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Published January 28th 2018
Stuck for gift ideas for Valentine's Day, birthday or Xmas?
There are times when we have a present to buy, whether it be for Valentine's Day, birthday or Christmas, that we just have no idea on what to buy. Maybe the person has everything they need, or you want to give them something that no one else will ever think of. Why not buy a gift voucher for an experience, so they can do something memorable and exciting and really enjoy their birthday? Keep reading for 20 ideas for gifts around Canberra, which are split up into "Over $100" and "Under $100", depending on your budget. Either way, when they open up an experience gift voucher, they are sure to say "Wow! What a great idea!" - guaranteed!
Give an experience gift they will never forget at Sky Dive Oz! Image: Skydive Oz website
1/ Skydive Oz have dozens of thrill-seeking people throw themselves out of planes over Canberra each weekend and they land next to the Royal Australian Mint in Deakin. For those who love some adventure in their life - or would like to - why not buy a voucher for this life-changing experience? At the time of writing they have a 10,000 foot skydive (which is 35 seconds of freefall), on sale for $348. See here for details.
2/ Hot Air Balloon rides over Canberra are a thoughtful and generous present to give, for someone who has always wanted to get up in the skies over Canberra. There are two companies to choose from - Balloon Aloft and Dawn Drifters - who both offer 12 month gift vouchers for their weekday and weekend flights, which cost over $300.
3/ K7 Kosciusko Adventures offer gift certificates for any of their summer or winter adventures. Summer adventures include day trips for mountain walks, alpine photography workshops, cross country mountain biking trips, caving and bouldering. Prices start from $175 per person. See here for details.
4/ The Canberra Theatre have gift vouchers, if you have someone to buy for who loves going to the theatre to see the latest productions. Gift vouchers start from $100, up to $10,000! See here for details. The Street Theatre also offer vouchers, ranging between $20 to $200.
5/ Eat Canberra run foodie walking tours of Braddon, as well as Sweet Tooth Tours of Canberra. They offer gift vouchers to give as presents, which are ideal gifts for anyone who has just moved to Canberra, or enjoys foodie events and tours. Prices start from $145 per person. See here for details.
7/ The Truffle Farm operates truffle hunts and tours during The Truffle Festival between June and August. If you have a foodie to buy for, why not give them this unique experience they will treasure? See here for details.
8/ The Canberra Symphony Orchestra offer gift vouchers for their performances at Llewellyn Hall and various concerts throughout the year. See here for details.
9/ Jamala Wildlife Lodge is located at the National Zoo and Aquarium and offers 5 star accommodation, right next to the animals. If you really want to give a give an experience they will be talking about for years, buy a gift voucher for an overnight stay, with vouchers starting at $500. See here for details.
Give someone special an experience gift they will never forget. Image: Jamala Wildlife Lodge Facebook
Gift Ideas Under $100 10/ Haigh's Chocolates opened up in the Canberra Centre in 2017 and if you know someone who is a regular customer, why not give them a gift voucher for chocolate, with gift cards starting from $30? Although not an "experience gift" as such, it will be for them! See here for details.
12/ Movie Cinemas in Canberra offer gift certificates for the movie buff you know. Also, if you are buying for a family at Christmas who don't go to the movies much due to the expense, this will be a well-received gift. See the details for Hoyts (Belconnen and Woden), Dendy (CBD), Palace Electric Cinema (NewActon Precinct), Event Cinemas (Manuka) and Limelight Cinema (Tuggeranong). Most vouchers start from $25.
13/ Jet Flight Simulator Canberra in Fyshwick offer a unique experience for anyone who has always wanted to be a pilot. They can choose from over 22,000 airports to take off from and land and they are in complete control of everything in the "flight". At the time of writing a 30 minute session will cost $99. See here for details and longer options.
A gift experience for anyone interested in flying. Image: Jet Flight Simulator Canberra Facebook
14/ The National Zoo and Aquarium is a popular way to spend the day, with new animal enclosures and facilities opening up in their constant upgrade. You can buy gift vouchers online for admission to the zoo and they have 12 months to use them. Adult prices are $45. See here for details. Alternatively, if you want to surprise them on the day and don't need a gift voucher, buy your tickets online for $42 per adult. See here for details. If you would like to make your day memorable, book into a Close Encounter for a day neither of you will ever forget!
15/ Ticketek have gift vouchers starting from $25, which the recipient can spend on concerts and sporting events around Canberra. See here for details.
16/ Seg Glide Ride is a Segway hut on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin. They have gift vouchers for their tours and Segway hire, with a 15 minute hire starting from $28. See here for details.
A fun experience for locals and visitors. Image: Seg Glide Ride website
17/ Canberra Glassworks have gift vouchers to use on their Make Your Own workshops, which range between $80 to $120. See here for details.
18/ iPlay is a games arcade located at Belconnen, Woden and Tuggeranong. If you have a family or kids to buy for, then why not go in store and load up a card that they can use on games inside the arcade. The card lasts for 12 months and will provide fun for the whole family! See here for details.
19/ AMF Bowling is located at Belconnen and Tuggeranong and offer gift cards for the competitive bowler you know! This is also a thoughtful gift for families for Christmas, to keep the kids entertained through January. See here for details.
20/ Escape Rooms in Canberra is a unique experience for those who like a little mystery, suspense and adventure. Can you get out of the room, by solving the clues, within the time frame? Escape Room have two person gift vouchers for $78 and Riddle Room have prices starting from $35 for 1 person, in a group of 4.
Canberra has such a wide range of experiences to choose from, hopefully you have found at least one idea from this list. Which one(s) did you choose?
If you want to buy a gift voucher for an experience truly unique, see the You Tube clip below...if you dare!