Finding the perfect gift at Christmas is a major challenge. Often, we’ll sacrifice quality over quantity but that only increases our environmental impact; we end up buying things to create volume for things people don’t really want.
This Christmas keep it simple. Why not give them something they can cherish and enjoy? Give them something to look forward to either in the drabs of January and February or something to enjoy a little later on in the year. We tried out the buyagift theatre and dinner for two package, just to see how it fairs for an experience and if really is a worthwhile gift for those you love. Our verdict: It really is.
Of course, there are plenty of experiences to choose from, it might be a bucket list item of theirs; the opportunity to hop into a super car for the day, maybe they’ve always wanted to feel the feeling of flying, or maybe they seem a little overwhelmed at the moment and would benefit from a serious pamper. Whatever it may be, a gift like that is sure to leave a lasting impression.
If you don’t want to be too specific in what you give, then we absolutely love the idea of the Smartbox which allows your recipient to choose the experience they really want from hundreds (and even thousands) of options. Furthermore, it comes beautifully packaged for a gift that gives.
As for the experience we tried…
The whole process was completely effortless. On receipt of the simple but well packaged gift it was a breeze to use. From date of receipt there are 10 months in which the gift can be used so thankfully time isn’t of concern and we had 9 top quality West End musicals to choose from (in this particular package).
For several years now, I’ve wanted to see Les Misérables in the West End. It’s one of THE most iconic musicals of our time and the London production is the longest running musical EVER (2nd in the world!) so when we saw that was one of the options available, it seemed an obvious choice.
All that we needed to do to book out tickets was call the ticket line with the dates we wanted to see the show (we booked only 3 weeks in advance and they were even offering tickets to shows within a matter of days). Within minutes our seats to the show was booked and a confirmation received. All we had to do was collect our tickets from the box office the night of the performance.
The seats were phenomenal as well. We were just second row from the stage, undoubtedly one of the premium and most sought after tickets in theatre and although I was concerned that actually I’d be looking up the whole time (like you do in the cinema if you sit to close), this is not the case with a theatre show. If anything, you feel like you’re a part of the performance as it is happening right in front of you. We felt every drum beat, sensed every smell and experienced every emotion in high definition.
The show itself was absolutely incredible too. We saw the Broadway version a few years a go and it’s absolutely comparative. If you’re familiar with the film or show, this is just a poignant and powerful. You’ll need tissues. The entire cast is fantastic and brings to life such a spectacular legendary production.
This package also came with a dining experience. Which made for a completely effortless and enjoyable evening out. To book this aspect of our package we had to go online and book our table referencing the gift voucher provided in the pack. You can choose from Zizi, Prezzo or Ask, with plenty of each in and around the vicinity of all the theatres.
We had a three-course meal from a set menu but with choices in each course, suitable for any dietary preferences and of course tastes. It did feel a little weird at the end of the meal not having to fork out any case whatsoever, it felt almost scandalous.
They say you can’t buy memories, but thanks to buyagift you can buy the opportunity to make memories you’ll cherish forever, making your gift for life, not just for Christmas.