Getaway gifts – an inspiring way to celebrate any occasion
Getaway gift cards that promise memorable hotel stays around the world have long been a popular way to treat someone. But in 2020 they really came into their own. This was a year like no other, and one when so many of us were in desperate need of positive thoughts of better days to come.
At Tinggly, we’re huge fans of hotel gift cards for many reasons. But the most important is our love of travel. We’ve launched our range of unique getaway gifts based on the feedback of our customers. Something that we all have in common is the joy of visiting new places, of experiencing the world in different ways, of exploring cultures, cuisines and landmarks distant from our own. When you gift a getaway, you’re planting the seed of an idea in someone’s head: where should I go next and what will I do while I’m there?
But of course – we’re Tinggly, and as you might expect, a getaway gift box from us is a little different to what you’ll find elsewhere. Read on to find out how our getaway gift ideas work, and why these make the perfect gift for anyone, and any occasion…
What are getaway gifts?
The clue is in the name. Our gift cards are an invitation to enjoy a short break – they offer a huge choice of hotel stays for two people, for either one, two or three nights – the perfect weekend getaway.
Unlike most hotel gift cards however, with Tinggly you don’t choose the accommodation for the recipient. Just like with our experience gifts, it’s always the recipient that decides. All you’re doing is giving them the fun of choosing.
Each of our unique getaway gifts offers recipients their choice of over handpicked 2000 hotels, in more than 100 countries around the world.
They can go wherever they want, whenever they want, either using their getaway gift card on a trip they already have planned or booked, or using it to create an entirely new itinerary around.
And of course we make it so easy for everyone. You select the getaway gift you want to buy, they decide where and when to go, and we make the reservation for them.
Hotel gift cards with no expiry dates
Besides the fact that a Tinggly getaway gift card gives recipients their choice of an incredible 2000-plus hotels across the world, what makes them so special is their expiry dates. Specifically, the fact that there aren’t any.
Since Covid 19 shook up the travel industry, we know that people are looking for greater confidence when they go away.
So while all hotel gift cards have terms and conditions, with Tinggly the one you really need to know about is that they’re always valid – whether used next month, next year, or years from now. That means, if the recipient’s travel plans have to change, if they lose their gift card at the back of a drawer, or they pin it to the fridge and forget about it for a while – you can still be sure your gift will come in useful at some point.
Why should I buy getaway gifts for my friends and family?
Ideal for any occasion
There are many reasons you might buy getaways for the people in your life that are special to you. A romantic getaway is a fantastic idea for couples to celebrate a wedding, an anniversary, or Valentine’s Day, for instance. But they’re also perfectly suitable for birthdays, Christmas, Diwali or any celebration where you need an interesting gift idea.
Saving you time and stress
Not all of us are lucky enough to have the knack of finding the perfect gift every time. In fact, most of us struggle, especially on big occasions. And whether browsing online or wandering around the shops, it can take a lot of time to find a gift. Buy a gift getaway from Tinggly, however, and you can be done in just a couple of minutes. It takes little more than a couple of clicks to select, purchase and send on its way a hotel gift card that someone will love – a great solution especially for last-minute gift ideas.
If you want to buy someone a hotel stay gift, you can’t always be sure of where they’d like to go, or what type of property they’d like to stay in. But with getaway gift cards from Tinggly, you can be 100% certain that they’ll find just the right thing for their own plans. Because it’s up to them. Essentially, it’s an entire world of inspiration in one gift box.
Most of us, when we think about it, have more than enough stuff in our lives already. We don’t really need anything else. If you look around your own home you’ll probably find cupboards and drawers filled with clutter, and it’s true that so many gifts we receive every year are unwanted, unnecessary, and go unused. So buying getaways as gifts is a way of reducing waste while still giving someone a meaningful present.
Not everyone loves Airbnb
Airbnb and similar platforms are not always the best option for overnight stays. Many people prefer the convenience of hotels, the guarantee that everything will be just right, and can be fixed immediately if not. We don’t all need our own kitchen, or feel comfortable staying in someone else’s home. And Airbnb of course has led to many problems in popular destinations with locals not able to find homes to rent or to buy. Sometimes hotels are simply better for short breaks.
Corporate gift ideas
Getaway gift cards can also make for smart corporate gift ideas. If you need something unique to celebrate Christmas, a big contract, or just to reward staff for their efforts, then nothing says Thank You like the opportunity to get away and have some fun. And because Tinggly getaway gifts allow recipients to select from thousands of hotels around the world, they are useful gift ideas for remote workers perhaps separated from their head office by long distances.
Helping the travel industry
Last but not least, your getaway gift cards help the travel industry recover from the devastating effects of Covid 19. Hotel stays have been favourite gift ideas for a long time, but 2020 was the year they really took off. During months of lockdown many people around the world were able to slightly escape the boredom by picturing their future travels, where they would go once destinations opened up again.
So when you buy getaways as gifts, you’re also contributing to the travel industry itself, which employs millions of people directly and indirectly. A hotel stay translates to money spent in the destination on transport, food, drink, entertainment, and so boosts the local economy.
Where can I stay with Tinggly getaway gift cards?
It would probably be easier to list the places you can’t stay. Our one-night Minibreak for two people encompasses more than 100 different countries across Europe, Asia, North and South America, Africa and Oceania. Meanwhile, our two and three-night getaway gift boxes focus on capital cities around the world, again with more than 100 to choose from. Here’s a few ideas we suggest:
Paris: Recipients (and a partner, friend or family member) can take themselves off to Paris for a weekend to indulge themselves in that famous Parisian cafe culture, wander down the Champs Élysées, perhaps take in a show in Montmartre, or take a trip up that most iconic of European landmarks, the Eiffel Tower.
Recommended hotel: Hotel Monge
Located in the lively Latin Quarter has a stylish decor that reflects its artistic pedigree. Amenities you’ll love include a hammam, a tea room and beautiful features such as parquet flooring, interlocking salons and marble fireplaces.
Tokyo: One of the world’s great bucket list destinations, Tokyo is an intoxicating blend of the ancient and the modern. Temples dating back hundreds of years such as the historic Sensō-ji can be found amid cat cafes, robot restaurants and sushi stalls. There is the bustling Shibuya Crossing, the Imperial Palace, and the quirky Harajuku neighbourhood with its colourful fashion parades.
Recommended hotel: Ryokan Kamogawa Asakusa
Just a two-minute stroll from the Sensō-ji temple, this relaxed ryokan offers traditional Japanese-style accommodation, so expect tatami mat flooring, futons and sliding doors. Many people have a stay in a ryokan on their Japan travel bucket list, and this property does have its own bath for guests to use.
Buenos Aires: The Argentinian capital, where you’ll find the world’s greatest tango, the best Malbec wines and, you can take our word for this, some of the best steak dinners on the planet. Aficionados of the grape in particular will love it in Buenos Aires, a gateway for the vast Argentina Wine Route.
Recommended hotel: L’Hotel Palermo
With 23 individually decorated rooms, many of which have their own private balcony, a ‘hidden garden’ with a swimming pool, and a privileged location on the corner of Palermo Soho, this is one of the most desirable accommodations in Buenos Aires. Don’t miss the rooftop terrace offering views across the city.
New York: The city that never sleeps is a thrilling place to be whether you’re there to sightsee, to shop, or to party. Unmissable locations include the State of Liberty and Ellis Island, Central Park, Rockefeller Plaza, Times Square, Madison Square Gardens and the Empire State Building. And then there’s 5th Avenue, where you’ll find the flagship stores of the world’s biggest fashion brands.
Recommended hotel: LIC Hotel
Ideally situated for JFK, LaGuardia and Newark airports, the LIC Hotel is on Long Island with stunning views of Manhattan skyscrapers from its rooftop terrace. Ideal for those wanting easy access to New York’s many attractions but a stay just outside of the bustle.
London: With just a one night getaway in London you could visit several of the English capital’s renowned museums and galleries, take a tour of Buckingham Palace or the Houses of Parliament, a cruise on the Thames, or get your wizarding wonder on at the Harry Potter Studios. With a two or three-night stay, you could see even more!
Recommended hotel: Hendon Hall Hotel.
This 18th century Georgian-style property is outside central London but very convenient for public transport to explore the capital’s many attractions. Breakfast is included, and the hotel offers parking, a fitness centre and the Garrick restaurant on-site.
Barcelona: Capital of the Catalonian region, Barcelona is home to the wonderfully bizarre architecture of Antonio Gaudi, whose Sagrada Familia is one of Europe’s most recognisable buildings.You’ve got plenty of beautiful golden beaches to stretch out on here, tapas to snack on, and much more architecture to explore across a long weekend from Parc Guell to the Gothic Quarter.
Recommended hotel: Apartments Sixtyfour
These stylish apartments in a traditional building on one of Barcelona’s most prestigious streets are perfectly located. You’re within easy walking distance of Las Ramblas, the Sagrada Familia and the Gothic Quarter.
Sydney: Home to one of the world’s most iconic and recognisable works of architecture, the sail-shaped Sydney Opera House, Sydney also boasts renowned botanic gardens, a thriving LGBTQ+ culture, and the sunsplashed Bondi Beach where crowds of surfers throng to catch a wave every day.
Recommended hotel: Bondi Beach House
Full of quirky charm, and just two minutes walk from the beach itself, the Bondi Beach Hotel is an extremely well-reviewed hotel. There are only nine rooms at this tranquil and stylish property though, so book well in advance.
Delhi: The best getaway gifts are those that expose you to new ways of life, and very few cities off such a break from the norm as Delhi. Gateway to the legendary Golden Triangle, the busy streets of Delhi can also give way to a private tour of the magnificent Taj Mahal, or a flavoursome cookery lesson with a local chef.
Just 18km from the airport, the Piccadily Hotel in Janakpuri District boasts no fewer than six restaurants and bars, a swimming pool (perfect for relaxing after a day sightseeing), and air conditioned rooms.
Rome: In the Italian capital you can grab an espresso and a slice of pizza to go, before exploring landmarks from the majestic Coliseum to the Spanish Steps, the Piazza Navona, the Trevi Fountain, and the Forum. One of the most romantic cities in the world, it’s a place where there’s little point in renting a place with a kitchen – you’ll want to eat out every single meal.
Recommended hotel: A Peace of Rome
As the name suggests, this charming bed-and-breakfast in an elegant, historic building, offers a peaceful stay. It’s located in the Vatican district, close to many cafes, bars, restaurants and shops. Landmarks such as St. Peter’s Square and the Vatican Museums, the Pantheon and the Spanish Steps are a short walk away.
San Francisco: As the fog rolls in across the bay, shrouding landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge and the infamous Alcatraz, you can retreat to one of San Francisco’s many trendy bars or restaurants around Haight-Ashbury, the Mission District or Chinatown.
Recommended hotel: San Remo Hotel
Hosting one of the oldest Italian restaurants in the USA, the San Remo Hotel blends Old World European style with modern amenities. It’s situated a short distance from Fisherman’s Wharf, and the Powell Street cable car that takes you to Union Square.
Getaway Gifts for two to share
A getaway gift for a couple is a fantastic way to help friends and family celebrate engagements, weddings or anniversaries. It can allow them to save a little money on their honeymoon for instance, or be used for a romantic short break whenever the mood takes them.
And of course while our unique getaway gifts are always for two people to share, there’s nothing to say they need be used only by couples. Two friends could use a gift card for a weekend of shopping and socialising in Amsterdam, Edinburgh or Paris. Mums and daughters could book a spa hotel for a pre-wedding celebration perhaps. With a getaway gift for a man, fathers and sons could use it to catch a football match somewhere in Europe and then enjoy an extended stay.
How do getaway gift cards work?
If you’re new to Tinggly, we make buying our getaway gift cards as easy as 1,2,3. Simply follow the steps below:
Start by choosing which of our getaway gifts you’d like to purchase. All of them are for two people, but you can opt for a one, two or three night stay package.
Next, pay securely with just a few quick clicks of your mouse.
Finally, you can add a personal message to the recipient(s) – an opportunity to recommend a hotel, or a city, that you’ve visited yourself perhaps.
Next, you just need to add an address for us to send the getaway gift card to. We send all of our gift cards packaged in stylish, eco-friendly presentation boxes by mail, arriving within 2-5 business days wherever the recipient is in the world. However if it’s more convenient – say they’re already on the road – you can also have it sent instantly by email. And don’t forget that you can also send the gift card to yourself, if you’d like to hand it over in person.
How to redeem getaway gift cards
We make it super-easy for recipients to redeem their getaway gift cards. Once they’ve received it, they just need to head over to the Tinggly website, click Book Experience at top-right, and enter the unique code on their card. Then they can start browsing the 2000-plus hotels available to them around the world.
When they’ve made a decision, they just contact our friendly and helpful team, and let us know where they’d like to stay, and when. We make the reservation on their behalf so they can start packing: will it be sunglasses, towel and sandals for a beach hotel, or camera, and guidebook for a city break? Choice is theirs.
And remember: our unique getaway gifts have NO expiry dates, so there’s absolutely no pressure for them to make a decision.
Eco-friendly getaway travel gifts
With climate change and plastic pollution as growing concerns, more and more people are looking to give, and receive, gifts that are good for the environment.
At Tinggly, we want future generations to enjoy exploring and experiencing the world just as we’re able to do today. That’s why we’ve launched our Activist program, so you can be confident that you’re giving gifts that benefit the planet.
Every time someone buys one of our getaway gifts, we pledge to do the following in their name at no extra cost:
Offset the CO2 emissions of the average experience in our collection by a huge 200% (we know carbon offsetting isn’t the answer to climate change, but we feel it’s a good place to start)
Remove 33lbs (15kg) of waste plastic from the natural environment and help to recycle it – that’s the same as over 100 plastic bottles!