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.
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.
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.
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.
6. High hoops & aerial silks course for 2 adults and 2 children
The perfect gift for a family of four or two friends taking along two kids. Spend an hour swinging on trapezes, hanging upside down from silks and striking your best ‘Greatest Showman’ pose in the aerial hoop. It’s an hour of fabulous play time. A really lovely experience where the adults can enjoy learning new skills as much as the children.
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.