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October 5, 2022

September is the month in which most birthdays occur in Scotland. You know why? It may be something to do with the fact that the festive season takes place nine months earlier.

Time off work, cosy nights in and a plentiful supply of Baileys seems to have a potent effect on the birth rate. However, let's hear it for those whose parents decided to do things differently and plan for October birthdays.

If you have anyone with an October birthday, 5pm gifts has plenty of exciting options to choose from. We have hotel deals, spa deals, offers on getaways, dining deals and experiences. All at price points to suit every budget.

Here are a few suggestions. There are many more to browse.

£15 for a Grooming Box For Men with Free Postage from Toppbox

Look sharp with Toppbox.

Look sharp with Toppbox.

What’s Included

Men’s grooming box

5 to 7 quality products

Tailored selection

Fantastic home grooming solution

As seen in Men’s Health and GQ

Free postage

Top male grooming brands

Every month, Toppbox sends out a quality assortment of five to seven grooming products made especially for men.

From face, body and hair, to shave, stubble and beard, they’ve got you covered. Products could include masculine skincare to woodsy cologne designed to make your beau smell like a rugged man of the forest.

This Big Deal is for a one-off man’s grooming box. And with a retail value of up to £70, you’ll definitely get a lot more than you pay for. Even better – free delivery is included!

Enjoy being extra handsome

A box of quality male products winging its way to your letterbox might be just the pick-me-up you need.

With your Toppbox, you’ll look, smell and feel completely dashing.

Alternatively, grab this as a gift for someone in your life who you know will appreciate some new products.

Glowing reports on Facebook

‘The Toppbox is by far the best men’s subscription box you can get your hands on. Not only is the quality of the products top notch but the variety you get is fantastic. Must have for the modern man.’

‘Received my first Toppbox today and I’m really impressed! The variety and quality of the products I received exceeded what I was expecting!! Well worth the monthly subscription!!’

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Introductory Pottery Wheel Experience at Spin Pottery, Glasgow; from £35

Get spooky at Spin.

Get spooky at Spin.

What’s Included

Introductory pottery wheel experience for 1 or 2 people

Finnieston location

Try your hand at pottery

Bring your own bottle

Great gift idea for crafters

Introductory pottery wheel experience

This Big Deal from Spin Pottery Glasgow will take place in a craft studio tucked away in Finnieston’s arty Hidden Lane.

During your pottery wheel experience, you will have a go at clay shaping and even make a few pots to take home with you. Full instruction, materials, finishing glaze and firing costs are all included.

Option one is for one person to have a 60 minute experience. Option two is for two people to have a 60 minute experience.

The offer is available to book at select times on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, with purchases valid for a whole year.

Great for crafters, couples and families

This offer is very flexible. If you fancy spending a spare me-time afternoon trying your hand at pottery, then choose option one.

Or if you like the idea of getting romantic with your partner over a pottery wheel, then option two is for you (or you could take a pal instead).

Sessions will take place in groups of four, so you could book out a slot for you and some pals, or alternatively go along on your own and share your experience with other crafters.

Incidentally, this is a BYOB establishment with no corkage so guests are welcome to bring along a bottle of wine and get creative. 

Happy bookers

5pm bookers who’ve bought this deal loved it! Take a look at what they had to say:

‘I had a great time learning to use the wheel, always wanted to try it. Leah was lovely, very patient and encouraging. Quite a small space, but great for one to one teaching. I managed to make some little bowls and started to feel quite confident after a couple of attempts, can’t wait to see the finished pieces. I would definitely recommend the experience to anyone thinking about trying their hand at pottery.’

‘I bought this deal for my twin granddaughters’ birthday – they are 11 years old. It was their first pottery lesson and they absolutely loved it and want to go back for more. Leah who owns the studio was great with the girls and gave help and guidance throughout the session.’

Buy this as a gift for an arty friend.

£99 for a Luxury Spa Day with 2 Treatments & Prosecco Each for 2 at NUSPA Glasgow

Relax at Nuspa.

Relax at Nuspa.

What’s Included

Luxury spa day for 2

NUSPA at 4* Radisson Blu

2 × 25-minute treatments each

3 hours of leisure access

Glass of Prosecco

Everything you need to unwind

NUSPA is a recently-opened leisure club in Radisson Blu, a hip four-star hotel right next to Glasgow Central.

This tranquil space includes spa treatment rooms, a 15-foot swimming pool, sauna, luxury relaxation lounge and state-of-the-art gym.

Total tranquillity for two

Sink into bliss with your favourite person with this Big Deal for a luxury spa day for two, available seven days.

Included is a choice of two 25 minute treatments each, plus three heavenly hours of leisure club access, a chilled glass of Prosecco each, fluffy robes and towels.

Lie back and be pampered

Choose two of the following therapies each:

Swedish back massage

Leg, ankle & foot treatment

Shoulder, face & scalp massage

Mini spa facial

Delicious day out

Looking for a little romance? Escape the world with your other half and enjoy soothing spa therapies, chilled fizz and a dip in a heated pool.

Or if you’re hunting for a gift for a friend, surprise them with this Big Deal and keep your fingers crossed that they’ll take you along.

Rave Google review for NUSPA

‘As soon as I walked in, I felt at ease; the atmosphere has a feel of relaxation and calm. I had a facial and it was great, the best I have ever had. I will definitely return and highly recommend. Staff are very friendly and helpful 5/5’

Want to pamper someone? Buy now.

Overnight B&B Stay with Dinner & Fizz + Tribute or Music Night for 2 at Loch Long Hotel, Arrochar; from £139

Loch Long Hotel nestles in the Arrochar Alps.

Loch Long Hotel nestles in the Arrochar Alps.

What’s Included

Handpicked for you

Choice of tribute night or music show

Overnight hotel stay on Loch Long

3 course dinner for 2

Use of hot tub + fizz on arrival

Full Scottish breakfast

Handpicked for you – curated deals for 5pm customers

What’s your idea of a cracking night out?

Shimmying on the dance floor to ‘Dancing Queen’, cocktail in hand?

Or channelling your inner film-star and pretending to be a part of the Grease or Dirty Dancing cast?

Enjoy this and more with this Handpicked Deal for a choice of tribute nights and musical shows at Loch Long Hotel, including an overnight stay.

Incredible hotel setting

Boasting views across the glittering waterside to the Arrochar Alps, Loch Long Hotel is a dramatic setting for a night to remember.

The hotel has been recently refurbished and is less than an hour’s drive from Glasgow.

All guest rooms feature a fireplace, flat screen TV, tea & coffee making facilities and free WiFi. Main pic shows some of the gorgeous surrounding countryside.

Take a chance on this

This Handpicked Deal is for an overnight stay and entertainment package for two.

Choose from the following events:

Nicholas McDonald (X Factor), Saturday 8th October

ABBA tribute, Friday 18th November

Grease v Dirty Dancing tribute, Saturday 3rd December

Sip on complimentary fizz at the drinks reception, then enjoy a three course dinner and show. In the morning, tuck into a full Scottish breakfast followed by a dip in the hot tub or a lochside stroll.

The menu may be subject to changes, but expect carrot and coriander soup with a crispy roll to start, breast of chicken with peppercorn sauce and served with seasonal veg and potatoes, and chef’s choice of cheesecake with fresh cream. Vegan and veggie options are available.

Have the time of your life

Fans of musicals like Grease and Dirty Dancing, or classic groups like The Four Seasons and Queen are in for a treat.

So why let your hair down at a special event with the added perks of fizz, dinner and a dip in a lochside hot tub?

Chuffed TripAdvisor reviewers

‘Beautiful hotel in a jaw-dropping setting. This is my third visit to stay at this fantastic hotel. Each visit, the staff and management have been attentive and welcoming…’

Would this gift make a friend's birthday buzz? Order now.

3 or 4 Night Stay in Lodge with Hot Tub for up to 6 People at Loch Lomond Waterfront; from £599

Loch Lomond views.

Loch Lomond views.

What’s Included

5* luxury lodges, sleeping up to 6 people

3 or 4 night midweek or weekend options

South-facing, countryside views

Private hot tub & steam room

Prosecco on arrival

Short drive from Glasgow & Stirling

Five-star lodge break

Nestled in a tranquil, wooded area on the east side of Loch Lomond are a collection of five-star, luxury self catering lodges, perfect for getting away from everyday life with a group of your finest companions.

The Big Deal from Loch Lomond Waterfront is for up to six people to enjoy a three or four night stay in a lodge, with a bottle of Prosecco on arrival and a hot tub (amongst other luxuries) for that perfect relaxation.

Unforgettable break

With the picturesque village of Balmaha close by, and stunning views of Loch Lomond and its surrounding countryside, it’s no wonder these luxury lodges are popular.

Each lodge has a fully-equipped kitchen, en-suite bedrooms and your own private hot tub, not to mention a steam room and all your essentials, from WiFi access, towels, bedding, toiletries and tea & coffee facilities. Most are set across two floors, but there are some single storey lodges available too.

With this Big Deal, up to six guests can stay midweek or at the weekend for three or four nights, until February, subject to availability. Up to two dogs are permitted for a supplement, and cots or extra beds are available for kids up to ten years old.

Loch Lomond Waterfront have provided something quite spectacular, and it’s only 20 miles from Glasgow or 30 miles from Stirling – these south-facing views can be yours and they’re not too far from home at all.

There are on-site dining options (Perch Restaurant is opened Thursday to Monday) and spa facilities, and guests staying in October will receive a 10% discount on Loch Lomond cruises – discuss directly when booking.

Highly-rated on TripAdvisor

‘We stayed in the Stewart Lodge and it was gorgeous. Very spacious, spotlessly clean and with a lovely view over the grounds. Hot tub was great. Really handy to have a smart TV for evenings… Two mins walk to the private sandy beach which was dog heaven! Five mins walk to the local pub (Oak Tree Inn) in Balmaha which is a lovely well maintained wee village. Would definitely go back.’ 5/5

If a friend has a landmark birthday, this Big Deal would be a memorable way for you all to get together and celebrate.