Christmas Gift Ideas

Best eco-friendly and unique local Christmas gift ideas.

Top 5 Christmas Gift Ideas

Christmas is just around the corner. It’s time to soak up the festivities without stressing about finding the most original and personalised gifts for your loved ones. We feel Christmas should be stress-free. Hence why we have come up with a list of our Top 5 eco-friendly, unique and local gift ideas, so you can have more time to get into the Christmas spirit! This year our list is based on giving gifts that reduce consumerism especially at christmas, in order  to help decrease the effects it has on our planet.

The first two ideas in the list are based on days out during the winter season. These Cambridge based experiences will get your loved ones excited about Winter, Christmas and spending time with each other.

Ice Skating for two at the North Pole

The North Pole has once again moved to the heart of Cambridge for this festive season. At least we know it will be a white christmas on parkers piece again this year. So why not take your loved ones to enjoy some ice skating. This winter sport is always a fun experience, especially this time of year. What could be more fun than watching someone else sliding around on their bum and not you, right?

Whilst at Cambridge’s North Pole, you should pop into the Alpine Cabin Bar for some Mulled Wine or even a yummy hot chocolate with marshmallows on top. You can even refuel your energy spent Ice Skating by grabbing something to eat at the array of Food Stalls. If alternatively you’re looking for more adrenaline-filled activities, then look no further than the exciting amusements and funfair rides located on sight. Cambridge’s North Pole really does have something for every age! So we think a trip to our city’s winter wonderland could be the perfect gift for your family and friends this Christmas Season.

Spend Quality Time at the Botanic (Winter) Gardens

The Botanic Gardens are absolutely delightful all year round, nonetheless during these colder months the Winter Garden comes to life, making it well worth visiting. The botanic gardens even offer a special activity; a Christmas Treasure Hunt. Each group, armed with a GPS device, is challenged to track down all the special plants around the Botanic Gardens. What a fun and entertaining family activity, we could not think of a better way to give your family this year a day to remember. It is definitely an original gift idea for those families out there who love exploring and being outdoors. Visit the Botanic Gardens website for more information.

Treat Someone To Dinner

A sophisticated idea to crack the Christmas cracker might be a special meal with your loved one. The Royal Cambridge Hotel special offer of ‘Wine and Dine’, sounds to us like a very tempting idea. What’s better than treating yourself and your special someone to spend a lovely evening tasting the finest food and drink around. In particular, this Hotel’s popular option is only £65 and includes a two-course dinner for two with a bottle of house wine in their 6 Scroope Terrace Restaurant.

Apart from not having to cook and wash the dishes, the real benefit of this Christmas gift idea is the fact that you can really enjoy the evening atmosphere, all whilst being caught up in the moment with some great company and a nice glass of wine (or two). What a great way to enjoy the festive season, than to honor the reason for Christmas; food and drink (for the adults out there!).

Gift ideas to step out of your comfort zone

Why not try to test your limits this Christmas. We think that one of the most eco-friendly ways of saving the planet during christmas is to purchase gift experiences. Consequently they are not only the ideal way to support some of the local businesses but also help reduce the amount of plastic and waste over this festive period.

Whether you opt for an Indoors Climbing session, or a Cookery Class or even a Beginners’ Salsa Class, one thing is guaranteed: the receiver of that gift will be surprised!

Besides most of these gift experiences are as unexpected as they are original, the idea of such an offer would be to promote espontaneos yet out of the box experiences as well as a moment that will remain with the lucky person you choose as a happy memory associated to you.

Get them a Traditional Punting Company Christmas Gift Voucher

Last but not least, here’s the present you’ve been waiting for, a gift voucher for Punting in Cambridge! Ideal for anyone and everyone. We at the Traditional Punting Company, undoubtedly consider that our Christmas (personalised) Punting Gift Voucher, is an unforgettable one. Your loved ones will enjoy the most historic and impressive sights of Cambridge all whilst being guided down one of the most beautiful stretches of rivers in England. It truly is the ideal christmas gift.

Our Christmas Gift Voucher includes an exclusive 50 minutes session of the most famous attraction in Cambridge, a private chauffeured punt tour. When purchasing this Gift Voucher you can choose the number of people you want it to be for. Either up to 6 or 12 people. If however you want to treat all your family members for a day out in cambridge you might need to purchase more than one boat depending on numbers, but our friendly staff will help you. Just call us to find out more or let us know if you want to personalise the voucher with a name and Christmas message. We will create a Gift especially for you with your guidance.

Evidently, the best part of it,  is that you won’t have to reserve a date or time slot for this punting session. Your gift is for a paid private tour, and then is up to the receiver to decide when they wish to book it for.


We hope this list has given you some idea of what presents you might give this winter, that are slightly different than the norm.

And we wish you all a Merry Christmas!

Posted on December 1st, 2019, by the Traditional Punting Company