The ultimate guide to gifting an experience for Xmas

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If there’s one thing that everyone enjoys, it’s experiences. That’s why they make the perfect Christmas gift, whether it’s good food, fast cars, or a relaxing massage.

It’s also a far safer bet than panic-buying clothes that people hate or a self-help book they won’t read.

RedBalloon has over 3,000 experiences to pick from, which is HEAPS, so we stayed up for 29hrs straight and went through them all and categorised some of the top gift options below…

Gifts for You + Someone Spesh

Midweek Winery Glamping with Breakfast and Wine (VIC)

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This overnight stay for two at Balgownie Estate, Bendigo is the perfect romantic getaway. The luxe glamping tent will please even fussy, hotel-lovin’ types, while the wine tastings (plus a bottle to take home) and cooked brekkie will please anyone with tastebuds.

If not that, then how about…

5 Course Chef-Hatted Degustation (QLD)

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An innovative and elegant degustation menu for two that combines French and Modern Australian cuisine (the menu changes with the seasons).

Premium Wine Tasting, Picnic Hamper and Paint Kit (NSW)

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A quick history lesson about Bimbadgen is followed by a private tasting sesh at the local cellar door. Cap things off with a picturesque romantic picnic, which includes a painting kit, so the two of you can capture the scenery on canvas.

For the whole range of gifts for two, click here.

Gifts for Dad

V8 Race Car Driving, 6 Laps (NSW)

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Under the instruction of his professional race car driver, your old man will fly down the straights of Sydney Motorsport Park, pushing his vehicle to the limits and getting a rush that can only come from giving it heaps in a V8.

If not that, then how about…

American Smoking BBQ Cooking Class (QLD)

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He’ll learn about the four main BBQ regions of the US and then get hands-on, exploring techniques such as smoking with charcoal and the low and slow method to produce mouth-watering, fall-off-the-bone meat every time.

For more ideas for Dad, click here.

Gifts for Mum

Women’s Facial and Full Body Relaxation Massage, 2 Hours (VIC)

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Enough with the stress: time for Mum to surrender to relaxation. First up is massage therapy to relieve tension, then a qualified clinician will revive, nourish, and restore her skin with a customised facial, creating a more youthful glow.

If not that, then how about…

Gunners’ Barracks Sparkling High Tea (NSW)

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Tea for two. How wholesome and mumsy. Sit inside the tea room or out on the enclosed terrace to soak in the stunning views over Sydney Harbour.

For more ideas for Mum, click here

Gifts for Men

Tandem Skydive Over Great Ocean Road (VIC)

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The highest jump in Australia should be enough to get any dude’s pulse racing. He’ll take the ultimate leap with an instructor from up to 15,000ft (4,572m) and experience a mind-melting 60 seconds of freefall.

For the whole range, click here

Gifts for Women

Hot Springs and Breakfast Experience (VIC)

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Clear the schedule and recharge the batteries at the award-winning Peninsula Hot Springs, located just 75 minutes south of Melbourne. The lucky lady who holds this voucher will receive all-day entry to the Bath House and Spa Dreaming centre, plus get to savour a delicious a la carte breakfast (with her choice of beverage). Btw this is actually for two, so go on and treat yourself as well!

For the whole range, click here

Getaway Gifts for Two

Gin Distillery Tour with Tasting Paddle and Cheese (VIC)

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Go behind the gin scene and take the Tiny Bear Distillery tour, then sit down for a delish tasting paddle paired with gourmet cheeses.

If not that, then how about…

5 Course Tasting Menu by the Harbour With Wine (NSW)

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Indulge in a bespoke tasting menu that showcases world-class beef and fresh seafood, paired with a beautiful bottle of wine.

Hot air ballooning over the Hunter Valley - For 2 (NSW)

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Experience the exhilaration of a sunrise hot air balloon flight over the Hunter Valley. Once the hour-long scenic trip is over and you’re back on firm ground, there’s an a la carte breakfast for two to enjoy.

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