It's time for that ineluctable question of November - how
can I make THIS Christmas's offerings under the tree just as, or more,
exciting, fun, inspired and perfectly suited to the recipient?
The first thing you can do is keep it in perspective. So often, the simple
gifts are ideal - just a little something they wouldn't buy for themselves.
We live in what has become pretty much a disposable society - the little things cost little money - so it's hard to find meaningful treats when it comes to presents.
As much as we don't want to gibber on about Christmas in mid November, maybe we can help?
A brilliant idea for a gift is an experience. Look at the driving days, the hot air ballooning, fantastic theatre trips, even weekends away. But how about the less adventurous or culturally minded?
Try cookery! These Pitstops have some brilliant cookery classes or amazing cookery schools - the perfect unique experience even for Can't Cooks or Won't Cooks...
Here are a few of our favourites -
Treat 'Him' to the ultimate guide to barbecuing to perfection at Newlyns Farm, North Warnborough, Hampshire (£142)
Looking for a healthy kickstart to the new day - start with a healthy kickstart to every day. Learn great skills along with great habits at the Super Healthy Family Breakfasts day at Daylesford, Kingham, Oxfordshire (£175)
Prefer an evening of culinary delight? Try the evening classes at Becketts Farm, nr Birmingham, West Midlands. We particularly like the Cook A Curry with Sangeeta and the Evening for Chocoholics (£65)
Apley Farm Shop, Shifnal, Shropshire offers the great idea of morning sessions, leaving the rest of the day free - to practise your new skills in time for dinner perhaps?! At £20 for a demonstration of varying themes, why not buy one for yourself too?
Ever made your own sausage? Me neither. But you can learn at Huntstile in their New Year Sausage Making Courses for only £50. Get involved in banger creations at Huntstile Organic Farm, Bridgwater, Somerset.
But don't forget the young ones... It's never too early to get them excited about all things foodie. There are excellent courses for children at Newlyns Farm Shop and Becketts Farm Shop, with great teen classes at Daylesford too.
Image attributed to Newlyns Farm Shop.