Last Minute Gift Ideas For Christmas – My Family Ties


If you are struggling to find unique and personalised gifts to buy for your friends and family this Christmas why not consider some fantastic gift ideas from Lastminute.com, there are so many great gift ideas to choose from, west end shows to spa days and you could even arrange a trip away for New Year Eve as a gift.

Here are just three of the many experiences which you could chose from on their website, just beware there is a high chance once you look at the extensive range of experiences on offer from Lastminute.com you will end up booking something for yourself as well!


Buy a lovely present this Christmas for the whole family, in the form of a two night stay in a 100% carbon neutral eco-pod in the Lake District. 

Enjoy camping in style with this Two Night Glamping Break in a camping pod at the 100% carbon neutral Quiet Site in the Lake District. It’s camping without the discomfort and beats staying in a tent hands down. You’ll stay in your own eco pod which will be warm should you book in the winter and cool if you stay in the summer.

With lakeside walks and stunning views, all at your doorstep, you’re bound to enjoy this unique location set in the heart of the Lake District. All you need to bring is your camping gear – minus the tent.
What’s Included?
  • Two night stay for up to two adults and two children in a 100% carbon neutral Eco-Pod
  • Access to all of the site’s facilities and amenities
  • Personalised voucher and message card
  • Cancellation indemnity



Give your loved one a glimpse of what it’s like to be football heroes by giving them the Wembley Stadium Tour for Two this Christmas. Wembley Stadium, visible from all over London,  has a legacy and history like no other, making it the most famous football stadium in the world.  It’s been the home of English football and the FA Cup Final since 1923 and the guided tour will enable your family and friends to follow in the steps of football heroes and see the stadium like never before.
Get a glimpse what it’s like to be football heroes and take the Wembley Stadium Tour for Two. Wembley Stadium, visible from all over London,  has a legacy and history like no other, making it the most famous football stadium in the world.  
It’s been the home of English football and the FA Cup Final since 1923 and this is your chance to take the guided tour, follow in the steps of your heroes and see it like you’ve never seen it before.
Take a peek into the changing rooms, where the players prepare for glory, sense the excitement as you walk down the players’ tunnel to the pitch and sit in the England manager’s seat. Climb the steps to the Royal Box, the place where winners are awarded the trophy. 
With its awesome acoustics, open concourses and magnificent views from its 90,000 seats, Wembley is the finest stadium in the UK. Feel the magic and relive some of the greatest football memories as you go behind the scenes of UK’s largest stadium.
What’s Included?

  • 75 minute tour of Wembley Stadium
  • Sit in the England manager’s chair
  • Visit the changing room, the players’ tunnel and the dug outs
  • See the press conference room and post-match interview area
  • Climb the steps to the Royal Box
  • Have a photograph taken with the replica FA Cup
  • See the statue of the late great Bobby Moore
  • Visit The FA 150 Exhibition – celebrating 150 years of English football
  • Personalised voucher and message card
  • Cancellation indemnity


Love Sushi? Take this workshop run by a professional chef, where you’ll learn how to make delicious sushi to impress friends at your next dinner party. The skilled chef will demonstrate the correct way to cut fish and cook the perfect Japanese rice – comes either in a lovely gift box or as an e-voucher for those last second shoppers.
Have you ever wanted to learn how to make your own sushi? Now you can, with this experience from YO! Sushi. Learn from a professional chef just how you can make delicious sushi to impress your friends.  You and a partner can watch as the skilled chef demonstrates the correct way to cut fish and try your hand at cooking perfect Japanese rice.
During the 2 to 3 hour lesson you will learn how to make different types of sushi including maki, rice filled rolls wrapped in seaweed, and mini ISO, inside out rolls with the rice on the outside. After you have made some amazing Japanese dishes, you can enjoy a lunch of your own handmade sushi. 
Once the workshop is complete you will take home a booklet with a step-by-step guide to the recipes so you can recreate them at home, along with a certificate and your very own rolling mat.
What’s Included?
  • Introduction and briefing
  • Workshop in sushi-making run by an experienced YO! Sushi chef, as part of a group
  • Lunch on the sushi you prepare
  • Sushi rolling mat to take home
  • Sushi School booklet and course certificate
  • Allow 2 to 3 hours for your experience
  • Personalised voucher and message card
  • Cancellation indemnity

Three great experiences that would make perfect Christmas gifts for someone special and the beauty of these gifts is that you can choose and buy them online, and if you order by 11.30 am that day, you can get your experience posted out to your friend or family member the next day.  I think the Glamping experience would get the big thumbs up from my family so I will have to drop some big hints to the OH!

Thank you for reading, I hope you have enjoyed reading about these amazing experiences from lastminute.com. If you like what you read, subscribe to my blog by adding your e-mail address to the box on the right.  You will be the first to hear of my updates.

4 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    December 29, 2014 / 8:22 pm

    Life is made of "Experiences" :- I think these are great gifts, if appropriate for the individual / couple etc. As memorable :- Memories can last a lifetime etc.

    Rachel Craig

    • January 11, 2015 / 3:13 pm

      Thank you Rachel, there are so many to choose from on the website, something for everyone!

  2. January 1, 2015 / 10:34 pm

    Love the idea of glamping!

    • January 11, 2015 / 3:14 pm

      Me too, it looks like it would be a lot of fun!

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