Show someone how much you care by gifting them a day out that they will remember forever

We are doing our best to Live Better and be more sustainable this Christmas, which is why we are trying to re-ignite the beauty of gifting experiences. Giving someone a gift that you can do together is the perfect excuse to spend some quality time together during the hectic festive season. Here are 9 ideas for thoughtful experiences you can gift your loved ones this Christmas!

Afternoon tea

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There is no better way to indulge than afternoon tea – with sandwiches, cakes, and maybe even a glass of champagne. Consider House Dublin for some city glamour, Hotel Meyrick in Galway for a special festive spread, or The Killarney Park Hotel for some traditional luxury.

Exhibitions

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Why not bring a loved one to soak up some culture with a stroll around an art exhibition? The Irish Museum of Modern Art’s ‘Desire’ exhibition features a host of Irish and international artists and is well worth a visit. Other options include the Doris Day exhibition at Newbridge Silverware, Co. Kildare, which is a must-see for any fashion enthusiast.

Hotel breaks

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Explore a new part of Ireland and take your loved one on a relaxing hotel break that they will remember forever. Carton House, Ballynahinch Castle, and Dromoland Castle all have beautiful interiors and scenery to match.

Christmas markets

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You no longer need to fly abroad to experience the traditional European markets, as pop-ups all over Ireland are creating their own festive experiences. Visit the Christmas Markets at Franciscan Well Brewpub, Cork, to enjoy their famous pizza and hot punch as you browse the stalls. The Hen’s Teeth Christmas Bazaar is another must-see, showcasing a range of Irish crafters.

Dublin Zoo Wild Lights

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There are so many reasons not to miss Wild Lights at Dublin Zoo: from the beautiful Celtic-inspired displays to the delicious hot chocolate. Make sure to swipe your tickets quickly, as there are only a few December nights left.

Theater

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A night out to the theater is great opportunity to get dressed up, so make your loved one feel special by treating them to some tickets to a show. Mamma Mia! and Grease are just some of the well-known shows coming to Dublin in 2020, and will be guaranteed fun.

Classes

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Trying to learn a new skill together is a great way to bring people closer, and always guarantees some laughs. Try a cocktail making class or a festive cookery class for a memorable gifting experience.

Immersive tours

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Learn something new and enjoy a few laid-back drinks with a tour around some of Ireland’s iconic breweries and distilleries. The Guinness Storehouse and Teeling Whiskey Distillery Tour are brilliant experiences that everyone will enjoy. If you’re not a drinker, the Butlers Chocolate Experience is perfect for sweet tooths and child-friendly, too.

Relaxing spa treatments

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Maybe you are buying a present for someone who is going through a busy or stressful time. If you know someone who deserves to relax and unwind, treat them to a blissful spa treatment. ESPA at The Europe,The Beautique Spa at the Hayfield Manor, and The Victorian Treatment Rooms at Castle Leslie provide the ultimate luxury experience.