Alternative Gift Ideas For Christmas in Ipswich

POSTED ON: 10/11/2020

Give your loved-ones something truly unique this Christmas and give the gift of experiences in Ipswich!

What do you get for someone who already has everything? If you’re buying for someone who maybe already has every gift that you could think of or is more of a ‘get out and go’ character, why not get them an alternative gift! Have a look through our suggestions for charitable and experience gifts to find the perfect presents for loved ones this Christmas:

Cinema Gift Cards

Cinema Gift Cards


We all know at least one film buff! And the upcoming year has plenty of spectacular films on the horizon.

With Cineworld offering a ‘Cinema for Two’ gift you can let them pick the movie they’ve been waiting to see. Empire Cinema offer customisable gift cards with classic film themes which are perfect if you know they’re a lover of E.T. or Forest Gump. If they’re more of an Indie Film fan or theatre fanatic Ipswich Film Theatre also offer gift cards – with so many options you’re bound to find something perfect.

Cooking Classes

Cooking Classes


Know a food enthusiast or budding chef? Why not give them the professional experience of a lifetime with a traditional Indian cooking class!

Passed down through generations, Coriander Kitchen will guide them in the use of traditional ingredients to produce vibrant and exciting flavours in their cooking. Whilst they enjoy their cooking class why not take another friend and book in to have an afternoon tea with a twist. Whatever you choose Coriander Kitchen will not disappoint.

Crafternoon Activities

Crafternoon Activities


Crafternoon’s can be the perfect way to spend quality time with someone, sitting down to focus on a gentle task and have a chat over a warm drink can be just what the doctor ordered.

There are plenty of crafty places all over Ipswich you can induldge in an afternoon of creativity and relaxation. Many of these places, Glass and Crafts, Pennikkity Pots, offer gift vouchers in store – however if you want to visit a different craft studio such as Star Glazing and the Suffolk Food Hall why don’t you craft your own personalised voucher to gift to your friends and family, it’s definitely on theme!

Gin Tasting Tours

Gin Tasting Tours


Gin is probably one of the most popular drinks of 2019, if you know a gin-thusiast why not take them out on a fabulous gin tasting session!

There are plenty of fabulous offers in and around Suffolk, if travel is a difficulty for you the Arcade Tavern in Ipswich offers gin tasting experiences and you don’t have to worry about being the designated driver! If you want to venture further out Heart of Suffolk Gin Distillery also offers gin tasting experiences just over half an hour outside of Ipswich.

Go Karting with Anglia Karting

Go Karting with Anglia Karting


Know an aspiring race car driver? Give them an experience they’ll never forget with Anglia Karting, with a range of offers and prices you can find a selection of gifts perfect for your family and friends.

Young or old, big and small there’s different session lengths and prices, it’ll put a massive grin on their face and will fit within your Christmas budget. You could always get on the track yourself and see who’s the better racer.

Jessops' Photography Course and Experiences

Jessops' Photography Course and Experiences


If you know someone with a creative flare or a budding interest in photography, then this might be the gift for them! Jessops offers a wide array of courses including travelling events, animal photography experiences (including big cats and birds of prey!) and workshops surrounding every theme imaginable. With such a wide range to choose from there’s bound to be a course that sparks interest for your giftee, not only will you be gifting them a wonderful experience you’ll be helping them develop their hobby from a budding enthusiast to a well-versed expert.

Find Jessops' courses here...

Makeover and Fashion Experiences

Makeover and Fashion Experiences


DJV Boutique offer a unique luxury makeover and styling experience which can be bought in two different packages. If you know someone who is constantly looking at fashion or playing around with makeup this could be the perfect gift for them. Let them sit back and relax whilst the DJV Boutique team pampers and treats them to a truly luxurious experience.

Orwell River Cruise Vouchers

Orwell River Cruise Vouchers


One of Ipswich’s most iconic waterfront boat trip operators, Orwell Lady offers a range of sightseeing, afternoon tea and event cruises throughout the spring and summer months; and they have some great gift vouchers available!

With lots of dates, cruise types and themes to choose from; a gift voucher for a River Orwell outing would make a wonderful Christmas present!

Oxfam Charity Gift Cards

Oxfam Charity Gift Cards


Ranging from five pounds to two hundred and fifty, the Oxfam charity cards are ideal for the charitable and kind-hearted people in your life whatever your budget. The cards can include anything from clean water for a family of four, a super goat, to a farm in Rwanda. If you’re looking for a gift which will brighten not only your loved ones Christmas but help people around the world making a real difference, this is the one for you.

Find their collection here...

Theatre Tickets

Theatre Tickets


If your giftee is a theatre-lover why not buy them a ticket (or two!) to one of the shows upcoming in Ipswich in the New Year.

With so many theatres and venues in Ipswich to choose from, including; Corn Exchange, Dance East, Eastern Angles, New Wolsey Theatre, Red Rose Chain, and the Ipswich Regent Theatre, you’re spoilt for choice. Many have already released their New Year/Spring show dates, so why not find something you’ll both like and join in on the fun.


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