Reviewed by Lucy Gwilliam
I recently received a buyagift Treat Him Smartbox, which I was to gift to my husband as a Christmas gift idea. The Smartbox is an ideal gift which gives you the opportunity to book an experience such as a meal, driving experience, cocktail making class or spa day up to the value of £49.99.
With the Smartbox, you receive a book which gives you options and ideas of things you may wish to book in your area or further afield. The box also contains your code and PIN number to enable you to book your experience.
Once I received the details of how to book, I checked the website out. I found the website really easy to navigate and I liaised with my husband on what he wanted to do for his gift experience. At first, he wanted to do a driving experience, but after some discussion, he decided that he would like to go for a meal.
We used the website to look at options close to our home and found that the best value choice for us was to visit Zizzi. I selected the restaurant we wanted, which was Zizzi in Manchester Spinningfields, entered the codes off the voucher in the box and I was emailed our code which would be used at the restaurant. Really easy so far.
Next, I discussed with my husband when we would go and visited the Zizzi website to book our table. There I hit a problem… the Spinningfields restaurant was no longer open. I was at a loss as what to do so I emailed the buyagift customer service team. They emailed me back promptly explaining that as I had redeemed the voucher, I could not exchange it but that it was valid at all Zizzi restaurants. This was great news and I quickly phoned up the Stockport branch to enquire if we could book a table and use the voucher there. They were really helpful and booked us in for the same evening.
When we arrived at the restaurant, we parked close by and found it easy to locate. We were greeted by the friendly staff and given a choice of tables. Once seated, we explained that we had a buyagift voucher and they then brought us the set menu over which was for the experience.
The menu had a good selection to choose from and was made up of three courses plus a glass of Prosecco. We don’t drink much and we were able to change the Prosecco for a soft drink instead.
Option for starters included bruschetta, garlic king prawns and arancini plus more. My husband opted for the bruschetta whilst I ordered Fonuata Formaggi – which was warm bread with a melting pot of 3 Italian cheese. Our starters were lovely and we really enjoyed them.
Main courses consisted of the choice of pizza, Pollo Prosciutto, Calzone and Lemon Butter Seabass from a good selection. I chose the Pollo Prosciutto and my husband chose the seabass at a £5 supplement. I generally choose the Prosciutto whenever I visit Zizzi as it’s my favourite and I know I cannot go wrong with it. Both our mains were really good.
The dessert list was great but the dessert that stood out the most for us was the chocolate melt. There were 5 other options but we are both self-confessed chocoholics and we both could not resist this temptation and it did not disappoint.
Overall, the meal was spot on and the service was great too. I feel like my meal was a comfort food bonanza and I was so fulfilled.
Paying with the voucher was pretty simple, the staff knew we had a code and took this as payment at the end and we just had to pay for the extras that we had, which were the Seabass supplement, a garlic bread with cheese and a bottle of water.
This Smartbox is a really good idea and it’s a perfect gift to buy someone who is difficult to buy for. It gives you the flexibility to gift someone something that they will enjoy, rather than buying them a gift card for a shop or restaurant that they may never visit.
I was discussing it with my husband and he agrees that it’s good as there’s so much to choose from and it allows you to experience things that you may have never even thought about before. It’s also a great alternative than giving cash for Christmas too as the person can still choose what they want but they don’t end up spending their gift on bills or something that’s not for themselves – I know I do that!
Overall, this experience has been really good and my husband loved what was gifted to him. He was able to choose something that he wanted and share it with me too. We both rate this experience 5/5 and would definitively recommend this for a perfect Christmas gift.
For more information or to buy visit www.buyagift.co.uk.