After posting my gift guide for physical presents, I thought I’d make a list of Cornish ‘non-wrappables’ too…
Sure, we all like to have something to unwrap, but it’s also amazing to receive something extra thoughtful. Something you’ll remember for years to come!
These type of ‘experience’ gifts are perfect for people who don’t like clutter, or who simply don’t need another item or piece of clothing to add to their cupboard.
1. Spa Day in Cornwall’s beautiful hotels
Cornwall is blessed with plenty of hotels & spas to choose from, so why not make the most of their quieter periods during the otherwise boring months of January and Feb? Try these:
– St Michael’s Hotel & Spa (from £80pp)
– The Headland Hotel (from £50pp)
– Penventon Park Hotel (from £39pp)
2. Coasteering Experience
Live life on the wild side with an activity gift like coasteering! It may even include a refreshing dip in the ocean for a Winter wild swim. Try these guys in Port Gaverne or the Roseland:
– Cornish Rock Tors (from £40pp)
3. Year’s National Trust Membership
I have absolutely loved having my National Trust membership this year (courtesy of my grandma last Christmas – cheers gran!). There are so many beautiful places in Cornwall you can then explore for free, include Trelissick Gardens, Lanhydrock, and free parking on coastal car parks.
– National Trust memberships (from £63 per year)
4. Voucher for Fifteen Cornwall
If you know of any foodies (who am I kidding, of course you do), this is such a great gift! Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen is obviously a little on the pricey side, so giving a gift voucher of even just £10 can help your friend or family member afford a special trip!
– Fifteen Cornwall voucher (from £10)
5. Winter Wildlife Cruise
Embark on a sailing adventure and spot some wildlife on this 4 hour trip around Falmouth and Cornwall’s southern coast! Even in Winter, it’s a great time for spotting dolphins and seabirds, and maybe some seals too.
– 4 hour wildlife cruise (from £50pp)
6. Foraging Course
N and I went on a foraging and feasting day with Fat Hen last year and had an amazing time! It involved a hike around Prussia cove with baskets full of foraged goods (including seaweed!) and then a 3 course meal back at the Fat Hen barns, all cooked with – you guessed it – foraged ingredients. Such a great experience.
– Fat Hen course (from £95pp)
7. Year’s SAS Membership
For the surfers & watersports enthusiasts in your life, there’s never a more thoughtful gift than a charity membership to help protect our oceans. Surfers Against Sewage do an amazing job at keeping our waters clean and unpolluted through fundraising, lobbying and clean-up events.
– SAS memberships (from £24 per year)
8. Winter Weekend Getaway
For someone super special, why not book a Winter getaway in one of Cornwall’s stunning hotels. There are so many offers and weekend specials to be had, but below are just a few examples:
– 1 night at Watergate Bay hotel with dinner (from £240)
– 1 night at Budock Vean hotel with dinner (from £188)
– 1 night at the Greenbank hotel with 3-course meal (from £124)
9. Landboarding Lesson
For something a little bit different and fun, why not give a ‘kite buggy and landboarding lesson’? This is the perfect Winter activity gift as no one has to get cold and wet in the sea ;)
– Landboarding lessons (from £45 pp)
10. Arts & Crafts Courses in St. Agnes
Of course there are many places in Cornwall who host craft workshops, but Aggie Arts might have the most quaint and inspiring location! Whether it’s photography, felt making, watercolour painting, wine appreciation or pasty making, these workshops make great gifts (or you can get a gift voucher too!).
– Arts & Crafts courses (prices depend on group size, anywhere from £15pp to £45pp)
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