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5 Extravagant Gifts for You and Your Partner

Christmas is close – again! And especially if you’ve been in a relationship for a while, coming up with meaningful gifts can be harder and harder each year. And we’re no fans of the “we don’t gift each other things anymore”-deal. Instead, we celebrate gifting experiences. Why? Because studies have shown that buying, gifting, or being gifted experiences over things makes us happier. And while classics like a spa weekend somewhere are great, why not think a bit outside the box and plan something truly unique? Here are five extravagant gift ideas that promise to strengthen your connection and create unforgettable memories together.


Activity Holiday Adventures

Let’s start off with something adventurous. Little getaways together are a brilliant way to connect and force lasting moments. Especially if it’s coupled with activities that let you explore the world from a different, slower, and more intimate perspective. In the most picturesque destinations, you can choose from things like wonderfully scenic cycling holidays, romantic hikes, switching it up with something like a tennis holiday or even something as exquisite as renting a sailing boat. You’d be surprised how much intimacy it can bring to disconnect from the everyday cycle when blending adventure and romance – and enjoying only breathtaking landscapes and each other’s company.

Private Cooking Classes – With a Celebrity Chef!

Is your significant other a passionate foodie? Well, chances are good that you’ve already got a stacked kitchen. But how about booking the two of you a private cooking class with a celebrity chef? So, whether you’re looking at Gordon Ramsey, Jean-Christophe Novelli, or Jamie Oliver – they all offer classes with their teams to learn their culinary secrets, prepare a gourmet meal together, and finally savour the fruits of your labour. And there are quite a bunch out there to choose from here in the UK!

Hot Air Ballon Rides at Sunrise

Now, if you want to go for something absolutely stunningly romantic, this might be the one for you: the romantic allure of a hot air balloon ride at sunrise. Drift through the sky with your partner and take in breathtaking views from above. Hot air balloon rides offer a serene and magical way to connect, while silently floating through the clouds. Quite a difference to, say, helicopter rides or chartering a smaller jet. Which by all means is another brilliant idea in itself! There you go, a free sixth idea on us. Ha! Either way, this one’s an experience you definitely won’t forget.

Stargazing Adventures

If you’re living in more urban areas, the light pollution will filter out and block most of the wonder that is the cosmos above our heads. And really, once you see a proper and clear night sky, there’s really no wonder ancient civilisations were obsessed with learning its secrets. You could visit a renowned observatory or go on a stargazing tour in a remote location. You could even book a private astronomy session! Learning about the stars, constellations, and the mysteries of the universe together can be an incredibly intellectually stimulating experience.

A Weekend at a Reclusive Location

And finally: escape to somewhere remote for a weekend of seclusion and relaxation. And there is really no better time than now, when you can find hidden away forest cabins with inviting hot tubs – or luxury treehouses that come with a bold combination of rustic hideaways and yet being outfitted with modern amenities and comforts you’d find in a luxury hotel. Nestled among treetops, mountainsides, hidden valleys, and deep forests you’ll have everything you need for a romantic and cosy retreat with your partner.

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