Our Top 5 Experience Gifts for Valentine's Day

Posted 31st Jan 2019

Sometimes the best gift you can give someone is a special memory or a new skill. With that in mind, here are our top 5 experience gifts you could give to someone special.

1. Dinner

Cooking dinner at home is a great option if you want to make a special effort. M&S has an abundance of fresh and delicious ingredients to put together a perfect meal for your other half. If you are not such a dab hand in the kitchen, M&S also have a range of pre-made mains, deserts and starters. Just bang them in the oven and you are done! Light some candles and pour some wine and you will have the perfect atmosphere for a Valentine’s dinner. If you felt like heading out for dinner, Aberdeen City Centre is home to some great restaurants such as Granite Park and Moonfish.

2. Experience Gift Cards

If you want to treat your person to a special memory together – experience gift cards are what we would recommend. Smartbox experience gift cards have recently arrived at John Lewis and include some great options – from an afternoon tea to a two-night European break. Thomas Cook Aberdeen also offer experience gifts. With these you can go to the theatre, to a sports game, a spa day and more.

3. Do Some Crafts at Home

If your special someone likes to express their creative side, why not grab some art supplies and have a cosy night in at home? Grab some paint and paper and make portraits of one another or create homemade Valentine’s gifts. You can find WHSmith in our St Nicholas Mall and they have an abundance of art supplies.

4. Personal Styling

If your other half wants to revamp their style, why not book them a personal styling appointment? John Lewis and M&S both offer this service for free. Plus, our Bon Accord gift cards work in both M&S and John Lewis so you could add one of these into the mix to give them a full shopping experience, complete with a revamped wardrobe.

5. Cocktail Making

A fun Valentine’s activity to do is cocktail making. Waterstone's have lots of books on cocktail making such as ‘Homemade Cocktails’ by Helen McGinn and ‘A Mixologist’s Guide to Making Cocktails’ by Jordan Spence! Grab your recipe books and some ingredients – Sainsbury’s, John Lewis, and M&S all have a selection of spirits and mixers. Once you have made your cocktails, Next’s homeware section have some beautiful glasses to serve your creations. If you feel like going out to a cocktail class, bars such as Revolution, Jam Jar and Orchid all offer cocktail making experiences.