Whichever way you look at it, there is no denying that 2020 has been a year to remember – but the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has made for many a missed birthday, anniversary and even wedding, with the majority of those happening over the past few months spent at home. The usual holidays, trips abroad and other favourite ways to mark these occasions have felt like a thing of the past, but as restrictions continue to ease, it’s the perfect opportunity to make up for lost time.
So, if you’re eager to recreate a special day for someone significant in your life, then it’s time to pull out all the stops and plan for a celebration they’ll never forget – and shower them with an array of lavish gifts that they are certain to love.
Unsure where to get started? Read on – because we’ve rounded up some of the best luxury presents to surprise them with this year.
There are few gifts that have the power to put quite such a smile on any travel enthusiast’s face than tickets to a new and far flung destination, and a trip to the tropics or an Asian adventure is guaranteed to please. But, in light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, travel isn’t quite as easy as it once was, so why not treat them to a luxurious staycation instead?
Book them into an opulent five-star hotel in the countryside, complete with a sumptuous day at the spa, and you can’t go far wrong. Throw in a Michelin-starred tasting menu and a wine flight, and it’s certain to be the best gift they receive all year.
The wines and spirits connoisseur
For the wine lover, you can’t go far wrong with a good bottle of a fine vintage – but why not go one better and treat them to a vineyard tour followed by a tasting? Long-haul travel may still be tricky, but a short hop to Bordeaux should go relatively hitch free.
If, on the other hand, they are more of a spirit lover, then treat them to a bottle of their favourite. Pop to your local retailer for a bottle of the finest aged whisky you can find.
The tradition lover
For those who enjoy quintessentially British pastimes, Fortnum and Mason’s afternoon tea hamper is the perfect gift, and will see them through any summer garden party in style. Packed with decadent treats including a range of cakes, biscuits, teas, preserves and accoutrements, all presented in a traditional wicker basket, it’s the perfect partner for a romantic picnic or outdoor soiree in the sunshine.
If you fancy going one better, why not take them out for a champagne afternoon tea at a luxury country house hotel?
For other traditional summer occasions, like Raksha Bandhan, buy rakhi online for your brother or sister to show them how much they mean to you.
For the avid reader in your life, a subscription to the Rare Birds Book Club is a thoughtful gift that will show that you’ve really taken the time to consider what would make them happy. Each month, a brand-new book will arrive thorough their letterbox to read at leisure – then, they can head to the members’ area to discuss. If their real-life book club has been on hold in light of recent events, then it’s the perfect socially distanced alternative.
Subscriptions are available in three, six or twelve month packages.
Whatever you choose to gift them with, nothing says it better than giving them your time. So, dedicate your entire day to celebrating their big occasion, and you’ll make them happier than ever.