Five Polite Responses to an Unwanted Gift

Even if you think you have been given the worst present in the world, it isn’t fair to make the giver feel bad about it. To avoid causing any offence this Christmas, we’ve come up with some alternative ways to respond to such a gift. Of course, there are times you can tell in advance when a gift is not up to expectation…

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Save, spend or splurge

Perhaps one of the most stressful things about this time of year isn’t just deciding what gift to get for everyone but of course, the budgeting! While it’s important to stick to your limits and save where you can, you also don’t want to be a Scrooge and underspend either.

At the RLD Christmas Workshop, we’re #MakingMemories for all sorts of price ranges. We’ve rounded up a variety of different options for you to choose from, and we’ve divvied them up into three price brackets so you won’t break the bank (and maybe even have some cash left over for New Year too!)

So whether you use it as a wish list, a shopping list or just to gather some ‘giftspiration’ in general, take a look at these options.




A Thames Sightseeing Cruise For Two – £18

A Tour and Exhibition of Shakespeare’s Globe For Two – £18

 A Family Photoshoot – £20

Junior Spy Academy – £35

Indoor Golf For Two – £49




Tea Tasting and Blending – £50

A View From The Shard + Lunch – £55

A Midweek Pamper Day For Two – £69

4 x 4 Off Road Adventure – £75

A Weekend Escape for Two – £99



£100 – £200

An Aerotow Gliding Flight - £100

Ferrari Thrill – £125

A Hot Air Balloon Flight – £149

5 Course Tasting Menu for Two – £150

Feeding the Big Cats – £199



Personal Shopping Consultation + Vouchers – £235

Friday Night Theatre Break for Two – £279

Luxury Spa Break for Two  £350

Motor Racing with Tiff Needell – £399

Raymond Blanc Cookery Course – £400



6 Course Tasting Menu for Two + Overnight Stay – £1,250

Survival in the Highlands – £1,399

Drive a Formula 1 Racing Car – £1,699

Which ones have made your wish list? Let us know!


As it’s #FlashbackFriday, we thought it would be interesting to take a look back at Christmas through the ages and see just how things change as the years go by.

We’ve delved into the depths of the archives and found some photos from way back when, as well as looking into our own personal photo albums and finding some that are perhaps not quite as historic, but just as classic.

Take a look, these photos pretty much speak for themselves!


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How to Make a Festive Napkin for Your Christmas Place Settings

We thought we’d help you make your own memories this year by giving you this handy guide to creating ‘We Three King’s’ style crowns for your Christmas table settings. Not only will it enhance the seasonal spirit when you sit down for Christmas dinner, but it also makes for a cheap addition to the table décor.

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