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 Days Out

A day out is usually a popular present - providing the person wants to go there, see it, do it or experience it, of course.  So, before you embark on this option, think about what it is that the recipient of the day out likes to do or has always wanted to do. Like any other sort of present - it needs some thought.

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Maybe the day out will consist of your buying a ticket to a sporting event, concert or a show. If this is the case, have a look at the Safe Options page of this Guide and, in particular, the tickets information. Maybe it will be a day out related to a hobby - the National Archives , for example, if the person is interested in genealogy.

The person may like stately homes and magnificent gardens, in which case you could either visit a National Trust or English Heritage property - or buy them a year's subscription. If they are keen on birds, take them to one of the RSPB's reserves or pay for a year's membership. Similarly, if they are keen on horticulture, take them to one of the Royal Horticultural Society's gardens or, again, pay for a year's membership. You could buy the Yellow Book of the National Gardens Scheme, give the person the book and take them to one of the gardens.

If the person likes walking, there are lots of options open to you. Go to Walkingworld and take out the annual subscription, which gives you access to almost 4000 walks. Then take the person on one of them with a slap-up meal afterwards.  If you go to Walking Pages, you can select the location you want and then find books about walks in that location, including pub walks. So buy the relevant book and then take them for a nice pub walk, with either lunch or dinner in the pub.

We can take people on days out to theme parks, zoos, museums and all kinds of attractions. If you go the Visit Britain website and, in particular, the Things To Do and See page, you'll get access to many, many ideas for wonderful days out.

Experience days are very popular and the range of things that we can do on these day is growing all the time. Go to laterlife's Days To Amaze page to see a huge variety of unforgettable days or go to the Experience Days page to see yet more offered by Allpresent.

To get yet more ideas for unique days out, go to Experience Days or red letter Days. There are pampering days, flying days, driving days, sports days, water days and many more. You might need to buy the person a digital camera as a present, too, so that they can record forever their once-in-lifetime-day!

If you would like to help make this Guide even better, either fill in the feedback form or visit our Forum and tell us any ideas you have. In particular, tell us about the best present you have ever given or the best one you have ever received. We'll then add your ideas to the Guide.


Now read the rest of the Guide by clicking on the links in the box. It will ease the dilemma of trying to choose the perfect present.

This Guide to Choosing Presents is written by Retirement Specialist Dave Sinclair supported by members of the LaterLife team. As well as writing on retirement matters Dave is Training Director at LaterLife and responsible for the content and continuous improvement of LaterLife's Retirement Courses
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