I touched on this briefly throughout my gift guides earlier this month - if you missed them, I've done one for HER, HIM and for FELLOW BLOGGERSbut basically, I'm all for an experienced gift over a wrapped one.

As I get older, there's only so many body wash gift sets I need and I tend to buy myself anything I'd like there and then - mainly because I'm ridiculously impatient. So when it comes to Christmas, I can never really think of anything I'd like to receive, but one thing that I always appreciate is a thoughtful experience. Now that I'm self-employed, it's very rare that I get to give myself a full day off but if I receive an experience / trip somewhere from someone else as a gift then I feel like I'm entitled to do so haha. So there you go family... if you want me away from my laptop / phone, you know what to do. 

I was very spoilt last week and was gifted two experiences from Wowcher; one a really lovely champagne afternoon tea and second, a fabulous spa morning. I felt very, very lucky and it was a great way to unwind after a stressful couple of weeks, but also the best way to spend some quality time with two of my best friends. Wowcher operates in most of the major cities across the UK and covers everything from cooking classes to speedy driving experiences and so no matter who you're looking to gift for, you'll no doubt find something that will really excite them come Christmas morning. Naturally I went for the most indulgent experiences, afternoon tea and a spa day haha.


I can't think of many things better than afternoon tea. Fancy china that makes you feel like royalty, freshly baked scones, having the ability to just natter away over a cup of tea for hours on end... all topped off by a nice glass of bubbly. What more could you ask for?!

I will be honest, I've had my fair share of afternoon tea's in my time but the experience at The Grand was really, really lovely. The atmosphere was relaxed, the staff were very warm and welcoming and the afternoon tea selection was spot on and catered for everyone with an array of savoury and sweet treats. As you can imagine from the image below, we definitely didn't leave hungry!! Everything was truly delicious and I'd definitely recommend it to friends and family.


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Ah... pure bliss. I can't think of anyone I know who wouldn't really really appreciate a spa day. Personally, its something I'm always desperate for but very rarely get the chance to indulge in, especially not something I would invest in myself so it always comes a really lovely surprise whenever its an experience that's gifted to me. 

Every element of the experience at Melody Beauty & Spa was perfection. As part of the experience, I was able to have a 30 minute massage and the therapist did a brilliant job but the highlight for me were the spa facilities! I'd go back just to sit in that amazing hot tub any day!!!


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