If you are ever stuck for a gift idea, rushed for time or simply are running to a specific budget, then the new Smartbox™ may be the ideal gift solution for you. Smartbox™ is unique gift concept that allows the recipient to choose from up to 200 amazing different experiences. Inside a Smartbox™ you will find an illustrated guidebook with details of the options available and a voucher with which to redeem the chosen activity. All the recipient has to do is book the experience of their choice and hand over the voucher as payment.
With a Smartbox™ you can still tailor the gift to the recipient as there are 10 different themed Smartbox™ products which offer over 1,000 activities to choose from across the UK and Ireland. You can choose the type of box you wish to give from certain categories including Wellbeing, Culinary, Escape and Activity. Your recipient can then book an experience from a fully illustrated guidebook within the box. The guidebooks are there to help your recipient to make their own choice from up to 200 different activities and escapes, which they can then book directly with the supplier. When they have booked their chosen gift experience they then hand over the enclosed voucher at the supplier’s site and enjoy their experience. No cost is shown, so they won’t know how much you’ve paid. Obviously, travel expenses are not included. Examples of activities are listed below:
The Devon School of Shiatsu – for one person
Situated in a converted barn in the idyllic south Devonshire countryside, this is an introductory Shiatsu weekend which consists of learning about the ancient Japanese art of Shiatsu Therapy, and its roots in Oriental medicine. Shiatsu is a dynamic form of hands-on healing. As well as offering symptomatic relief for many health problems, it also seeks the source of an ailment, addressing energy imbalances on a physical, emotional and spiritual level. Surrender your body to the nurturing hands of another student as gentle pressure from the hands, thumbs or elbows coupled with simple stretching and movement techniques, rebalances and restores the body’s natural energy flow, or ‘Ki’ in Japanese.
Table for Two – Chin Chin! Bar & Restaurant
Darren Armstrong’s vision of a continental style café bar is perfectly realised in this cosy, intimate restaurant. Chin! Chin! offers English classics and European style dishes with a bistro twist. Mains like ale battered fish and hand-cut chunky chips sit happily alongside more exotic treats such as an authentic lamb tagine. The menu changes weekly, so you’re guaranteed the freshest seasonal choices. A fully licensed bar including fine wines, continental beers and soft drinks are available, not to mention the range of premium cocktails. Why not wrap up the whole experience with a delicious home-made dessert in front of the roaring fireplace? Let’s raise a glass to that!
York Yurts – One Night for Two
Treat yourself to something completely different with a romantic stay in a traditional yurt. Used by nomadic tribesmen in central Asia for centuries, the circular, trellis-walled structures are designed to withstand harsh climates and extreme temperatures, providing an insulated, sustainable, comfortable shelter against the elements. Escape from the pressures of everyday life and unwind completely in a relaxing, laid back environment. Each yurt is individually furnished to a very high standard, with wood burning stoves enabling year-round use, and has its own fully equipped cooking tent, plus fire pits and barbecues. This exciting experience combines the feel-good factor of sleeping under canvas with a tranquil atmosphere in three acres of lush farmland. Bliss.
Have you ever wanted to see the earth from the sky? The adventure of a helicopter ride is like no other! In the air, the views of the South East are out of this world. Skimming past clouds, flying high and watching the ground slide by. Experience the excitement in one of our modern fleet of helicopters. Based on a 2,000 acre Buckinghamshire country estate, Adventure 001 has a UK wide network and operates activity centres in London, Chilterns and Cotswolds regions. Our aviation business is run by aviation specialists and we currently fly over 70,000 customers per year through our own unique range of flying experiences all over the UK.