Whether you are thinking of buying a gift voucher or have bought one already, we have outlined answers to questions that are sometimes asked. If you are not able to find the information you require, please do get in touch with us and we’ll be happy to help. Click here to find out contact details.
What hotels can I buy a gift voucher from?
We only work with luxury hotels in the UK. You can view a list of all the hotels we work with here.
How do I find the perfect gift?
We have a number of ways you can find the perfect gift you want.
- You can search by location.
- You can search by gift type
- Or you can search by occasion.
Once I’ve found my gift, how is my gift voucher delivered?
You can either send the gift voucher to yourself or straight to the recipient;
Each hotel on our website provides their own bespoke packaging, so your gift voucher will vary depending on which one you choose. You are able to see the packaging each hotel uses on their hotel information page.
Alternatively if it’s a last minute gift of you just prefer to receive the gift voucher quickly, you can send it by email to yourself or to the receipient directly. You or they can then print the gift voucher off ready to be used at the hotel.
Which delivery option should I choose?
The following mailing options are available:
- Email (Free of charge)
- First Class
- Special Delivery
- International Standard
- International Signed For
UK 1st class delivery
Standard Royal Mail UK 1st class delivery service.
Please then allow 3 working days for the voucher to be delivered by Royal Mail.
(Please note, UK First Class post does not guarantee delivery within above timescales, and cannot be traced if it goes missing.)
UK Special delivery
Standard Royal Mail UK Special delivery
This will be tracked by Royal Mail and requires a signature from the recipient.
Special Delivery guarantees receipt of the vouchers by 1pm on the next working day (not weekends).
Please make sure that you (or the Recipient) are available to sign for the delivery otherwise it will be returned to the sorting office for collection. Please note that if you place an order on a Friday before 12 noon, Royal Mail will not guarantee delivery on Saturday but will guarantee delivery by Monday.
Please allow seven days for delivery during peak postal time.
There is no dispatch or delivery on UK bank holidays and weekend.
Please note that delivery is by Royal Mail therefore we cannot be held responsible for delays caused by the postal system.
Standard Royal Mail Airmail delivery
This should be selected for any overseas gift voucher orders.
International Signed For
Standard Royal Mail Recorded Overseas delivery
As with UK Special delivery the delivery is recorded and a signature is required upon delivery.
If you use International Signed For with Airmail delivery Royal Mail has a target time of within five working days to Western Europe, six working days to Eastern Europe and seven working days for the rest of the world. By Surface mail, it may take up to two weeks for Western Europe, four weeks for Eastern Europe, and up to eight weeks elsewhere.
If your item is not delivered, please allow up to 25 days after posting before you consider it lost. This is because your item may have been held in customs or be in the process of being returned to sender if it could not be delivered for some reason.
Email (Where Available)
An automatic email with a gift voucher link will be sent as soon as the transaction is completed. This can be sent to either the purchaser or the recipient.
N.B. This is a system generated email and therefore may go to the email recipient's junk or spam email folder. Please also take care when entering email address that it is correct. If an email delivery fails What I Really Wanted will attempt to contact you to advise that the email has been returned to What I Really Wanted 'undelivered' and will try to get another email address. If you have difficulty opening your gift voucher link please see below.
When will the gift voucher(s) be received?
Orders will be dispatched in accordance with the following timescale:
• For orders placed on a working day (Monday - Friday, excluding bank holidays) before 12 noon, the order will be despatched the same day.
• For orders placed on a working day after 12 noon, the order will be dispatched the next working day.
Please allow seven (7) days for UK delivery during peak postal time. There is no dispatch or delivery on UK bank holidays or weekends. Please note that delivery is by Royal Mail therefore neither What I Really Wanted nor the hotel can be held responsible for delays caused by the postal system. We accept no liability for any delay which may occur in the delivery times which are due to circumstances outside their control. You may cancel an order in such circumstances. To cancel your order, please contact What I Really Wanted at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 0333 777 3237.
On some occasions where What I Really Wanted has dispatched your gift voucher order it gets lost in the post. If you have not received your order 3 -4 days after placing the order (or 25 days in the case of International Signed For delivery) please contact What I Really Wanted. What I Really Wanted may need to cancel your original order and issue you with a new gift voucher. In this situation you should destroy the original voucher if it is eventually received as it will no longer be valid.
If the delivery deadline for any gift vouchers is missed and any of the following apply, then you may cancel your order straight away:
• What I Really Wanted (or the Hotel) has refused to deliver the gift voucher;
• delivery within the delivery deadline was essential (taking into account all relevant circumstances); or
• you told What I Really Wanted (or the Hotel) before the Hotel accepted your order that delivery within the delivery deadline was essential.
If you do not wish to cancel your order straight away, or do not have the right to do because the above do not apply, you can give What I Really Wanted (acting as the Hotel's agent) a new deadline for delivery, which must be reasonable, and you can cancel your order if the new deadline is not met.
If you do choose to cancel your order for late delivery and you have ordered more than one gift voucher, you can cancel in respect of one gift voucher or all of the gift vouchers, unless splitting them up would significantly reduce their value. After you cancel your order What I Really Wanted (on behalf of the Hotel) will refund any sums you have paid to What I Really Wanted for the cancelled gift voucher and its delivery.
I’ve received a gift voucher by email, how do I open my gift voucher link?
The link should open when you click on it, however you may need to copy and paste the link into your browser.
Copy the gift voucher link text by left clicking on the line(s) of text (highlighting the whole line), then right click and select 'Copy'.
Open your internet browser and paste the gift voucher link into your address bar by right clicking and select 'Paste'.
You will now be asked to enter your email address to verify that you are the recipient.
You should enter the email address exactly as it was entered at the buying stage. If the email address is not entered identically as it was when the item was purchased it will not let you open the gift voucher page.
Once the correct email address has been entered, your gift voucher should now appear on your screen.
Print the gift voucher
I have received an email with a link to my receipt but cannot open the link, how do I open my receipt link?
The link should open when you left click on it, however you may need to copy and paste the link into your browser.
Copy the receipt link text by left clicking on the line(s) of text (highlighting the whole line), then right click and select 'Copy'.
Open your internet browser and paste the receipt link into your address bar by right clicking and select 'Paste'.
You will now be asked to enter your email address to verify that you are the buyer of the gift voucher. You should enter your email address exactly as it was entered at the buying stage. If the email address is not entered identically as it was when the item was purchased it will not let you open the receipt page.
Once the correct email address has been entered, your receipt should now appear on your screen.
Print the receipt.
How do I cancel a gift voucher purchase?
You can cancel your order at any point by selecting the 'Cancel Order' button however if you have completed the transaction and realise that you've made a mistake or purchased a gift voucher(s) that you no longer want What I Really Wanted will be happy to refund your card in accordance with the provisions below.
The following provisions will apply in respect of all gift vouchers, unless:
(a) the gift voucher is for a specified date or period of performance; or
(b) the gift voucher is for:
- any products made to your specification or clearly personalised;
- newspapers, periodicals or magazines with the exception of subscription contracts for the supply of such publications;
- any goods which are liable to deteriorate or expire rapidly (such as food or fresh flowers);
- any alcoholic beverages where (i) their price has been agreed at the time of the conclusion of the contract; (ii) the delivery of them can only take place after 30 days, and their value is dependent on fluctuations in the market which cannot be controlled by the trader; or
- software, DVDs or CDs which have a security seal which you have opened or unsealed,
in which case the gift voucher is non-refundable and non-transferable unless otherwise agreed by the Hotel.
You have the right to cancel your order with us starting from the date of the Confirmation email (which is when the contract is formed), until either:
(a) 14 days from the day after the day of receipt of your gift voucher (the "Cancellation Period" if your contract is for one gift voucher; or
(b) 14 days from the day after the day of receipt of the last of the gift vouchers ordered (the "Cancellation Period"), if your contract is for multiple gift vouchers which are delivered on separate days.
If you wish to cancel your order either before or after you receive the gift voucher, you must notify What I Really Wanted within the Cancellation Period that you have decided to cancel the contract. The easiest way to do this is to contact What I Really Wanted in accordance with the complaints and queries section below or you may use the cancellation form which can be accessed here which you can fill out and return to What I Really Wanted by email. If you decide to cancel by email, with or without the cancellation form, your cancellation will be effective from the date you sent What I Really Wanted the email.
Should you cancel the contract within the Cancellation Period, What I Really Wanted (on behalf of the Hotel) will then refund you the price you have paid for the gift voucher(s) within 14 days after the day on which What I Really Wanted receives the notice of cancellation from you (irrespective or not of whether you have received the gift voucher.)
This refund will include the delivery charge paid by you (providing (i) you have cancelled your order within the Cancellation Period; or (ii) the gift voucher is faulty or mis-described, in which case What I Really Wanted (on behalf of the Hotel) will refund the delivery charges (if the postal delivery option was chosen). In respect of a refund of the delivery charges paid by you, the maximum refund will be the costs of delivery by the least expensive delivery method we offer (the cost of UK First Class post). If you have already received the gift voucher which you have cancelled, you should destroy it. If What I Really Wanted finds, after What I Really Wanted has received your notice of cancellation, that the gift voucher has been used you shall not be entitled to a refund.
How do I order more than 1 gift voucher?
Simply 'Add to Order' as many gift vouchers as you like by using the 'Continue browsing' button. You can also remove items from your order by using the 'Delete' button.
If you would like to purchase more than 1 of the same type of gift voucher simply click on the 'Duplicate' button when in your basket.
You can select different email addresses (but not postal addresses), recipients and personal messages for each of the vouchers in your order. Please follow the on-screen instructions.
My gift voucher is about to expire and I haven't used it yet. Will I be able to extend the validity of my gift voucher?
It may be possible for us to extend the validity of your gift voucher, however we cannot guarantee this. Please contact What I Really Wanted who will find out from the hotel directly to check if they can offer an extension.
See 'Contact Us' page for our contact details
I'm attempting to purchase a gift voucher but have received a failed transaction message ('Payment has not been accepted') at the end of the transaction. What should I do next?
There could be several reasons why this may be happening. Despite there being sufficient funds in an account banks occasionally decline payments due to it being unusual buying behaviour.
This can be easily rectified by contacting the bank and advising them that you are trying to make an online purchase.
Please contact What I Really Wanted directly for further help on 0333 777 3237 or email@example.com
I've received my gift voucher but there is a spelling mistake / error on the personal message. Can I get it amended and re-issued?
Yes. Please contact us directly quoting your gift voucher reference number and we will make the necessary amendments and re-issue the gift voucher. The original gift voucher should then be destroyed as it will no longer be valid.
If you are unhappy with any aspect of the presentation of your gift voucher please contact What I Really Wanted immediately so that we can try our best to rectify the situation.
I have received a gift voucher but I don't know who it's from. Can you tell me who bought it for me?
We should be able to, yes. Occasionally the person buying the gift voucher may ask for the gift vouchers to be sent to the recipient directly but forget to add who the gift is from.
What I Really Wanted has all of the buyers details stored on our system so we should be able to retrieve your order and tell you who purchased the gift voucher.
I've lost my gift voucher. Can I still make a booking / redeem my experience?
Unless otherwise specified under the terms and conditions of your voucher, What I Really Wanted should be able to retrieve your gift voucher on our system by carrying out a name search so please contact What I Really Wanted. (See 'Contact Us' page)
Are you able to provide me with a VAT receipt?
No, I'm afraid that What I Really Wanted cannot supply a VAT receipt nor a VAT invoice.
VAT receipts can only be issued by the Hotel that your gift voucher was valid for, as you have purchased one of their gift vouchers, and not a What I Really Wanted gift voucher.
If you require a VAT receipt please contact the Hotel you bought your gift voucher for directly to request this.