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Printstant gratification: London’s best quick fix Christmas presents

Posted at 12:30 pm, December 20, 2014 in Shopping & Style

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Up gift creek without a paddle? Print out an instant gift voucher from one of these amazing London places. Flo Wales Bonner gets picking and clicking.

A FIRST-CLASS SHAVE
Treat that special hairy someone to an e-voucher for a classic tidy-up at chaps’ paradise Murdock. Not only will he come out all shiny and new, he’ll be taught how to do his own wet shave at home, courtesy of a lesson from a stylist who could convert even Santa to clean-shavenness. ‘How to Shave’ gift certificate, £75. www.murdocklondon.com

BESPOKE SHOES
A place on a shoe design class with British designer Hetty Rose will win you serious brownie points. The would-be cobbler will be able to select their fabric from a range of vintage samples as well as choosing heel height and other details. A the end of the day, they walk away with a unique pair of clompers. Shoemaking workshop gift voucher, £225. www.hettyrose.co.uk

A SIGNATURE FRAGRANCE
Do you grab desperately for the perfume that offers the biggest free washbag at your nearest department store? Put the bottle of Poison down, and book a create-your-ownperfume class led by Homemade London. Participants work with a range of essential oils and come away with a bespoke fragrance that won’t be consigned to the back of a shelf. ‘Introduction to Perfume-Blending’ voucher, £65. www.homemadelondon.com

MAGS ON TAP
A subscription to this neat app is the perfect instant gift for voracious readers. Readly gives users immediate access to more than 200 UK magazines (yep, Time Out is included) through their mobile devices, and a further 672 global titles. If that doesn’t lure them away from Candy Crush, nothing will. Three-month Readly subscription, £24.99. https://gb.readly.com/xmasspecial

WINE. LOTS OF IT
Give the family plonk-snob a proper education with a one-day introduction to oenophilia from Berry Bros & Rudd. Students are taken on a compare-and-contrast tasting tour through all the classic grape varieties, before being treated to a luxurious fourcourse food-and-wine matching lunch. Followed by a raging hangover. One-day Introductory Wine School, £265. www.bbr.com

A PASSPORT TO BEAUTY
Cheeky’s excellent, affordable manicures and primping services now come in e-gift format. Choose the treatment you want to give – from The Cheeky Works Manicure (£18) to a Cheeky Make-up session (£25) – or load up the gift certificate with cash, and they’ll get it via email. The beauty brand has two London outposts, in Holborn and Shoreditch. www.urcheeky.com

DESIGNER FASHION ON THE CHEAP(ER)
Give them high fashion at lower prices with a gift card for brilliant designer shopping site TheOutnet. Choose the amount you want to give and a voucher will be zipped instantly to their inbox, ready to spend on an A to Z of labels from Acne Studios to Zadig & Voltaire, at up to 90 percent off original prices. Vouchers from £25. www.theoutnet.com

RELAX TO THE MAX
While it won’t win any prizes for originality, few bedraggled Londoners would spurn a free pass to the Chuan Spa at the Langham. If you’re feeling generous, give a treatment such as the sumptuous Chuan Harmony Signature Massage (from £90). Otherwise you could just opt for a £50 voucher for them to use as they please. A treatment of an hour or more also grants two hours’ access to the gorgeous 16-metre pool, salt sauna and aroma steam rooms. From £50. www.chuanspa.com

A TASTE OF THE SEA
Teach them to gut, descale, debone and get up at an ungodly hour at Billingsgate Seafood School’s Catch of the Day courses. They offer lessons in all of the above and include an ocean-fresh lunch. One for the true foodie, the kind who doesn’t mind getting their hands fishy in the quest for the perfect fillet. £40-£198. www.seafoodtraining.org

Take a look at our complete gift guide here.

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