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Beat The Christmas Rush

  • Sophie
  • 7th December 2017

Do you live life on the edge? Do your hobbies include the likes of skydiving, paragliding or rock-climbing? Or, is your adrenaline-packed activity of choice leaving your Christmas shopping until the last minute?

Don’t get us wrong, our tribe here at Banana HQ love to live life adventurously. However, our idea of a daring day out involves more swinging through trees, and less fighting fellow unorganised individuals to get the last of the Christmas goods.

We don’t mean to be a Scrooge about your shopping habits. After all, Christmas can be hard if you’re not one of the thousands who crack out the eggnog and surround their houses in fake snow by the 10th of November. Not all of us can be like the early birdies who begin hoarding gifts as soon as the January sale starts, nor can we be the ones who sensibly stagger their shopping. Besides, Santa left his shopping to the last minute, so why can’t you?

The true meaning of Christmas

Well, if you fall into this category, it sounds as though you need a yuletide intervention to help teach you the true meaning of Christmas! While we can’t force you to get wrapped up in the holiday magic, we can point out a few of the serious perks of being prepared.

For starters, not even Black Friday can come close to the chaos of shopping on Christmas Eve. The elbows come out and pleasantries disappear, while the stressed-out shop assistants get an earful because all the shelves are empty. How will you possibly find anything – let alone a gift your loved one would actually like? Socks it is...again!

The whole point of Christmas isn’t the adverts or objects; it’s about coming together and making memories with your friends and family. It’s not what’s under the tree or how many presents you have, it’s the atmosphere and the opportunity to show people you care. And try as you may, the kind of gift that makes someone feel all warm inside can’t be found at 5:55pm on Christmas Eve.

So, whack out that list and start checking it twice. Write down the names of everyone you want to spoil and start thinking of what they’ll love. It could be a humorous gift that draws on a fun time you shared, a beautiful edition of their favourite book, or maybe a bunch of art supplies so they can kick 2018 off to a creative start.

Once you have a plan of action, it’s time to brave the cold and beat the crowds – and who knows, maybe even catch some festive cheer! Plus, by starting early, you’ll get the pick of the bunch and first dibs on the year’s best gifts. Not to mention brownie points to tide you over until at least next year!

Give them a gift they’ll never forget

If you’re stuck for ideas, don’t panic! There are plenty of awesome presents still to be found, and who says they need to be physical objects? We believe that the best gifts aren’t things, they’re experiences.

That’s why we think a Go Ape voucher makes such a perfect gift. Whether you’re clambering through nets, zip-wiring through the forest or facing your fears on one of our vertigo-inducing platforms, a day spent up in the canopy is a very good day indeed (and as you can buy them online, you can avoid the shops altogether – what’s not to love?!).

Give the gift of Go Ape this Christmas and watch your loved one go bananas!

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