Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Fabulous Gift Ideas from Buyagift.com | Christmas 2016

I’ve had the pleasure to work with Buyagift on several occasions and I always bite their hand off to feature their products! I’m forever impressed not only with their gift ideas, but also the presentation of the gifts and the customer service experience. If you’re looking for a gift for someone and you don’t know where to start, I highly recommend starting on the Buyagift website. 

They have thousands of different gift ideas, which you can gift with a physical voucher, or you can send an e-voucher. The best part in my opinion is that you can exchange the voucher online with no faff or hassle. So if you happen to buy something they hate, they can change it for something they’d prefer in a jiffy. I’ve recently been road-testing some of presents from Buyagift and I’m here to tell you all about them!

Coca Cola London Eye & Luxury Afternoon Tea at the Waldorf for Two* (£99 here)

For me there will always be something magical about London, so any excuse to nip into town has me sold! This voucher gives you the chance to have a full day out, seeing the sights and eating good food. Inside this gift you actually get two separate vouchers, so you can either use them on the same day or you can use them separately and spread the gift out.

We started our day with a trip to The London Hilton Waldorf for the Luxury Afternoon Tea. Now I happen to be a bit of an afternoon tea fan and I’ve tried quite a few different places and experiences. The Hilton Waldorf was by far the fanciest dining room I’ve sat in, the whole experience from start to finish was super elegant and the fact that the team is world renowned for its customer service truly shows! We were sat in a gorgeous dining room, with fancy tables and chairs and elegant chandeliers above our heads. 

We were first treated to a starter (or palate cleanser) which was a lemon flavoured crème patisserie and our choice of tea. There were lots of different teas to choose from, but I opted for the Nutty Chocolate Tea. Next the tower of goodies arrived and we had everything from finger sandwiches (including egg, ham, coronation chicken and salmon), to fresh scones with jam and cream, plus a whole array of pastries.

A short walk across the River Thames on Waterloo Bridge and we were at the London Eye. We’ve actually been on the London Eye before but when we got there the excitement came over me like a little child. 

Once you swap over your tickets and grab your guidebook, you’re offered the chance to have your picture taken and whisked into a 4D experience. It’s a great way to start the experience and if you were not excited before, you certainly will be now!

The Coca Cola London Eye is one of the tallest observation wheels in the world and I think we’ve all become used to seeing it as part of the London skyline. It’s 135m tall and once you’re inside one of the wheel’s 32 glass capsules, you won’t be able to stop taking photographs of the beautiful landmarks. 

The experience lasts 30 minutes and we were inside the capsule with around 10 people, so you have plenty of time to walk around the capsule and see all the beautiful sights.

Four Course Meal with a Glass of Prosecco and Wine for Two at Zizzi* (£59 here) 

Zizzi is one of my favourite restaurants, so this four course meal is right up my street! The voucher only costs £59 and you get a whole lot of food for your money! When you arrive you’re treated to prosecco, bread and olives and given a delicious menu to choose from. My starter was a cheese fondue pot and Chris opted for the deep fried seafood and vegetables – both of which were huge portions, we could have gone home happy here! 

For the main course there is a huge choice of pizza, pasta, meat and salad. I went for the chicken, which was wrapped in bacon and served with a creamy sauce, potatoes and vegetables. Chris chose the slow cooked beef, which was served with mash potatoes, broccoli and gravy. With the main meals you’re able to select a glass of red or white wine – you feel thoroughly looked after! 

Now it was dessert time and neither of barely had room to breathe. Nevertheless, we selected from the menu, I went for the tiramisu (which is my all time favourite) and Chris went for the raspberry panacotta. We both squeezed in half our desserts before it was time to do a bit of walking and burn it off! You don’t even have to use this voucher in London, you can choose from over 130 restaurants available UK wide!

Scrumptious Stay - Smartbox by Buyagift* (£119.99)

Last but not least we have the Scrumptious Stay Smartbox. Buyagift have recently created a whole range of boxes which are perfect if you literally have no idea to gift. They come in all different themes, including spa days, meals out, driving experiences or simply ‘gifts for couples’. So the person you gift it too can simply hop on the website and choose what interests them. I’ve not had the chance to experience this gift myself, but it sounds like the perfect gift for the couple who need some ‘us’ time. This smartbox offers them the chance to pick from 250 one night experiences – which includes an overnight stay along with a delightful dinner. It’s valid for 24 Months and makes for a fantastic gift for those who enjoy the finer things in life. There are 250 locations, so whether your couple want to stay local or travel afar, there will be somewhere good for them.

There we have it, three incredible experiences from buyagift – which don’t break the bank but are perfect if you’re stuck for ideas! Which one would you like to find under the Christmas Tree this year?
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