Give a Gift with a Difference this Christmas
Give a Gift They’ll Remember and Support Local This Christmas
Christmas might be looking a little bit different this year, with costs rising and lots of us trying to keep our gift budgets down. Spending valuable time with loved ones seems more important than stocking up on potentially unwanted gifts.
At the same time, our small independent businesses, attractions and entertainment venues need our support more than ever! Instead of buying the same old presents from big companies, make your gifts really count this year. Support local and buy them something that will let you share an experience with them and create lasting memories. We’ve collected some ideas below to give you inspiration!
Gift a Grand Day Out
Instead of giving something to open on the day, why not buy a voucher for a day out? Lots of our family friendly attractions offer Gift Vouchers so you can create fun for all the family. Little ones will love the unique role play fun at Bear Town, while older kids will enjoy getting hands on at Diggerland Devon or muddy at The Bear Trail!
Want your gift to last all year? Get a season ticket or membership to your favourite family’s favourite place to visit and they can keep going back as many times as they like for free! Museum lovers young and old will be thrilled with a membership to Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life, while rail enthusiasts will get a kick out of a season ticket to the Devon Railway Centre. Littler ones might love a year’s worth of trip to one of our soft play centres! Planet Play in Crediton offers yearly, half yearly or quarterly membership, to suit different budgets.
Stuck for gift ideas for grown ups? Apex Race Centre offers gift vouchers to their exciting and immersive sim racing experience or a voucher for a group experience at Quad World would be a brilliant day out!
Surprise Them with Some ‘Me Time’
With costs rising it might seem hard to justify treating ourselves sometimes, but we all need time to unwind and let go of all those worries. Why not treat someone to exactly that this Christmas?
Know someone who loves a bit of pampering? How about a voucher for a local salon for a haircut, manicure or other treatment. There are lots of salons to choose from across the region.
Maybe Retail Therapy is more their thing; a voucher for one of Mid Devon’s independent boutiques would help support a local business as well as giving them a chance to shop without the guilt of spending! Fashionistas will love browsing shops like Mademoiselle Mojo, Jo Amor and Snob. Book lovers would relish the chance to spend some time choosing their next favourite read over a cup of coffee in brilliant bookshops Liznojan in Tiverton or The Bookery in Crediton.
Not sure they’ll have time to browse the shops? Choose a gift that they’ll cherish from an independent gift shop like Leela in Tiverton, Boka in Crediton or No. 4 Creatives in Bampton or create a personalised gift box at Jo Amor or Liznojan.
Buy an Experience to Last a Lifetime
Looking for something really special? Is there something the special person in your life has always wanted to do? If you can push the boat out a bit, help them tick it off their bucket list with a voucher for a once in a lifetime experience.
Send them floating above glorious Mid Devon scenery in an Aerosaurus Balloon. They’ll be treated to wonderful service, get a chance to help with inflating the balloon and be treated to champagne after their magical flight.
If you’re looking for a show stopper of a gift for someone with a real head for heights then a wing walking experience at Dunkeswell Airfield is the the voucher for you. Fly on the wing of a plane travelling up to 135mph above Mid Devon!
A voucher for a skydive with Skydive Buzz from Dunkeswell Airfield would make a truly unforgettable gift!
Indulge their Taste Buds
How about some tasty treats for the foodies in your life?
If you want them to have something to open on the day why not pick up a hamper from one of our local producers, or create your own in one of our farm shops or local delis, like Halberton Court Farm Shop or newly opened Bampton Delicatessen.
Give them a chance to see how their favourite tipples are created with a vineyard tour at Wellhayes Vineyard, or a brewery tour or cider experience at a local drinks producer like Rull Orchard. Scroll through our local drinks producers to find the perfect one for you or have a browse through more food and drink experiences for ideas.
If you want them to have some booze to open on the big day stock up on some ready made cocktails from Sip Shed, or a Christmas special from The Beer Engine. Or head to one of our specialist drinks retailers, like The Jolly Vintner or Corks and Cru, for expert advice on what to buy.
Treat Them to an Evening Out
Give the Gift of Theatre with a ticket to one of the many brilliant shows coming up in 2023 at Tiverton Community Arts Theatre and the Comedy Hall, or a talk or concert at Crediton Arts Centre. Buy them a cinema experience with a Gift Card to Tivoli Cinema in Tiverton, or a Movie Magic card to get them discounts on repeat visits all year.
Will they be able to get away for a break next year? For a bit of real luxury send them away for a weekend mini break or night away at a Mid Devon hotel, bed and breakfast or glamping site!
NB. Please check with the individual business for opening times, current offers and voucher policies.