In a world full of ‘things’ maybe the gift of a memory is more valuable in the longer term?
Finding the ideal pressie is always a challenge. The best part of giving, for me, is the look on the recipient’s face as they discover their gift. In a world full of stuff and things I find myself pondering the ideal experience for the recipient, rather than that ideal ‘thing’. Experience gifts are fast becoming the go-to – from a movie card to a whale watching voucher, finding the ultimate experience for your loved ones creates a lifelong memory well after the ‘thing’ has gone out of fashion.
Personally, my family has celebrated birthdays hot air ballooning, with a pro golf lesson, at the day spa, enjoying pop-up picnics and even a Skywalk on the Q1. This year, we spent part of Mother’s Day at the Escape Room on the Gold Coast and recently we went to the Belmont Shooting Range to learn to shoot a rifle… a little out of the comfort zone for me but we had so many laughs! All of these examples had us out of the house and doing things together and that means far more to me than trinkets and objects.
With Christmas just around the corner, it’s a great time to plan your gifts and they don’t have to cost a fortune. In fact, you can plan your own adventures as gifts and start with the kids. Adventure to the park where you can plan a treasure hunt and leave clues for them. If you plant the clues the day before, it will be a huge surprise for them and perhaps the treasure at the end can be a Christmas gift? Adults will love them too – especially if you have taken the time to plan it all out and hide the clues.
There are so many ideas for gifts for adults. If your sister loves yoga, then get her a month pass to her studio. Or perhaps rather than a voucher for a day spa – book the date and pick her up and go with her to make a day of it? Dinner and a movie is always a great gift, too – or maybe even tickets to the Yatala Drive-In for something different?
I love the idea of planning joint adventures. It’s more than the gift itself – it’s the gift of your time, too. Spending time with your loved ones and friends, sharing the experience, is more than just a gift. Knowing what the recipient likes to do or would like to learn more about will give you a great indication on the type of gift you could create or purchase.
Ideas for memorable gifts include:
- Tickets to a show at QPAC
- Tickets to an exhibition at GOMA
- High ropes or rock climbing
- Wine tasting tours
- Retreat days/weekends (either create them yourself or look into the many options available)
- Cooking classes
- Art classes
- Kayaking trips
- Stand-up paddle board hire and tours
- Dance lessons
- Swim with the dolphins
- Pop-up picnic at their favourite location
- Bike hire adventure along the foreshore or in the city
- Story Bridge climb
- Hike up Mt Warning together – perhaps for sunrise?
- Book a round of golf or head to a golf range for a bucket of balls
- Mystery flight! Book a flight and make a day of it (perhaps Sydney for the day?)
There are so many options. Find an adventure that they will love, and it will be the gift that is never forgotten.