Are You In The Mood For Love….?

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Valentine’s Day will be here in a few short weeks, so why not avoid the last minute panic and get your romantic gift now? With our extensive range of fabulous and unique experience gifts there truly is something for every couple, from tasting tours to dance lessons to sunset sails. Whatever your other half is into, you’ll find the perfect present here at Xperience Days. Have a look at a few of our favourites below…

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Chocolate is supposed to be the food of love, so what better way to show how much you care than with the New York Chocolate, Dessert and Wine Tour for Two? Discover the sweetness of the Big Apple during a two and a half hour tasting tour of NYC, where your expert guide will lead you through the streets of Manhattan on an unforgettable culinary adventure. You’ll be sampling decadent treats like chocolate truffles, gooey fresh-baked cookies, indulgent pastries, flavorful European cheeses, handmade candy and an excellent selection of fine wines from around the world. Visiting plenty of unique dessert eateries and specialty food shops in either the Upper West Side or SoHo and NoLita neighborhoods, this is a super special day out with a difference – and the perfect Valentine’s gift for foodies.

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You can surprise a loved one with an experience gift they will remember forever by treating them to the Marina Del Rey Dinner Sail For Two in California. What could be more romantic than enjoying a private two hour yacht charter with your partner as you both enjoy a delicious dinner on board? Sailing in the traditional wooden yacht Amethyst, you will be able to admire spectacular views as the sun sets over this beautiful part of Los Angeles County. Your dinner will be provided by an exceptional Italian restaurant and complemented by classical music and the romantic glow of oil lamps. If that’s not enough, after your meal you can retire to the top deck with a champagne bucket to enjoy some special couples’ time. A night neither of you will ever forget…

Xblog 5Or for something totally unexpected, what about the Couples Dance Lesson in Seattle? Whether you’re sick of letting your other half down with your two left feet or just think that a dance lesson is the perfect unique way to show you care, nothing about this fun lesson will disappoint. Held at the Arthur Murray School of Dance in Seattle and Bellevue, Washington, this is you and your partner’s chance to learn how to Swing, Foxtrot, Salsa, Rumba, Tango, Cha Cha, Merengue or even Samba from the experts. It doesn’t matter what your level is; under such expert tuition you will be amazed at how quickly you progress. Treat your loved one to this fun class and then afterwards you can enjoy a romantic night out on the town where you can put your new moves into practice!

Couples-Cooking-Class_300x240Though they say that the way to man’s heart is through his stomach, we think it’s the same for women too – so with that in mind, what about the Date Night Cooking Class In St. Louis? This is a fun and unique way to heat things up with your other half as you learn great new skills in the kitchen. Learning from a professional chef, you can choose from an array of cooking classes including Tuscan, Asian, Pasta, Pizza, Thai, Paella, Beer and Sushi, Crab and so many more. Held at Missouri’s top gourmet destination, the Kitchen Conservatory, this date-night cooking class is an ideal way to add some spice to your relationship. You’ll have lots of fun preparing a delicious meal together – and then will have even more fun eating it!

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Gifts For Pittsburgh

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So, you need to get gifts for the Pittsburgher’s in your life? We’re here to help! As usual, our first and best piece of advice is that when you buy a gift, you think about the person you’re buying for and get them what they’ll like. Sounds pretty easy, right? Well, it is, mostly. But in the event that you have ‘buyer’s block’, and you just can’t seem to figure out what to get for your Pittsburgh friends and family, read on to get some inspiration from our list of… well, stereotypes about Pittsburghers.

800px-Heinz_Field01Steelers stuff. Get them Steelers anything. Folks from the ‘Burgh love them some Steelers, and the best thing about this kind of a gift is that you can adapt it to suit all kinds of budgets. It’s a pretty safe bet that if you get them something yellow and black, they’ll be happy. If you’re loaded, get them some season tickets. If you’re doing ok, maybe a jersey and tickets to a game. If you’re neither of those things, any bit of cool Steeler’s merchandise will be much appreciated.

Do they drive? If so, have you considered getting them some new lawn chairs? If you/they are from Pittsburgh, you’ll know why. If you’re not, well, let us explain. Pittsburgh people do this thing, particularly in heavy snow, where they mark their parking territory with lawn chairs. It’s not a legal thing. There are no written rules… but park in someone else’s chaired spot, and watch what happens… So yeah, if they drive, get em some new parking chairs. If they’re new drivers, your gift could indoctrinate them into a lifetime of parking etiquette. What a gift!

1507881_10205622012534861_5628639897945524913_nPittsburghers like to have a good time. For some reason, this often seems to involve going on some terrifying rides. In fact, Pittsburgh has a bit of a history with fairground fun -it was a Pittsburgher who invented the Ferris Wheel. If they like a thrill, take ‘em to a fairground and get nauseous with them… or check out some of the more extreme adventures you can get here on ExperienceDays.com.

Fathers Day Blog 1Another way Pittsburgh folk like to unwind is with booze – and the city is become better and better known for its craft beers and microbreweries. If your friend enjoys a cold frosty one, take them on a brewery tour (please note, this is different to a bar crawl), to sample some of the city’s best suds.

What about a gift hamper full of Pittsburgh food and drink? This is an amazing gift for a pittsburgher who’s moved away, and might be longing for a little taste of home. If you really miss them, send them a photo of a Primanti Brothers sandwich, with the the fries and the coleslaw all on there… in fact, send them a gift certificate for Primanti Bros. They’ll be back within a month… Maybe leave some lawn chairs out for them…

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New Year, Fresh Start?

New Year, New You

new year bannerNow that 2015 is here most of us are full of good intentions for the year. Being more active and eating healthily are high up on most people’s resolution list – but as we all know, maintaining these resolutions is much easier said than done.

Why not treat yourself to one of Xperience Days’ many health-boosting experiences which are hugely enjoyable as well as extremely beneficial? Alternatively you can surprise a loved one with a unique experience gift that will help them stay on track this year. Have a look at a few of our favorites…

Orlando-Sushi-Making-ClassesWe all know just how good for you sushi is so why not learn to make it yourself with this fun Learn How to Make Sushi Lesson for two people in Orlando? At one of the city’s best sushi restaurants, this is your chance to pick up all the culinary skills needed to make great-looking, great-tasting sushi. Taught by an expert sushi chef you’ll be surprised at how quickly you get the hang of it, and you will soon know all the basics, including how to roll and cut sushi and how to make perfect sushi rice. Whatever your level in the kitchen, this is an experience anyone can enjoy and because it’s for two people you can share the activity with a friend. At the end of the lesson you’ll sit down to eat your delicious creations and will take home a sushi making kit too, so staying healthy won’t be a problem!

Private_Dance_Class_In_San_DiegoOr for something a bit more active, what about the Seattle Dance Lessons in Washington? This experience includes two half hour one-to-one lessons, one 40-minute group lesson AND an invitation to a supervised dance practice session. Taught by a professional dance instructor, these lessons can be tailored to your precise requirements; so whether you’ve always wanted to be lighter on your feet or just want to learn a specific dance for a special occasion, you’ll certainly achieve your goals with this experience. One of the most rewarding things about dancing is that you’re working out and getting some cardio in without even realizing it – and that’s the best way to exercise! Improve your fitness levels and your dancing, all while having a great time.

New_York_Cooking_Class_For_TwoIf you’re more of a foodie and are serious about getting healthy and eating right, you can’t beat this Atlanta Private Healthy Cooking Class for two. Expert Chef Megan McCarthy will teach you and your guest how to cook a range of delicious and healthy meals from the comfort of your own home. Looking at how to incorporate more superfoods into your diet, the menu for the lesson will include an appetizer, salad, whole grain, protein entree, and dessert. Throughout the lesson you will discuss easy and different ways to make quick and healthy food, and your eyes will be opened to the wonderful range of healthy foods available. Perfect for a fun evening with your partner or friends, this lesson will improve your culinary skills as well as teaching you all about healthy eating – and this is information you will use for the rest of your life.

Key-Biscayne-Paddleboarding_300x240If you like to hit the water then this Fort Lauderdale Paddleboarding is ideal. A great way to enjoy the outdoors as well as get some exercise, Paddleboarding is the fastest growing sport in the USA and for good reason! Not only is it a good workout for your body but it also helps improve your balance, core strength and ability. The psychological benefits are considerable too, as drifting gently along the surface of the water while admiring the spectacular natural scenery around you will give you a unique sense of peace. Taught by experienced and friendly instructors, you’ll soon be standing up on your long board and paddling through the waves like a true Paddleboarding pro.

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Gifts For Philadelphia

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Looking for the perfect gift for the Philadelphian in your life? Well, the ever-helpful crew here at Experience Days are here to make your Philly gift giving experience that little bit smoother. We’ve gathered some of the longest-held generalisations about Philadelphia folk, and used them to create the ultimate stereotype-filled Philly gift guide. Of course, we always recommend buying for the individual, but if yousers are looking for an extra special jawn for your Philly friends, read on….

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Philadelphia is the hometown and setting of some of the greatest. Movies. Of. All. Time. If they’re a movie buff, or just a Philly buff, get ‘em a tour of some of the city’s most famous movie locations. We’re talking Sixth Sense, Philadelphia, 12 Monkeys, Marley & Me, oh and what was that other one?… Ahhh, gotcha – obviously, Rocky features heavily, after all it is, without doubt, the city’s greatest cinematic export. ADRIANNNNNN!

 

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A trip to the Jersey Shore. Come on, yousers know youse love it down the shore! You know, a lot of Philadelphians will deny these down to the ground, but in their cheesesteak lovin’ hearts they know it’s true, so grab your sunscreen and your sequins because it’s on! Nearly half a million Philadelphians head for the shore every year, so why not take the special Philly friend in your life off for a weekend of bronzing, boozing, and generally having a great time?!

Chinatown1What about an ‘I DON’T heart NY’ tee? There’s always been a bit of a… friendly… rivalry between Philadelphia and New York. In fact, scratch that – don’t get ‘em that tee – this is the kind of rivalry that isn’t talked about or acknowledged. It’s like Nathaniel Burt said in ‘The Perennial Philadelphian’… “If Philadelphians can be said to be self-conscious about anything, it is in their desire not to be like New Yorkers or what they think of as New Yorkers”…

A years supply of hoagies. Not subs. Hoagies. Don’t get it twisted. Oh, and speaking of twisted…NYC Food Cart Tour Walking Tour

Get them some Pretzels. And beer. Or even better, a beer & pretzel tour around the city. Create your own, or find one that’s already set up. The fact is that beer and soft pretzels have been part of the city’s very soul since William Frampton’s brewery opened in 1683, and then its perfect accompaniment, the soft pretzel, was baked into existence some time around the mid 1800s. For extra brownie points, take a detour to Wawa for some water ice to dip a pretzel in!

 

I could say that Philadelphians love cheesesteaks, but the truth is, every right minded person on this planet loves cheesesteaks.Take them to Barclay Prime and treat them to a $100 cheesesteak. This bad boy sandwich is packed with sauteed fois gras, Taleggio cheese at $17 per pound, caramelized onions, heirloom shaved tomatoes and shaved truffles that ring up at NINE HUNDRED DOLLARS per pound. This is the most baller cheesesteak in existence, so it’s perfect for a special (or slightly ridiculous) occasion…Philly Cheesesteak

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Wedding Gift Guide

US Wedding HeaderLet’s just get this first and most important point out of the way – if the couple have registered, and if you know where they have registered, and you can afford to get them something from their registry, you simply buy them something from their chosen wishlist. Simple! You’re welcome…

US Wedding 1But it’s not always that simple, is it? Buying the perfect wedding gift can be a little stressful, even if the couple have registered somewhere. In fact, buying a gift from the registry list can prove to be just as tricky as thinking of something yourself, despite how simple a concept the registry is at face value. One of the main problems people have when buying wedding gifts from a list is that they can’t afford to buy anything on the registry, or that gifts on the registry that are within their budget are already gone by the time they get there.

And while a huge amount of couples now register at one or more stores, not all do, in which case you might feel a little out to sea when it comes to picking something for them. On that note, here are our top five tips for buying wedding gifts:

US Wedding 21. Let your relationship to the couple dictate how much you spend. Lots of people do the whole ‘calculating the cost of the plate’ thing, but really, if you were to follow that rule you might end up spending more on an extravagant couple you hardly know than on your less flashy, but closer-than-close best friends.

2. If you can’t afford anything on the register but you want to give something a little memorable, pool resources. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, pooling resources is the best way to get over budgetary issues, or concerns about giving gifts that you feel might look a little flimsy. Ask some friends who are going to the wedding too, and turn those wine glasses into a weekend getaway.

US Wedding 33. If you can’t find anyone to pool with, and you can’t afford anything that’s on the registry, then it’s ok to go a little bit rogue. Just a little, though! We suggest taking a look at the list again, and getting your clues from that. If they love Le Crueset and have asked for a matching set of red casseroles, get them a matching red lasagne dish.

4. Cash is king. Especially if it’s something they’ve gently hinted they’d like. If you can’t figure out where they’re registered, and you get the feeling that a monetary gift is preferred, don’t ask them directly. Ask family or other friends instead – it’s quite likely that they’ll be subtly spreading the word anyhow!

US Wedding 45. If they’ve not registered, you can have a little fun! But make sure to keep the couple in mind; think of what they’d like, not what you like. If you know where they’re going on their honeymoon, an awesome experiential gift certificate for when they get there is a great idea, or even something like champagne and a breakfast-in-bed at their hotel.

Happy shopping!

 

 

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Anniversary Gift Guide

US Anniversary HeaderAnniversary gifts might not require as much thought and cost as wedding gifts or Christmas gifts, but they are a wonderful way to mark a special and happy occasion, and chances are, if you are looking to get one at all then you want to get it right. Whether it’s a paper or a platinum anniversary is irrelevant, the point is that two people are celebrating a happy, loving partnership, and you want to make sure your gift marks the occasion as it should!

Whether you’re buying an anniversary gift for your other half or you’re buying one for a happy couple you know and love, there are a few general rules and things that you can take into consideration, to help you choose an anniversary gift that they will really love.

US Anniversary 1Buy for the couple, even if you know one of them a little more than the other. Their anniversary is about both of them equally, so even if one is super easy to buy for and the other one leaves you scratching your head in the socks department, you really should get something that they’ll both enjoy.

US Anniversary 2You can always refer to the old traditional anniversary gift list – but put a little imagination into it! If they’ve been married for one year, the traditional gift is paper. Two years, it’s cotton; five is wood. Take those traditions and turn them into something really fun and memorable. If it’s paper, you could make a photo album of their life together so far. Cotton? A hammock for two for the garden. Wood could be a night or weekend in a log cabin – and hey, if they’ve been married twenty years and you’re loaded, turn that china anniversary into the holiday of a lifetime (and then befriend us please).

US Anniversary 3Give according to their hobbies – there’s probably at least one thing they like to do together, so have a think and get them something that reflects a happy, lovely part of their relationship. Maybe they like to go walking or golfing, maybe they cook together, or it could be something more extreme that they’re into like snowboarding or scuba diving. Spend a little time thinking about what it is they love to do, and buy them a gift that reflects that. If you’re really stuck, a gift certificate for dinner somewhere is generally a fairly safe bet; everyone eats, after all!

US Anniversary 4If you’re buying this gift for your significant other, you are free to disregard all the rules, after all you know them – and yourselves as a couple – far better than we do! But even other halves can have a little trouble sometimes, so if you’re struggling, just take the same advice that we’ve given to everyone else. Get something for both of you to enjoy together, and you can’t go far wrong. Oh, and happy anniversary!

 

 

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Engagement Gifts…For The Happy Couple

US Engagement HeaderSo, you’re looking for the perfect gift for a happy couple. They’ve just announced to the world that they’re going to spend the rest of their lives together, and you want to get them something special to mark the occasion – but you want to do a little better than ‘his and hers’ towels, right? We know it can be difficult enough to find the perfect gift for one person let alone two, but with a couple’s experience gift, what you’re you’re giving them is some quality time together – and what more could a betrothed couple ask for?

US Engagement 1Well, they’re still going to want to do something they both enjoy. An experience gift is an original gift idea that will definitely stand out, but to make it really special, you need to do your homework! Think about where they live, what’s around them, and what they like to do, and let that information help you make your decision.

US Engagement 3If they like to eat, we recommend having a look at the food related experiences on offer. There’s a pretty good reason that going for lunch or dinner together is one of the top date activities of all time. It’s because eating is one of life’s basic pleasures, and eating together is even better – whether it’s a sit down meal, a walking food tour or a fun cooking class, time spent relaxing together over good food is always quality time. If you’re reading this in California, or the happy couple lives there, then a wine tour is equally romantic and the perfect engagement gift.

US Engagement 2Tours of any kind are a great way for a couple to spend a little quality time, actually, and we have some that your couple will love. So what if they’ve lived in the city their whole lives? Have they ever seen it from the back seat of a helicopter? Probably not, so why not give them an incredibly romantic experience gift that will let them see their hometown from a whole new vantage point.

US Engagement 4If the couple you’re buying for is more action & adventure than rest & relaxation, then you should absolutely get them the chance for some action and adventure. Couples that love to do that stuff, LOVE to do that stuff together, so you really can’t go wrong. Whether it’s a water sport experience, a climbing one, or even something as insane as a skydive experience you think they’d like best, you’ll find something ideal here.

Oh – and by far one of our most popular couple’s gifts is a hot air balloon ride. Just try to think of something more charming, more memorable, more downright romantic than floating through the clouds together in a beautiful balloon. You probably can’t. We offer these rides in beautiful locations throughout the USA, so if you really want to impress, this one’s a shoo-in.

Happy shopping!

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Thrilling Gifts For Speed Freaks!

Dragster-Rides-ResizedSpeed freaks. We all know one or two – some of us like a little blast ourselves, and why not? There’s something pretty addictive about the feeling of pressing the pedal down and hearing the growl of a beast under the hood. Whether its a car or motorbike that does it for them, or they prefer the speed without the motors and like to do insane stuff like hurtling down a snow-covered slope, all speed demons love the same thing – the adrenaline rush that comes with going as fast as possible – and even more, the rush that comes with the danger.

Ride-In-A-NASCARSo if you’re buying a gift for a speed freak, it makes a lot of sense to get them something… fast, right? Well, yeah, but what exactly to get them is the real question, and the other very real question is how much you have to spend on it – really fast things tend to be quite expensive things too, after all. Here are our top tips for getting the perfect gift for the speed demons and petrol heads in your world.

Figure out the passion. If they like really fast cars, it might be tempting to get them a ride-along or a driving experience in a Supercar/NASCAR/American Muscle car/whatever. To you, it might simply look like four wheels and a loud engine, But to a connoiseur, the type of car is everything and the difference between a Mustang and a Ferrari is like the difference between flats and high heels to a shoe-person. They both go on your feet, but the fundamentals could not be more different! Find out what they love. Get them what they love.

Drift Limits 4Don’t go nuts. If it’s a person you don’t know too well, or it’s a not very special occasion, or you have ten other gifts to buy too you don’t need to (and probably can’t) go crazy. But you can definitely still cater to their speed freak tastes, and get them something small but useful. A new mask/helmet etc., something for their car, or tickets to the speed-freak pastime of their choice are all totally viable options that are affordable.

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If it’s a big occasion and you want to make an impression but your budget isn’t that impressive, pool together with friends and/or family to get them something awesome. Driving experiences, fighter jet flight lessons, ski trips, skydives and other speed demon favourites can tend to cost quite a bit. but if there are a number of you pitching in, the cost is considerably lessened, but the awesome gift still gets to its rightful recipient!

Finally, and we know this is a boring one, but please be safe. Speed is awesome but speed is also dangerous. Driving is for people with licences, and experiences for speed freaks should always take place in a safe, regulated environment. In case you were wondering – of course all of our providers have impeccable safety records – we take your safety seriously!

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Gift Ideas For The Undecided

cropped-cropped-istock_000007233823large1Indecisive people, and people who don’t really know what they like, and those people who have a brand new passion every two months can all be quite difficult to buy for. Some people know what they want, and they are more than happy to tell you what that is, which makes your job as a gift giver wonderfully easy.

But there are the folks who have no idea what they want, can’t decide what their hobby is, and can barely decide on what socks to put on in the morning, let alone what they’d love to have for their birthday. So how do you navigate those situations where you’re trying to decide on the perfect gift for a person who has no idea what their perfect gift is? We have a few tips to help you out!

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Remember that they don’t need to be decisive in these situations – you do. You’re the one buying the gift after all! Their indecision might make things a little trickier for you, but essentially, the decision making is up to you here, so bear that in mind and try not to get bogged down in their indecision!

 

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Don’t spend too much money on what may be a whim. If they are the sort of person who buys a saxophone in January and then decides they want to learn to play the harp in March, it is likely that they will continue to flit from whim to whim. This is fine and there’s nothing wrong with it, but if you are buying them a gift, avoid spending too much on what may be a whim. Otherwise, you might feel a little upset when the wonderful new skis you bought them are left gathering dust once they’ve moved on to the next thing!

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A great gift for an indecisive person is one that reflects that indecision  – a ‘care package’ made up of lots of little things that have been well thought out is a gorgeous thing to receive, and a really fun gift to prepare and buy. It’s like a totally personalised hamper, made up of lots of lovely little things – toiletries, clothing, a voucher for a bungee jump, a nice mug… just stuff that they will love, that covers a broad spectrum.

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Food is always good. Even indecisive people need to eat! Of course, if you get them a gift certificate for dinner, they’ll have the agony of choosing their meal to face, but it’s out of your hands by then…

If you know them enough, and you’re confident it will be received well, go ahead and make a decision for them. Some indecisive people like it, and if you know them well enough to know that they’re that sort, then knock yourself out (but don’t blame us if it goes wrong)!

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Fab Gifts For Foodies!

foodwinecategoryYou know the type. They post almost every meal to instagram or facebook, and to be honest, most of it looks pretty awesome. They are always throwing dinner parties, they spend more time in the kitchen and the farmers market than anyone you know, and when they go on vacation, they decide on their destination based on the local cuisine and restaurant reviews.

These people are foodies. They are obsessed.  And that’s okay, because not only does it mean that your knowing and loving them means that there’s a good chance they cook for you quite regularly, but it means that you can easily get them a gift they’ll really love, no matter what the occasion. But there are still some caveats, some dos and don’ts that you would do well to follow to make sure you get them the best possible gift. So read on, for our top tips on buying gifts for foodies.

US Graduation 3Tasting experiences. This is foodie heaven. If you are one, you will understand why. If you’re not one, well it’s awesome because it’s about variety and trying lots of flavours and textures in one awesome swoop. It also avoids food-envy which is foodie hell. Whether it’s a tasting tour of their city or an eight course tasting menu of a really nice restaurant near them, this is the gift that food lovers’ dreams are made of.

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Appliances and kitchen stuff. Yes, this is one of the few times that appliances can be an acceptable gift. But proceed with great caution. It must be something cool – it kind of falls into the ‘something they want, not something they need’ category. A mixing bowl, maybe not so much. But a cool new mixer that they’ve wanted, or something quirky and useful like a pasta maker or avocado slicer, that’s ok.

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This one will work only if you are good enough in the kitchen to pull it off. But if you are, you can try to make/bake them their gift. Obviously the quality matters here; a collapsing sponge cake with lumpy frosting is not going to cut it – but a carefully prepared homemade Holiday Hamper, with chutneys, jams and shortbread can be a lovely way to show you care. To impress even more, stick a bottle of wine in there too. You don’t have to make that.

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Depending on the occasion, you can include yourself in the gift too! If you’re getting your other half an anniversary or valentines day gift, then a meal out together is a really lovely idea. It’s not bad for birthdays nd the holidays too, but ideally you want to ger them something just for them on those occasions. Of course, if you have loads of spare cash lying around, a meal out as well as their gift would be greatly appreciated – but try to make the bigger days more about them.

Foodie couples will love gift certificates for restaurants, food tours, or other food related experiences that they can enjoy together. Dinner cruises are always a good choice for a romantic foodie gift, or if you’re a little strapped for cash, you could always make them a picnic to enjoy – do it well, and it will be a truly memorable gift for food lovers in love!

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