2020 has been a challenging year, so let’s make 2021 the year of experiences. We are so lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the UK and to have amazing businesses in the local area. I have rounded up 12 Dorset experiences, which would make great gifts for loved ones this Christmas.


1. Fiona Moorey Photography Family Photoshoot:

A family photoshoot at a location of your choice is the gift that keeps on giving, beautiful photographs of the family that they will cherish for years to come.

The session can be for half an hour for a family of up to 6 or you could choose a full hour’s session for up to 25 people. This could include your extended family, what a special gift for grandparents to have photos taken with their grandchildren. The session is great fun too. Children (and adults!) love the experience. Vouchers are also available for baby sessions and children’s portraits in the studio. Gift vouchers are available to buy for any value towards a session.

2. Buddy and Noo Personal Stylist.

For your fashion-conscious friend or family member- a wardrobe edit will be a confidence boosting experience.

Alice has a range of services to suit all, from wardrobe edits, to style parties and personal shops.

At affordable packages, this really is an unbeatable experience gift.  

3.Arcadia Beauty Spa-

Follow their Facebook page as throughout December, their 12 days of Christmas special deals launches- featuring ‘Candy Cane Massage’ and ‘Spa la la la’ packages, and much more.

These special promotions will be announced every 48 hours throughout December and can be redeemed from January to March.

So, if you want to gift a loved one with a unique pampering experience- these are the deals to look out for.

4.Simply Gourmet.

Delivering home cooked, delicious meals across Dorset, using only the finest ingredients that Dorset and Hampshire have to offer, so you can enjoy top quality food from your own home.

Gifting this to a friend or family member, means they get a night off cooking, whilst enjoying incredible food.

They even have amazing afternoon tea packages, which are very popular!


5.Temple Therapies.

Offering a range of holistic therapies, Temple Therapies deliver a pampering and effective experience.

Why not treat a loved one to a voucher?

I can personally highly recommend the hot stones massages, as they are relaxing, they help to decrease stress levels, as well aiding muscle aches and pains.  

6. Food For Thought Cookery Class.

Food for Thought host incredible chocolate making classes.

Why not treat the chocaholic in your life at Christmas, by gifting them a voucher so that they can experience a class for themselves?

You can either get a £35 voucher for an online chocolate class, or a £45 voucher for and in- person event, when they can be safely hosted again.

  7.Tradpots Pottery.

Offering vouchers as Christmas presents, why not treat a loved one to a pottery class?

These vouchers can be redeemed anytime the recipient wants; all they have to do is phone up to book.

This really is a unique gift experience and once the recipient of the voucher has done their pottery, they get to keep it and enjoy it forever.  


  8. Adventure Wonderland.

Dorset’s Alice in Wonderland theme park is huge hit for local families. You can buy a family a season ticket, so they can go back again and again, enjoying all the great rides this park has to offer.

You can get Annual, Summer or Winter season tickets. From petting cute animals, to rides and mazes- this makes for a fantastic family day out.  


9. Ringwood Brewery.

Why not book a brewery tour for the beer lover in your life?

This is an affordable and unique gift experience that includes a 20% discount to spend in store.

For something different, choose a memorable gift experience which is both informative and fun.

10. Pavilion Dance South West.

Are you looking for something special for Christmas? Give the gift of dance. Classes vouchers are available through the box office. Offering a range of dance classes, both online and in- person (when government guidance allows) this would make a perfect gift for someone who would love to get into to dance.


If you love Strictly, then you can also get your glitter on and sign up to ‘Business Come Dancing Annual Fundraiser, 2021’ Here you can learn to dance with one of the UK’s hottest contemporary dance teachers, whilst raising money for PDSW.


11.Gem Rose- Singing Lessons.

Do you know someone who loves to sing?

Gem is the founder of Relight my choir and sings in The collective.

She is a very talented and accomplished singer. This is an incredibly unique gift which will be valuable to the receiver, as well as memorable.  

Gem is also offering a Christmasgram service this year.



12. Compton Acres.

These stunning gardens, which reside in Poole, Dorset are tranquil, ornamental, unique and above all- beautiful.

You can gift someone you love with an annual pass to these incredible gardens, so that they can escape from the hustle and bustle of life to take in great beauty.    

Experience gifts: The best gift you can give this Christmas   Experience gifts are clutter free, eco-friendly and most importantly, they help to support our incredible local businesses. Your friends and family will love an experience too- after a year of being restricted and confided to our homes, 2021 will be all about experiences- and they will bring them memories which will last a lifetime.   If you would like to gift your family with photos that can be cherished forever, then get in touch with me today by calling 07854 442391 or by using the form below.      

7 + 13 =