Stocking flyers…a Christmas inspiration-injection

Socks, perfume, book tokens, Baileys… boring. Your Christmas gift list needs an inspiration-injection if it contains predictable items such as these.

Thankfully, there’s a world of ideas out there to please your friends and family come December 25. A learning holiday experience, for example, is a far more original gift than M&S underwear. Or choose a trip that matches a special someone’s hobby. Such affectionate consideration can be more luxurious in its way that a gasp-inducing piece of jewellery.

Yes, holidays are more expensive gifts than underwear, but none of the ideas below will wreck the Christmas budget. Share the cost with other gift-givers and these presents become even more affordable. And finally, who knows – sometimes getting Grandad out of the country for a week or two is best for everybody.

Learn to fight like a Roman Gladiator in Rome. Try some perfume making in Grasse, France or cooking courses in Italy, France, Spain or Portugal, or much more!