Christmas is coming and the geese aren’t the only ones who have to worry about getting fat. We all need to guard against over-indulgence over the festive period. Another thing that many of us worry about in the run-up to ‘C-day’ is the annual dilemma of finding suitable presents for people who simply seem to have everything.
Buying for other folks’ children and teens can be especially tricky. Unless you happen to live next door to them and monitor every toy, book, garment and DVD that enters their house to ensure you don’t give a duplicate, it’s incredibly hard to know what they might appreciate.
If they live within reasonable travelling distance of London (or their parents are prepared to make a weekend of it!), one way to get round this problem is to give an ‘experience’. There are loads of great things to do in London. For example, you could buy your nieces, nephews and grandchildren theatre tickets (for example by GoSeeDo) to one of the fabulous shows currently running in the buzzing UK capital, London.
A quick word with the parents of your intended recipients should reveal which shows are most likely to appeal. If they’re into Roald Dahl, a trip to see Matilda would no doubt go down a storm. Who wouldn’t want to see that vile headmistress Miss Agatha Trunchbull get her comeuppance centre stage?
If the kids you’re buying gifts for are into music from the recent and not-so-recent past, perhaps tickets for Jersey Boys or Mama Mia might be what gets them dancing in the aisles.
And if history is their thing, Les Miserables’ stirring music and heartbreaking storyline set in Victor Hugo’s revolutionary 1830s France is sure to have your young theatre-goers absolutely captivated.
Moving from one classic to two others, an early Christmas gift of tickets for Scrooge the Musical or The Snowman would be an ideal way of getting your young folk into the festive spirit. Based respectively on the books A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens and the eponymous Snowman of Raymond Briggs’ fame, these shows are ideal for kids.
The musical Billy Elliot, on the other hand, could well be a hit with the teenagers. It combines the stresses of adolescence with a feel-good story about a young lad who has a passion for dance and who dreams of becoming a ballet dancer – which is not easy when your dad actually wants you to become a boxer…
You never know, your chunky rugby-playing nephews might even feel decidedly wimpy after they’ve seen the sheer physical strength and stamina required by professional dancers!
Of course, musical theatre shows are just one of the many fabulous things to do in London. While they’re in the iconic capital, your young friends and relatives could persuade their adult companions to play ‘I spy a celebrity’ at Madame Tussauds Waxworks Museum, seek artistic inspiration at the Tate Modern gallery, or enjoy a panoramic overview of the city from the London Eye.
London is an exciting, vibrant place to be – both in the daytime and the evening. So by giving a gift of London theatre tickets or tickets for attractions, you’re giving your chosen youngsters the chance to experience everything that’s great about the capital.
Better still, Christmas shopping for theatre tickets doesn’t need to be a drama. Many reputable online ticket companies, such as Goseedo, offer outstanding value – without you having to even set foot outside your door. Why wait? Grab your mouse and get the show on the road straight away…