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November 21, 2017

5pm Christmas gifts

Today’s 5pm Christmas Gifts blog is going to suggest a few Christmas gifts for Mum.

Of course, we’re not suggesting that no mum ever wanted to do a distillery tour at Glengoyne. Or had a hankering to go gorge walking.

Six creative Christmas gifts for Mum

However, here are six suggestions which we think would make Mum smile on Christmas morning.

We have plenty more ideas on our 5pm Christmas Gifts page and, if you want to look for alternative ideas, you could search by criteria such as Christmas gifts for her.

Afternoon Tea for 2 in The Salon at Blythswood Square Hotel

Christmas gifts for Mums

Looking for Christmas gifts for Mum which have a certain élan?

Something sophisticated with a very definite sense of style?

Cast an eye over this Big Deal on afternoon tea for two in The Salon at Blythswood Square Hotel.

If you saunter up the grand staircase at the five star Blythswood Square, you will find the Salon, an elegant lounge bar.

It is a very chic space. In fact, the drinks Bible Class magazine rated it as one of ‘the best bars in the world’.

Luxurious afternoon tea

Decked out with chandeliers, Harris Tweed chairs, Ionic columns and large windows looking out over Blythswood Square itself, it is a cosmopolitan spot for enjoying afternoon tea.

Available noon to 5pm, Sunday to Friday, the offer is for two people to have a luxurious afternoon tea. Option two adds a glass of chilled Champagne for each diner.

The chefs are always tweaking and developing the menu so it does change. However, your afternoon tea will include savouries such as Ayrshire honey roast ham and Arran mustard mini roll plus the mini brioche with Scottish smoked salmon and dill mayonnaise.

Of course, there are scones and then cakes such as passion fruit macaron, apple crumble tartlet and a Madagascan Madirofolo chocolate mousse choux bun.

The Big Deal is £49 for afternoon tea for two and £69 for afternoon tea with Champagne for two. Ticks our boxes when it comes to thoughtful Christmas gifts for Mum.

Overnight Stay in Tree House with Dinner + Prosecco for 2 at Fernie Castle, Fife

Christmas gifts for mumSearching for Christmas gifts for Mum that she will always remember? We got this.

Imagine the best tree house ever.

And then prepare to be astounded when you first catch a glimpse of the fairytale Tree House at Fernie Castle in Fife.

Perched in six lofty sycamores, the copper roof tiles of The Tree House appear to grow out of the trees.

The bedroom has a king-sized bed made of elm and specially designed furniture, all handmade with total comfort in mind.

Climbing up what appears to be the inside of a hollow tree, guests emerge into an octagonal bathroom. The walls are painted twilight blue and feature a frieze of fairies who flit among trees overhanging pools of water.

In the centre sits a huge slipper bath under a chandelier of leaves and flowers. There are three balconies all with amazing views of the surrounding countryside and one even has a swing.

It is quite simply magical.

Romantic getaway

Sitting in a quiet glade of pines, rowans and elderberries, The Tree House is about 500 metres from the castle. It is perfectly secluded but conveniently close.

The castle is by Letham on the main road between Edinburgh and Dundee. Sitting pretty in seventeen acres of woodland, the castle’s origins go all the way back to the 14th century.

The Tree House was built rather more recently and has all the mod cons and comforts that 21st century guests expect.

It is like a luxury hotel room. Only in a tree. If you want to give Mum a special treat, this is it.

This £219 Handpicked Deal is for two people to stay overnight in king bed suite in The Treehouse.

Includes a bottle of Prosecco, beers, soft drinks, chocolates, fresh fruit basket, cheeseboard, biscuits, continental breakfast, breakfast tea and coffee on arrival. Also includes four course set dinner each in the main Fernie Castle.

Multi-Treatment Pamper Package for 1 at Lumière Beauty Lounge, Southside

Christmas gifts fro herWe all like a little TLC.  If you want Christmas gifts for Mum that will spoil her rotten, try this.

Provided by Lumiere Beauty Lounge, this Big Deal for a pampering spa-style package would make a fab Christmas present.

Lumiere Beauty Lounge is a spacious, contemporary salon in the Southside of Glasgow.

Situated handily close to Cathcart train station, the salon has been going strong for well over a decade. Lumiere’s qualified beauty therapists have years of experience in making their clients feel terrific.

This £40 Big Deal includes four relaxing treatments — a luxurious body wrap; an express facial tailored to individual skin types; a detoxifying Indian head massage and an unwinding back, neck and shoulders massage.

And relax…

Some treatments will be carried out simultaneously, so the entire session will take 90 minutes. It will begin with a body wrap. While that’s taking effect, the customer can lie back and enjoy their facial and Indian head massage.

Then, once they’re unwrapped, the pamper package will be completed with a back, neck and shoulders massage.

By the end, every inch of skin will be tingling and glowing. Now that’s what we call an extra special gift.

This spa-style beauty package is available from 5th January to 30th March.

Introduction to the Exciting World of 4×4 Driving for 1 with Action Adventure Activities

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Road works, potholes, other drivers – the supermarket run can be a tough gig.

Be prepared for all eventualities with today’s Big Deal on an introduction to off-road driving from Action Adventure Activities.

Mirror, signal, manoeuvre will probably get you down the shops and back again without a prang.

It’s less useful if your route involves deep ruts, deeper water hazards and mud troughs.

An introduction to the rugged skills needed for off-road driving, this Big Deal gives the chance to learn 4×4 driving techniques in the safe, experienced hands of the instructors at Action Adventure Activities.

Learn 4×4 driving techniques

Before you get your chance to drive, your instructor will demonstrate the techniques required to negotiate the tracks at the Action Adventure base near Stirling.

Watch out – each track is trickier than the last.

Each driver will enjoy approximately 20 minutes behind the wheel of one of their Off Road Prepared vehicles. This session is shared with up to four other drivers and, depending on group size, can last up to two hours.

Option one is for one person (£29), and option two is for two people (£55).

Each session is shared with up to four other drivers and can last up to two hours. Each driver gets approximately 20 minutes behind the wheel.

Pints and Painting for 1 with The Paint Club Scotland at Tennent’s Wellpark Brewery and The Griffin

Christmas gifts for Mum

Suspect that Mum has unfulfilled artistic streak? If you are searching for creative Christmas gifts for Mum, these fun and sociable painting evenings are a great way to unleash her inner Frida Kahlo.

Totally different from a prim and polite painting class, this Big Deal for a Pints & Painting evening includes art supplies, a professional artist instructor and either a beer, wine or soft drink.

Taking place in the atmospheric venues of either Tennent’s Wellpark Brewery or The Griffin pub, this will be a relaxed evening designed to boost the creative juices.

With the support of a professional art instructor, you’ll get to create a mantelpiece masterpiece.

All levels welcome

No experience is necessary, just enthusiasm and the ability to hold a brush in one hand and a glass in the other.

Your ticket will include one free drink, a canvas to keep, paints, paintbrushes, a table easel and artistic instruction. And should you fancy topping up your glass, you can purchase more beverages at either venue.

Taking place over January and February, there are four themed painting evenings. Try your hand at painting either an owl, a highland cow, a Valentine’s Day image or an umbrella.

The £17 Big Deal is for 1 person to attend the Pints and Painting event, all of your painting supplies and tuition from the artist. Includes a choice of one beer, wine or soft drink and a canvas to take away.

Show Tickets + Steak Dinner & Wine for 2 at Wild Cabaret, Glasgow

Christmas gifts for Mum

Comedians, dancers and cheeky romancers are not thin on the ground when night falls in Glasgow.

However, they aren’t always accompanied by a delicious steak dinner.

Take up this Big Deal and enjoy the fantastic spectacle of a show in the sumptuous surrounds of the Wild Cabaret in the Merchant City.

A dinner and show package for two, this offer would make a fantastic Christmas gift.

With purchases valid until 28th February, it would make for a lively night out for Mum and her other half or an unforgettable night out for Mum and friends.

The award-winning Wild Cabaret is a one stop shop for quality dining, sophisticated drinking and raucous entertainment.

Available Wednesday to Friday, this offer is for two people to have steak frites, a small glass of house wine plus two show tickets.

Sparkling array of acts

Skilfully blended to show cabaret at its best, the Wednesday night Kitsch Kabaret serves up top class cabaret hosts, beautiful dancers, side-stitching comedy, impressive vocalists, spectacular aerial acts and powerful circus performers.

There may be alternative entertainment arranged for certain Wednesday evenings throughout the validity of the Big Deal.

Thursday nights at Wild Cabaret see the compere comedian Janey Godley unleash her razor wit as she introduces an ever changing roster of comedy talent. Bruce Morton, Jamie Dalgleish and Billy Kirkwood have all performed recently.

The line-up for the Friday night Big Show changes regularly. You might see any combination of sword-swallowers, mind readers, magicians, aerial artists or hoop acts.

You will laugh; you will gasp and you may even dance.

Glasgow does glam like no other city so it’s no wonder that Wild Cabaret is a hit. If are in the market for glam Christmas gifts for Mum, swing by  the Wild Cabaret.

The £35 Big Deal is for two people to have rump steak frites, small glass of house wine + show ticket to Wednesday Kitsch Kabaret or alternative; Thursday Just Comedy or Friday Big Show.