Erin Holland’s Top 10 Experience Gift Picks

This article is sponsored by RedBalloon.

The season of Enrichmas has encouraged the model to give RedBalloon experiences over material gifts.

Christmas is about enriching people’s lives, and more than ever people are turning to experiences rather than material gifts in order to do this.

Model and TV presenter Erin Holland believes there’s a method to choosing a great experience gift for someone. "If someone loves wine, instead of buying them a bottle, treat them to a wine tour & tasting. An experience turns an ordinary gift into something really special."

Here, Erin shares what she’d love to buy her friends and family this year:

1. Romantic Pop-Up Picnic Weekend For 2, $290

“This would be a great present to use on a date night or anniversary. It’s available in so many locations around Brisbane so it’s an easy way to spend a special evening wherever you live. I wish Ben had known about this when he proposed!”

2. Jenolan Caves Getaway, Night Cave Tour and Breakfast For 2, $392

“This is such great value, and everything is organised for you which makes it so convenient. I might buy this for my parents so they can enjoy it together when they visit me in Sydney.”

3. 1 Night Hinterland Hideaway with Breakfast For 2, $699

“This beautiful villa is in Maleny, so would be an easy getaway when I’m staying in Brisbane. I’d love to go here on a girls’ weekend for a change of scenery.”

4. High Tea at Spicers Balfour Hotel For 2, $158

“I gave my mum this experience as an early Christmas present. I’d highly recommend it. There was so much food, and the hotel is beautiful. It would be fun with a group of girlfriends too.”

5. Luxury Overnight Getaway with Dinner and Massages, $895

“I’ve never been to the Mornington Peninsula and this hotel looks gorgeous. I haven’t explored Australia as much as I should, so I’d like to see a bit more of it next year. Staying here with Ben would be a great way to do it.”

6. Private Scenic Helicopter Flight to Rottnest Island For 2, $1,050

“I really want a selfie with a Quokka and this would be an amazing way to do it! The water around the island looks incredible, and it would be great to take photos from the helicopter. I’d have to buy this for a friend though – Ben and my parents are all scared of heights!”

7. Lamborghini and McLaren Hunter Valley Drive Day, $799

“Ben is really hard to buy for, so RedBalloon is a godsend as I can give him something a bit different that he’ll really remember. He’s obsessed with cars so this would be the perfect way to spend the day.”


8. Romantic Weekend Glamping Getaway, 3 Nights for 2, $899

“I hate camping, but I could get on-board with this. There’s no wifi or mobile reception; it would be so relaxing to switch off from everything. It might even convince Ben to get under canvas.”

9. 5 Course Chef-Hatted Degustation For 2, $170

“I can’t believe what good value this is! The Deer Duck bistro is amazing, and who doesn’t love French food? The best thing about an experience like this would be sharing it with friends and making it an occasion you’d all remember.”

10 .Overnight Yacht Stay with Meals and Fine Wine For 2, $2,950

“I’d love to gift this to my fiancé Ben [Cutting]. He spends six months of each year overseas [playing cricket] so it’s essential for us to have time together when he’s home. He loves Queensland and is always telling me I should visit Stradbroke Island. It’s a decadent present but it will definitely put me in his good books!”

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