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November 22, 2013
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Our Phil

For our second 5pm Staff Christmas Picks, our projects man Phil Smith has told us what he’s planning to buy his family and friends.

It’s still five weeks to go until Christmas but Phil is very organised. “I usually have everything done by the start of November!” Phil said. “My wee girl’s birthday is the 22nd December so it pays it be organised rather than completely skint for the next month! I like to get it out of the way and the 5pm Christmas gifts page makes it so easy too.” Here’s Phil’s picks:

£34 for a luxury spa day at Gleddoch House Hotel

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Phil says: “With an energetic ‘nearly-three’ year old tearing about our house I think my wife would appreciate a luxury spa day. What could be better than a day chilling out getting a few treatments before she has to think about what mess the wee one made with Daddy whilst she was out.”

£18 for a gin masterclass and afternoon tea at 56 North


Phil says: “My brother and sister-in-law aren’t averse to a gin or two from time to time so this gift would be perfect for them. Eight different gins to taste and a spot of afternoon tea, I can’t think of a better way to spend a Sunday afternoon.”

£99 per couple for a gourmet overnight break including £45 dinner spend at the 4* Parklands Hotel, Perth


Phil says: “My parents love Perth and good food meaning this overnight stay at The Parklands Hotel would be sure to go down well. The menu in the restaurant looks amazing and breakfast is thrown in too. I think this would be a very well received gift.”

£29 for a cook and go Italian cookery class at Bellini Cookery School, Edinburgh


Phil says: “A friend of mine is obsessed with the Great British Bake Off so this cookery class voucher is the ideal present for him to hone his cooking skills even further. There’s a huge choice of different classes, from bread making to the art of cooking risotto. As a soon to be married man, I’m sure his future wife would also appreciate this gift…”

Good choices Phil. You can buy them, as well as loads more hotel, dining, beauty and activity deals, on our 5pm Christmas gifts page.