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Christmas Gift Ideas

The Attraction Near Me’s guide to the Top 10 UK Christmas Gift Ideas for those who enjoy their family days out and Attractions.

Top 10 Christmas Gift Ideas for Family Fun

If your children or grandchildren have more toys than they know what to do with, then why not do something different this Christmas and treat the family to a day out, a short break or even a full year of fun?

The UK is home to some fantastic attractions and in this top 10 listing, we suggest some great alternatives to toys and games.

1 – Treat the Family to a Memorable Short Break

Alton Towers Water Park - Master Blaster
Alton Towers Water Park – Master Blaster

What would be better than a short break at one of the UK’s best theme parks?

There are some great parks to choose from for families with younger children, including Gulliver’s Theme Park Resorts and Legoland Windsor.

Chessington World of Adventures offers both a theme park and zoo and Alton Towers Resort caters for all ages with CBeebies Land for younger children and thrilling roller coasters for older members of the family.

If the children are over the age of 12 and enjoy thrilling attractions, then a trip to Thorpe Park Resort would be the ideal present, offering a great line-up of rollercoasters and amazing attractions.

Right now you can book a 2024 short break from only £129 which includes an onsite overnight stay, breakfast, car parking, theme park tickets and a full day’s FastPass (worth £80pp) meaning you can beat the queues on the most popular theme park rides.

There are some great deals to be had at Alton Towers Resort in the quieter months when the hotels and waterpark remain open whilst the main theme park is closed. It is at this time that they offer their great value Stay, Splash and Play short breaks.

Splash Stay and Play at Alton Towers Resort

2 – National Trust Annual Pass

Souter Lighthouse and the Fog Horn Building
Souter Lighthouse and the Fog Horn Building

If you are looking for a more sedate gift, then a National Trust Annual Pass is a great choice. A National Trust Annual pass provides free entry into properties all over the United Kingdom (and free parking at these properties too).

National Trust properties vary hugely from lighthouses to castles to historic homes with many having picnic areas and kids’ trails as well as family-friendly events taking place throughout the year.  Money raised from membership fees goes towards the upkeep of the properties they maintain.

3 – English Heritage Membership


English Heritage Membership is an ideal choice for families who like to share their adventures on Facebook and Instagram. There are over 400 English Heritage Sites in the UK, with highlights including Stonehenge, Dover Castle and Hadrian’s Wall.

English Heritage sites offer fantastic photo opportunities and members receive unlimited free entry, free or reduced entry to events, a members’ magazine and a free English Heritage handbook.

Each adult can bring up to six children with them with many of the sites having special attractions for families.

4 – City Sightseeing Pass

York Pass

Give the family the opportunity to experience the attractions on their doorstep with a city sightseeing pass. On purchase, select how many days you would like the pass to be valid for and the recipients simply show their City Pass at any of the attractions included and enjoy free entry. It really is sightseeing made easy!

York is home to a number of fantastic attractions and York Pass holders can enjoy free entry to attractions both within the city and beyond. Valid for 12 months from the date of purchase York Pass is simple and easy to use, simply present the pass at the entrance of each attraction that you wish to visit.

Working on the same basis is Shakespeare’s England Explorer Pass, an added value pass giving you free entry to a number of top attractions across Warwickshire!

5 – Memorable Experiences

BuyaGift Experience Boxes
BuyaGift Experience Boxes

Give the Gift of a memorable experience. BuyaGift experience boxes give you the best of both worlds. The freedom of experience with the added excitement you get from a physical gift.

These multi-choice gift boxes include thousands of fun things to do from hotel stays to Supercar track days.

With this limited-time offer, you can purchase 4 Go Ape Vouchers for the price of 3.

Give the gift of adventure to your favourite thrill seeker!
Bear Grylls Adventure vouchers cover activities including iFLY Indoor Skydiving, axe throwing, diving with sharks and much more…

6 – Wildfowl and Wetland Trust (WWT) Annual Membership

WWT Martin Mere - Canoe Safari
WWT Martin Mere – Canoe Safari

Family membership to the WWT is for any two adults and up to six children aged between four and 16. The adults can be parents, grandparents or even just friends (they don’t all have to live at the same address) but they do all need to be declared on the application form.

Membership includes free, unlimited entry to all 10 of the WWT centres around the UK (Arundel, Caerlaverock, Castle Espie, Llanelli, London, Martin Mere, Slimbridge, Steart, Washington and Welney), a quarterly magazine, discount vouchers for family and friends and a free book if you pay by direct debit.

Each Wetland Centre is different but all have trails packed with endangered (and less endangered) birds, adventure playgrounds, cafes and shops.

7 – Adopt An Animal

Radcliffe Donkey Sanctuary - Donkey Feeding
Radcliffe Donkey Sanctuary – Donkey Feeding

Adopting an animal from a local zoo or safari park offers 12 months of fun for the recipient as they can visit and meet their adopted animal. Attractions will often include additional benefits such as adoption certificates, entrance tickets and meet the animal experiences.

Wowcher offers a wealth of adoption options with Zoos and Wildlife Parks across the UK.

This is not only great for the recipient but also for the attraction too as your adoption will help to support the animal’s upkeep.

8 – A Unique Short Break

Port Lympne - Lion Lodge
Port Lympne – Lion Lodge

How about a short break somewhere a little different? Something memorable, maybe a stay in a castle, a treehouse or even a lighthouse?

Stay at a safari park or in a favourite movie location.

9 – Season Passes

SEA LIFE Touch Pool
SEA LIFE Touch Pool

Treat the family to season passes to their favourite theme park or attraction.

Why not combine an annual pass with merchandise based on the attraction so they get both a physical gift on Christmas Day and can make use of their passes throughout the year. Visit Redbubble for some great ideas on unique merchandise from homewares to clothing and more.

If the kids are into nature then with centres across the UK a SEA LIFE Annual Pass makes a great Christmas gift.

Anyone into theme parks will love annual passes for their favourite park or attraction. Merlin Annual Passes unlock free entry to a number of great attractions across the UK.

10 – Days Out Gift Vouchers

Gullivers - Togo Waterslides
Gullivers – Togo Waterslides

Treat the family to a day out at their favourite theme park or attraction with a gift voucher valid for use in 2024.

These Gulliver’s Theme Park Vouchers from Wowcher are fantastic value and can be used anytime in the 2024 season including the school holidays!

Alton Towers, Thorpe Park, Chessington World of Adventures and LEGOLAND Gift Vouchers for 2 people only £59.95 from BuyaGift.

Additional Suggestions

Attractions Near Me Amazon Store

Attractions Near Me Amazon Store
Attractions Near Me Amazon Store

We have some fantastic Theme Park related merchandise in our Amazon Store along with Models, books and everything that Amazon has to offer in relation to family days out.

Cadbury Gifts Direct

Cadbury Gifts Direct

Enjoy great savings on Chocolate Hampers, Selection Boxes, Personalised Chocolate Bars and more when you shop with Cadbury Gifts Direct.

The Adventure Challenge

Reconnect with the ones you love. The Adventure Challenge will help reignite the passion in your relationship.

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We think these products make the perfect gift! Once your item is added to your cart, you can add a special gift note to go along with your purchase.


Outsmarted is the revolutionary new Live TV Quiz Show Family board game. Get the whole family ready for some pulse-racing, head-scratching fun with this action-packed Virtual TV Quiz Show.

Outsmarted the Revolutionary New Live TV Board Game
Outsmarted the Revolutionary New Live TV Board Game

With over 6500+ questions covering a wide range of topics, there’s something for everyone in Outsmarted. Whether you’re a fan of football, music, art, or even Harry Potter, you’ll find question packs tailored to your interests and passions.

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Kids Pass – Annual Membership

Treat the family to a Family savings membership club where they can save on days out, eating out and visits to the cinema all year round.

Save Money on Family Days Out with Kids Pass
Save Money on Family Days Out with Kids Pass

The most popular options are available from ‘Kids Pass‘ and ‘Day Out With the Kids’ both of which offer similar discounts on a wide range of days out and attractions across the UK.

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Christmas Gift Ideas was last modified: December 1st, 2023 by Dan

Author: Dan

I am passionate about Theme Parks and Attractions. I love riding roller coasters and thrill rides. With two young boys I understand how expensive family days out can be and this was one of the main driving forces behind Attractions Near me. My aim is to help you and your friends enjoy some great days out without costing the earth. Thanks for reading and have a great time - Regards Dan

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