Posted by Sas Cardamone on 22 Dec 2019

Looking for a last minute Christmas gift? Is there a close friend or family member you haven’t bought for yet or have you faffed around looking for the perfect gift and panic is setting in. The last few days before Christmas can be stressful with so much going on and time running out.

Epsom and Ewell Families gets to work with some amazing local businesses and we’ve had a look at what some of them could offer in the way of last minute Christmas gifts. So no need to bite your nails in case your online delivery doesn’t arrive in time, no need to sit in traffic or spend hours drifting round the shops perusing the shelves in desperation and despair. Have a look below for some fantastic ideas of treats, vouchers and experiences that can all be bought locally, supporting your community and the businesses that help it to thrive.

For the fitness enthusiast:

Why not gift someone you love a rolling membership at Fitness Space Epsom, conveniently situated in Epsom town centre, it really is the gift that keeps on giving with state of the art Technogym equipment and over 30 group classes.

For the foodie:

Treat them to a course at The Epsom Bakehouse hands on, relaxed and informative bread making courses from beginners upwards, nothing beats the smell of freshly baked bread in the home.

Breech Lane Curry Cooking Courses prices from £80 for a 3 hour group session learning to prepare authentic Indian vegetarian and non-vegetarian food that is healthy and homemade.  If you fancy a foodie treat for yourself and your friends why not book a Good Evening Supper Club, sit back and relax with a glass of wine whilst Sudesh cooks you up a delicious Indian meal, or join one of her cookery classes so you can learn to how to recreate the same in your own home and impress your guests.

For those that are vegan how about booking them onto Ripe and Nines January Raw Cake workshop.

For the beauty buff:

Treat that someone special to a gorgeous Spa treatment at the Rainbow Leisure Centre, or perhaps a gift of treatment with Belle Angelique who specialise in spray tans and eye lash treatments or manicured finger tips with Perfectly Pampered Hands.

New year new innovative colour and cut at Campbell & Co Hair in Ewell village (evening clients enjoy a complimentary glass of wine or beer) or if you like your hair products to be naturally derived then treat them to a session at Mulberry & Thyme with a complementary head, neck and shoulder ritual.

Looking for a medical aesthetic treatment then give the gift of gorgeous skin with a professional, clinical beauty service at Aphrodite Aesthetics such as Diamond Peel Microdermabrasion or Semi-Permanent Makeup.

Special occasion coming up in the New Year, weddings or a birthday night out? Linda Conran Hair & MUA offers a professional and proficient hair and make-up service for the ultimate confidence boost, you will be in safe hands, or treat someone to a session at Lisa’s in Ewell Village for a non-invasive, results driven treatment, Linda helps clients get trimmer and look younger using technology.

Perhaps a dental treat is more up your loved one’s street, both Quadrant Dental Practice and Alan Wilson Dentistry will make teeth sparkle as bright as snow and Harland and Dear offer Invisalign braces at competitive prices.

Kalli is your local Tropics Skincare Ambassador, you can purchase gift vouchers for skincare products which feed the skin using only healthy, nourishing and natural ingredients, using plants and fruits grown in tropical climates but harvested using green technology, with beauty with a conscience at its core. A welcome relief after a long season of Christmas parties and indulgence.

A treat for all the family

Create a special memory for all the family by arranging a photoshoot with one of our exceptional local photographers Little Pip Photography, Alex King Photography or Caroline Thornton photography.  A beautiful snapshot in time, immortalising those happy smiling faces and most importantly with ALL the family in the shot enjoying themselves. Or perhaps theatre tickets for a wonderful experience together at Leatherhead Theatre or the Epsom Playhouse with some fabulous shows lined up for the New Year, there is lots of choice. Gift someone a break from the cooker with a gift voucher at local award winning pub The Cock Inn at Headley with delicious food and wine, indulge and relax.

For those with a sweet tooth, afternoon tea at All Things Nice, a vintage style café in Ewell offering sumptuous homemade delights. Now that sounds very nice indeed.

Simple but sweet:

Flowers are a real treat, simple, fragrant and always warmly received, Nikkie’s Floral Designs offers guaranteed freshness at prices lower than the high street, she also does wreath making workshops at your home so book in for next year with a gaggle of friends. With New Year on its way and spring around the corner, a fabulous idea for someone older or just weary of constant cleaning, book a house clean with Ninja Cleaners or CW Cleaning and brighten up their day.

Something personal:

On the 12th day of Christmas my true love gave to me, rocking guitar lessons with Pete Lance, who will travel to your home or teach in his studio, either just for fun or with grade exams in mind, and if the guitar is not their thing then singing lessons with Ultimate Voice, offering 1:1 coaching for teens and adults. Both really special ideas for the musician big or small in your life.

New Year New You, PT Depot in Epsom (see Kalli’s blog post on her magical experience) offers relaxation, body strengthening and confidence building, in a beautiful sanctuary in the heart of Epsom, specialising in wellbeing they will help evaluate your life in their ‘warren of loveliness’ and introduce you to sustainable health and fitness combined with lifestyle.

With all the stress of Christmas (and fun too because it really is a magical time), give a gift of relaxation Reiki with Bobbie a holistic technique promoting calmness and harmony for balance and rejuvenation to chase away those every day stresses and anxieties.

So much choice and so little time left before the big day so get shopping. An experience, voucher or treat can create memories that really can last a lifetime, whatever needs or interests there is something for everyone that will make them feel super special, loved and cherished. We all need a little me time doing something we love or pampering ourselves, and family time enjoying just being together, those are the things that stay with us.

Have a magical Christmas everyone and don’t forget local is best!!!

Sas xx

Sas Cardamone
Sas Cardamone is a local mum originally from Norfolk. Likes checking out new crafts, aspires to getting fit (couch to 5k is still on my to do list), loves country walks in winter but nothing is better than messing around on the beach with her kids, coffee in hand, sandy sandwiches and yet another collection of shells.

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