Walk with sharks
Adrenaline junkies will love the Shark Walker experience at The Dubai Aquarium. They’ll be given a helmet and plunged into ten million litres of water for a close-up encounter with the toothy residents.
Dhs590 per person. Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, The Dubai Mall (800 38224 6255).
Ride the waves
Give someone active a package of wakeboarding or wake surfing lessons with Dubai company Sea Riders.
From Dhs500 per hour (weekdays), from Dhs550 per hour (weekends). Sea Riders, Dubai Marina Mall Promenade, Dubai Marina (055 510 3739).
Enjoy the ultimate spa package
The lucky recipient of the 12 Days of Christmas package at The Ritz-Carlton Dubai will enjoy a day of treatments in the spa – and afterwards, full spa membership for a year, with 20 percent discount on any additional treatments.
Dhs12,000. The Ritz-Carlton Dubai, JBR (04 318 6250).
Bite into a chocolate stiletto
The Fashion Afternoon Tea at Raffles Dubai is now in its third year, and this winter, hungry fashionistas can enjoy the Anniversary Collection, with treats including chocolate stilettos and smoked salmon
Dhs199 (for two), Dhs399 (for two with bubbly). Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha (04 324 8888).
Play golf at night
If someone you know is a keen golfer, give them a Night Golf Pass from Emirates Golf Club, which provides unlimited access to the floodlit Faldo course from 4.05pm daily.
Dhs1,800 per month. Emirates Golf Club, Emirates Hills (04 417 9800).
Treat the suited and booted to a voucher for M7 Bespoke Tailors. The tailor will come to you to take measurements then create the perfect suit. This December, buy a voucher for a suit and the company will throw in a tailored cotton shirt free.
From Dhs2,500 (suits), Dhs300 (shirts). M7 Bespoke, www.m7bespoke.com (04 4394277).
Try a new brunch
Looking for a gift for a foodie? Treat them to the city’s newest brunch at Mezzerie, Waldorf Astoria. The classic affair is inspired by the New York tradition, with cosmopolitan delicacies from across the globe and a soundtrack of jazz music.
Dhs345-600. Every Friday. Waldorf Astoria, Palm Jumeirah, www.waldorfastoria3.hilton.com (04 818 2222).
Book friends or relatives into a half-day jewellery-making workshop at the Dssilversmith Studio in Dubai. Participants will leave with a souvenir of their experience, which they will have made themselves.
Dhs550. Dssilversmith, Horizon International School, Umm Suqeim, www.dssilversmith.com (05 0784 0509).
If hurtling down a mountain at top speed is their kind of thing, treat them to ticket to Ski Dubai’s new Snow Bullet. The city’s first sub-zero zip-line is suspended 16 metres above the slopes for a high-octane thrill.
Dhs150 (two rides), Dhs300 (with snow park access, zorb ball, mountain thriller tube ride, snow penguin or skiing). Ski Dubai, Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha, www.skidxb.com (04 409 4090).
Know someone who would like a souvenir of their time in Dubai? Talented photographer Sarah Clemence now offers vouchers towards family photo sessions, with your choice of Dubai backdrop, including the beach, desert, park, or your own home.
Dhs1,000 (towards photo session), Dhs3,000 (full session with high resolution images). www.sarahc.me (055 540 6031)