Unusual gift ideas

7 Unusual and Interesting Gift Ideas in Yorkshire

Looking for something different to give as a gift for Christmas or a birthday? Done the usual to death? Want to make people think you’re thoughtful and interesting? Here we review a range of alternative and unusual gift ideas available from Uniquely Local…

1. Full day cheese making course

One of our most popular gift experiences, this fun and informative day out takes place at an artisan cheese factory in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. Spend the day making, grading and tasting cheeses – and you even get some to take home with you!

Lunch and refreshments are provided. The experience can cater for up to 6 participants so is a great gift for couples and groups.

Read more: Yorkshire Dales cheesemaking experience.

2. Tour of Yorkshire breweries

Why do one brewery tour when you can visit 3? Yorkshire is bursting with independent breweries and in this day out you get to visit – and sample – some of the best.

Climb into the Brewtown minibus and your genial guide Mark will take you to 3 breweries on this fun, informative and (sensibly) boozy jaunt. You will learn about the brewing process and also meet the passionate folk behind the businesses.

Tours leave from either York (weekdays) or Leeds (Saturdays), with each taking in different breweries.

Read more: Leeds multi-brewery tour or York multi-brewery tour.

3. Alpaca walking

What could be more authentically Yorkshire than taking a South American mammal for a walk? This farm and its flock has featured on Channel 5’s The Yorkshire Vet. And don’t be mistaken – these are not yobbish, spit-in-your-face-as-soon-as-look-at-you llamas – the Alpaca is an altogether more intelligent, endearing and gentle beast.

As such it makes a great unusual family day out, set amidst the beautiful Howardian Hills near Thirsk.

Read more: Alpaca Walk for up to 6 or Alpaca Walk for 2.

4. Food tour of Harrogate

Ideal for the foodie in your life, this afternoon tour takes in 5 of Harrogate’s finest food and drink emporiums. Visit the city’s best-kept gastronomic secrets with food and drink taken at each stop. Tours can be made vegetarian-friendly as required.

Read more: Harrogate food tour experience.

5. One day blacksmithing course

Another one of our most popular experiences, reconnect with your inner medieval self on this full-day experience based in the beautiful North York Moors.

You’ll learn a range of traditional forging techniques under the tutelage of a renowned blacksmith artist. Lunch is provided, and at the end of the day you’ll get to take your treasures home with you.

Read more: Yorkshire blacksmith gift experience

6. Bread making course in Leeds

Learn how to make a fantastic focaccia and a sublime soda bread on this full day experience in Leeds. Emily Carey’s purpose-built kitchen, set in an old mill in Leeds, is a thing a beauty and we’ve had great reviews from those attending this course.

Of course lunch is provided, and by the end of the day you’ll be well on your way to earning a Hollywood Handshake.

Read more: Leeds bread making gift experience. Emily also runs courses on healthy eating and Mediterranean cooking.

7. Luxury chocolate making workshop

Yet another experience in a beautiful setting. Hutton-le-Hole is a picturesque village nestled by a stream at the foot of the North York Moors National Park. Your host Kala King teaches you how to make luxury truffles, ganache and how to mould and pipe your creations.

Read more: Luxury chocolatier workshop in North Yorkshire.

Not enough for you? How about these other great gift ideas:

View our full list of gift experiences here.

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