Did you know that September is the biggest month for Birthdays?
I suppose it may have something to do with how cold the weather gets in December and January.
Meanwhile birthdays in June, July and August are quite high as well.
But the point I wanted to make is that with so many birthdays happening in September, it can be tricky to come up with good birthday gift ideas – especially when we've been buying all sorts of tacky gadgets and silly presents for so many years now.
Without wanting to sound like I'm selling something, gift experiences are just as affordable as gifts (probably a bit cheaper) and a bit more unique, thoughtful and memorable, whether it’s just afternoon tea with your Mum or a day at the zoo.
There are more fun things to buy someone than another novelty mug or a pack of colourful socks!
So if you've just been making a mental tally of just how many people you need to buy for next month, here are a handful of birthday gift ideas that will appeal to a wide range of people:
Classic Photo Makeover
If it’s someone’s birthday why not make their special day even more so, by giving them the chance to shine in front of the camera.
The experience will begin with a consultation, followed by having your hair styled and make-up applied, before doing your best impression of a model and working the camera.
Two weeks after the portrait session, the receiver of this gift will be able to choose a complimentary A4 retouched image, as well as ordering additional prints if they so wish.
This is a great gift for the most fabulous person in your life.
Aston Martin Thrill
When it comes to James Bond, although he is a fictional character, men want to be him and women want to be with him.
Well, anyone who wants to have a go at being the very suave Mr Bond, whether male or female, this Aston Martin Thrill experience would be the ideal gift for them. Although it would have to be a special birthday for this sort of price tag.
Depending on the venue, you will be driving either a V8 Vantage or a DB9. The session will start with a welcome, introduction and safety briefing on circuit techniques. You may also receive familiarisation laps with your instructor, before being let loose behind that powerful wheel.
This is a perfect gift for those who appreciate the power and beauty of an Aston Martin, or just someone wanting to be James Bond for an hour or so!
Afternoon Tea for Two at Park Lane Hotel
An afternoon tea treat in style at the stunning Park Lane Hotel in London, is a fantastic gift idea for those who love tea and the delicious nibbles that go with it.
Enjoy a selection of finger sandwiches, scones filled to the brim with clotted cream and jam, French pastries, and of course a delightful pot of tea to wash it all down.
This is a lovely experience for someone who really deserves a treat, and you could even make a day of it with a bit of shopping in London, or even a visit to a West End show, which is also available as a gift experience.
There are many more experiences to choose from when it comes to birthday treats, such as paintballing sessions, a champagne balloon flight, a health club pass, flying lesson, pamper day… The list is endless!
So instead of buying the same old boring presents or gimmicky gadgets, for the special September-born people in your life, buy them an experience gift, as it’s pretty much guaranteed that they’ll appreciate it a lot more and enjoy a day that they’ll never forget.