Christmas made easy with the 2018 Travelzoo Gift Guide

15 Oct 2018

Want to actually make your friends and family happy this Christmas?

Easy. Give them an experience. Trust us on this one - when we polled our members, the results were clear: 80% said they’d rather receive an experience than a material thing at Christmas.

So consider yourself excused from walking round the shops looking for “things” people don’t want and will never use. No more breadmakers, scarves, novelty socks, lavender soap, weird hand creams and the like.

Instead, allow us to point you towards the Travelzoo Christmas Gift Guide. It’s perfect if you need a Christmas present for the man or woman who has everything. We have Michelin-starred dining experiences, vouchers for hotel getaways and spa days, tickets to top shows and more – all with sizeable discounts.

And remember. If you need a last-minute Christmas gift, our vouchers can be bought, printed and tucked into a card in double-quick time.

To get you started, below is a selection of our favourite experience vouchers available to buy in the 2018 Christmas Gift Guide. Alternatively, you can see all the deals right here.

Gift ideas for things you can do together

Spa treats for all  

What’s better than a gift they’ll love? A gift that you’ll love too! Once Christmas has been and gone, you’ll be in need of some R&R. A spa treat will soothe your aches and pains. This package for two at the 5-star Athenaeum Hotel in London’s Mayfair is the ultimate spoil, including a 60-minute treatment, access to the spa facilities, towel and robe hire, and a glass of bubbly.

Or how about this deal for a spa day in Surrey, which comes in at less than £15 a head for all-day access to the spa facilities and afternoon tea?  

All aboard for all-year access to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

This is a perennial favourite and it's easy to see why. For just £19.50 per person, you get unlimited access for a year to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard - home of HMS Victory and HMS Warrior 1860. There are also group options available: a family ticket for one adult and up to three children is £30; a family ticket for two adults and up to three children is £42.50; a child ticket is £11.75. Find out more about this deal

Vouchers for weekend breaks & UK getaways 

Cornish coastal perfection 

Alternatively, how about treating someone to a seaside escape in one of the UK's prettiest coastal towns? With this deal, overnight stays at The Old Quay House - a boutique hotel with "front-row seats onto the River Fowey" (The Daily Telegraph) - are now £149. This deal is up to 37% cheaper than usual. 

Cosy up in Cumbria

Switching from coast to country, here's an amazing offer for a stay the cosiest little Cumbrian inn imaginable. Just look at it! Two-night stays here would usually cost £250, but you'll pay just £99. That's 60% off. 

Dorset seaside escape, save 61%!

Treat someone to a coastal getaway with a difference. The Maritime Hotel occupies a striking former Ministry of Defence building on a clifftop on Dorset's rugged Isle of Portland. A 2-night stay there is now £129 - less than £35 per person, per night - and saving up to 61% on the usual cost. With breakfast and one dinner included! 

These are just a few of the getaways we have available. Check out the full range in our Christmas Gift Guide

Dining deals & gifts for foodies

Afternoon tea at Café Rouge - vouchers valid nationwide 

It’s hard to think of a reason not to buy this Café Rouge voucher. Not only is it less than £10 each for afternoon tea and a G&T (48% off), but it’s valid at a whopping 72 venues nationwide, so there’s bound to be one near you. 

Dinner with the Master

Here's the first of two deals sprinkled with "MasterChef" magic. Michelin-starred celeb chef Marcus Wareing is the owner and head chef at The Gilbert Scott, in the spectacular St Pancras Renaissance Hotel. You can treat someone to lunch or dinner at this top venue, plus a cocktail, for £25 a head

Field-to-plate with Matt Follas

Know someone who’s serious about their food? This one’s for them: a day spent with former “MasterChef” winner Matt Follas, gin-tasting and foraging for food in the Dorset countryside. You’d normally pay £165, but you can get it for £69. 

Check out the full range of dining deals in our Christmas Gift Guide

Romantic Christmas gift ideas

Brighton from above 

Step aboard the British Airways i360 for an experience like no other. This observation tower on the Brighton seafront whisks you 450 feet up in a futuristic capsule for dazzling views over the South Coast and out to the Isle of Wight. The complimentary glass of bubbly is the cherry on (an extremely high) top. All this for £16 each, saving you 40% on the usual price.  

Thames cruise for 2

Combine a romantic experience for two people with a tour of London’s iconic landmarks. This Thames evening cruise for two people is now less than £20 a head, including a glass of sparkling wine on arrival, a selection of canapés and live music.

Anchors aweigh in Lancashire

How about a 90-minute canal cruise for two through the Lancashire countryside? Now £29, this half-price deal includes one of the following dining options: afternoon tea, a hotpot or full English breakfast.  

Check out the full range of deals in our Christmas Gift Guide

Gifts for active types & adrenaline junkies

Zip into action

Active types and adventurers will love a zip-lining experience. This 31%-off deal from Zip World in Snowdonia is a cracker. For £65 you get to speed down over 2000 metres on the Titan zip line, before heading into the Slate Caverns - the largest complex of underground zip lines in the world.

Alternatively, how about a spot of underground trampolining? It doesn’t sound like it should be a thing, but it is. This £35 ticket for two gets you access to Bounce Below in Snowdonia where you’ll find giant trampolines, walkways, slides and tunnels, all suspended above the floor in an underground cavern. 

Swing time 

Taking the pace down a notch or two, how about a round of golf in the Surrey countryside? At £29, this deal from Lingfield Park gets you 18 holes of golf for two people with a bacon roll and a coffee each. 

Check out the full range of deals on entertainment & activities in our Christmas Gift Guide 

Gifts for animal lovers

Meet the meerkats 

Who doesn’t love a meerkat? This experience in Cambridgeshire gives you the chance to get up close with a family of these cuties, learning about them and feeding them along the way. And at £39 for two, it’s less than half the usual price.  

A bird in the hand...

Slightly less cute but no less fascinating is a bird-of-prey experience, where you get to meet a range of hawks, owls and falcons. This one in Shrewsbury is 65% cheaper than usual at £25, and this one in Essex is half price at £29.  

Want more? We’ve got lots more ideas for experience vouchers in our 2018 Christmas Gift Guide 

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