Experience This…last minute gifts

Kensington Palace

You left it too late. The cutoff for most deliveries has now passed and the weekend is chock-full of events, making heading to the shops impossible. Rather than feeling awful, turn this negative into a positive and look at all the other—some might argue, better—options out there.

In most cases, gifts are like Christmas dinner: they take ages to organise and prepare, and for the most part are quickly forgotten. Perhaps skipping the shops isn’t such a bad thing after all; instead give them the gift of experiences.  And best of all—no clutter.

We picked some top choices for the whole family.

Photography for Parents

Photography for Parents courses

What could be a better gift than building a photographic history of your family? Mums and dads can learn how to finally master their SLR cameras in a fun and informal environment. Taught by professional portrait photographers in venues across London, this is truly the gift that keeps giving. Save £30 on all bookings HERE


We’re so lucky to have free museums in London, but an annual membership will cover the special exhibits that come through—a real bonus for skipping queues.  Great membership options include Kew Gardens, the Wetland Centre and the Royal Palaces.

Kensal-Kitchen-Bread1.jpgCookery classes

This is great for both parents and kids. Book a cooking class for you and your partner to enjoy together—perhaps a favourite cuisine you always wanted to master?

Kids’ cooking classes are great for aspiring little chefs and picky eaters. Start them early with an appreciation for cooking that will last a lifetime.

Great ideas include for both grown ups and kids: bread making and baking at Kensal Kitchen, mastering Indian cooking with Angela Malick, various classes at Leiths and just for kids at The Kids Cookery School.

The Gift of Knowledge

Book them into a class. We love the how to: Academy. They offer everything from learning how to do the Telegraph Password to how to listen to Wagner. It’s the perfect gift for the person who has everything.

Kids Cookery School

Tickets to Events

London is full of events. From pantos to plays, there’s no shortage of options. My family is still talking about our multi-generational outing to Cirque du Soleil last year. Some of our favourites include Richmond Theatre, Riverside Theatre and of course get inspired in our Events section.

Remember, the perfect gift doesn’t always come in a box, so don’t stress if there won’t be a big shiny present under the tree. It’s the experiences we share as a family that make up the true meaning of Christmas. And it’s those memories we will cherish for years to come.

Have a great holiday!