Ask any mum what they want for Christmas and the answer will be to spend more time with their loved ones. And with everyone being so time poor these days, skip the crowded shopping centres and car park queues by snapping up a RedBalloon voucher for an experience you can have with your favourite family member. Or an experience your mum can have with her plus one of choice.
We’re taking the “gift-giving anxiety” out of this Christmas with a wish list of the best shared experiences to make new memories with the fam this holiday season.
Australia is an animal-lover’s paradise, not least of which because we have some of the most weird and wonderful creatures on the planet, and no shortage of ways to get up close and personal with them.
From snorkelling with whale sharks on the stunning Ningaloo Reef, to cuddling koalas at an animal sanctuary, or watching the penguin parade on Victoria’s Phillip Island, you can easily dial up the adventure. But one thing is certain, when it comes to close encounters of the animal kind, this country really can’t be beat.
Actually, there might be one thing Australia does even better than animal adventures, and that’s food and wine experiences. Our impressively diverse food cultures mean we have access to the world’s best cuisines, and all of them are right on our doorstep.
If your special someone wants to go beyond simply eating delicious food, then a cooking class might be perfect. From learning to press Shanghai dumplings to rolling pasta sheets so deliciously perfect nonna would be proud, there are amazing schools all across the country just waiting to turn them into a Masterchef.
But if they’d rather leave it to the experts, then there’s tasty solutions for that, too. From wine tasting to high teas, and degustations to sizzling teppanyaki, there are foodie experiences to suit all taste buds.
What do you get the person who loves to travel? More travel, of course. Whether it’s a romantic getaway, glamping under stars, or perching high above the city skyline in a luxury apartment, there’s no shortage of options to ease their itchy feet and let you both spend time together.
Does your special someone like a little adventure in their travel? Think hot air ballooning or a helicopter flight. Do they prefer to keep their feet on the ground? Try a truffle immersion in the NSW Southern Highlands. These days there are so many getaways and travel experiences to choose from, there is something perfect for everyone!
Some luxurious pampering is the perfect gift at any time of year, but especially at Christmas, when there are 12 entire months of stress to soak away.
There are more massage styles than you can shake a hot stone at, but if your special someone is more into aligning chakras, then oceanfront yoga might be perfect, or even a centring spell in a floatation tank.
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