Alternative Christmas gifts 

When shopping for a Christmas gift for a loved one, sometimes a pair of socks or bottle of perfume aren't quite right, which is why we've put together our alternative Christmas guide.

Tiki cocktail bar Bamboo Door is renowned for its unusual drinkware and is now giving people the chance to purchase its unique ceramic glasses, which make great gifts or stocking fillers.

For those who would like to create in their own home the taste of one of the best restaurants serving Kashmiri food in the city, Aagrah's very own recipe book, Hand over Fist is £9.95, and its cooking sauces can be bought for as little as £2.75.

Tapas restaurant Cubana celebrates everything Cuban, and that even includes the country's famous cigars, which range from £6.50 to £55. 

At Leopold Hotel, a gift of a night or weekend break away, or a very English afternoon tea can be given. Vouchers can be purchased from £25 to £1,000, and afternoon teas start from £14.75.

For cocktail lovers, bespoke cocktail kits are available from Bamboo Door, which will feature everything needed to create a favourite tipple. At Kuckoo and The Botanist, people can book for a cocktail masterclass which gives the basics of mixology and teaches the skills needed to make a preferred drink. Prices start at £20 at Kuckoo and £25 at The Botanist.

Also at The Botanist, fans of ales from around the world can learn about a variety of different beers during an Ale Masterclass, and with gin enjoying an ongoing revival, the Gin Masterclass guides people through the unique flavours of expertly selected gins. Prices start at £20 for the Ale Masterclass and £25 per person for the Gin Masterclass.

For those who seem to have everything, the gift of food could be perfect, and with meal vouchers available for The Botanist, Aagrah, Wagamama and Zizzi, there's sure to be something to suit everyone's taste.

All gifts are available from the venues at Leopold Square or can be purchased from their websites.

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