I am a stay at home mum trying to be a freelance writer - or a freelance writer trying to be a stay at home mum. I enjoy getting out and about with my two little girls and am Chief Editor of Perth Mums Group perthmumsgroup.com.au
Published October 9th 2016
Five unique ways to give an experience as a gift
After 30-odd years of giving out birthday, Christmas, Mothers and Father's Day, wedding, engagement, christening, baptism, congrats-on-the-birth-of-your-offspring gifts, I'm all out of original ideas. I once gave a Christmas gift to a relative, only to see it re-gifted the next year to someone else. *Cue embarrassed face.*
I've now come to the conclusion that experiences, rather than material possessions, make super-awesome gifts, especially if they are personal, thoughtful and provide the recipient to spend some time relaxing or catching up with family and friends. Besides – the memories will last a lifetime, unlike jocks and socks, which get lost in the washing machine, or scented candles, which melt or hang around under the sink in case of a nocturnal power outage. Here are five ideas for an experience you can give as a gift.
Think a fishing trip, horseriding, a round of golf at a prestigious course, dancing classes – anything that your recipient has expressed a desire to do or try but that they would never get around to doing otherwise. This is the perfect opportunity for them to try a new hobby, so you really can't go wrong.
An adventure We're talking about hot air balloon rides, a helicopter ride over Perth, a lap in a V8 supercar, the opportunity to swim with dolphins, skydiving, bungee jumping, paintball, tree surfing – yep, there is such a thing. Anything that will get the adrenalin pumping or give them a thrill they will never forget. You can find some fantastic adventures for all ages at Red Balloon.
A ride in a hot air balloon is certainly a unique experience.
Mmmmm. Food. I would much rather spend my money on buying someone a meal or a high tea and enjoying their company for an afternoon, than presenting them with a gift and then desperately trying to work out if they actually like it or not. You can go for high tea, a walking tour, a wine cruise, a cookery masterclass, a beer tasting night…there are endless possibilities for Perth foodie fanatics. Tour operator Foodi also offers gift vouchers in case you can't choose yourself.
Pampering Do you know someone who needs to relax, but simply never gets the time? If you buy them a foot massage or a pedicure, they will be more inclined to actually take the time to go and do it and take some well overdue time out.
An annual pass to their favourite place Whether it's the zoo, a local theme park such as Perth's Adventure World, or national parks, you can buy annual passes to a whole heap of places. An annual pass to Perth Zoo, for example, makes a fantastic, cost-effective gift if your recipient loves to spend time interacting with the animals on a regular basis, given general entry isn't cheap. Annual passes usually mean you can make as many trips as you like for a set price.
My husband and I were once given an experieince gift for a lakeside breakfast at Woodman Estate on the Morningotn Peninisula (South of Melbourne). It was fabulous. When we recieved an experieince voucher for luch at the same place a year or so later we couldn't wait to get back there ane do it all again.