Thursday, 27 October 2011 10:44

Special Christmas Gifts

Fantastic NEW way for friends and family to club together to buy a special gift!

Santa ClausWhy not do something different this Christmas with our fantastic NEW way for friends and family to club together to buy a special gift for their loved ones! By using the gift list service at our sister company (one of the most popular online wedding gift registries in the UK), you can all club together to contribute towards a really special gift rather than each getting something small. We've shown some examples below of the kind of things you might want, but as an example, if say 5 of you all gave £50 then your loved ones have £250 to spend towards a weekend away, or a champagne breakfast with snow leopards, or on a romantic boating day for 2.


And its very simple, just follow these steps:

1) Have a look at our ideas below for examples of gifts you all might want to contribute towards for your loved one - you may want to copy some of the gift details onto their Christmas Gift List!

2) Set up a gift list at The Bottom Drawer by clicking here. You just need to give the name and address details for your loved one that you are setting up the list for, (leave YOUR phone and email address if it's a surprise!), and enter the occasion date as 25 December!

3) Let all those who will want to contribute to the special present know the gift list number, gift list name and how to access the list.

4) Make sure everyone has contributed to the gift list and left their messages by Christmas Day!

5) Logon on Christmas Day with your loved one - or let them know the logon details if you aren't with them - so they can see what everyone has given towards their special present!

6) Contact us after Christmas to arrange the purchase of the chosen gift using the gift list funds (with any top up that may be required), or let them put the money towards a special holiday!

Provided the gift or holiday is purchased through The Bottom Drawer or Top Drawer Holidays there is NO CHARGE for this fantastic service!

You can see an example Christmas gift list by CLICKING HERE.

Here are some ideas of special gifts you may want to consider for your loved ones:


All aboard for this hands on introduction on how to drive a steam train!

  • Location: Kent
  • Time at Venue: 5 hours or more
  • Price: Only £265.00 - that's only £53 each if there are 5 of you contributing!
  • If you've ever wanted to learn the skills required to drive a steam train then this is definitely for you. Accompanied at all times by your instructor, you'll get the chance to take the trains controls and learn how to move off and stop smoothly. There will be plenty of opportunity to hone your skills during the day before you buffer up the engine to a 25 ton brake van. This experience also includes a fascinating visit to the signal box and a tour of the locomotive yard.


A great opportunity to get a taste of the luxury of the Orient-Express

  • Location: Greater London
  • Time at Venue: 3-5 hours
  • Price: Only £390.00 - if there are 4 of you contributing that's only £97.50 each, or if there are 7 of you its only £56 each!
  • The gleaming carriages of the British Pullman wait for you both as stewards, in their immaculate uniforms, welcome you on board the train. Blend enticing destinations with delightfully informative tours to stir the imagination and let the British Pullman whisk you both into England's glorious yesterdays. This package includes a return journey to a castle or stately home, with either the outbound or return journey aboard the British Pullman where you will be served food and drink, ranging from a sumptuous brunch with bellini to a four course meal or high tea!


The most romantic of boat trips aboard an electric 1920's canoe

  • Location: Berkshire
  • Time at Venue: 1-2 hours
  • Price: Only £385.00 - if there are 8 of you contributing that's only £48 each, or if there are 3 of you its only £128 each!
  • Your hour long private boat trip in Lady Astor's commissioned electric canoe, Liddlesdale, takes you down the most beautiful stretches of the tranquil River Thames. Tuck into a delicious luxury summer picnic, lovingly prepared by award-winning Cliveden chefs, and toast to each other with the crisp, chilled Champagne provided.


This is a unique and once in a lifetime experience to get up and close to some beautiful snow leopards at Paradise Wildlife Park. Enjoy a champagne breakfast perched above their enclosure with this VIP private experience.

  • Location: Paradise Wildlife Park
  • Time at Venue: 2 hours + rest of day free at venue
  • Price: Only £299.00 - if there are 2 of you contributing that's only £150 each, or if there are 6 of you its only £50 each!
  • Your morning starts with welcome drinks in the Discovery Centre where you will be greeted by a member of the Big Cat Team. They will escort you to the Animal Park where you will enjoy a tour of Big Cat Territory and  the excellent collection of big cats at Paradise Wildlife Park before the Park opens to the public. During your tour you will not only learn about each cat’s individual characteristics and personality but also some amazing facts about the different species that are housed at the Park. You will have the opportunity to take photographs and video footage throughout the morning. 
    Your tour leads you to the wonderful raised viewing platform at the Snow Leopards enclosure where you will have exclusive use and enjoy a breakfast that includes a selection of breads, cheeses, cold meats, fruit, preserves, fruit juices, tea and coffee. There will also be champagne on ice.


Get the help and advice you need to update your style!

  • Location: City near you
  • Time at Venue: 4 hours
  • Price: Only £260.00 - if there are 3 of you contributing that's only £87 each, or if there are 5 of you its only £52 each!
  • The Style Doctors are a team of image consultants who will help transform you into the person you want to be. With backgrounds in fashion and the expert knowledge of body shapes, colours, fabrics and styles you are guaranteed a unique and personal experience and will receive style advice tailored for you.
    This half day shopping experience will be in a location of your choice and will cater to your needs and budget. A full, in depth discussion with your consultant will allow a better understanding of your current style and a look at your body shape and suitable colours will have you looking fabulous in no time.


Thirteen stunning locations, offering a tempting assortment of contemporary and stylish lodge holidays in England and Wales, all with private hot tub!

  • Location: Various
  • Time at Venue: 4 nights for 4 people
  • Price: From Only £220.00 - if there are 4 of you contributing that's only £55 each, or if there are 6 of you its only £37 each!
  • Stylish and contemporary designed lodges feature all the comforts of home and much more. Enjoy quality cotton bed linen, fluffy towels and luxury toiletries. Sit back, relax and spoil yourself.In every Autograph lodge you'll find: Easy access but away from the hustle and bustle of the modern day; Picturesque countryside settings and scenic surroundings; Plenty of private space for you to enjoy but never too remote; Country towns, villages and a local pub close by; A personal welcome from our local host and help on hand when you need it; A complimentary welcome pack to help get you started; Local information to help you make the most of your break on walking, cycling and historic places of interest; Special extras to choose from - bike hire, pamper packs and much more.


Let Top Drawer Holidays find a perfect weekend away in your dream destination staying at the finest hotels.

  • Location: Various
  • Time at Venue: To suit
  • Price: example New York 3 night weekend from only £595 - if there are 6 of you contributing that's only £100 each!
  • We are official booking agents for all the main operators (such as Virgin, Kuoni, First Choice, P&O, Thomas Cook and Thomson) as well as lots of smaller independent operators, many of them award winners that you will struggle to find in high street travel agents any more. These include Caribtours, Seasons, ITC, W&O Rainbow Tours, W&O Tropical Locations, Anatolian Sky, Cadogan, If Only and many more. We can also source hotels and flights separately, with a choice of over 100,000 hotels and 300 airlines - that's more than! We also have probably the best selection of small, intimate, romantic boutique hotels in the World we can include for you in a tailor made trip - well over 2,500 of them (far more than Mr & Mrs Smith) and we can include them as part of a package with full ATOL protection too! And all covered by our 100% Financial Protection Guarantee.

The experiences listed above are just a taster of those available - we can book any kind of holiday anywhere in the world at Top Drawer Holidays, and for experiences and day trips we can book the whole range on offer at Virgin Experience Days, Red Letter Days and Buy a Gift!


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