With only 17 shopping days left until the big day, get ahead of Santa Claus this year with some of our favourite ideas for Christmas presents.

A Magical Hot Air Balloon Ride

Of course we're going to start with this – as far as we’re concerned it’s the best Christmas present you could ever buy someone!

Give them a story to tell as they unwrap an adventure this Christmas morning, with our festive gift packages.

The mini chocolate Christmas cakes we introduced last year proved so popular (they sold out!) that this year we’ve added them to all our Christmas packages.

When you buy someone a hot air balloon ride, you’re gifting them the chance to make life-long memories that they will talk about for years to come.

Or if you leave it really last minute, you can even buy as late as Christmas morning itself, with instant delivery to your inbox when you select e-voucher at checkout.

The Sky At Night

Speaking of the sky (the night sky this time), you might not be able to give them the moon on a stick this Christmas but you can give them an acre of land on the moon with our friends over at Virgin Experience Days.

Along with a map of the moon to show exactly which bit they own, you also get some genuine ‘lunar deeds’ and a declaration of ownership for the princely sum of just £25. It’s certainly something out of this world as far as Christmas presents go!

Or you could give budding pop stars the chance to get their vocals on record with this half-day recording studio taster session, available at six locations around the UK. Rock on!

Retro Cool Christmas Presents

Forget the selection boxes for chocaholics this year and instead, go all out with their own chocolate fountain from IWOOT – perfect for parties or just satisfying your own chocolatey cravings.

Their retro-style metallic copper telephone is also something we would love to find under our tree among the Christmas presents.

Stocking Filler Christmas Presents

Launching just in time for Christmas is our brand new Virgin Balloon Flights teddy bear, Pilot Hugo.

Handmade and with only 1,500 produced in total, he comes in a lovely red gift box and is sure to raise a smile on Christmas morning.

We love these cute personalised earrings and necklaces from Porky Penguin – perfect as a stocking filler for any lady this Christmas.

These underwater disco bath lights from Find Me A Gift will brighten up any bath time – it’s like having your own disco-ball in the tub.

These cocktail-flavoured lip balms from Not On The High Street not only sound delicious, but they’ll keep lips soft and protected from the sub-zero temperatures we keep getting told to expect this Christmas.

For even more Christmas present inspiration, read some of our ideas from last year here or, if it’s Christmas Eve and you’re starting to panic, our last-minute gift guide also has some cool ideas.

Our Virgin Balloon Flights call centre is open on 01952 212750 right up until 1 pm on Christmas Eve or you can order online at any time over the festive period.