Socks, perfume and handkerchiefs. How many of us have given and received them at Christmas? Yet they regularly top the polls of the worst Christmas gifts received every year.
An estimated 20 million British consumers panic buy Christmas presents each year. Furthermore, £2.6 billion is spent on unwanted Christmas gifts too.
It’s time to buck the trend and give your loved one something they’re guaranteed to like. Here are our top five ways to treat your loved ones this festive season.
Send your loved one for a relaxing day in the spa with a gift voucher for our Revival Pamper Day. They’ll be indulged with a refresher facial or back, neck and shoulder massage and enjoy a tasty two course light lunch in The Garden Room. They’ll also have full access to all the facilities in our award-winning spa for a whole day. Now that’s a treat for the new year to look forward to.
Treat yourself and your other half – or two of the loved ones in your life – with a Couples Spa Break at The Runnymede on Thames. This couples’ retreat includes a 45-minute aromatherapy facial or a back, neck and shoulder massage, which can be with or without hot stones. The lucky couple will enjoy full use of our spa facilities for the duration of their stay too. Also included is dinner in our award-winning riverside restaurant, The Lock Bar and Kitchen, accompanied by a glass of champagne each to make it extra indulgent. The break is made even more special with an overnight stay in one of our luxurious rooms on a Friday or Saturday, breakfast the next morning, and a late check-out to stretch out the bliss for as long as possible.
Who doesn’t love a massage? Give your loved one something to look forward to with a tension-busting full body massage with hot stones. We use oils by ESPA – one of the best holistic skincare brands in the business. We’ll choose an oil to match the person we’re massaging, which will have maximum effect on those tired and stressed muscles. The hot stones give circulation a boost, while aiding deep relaxation. That’s what we call a gift made in heaven.
For the foodie in your life, you can’t go far wrong with an indulgent Sunday lunch in our Leftbank restaurant. In an amazing setting on the banks of the River Thames, lazy Sundays were made for this. With a Sunday Lunch gift voucher, your loved one will be able to help themselves to a selection of freshly roasted and carved meats. All the vegetables, gravies and trimmings are just waiting to be tucked into too. Go back for seconds or thirds as well – no-one’s counting when it’s Sunday!
For your loved one who craves the freedom of choice, our monetary gift vouchers are just the ticket. Buy anything in increments of £5 and let them choose to spend it in our award-winning spa, restaurants or on an overnight stay. We’ve got plenty more ideas where those came from too. We’re sure you’ll agree: a monetary gift voucher for The Runnymede on Thames results in a win-win situation for all involved. And the gift-related mistakes of Christmases past can be well and truly banished.