret location of our magic school where you will learn how to cast spells and enjoy an eccentric, themed afternoon tea. Special effects, professionally trained actors and our grade 1 listed, medieval wizard school make this an experience you will never forget!
With an ever changing storyline and theme this makes the perfect gift voucher for families looking for a really different experience in 2021.
City Cruises now offer gift vouchers for sightseeing, afternoon tea and self drive boat hire
City Cruises York offer gift vouchers for their year-round sightseeing cruises and self drive boat hire. Sit back and enjoy a different view of York whilst listening to the Captain’s entertaining commentary, or get behind the wheel of one of the self drive fleet and embark on your own voyage of discovery!
Choose from sightseeing, dining and self drive experiences, you can decide how many passengers you want to treat and select your gift experience. Gifts can be personalised with a message and sent instantly by email, SMS Text or 1st Class Post.
Nutrition 2 Nourish & Flourish is run by Registered Nutritionist Penelope Henderson RNutr with over 12 years experience in public health nutrition. She has a particular interest and experience in child nutrition, intuitive eating, fussy eating and sustainable diets.
From January Penelope will be running small group workshops online, they are designed to be informative but also supportive with ongoing support for 4 weeks. Workshops cover topics such as eating well on a budget, balance your immune system and fussy eating in children – suitable for parents of children 1yr – 10 yrs.
York Cocoa House have a variety of gift experiences this Christmas. Those looking for a chocolate experience can find a selection of make-at-home kits for all the family. Or you could treat a loved one to a chocolate making experience with a chocolate masterclass gift voucher and visit the chocolate manufactory. Why not finish off your Christmas dinner with a chocolate tasting set. Each set is accompanied by an expert guide, so you can learn how to taste chocolate like a connoisseur.