Glossy Gift Guide: Three of the Best Experience Gifts

INSTEAD OF THINGS, a voucher for an activity or a break during the new year makes a WELCOME CHANGE, and gives something to LOOK FORWARD TO in the chilly new year …


1. If you’re splashing out, a stay at peaceful and scenic Breac.House, overlooking the ocean in Donegal, with private terrace, open outdoor fire and breakfast delivered through a hatch in your room, could be the perfect gift. From €450 for two-night stay.

Breac House, Horn Head, Dunfanaghy, Co Donegal;


2. Fun yet useful, a voucher for Dublin Cookery School can help change the way you cook all year, whether it’s just an evening slot (learn to make pasta, tapas, curries, bread…) or a full three-month course. We’ve tried them, and know that Lynda Booth and her team can inspire even recalcitrant teens to cook. The day course, Man in the Kitchen (January 6, €180), could be a subtle hint… From €80.

2 Brookfield Terrace, Blackrock, Co Dublin, 01 2100 555;


3. Stand-up paddleboarding is relaxing and peaceful, as well as core-strengthening, once you know how. Pure Magic in Clontarf are experts in this and other water activities, such as kiteboarding. Gift a voucher for a two-hour beginner’s lesson from €45 and take to the water in 2018 …

370 Clontarf Road, Dublin, 01 805 4912;

Sarah Halliwell

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