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Give a 'Doing Gift' This Christmas

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by Susan Jackson (subscribe)
Gold Coast Explorer since Jan 2010. Always on the lookout for fun, family things to enjoy with my four kids.
Published December 1st 2012
Stuck for Present Ideas?
Give a 'Doing Gift' This Christmas
Christmas gift
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Stuck for a Christmas present idea? By the time it takes you to read this article, your anguish for ideas will hopefully be over. The concept of a "Doing Gift" is simple. Choose an activity you think will be enjoyed by the person you are trying to purchase for, buy or make the voucher and give the activity as a gift.

Doing Gift Ideas

Having experienced the following, I can personally recommend these choices on the Gold Coast.

1. Tickets to a show are usually a winner. Outback Spectacular is a truly spectacular performance, which certainly lives up to its name. Spirit of the Horse with a Tribute to Phar Lap, will transport you to the Outback, entertaining you with displays of outstanding horsemanship and a great Aussie style BBQ 3 course meal.

Outback Spectacular
Image courtesy of Outback Spectacular

2. Take a tour and explore Mount Tamborine & Lamington NP, by 4 wheel drive vehicles. Head into the Hinterland and discover the "Green behind the Gold" on this rainforest and wildlife tour. I was amazed at what this tour managed to pack into a day. If you are looking for a gift the whole family can enjoy together, then check this out.

3. Enjoy a picnic basket and wine tasting at O'Reilly's Vineyard, in the Canungra Valley. Their picnic baskets are somewhat famous for their delicious contents and the setting down by the river is very relaxing. We saw a platypus when we were there. The cellar door is open daily for wine tastings.

O'Reilly's Vineyards
Image courtesy of O'Reilly's

4. Make a reservation at a beach hotel, such as Burleigh Mediterranean Resort, and enjoy a night away from home. The views from the rooftop are great and the outdoor lounge area up top, makes for a lovely pre dinner drinks setting or a perfect spot for pizzas. Get up early and watch the sun come up on the beach.

5. Book a trip up to Bundaberg to see the Turtles at Mon Repos Conservation Park. November through to March is the time to see turtle mums laying their eggs or baby turtles hatching. The experience really is an unforgettable one. If your partner is into this kind of experience, they will love you to bits for this gift.

Doing Gift Ideas for Kids

Busy kids are happy kids so get them out doing things with your gifts this year.

1. Build a Billycart with your child. Can you remember the days of hurtling down the street in a home made billycart? I can. I realize I'm showing my age here but the hours and hours of fun my cousin and I had as kids, with what was basically a red box on wheels with two handles, was immeasurable, memorable and such great fun. That was back in the days before computers, the Wii or Game Boys…..

2. Buy a Movie Gift Card. My girls got Movie Cards from my cousin last year for Christmas. It was such a great gift idea since she lives in the UK and often the postage of our presents ends up more than the gift. They got to see a movie of their choice, on a day out during the holidays and declared it the best present ever.

3. Give a voucher for something different – like a Pottery Class. Gold Coast Potters are offering two workshops during these Christmas holidays – one where a parent potters along with their child and the other is a class designed just for kids.

4. Gymnastics lessons are top of my friend April's Christmas list. You could give tennis lessons or riding lessons – whatever they have been hankering after or choose something out of their comfort zone and give kids the opportunity to try something new. These experiences will last far longer than the usual gift items that can be bought in the shops.

5. Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is a brilliant day out for kids. It's packed with things to see and do and the Green Challenge High Ropes Course is included in your entry fee. Just a thought, but I would spend just a little bit extra and get them an annual pass. It will give you a venue for many weekend outings and is good value for money.

Doing Gift Ideas Budget Style

Want to give something special for Christmas but are constrained by your budget? There are a number of Doing Gifts that can be enjoyed, despite your low budget.

Popcorn & movies
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1. Popcorn and their choice of movie from the video store. You can throw in a bottle of wine if you are feeling flush or if you love chocolate, buy a box of Favourites and share them together during the movie.

2. Make up a Babysitting Voucher. Treat your friend to a night out, with no babysitting fee. Better still have their kids for the night and let the parents have a sleep in, in the morning. What a treat.

WISH Gift Card
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3. Buy a WISH Gift Card which can used in: Woolworths, Big W, Dick Smith, Liquor Woolworths, Dan Murphy's, Masters, BWS and even Caltex. The minimum amount is $10 and gives the receiver the chance to buy from a huge range of retail options.

4. Take your friend or partner to a free Cooking Demo in Surfers Paradise. Sit on the foreshore on a Saturday afternoon, learn some new culinary tricks and sample the dishes at the end. End the afternoon off with a walk along the beach or go out for a drink.

5. Make up a "Dinner or Lunch for 2" meal voucher at your local surf club. If you live within easy travelling distance of Burleigh, I'd recommend the North Burleigh Surf Life Saving Club. They even have a courtesy bus if you live within a 5km radius. A great range of mains can be enjoyed for under $20.

Doing Gifts for Older People

Let's face it, by the time you are the age of your grandparents, you have everything you need and the idea of more clutter for Christmas can be a real turn off. So what on earth do you give? With age - there's no time like the present, but more than that - there is definitely No Present Like Time. Now is your chance to make some memories.

1. Try something different like a game of croquet at Broadbeach Croquet Club. This small club is a gem, tucked in next to the Bowl's Club, where members will welcome you and show you the mental and physical challenges of the game, whose history is clouded in mystery.

2. Buy a movie card and go to movies once a month for 3 or 6 months. Older people usually enjoy a night out at the movies, and if they normally don't get out much it can be a real treat. If they don't feel like going out at night, you can hire their choice of movie at the video store and enjoy a night at home with them or go to movies in the morning or afternoon.

3. Enjoy a day out in one of Australia's National Parks. Springbrook is my favourite. There are longer and shorter walks, view points, waterfalls and plenty of places to enjoy a picnic. You can also end your day with a visit to the observatory.

4. Do something exciting like a helicopter ride from Sea World. This one is still on my To Do list so I can't talk from experience but I did take a helicopter ride over Vic Falls and it is a trip I will never forget. I also took my daughter, mum and grandmother for a helicopter ride over the Drakensberg Mountains in South Africa and it was an amazing experience. So I imagine flying over the Gold Coast would be awesome, especially if your loved one has never seen the coast from the air.

Q1 Gold Coast Spa
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5. If they would enjoy a massage, book in to the Q1 Spa for a real treat that you get to share too. They have rooms for friends to share treatments, so you get to relax and chat too, which is the purpose of the present - to spend time together and reconnect.

Now you have Christmas all wrapped up, you can sit back and relax, confident that your gifts this year, will be ones your friends and family will never forget.
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Why? Give a Doing Gift this Christmas
Cost: Varies but can be done on a budget too
Your Comment
What a lovely idea
by Oxford Explorer (score: 2|655) 3540 days ago
That's such a special gift idea, thank you! Michelle
by mcjen (score: 0|8) 3258 days ago
For christmas last year I got all my mum's old photos scanned by they put all the photos to music in a slide show. She loved it and it was great watching it with all the family after christmas lunch.
by laris (score: 0|4) 3266 days ago
Check out these Jamie Oliver inspired Cooking Classes in Nerang & Oxenford as another Budget Style Doing Gift @ $5 a class -
by Susan Jackson (score: 2|860) 3540 days ago
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