Every year you tell yourself you’re going to be prepared and have all your Christmas gifts sorted well in advance, and every year, you end up scrambling at the last minute to find the perfect present. Don’t worry, it’s not just you!
While it’s tempting to be bitter towards those ultra-organised people who bought all their gifts months ago (just what are they trying to prove?!) why not show them that a little last-minute shopping can produce some of the best pressies on the day?
Sure, we love a candle as much as the next person, but when it comes to gifting, it’s hard to go past experiences – we’re talking decadent feasts, blissful spa days and relaxing weekend breaks. Fortunately, we’ve done all the hard work for you and found some of the best experiences for every budget. Enjoy!
$20 and Under
Get their adrenaline pumping with a ridiculously fun paintball session at Delta Force Paintball, complete with all-day entry, equipment and 100 to 200 paintballs. Prices start from just $10 for one person and $19 for two, and there are locations all over the country. Check it out here!
Treat the foodie in your life to a$50 Gourmet Traveller eGift Card and pay just $45! They can put their credit towards a meal at some of the country’s top restaurants, including Sydney’s chef-hatted Quay, Fitzroy’s Cutler and Co (winner of three chef hats) and Mecca Bah in Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
Entertain little kids and big kids alike with an Annual Pass to Taronga Zoo for an incredible $99, including unlimited entry throughout the year, plus a whole array of goodies for kids, like a Tarongasaurus adoption certificate, Dino Activity Pack and more!
Degustation – the most beautiful word in the English language. After all, who could say no to dish after dish of gastronomic delights? Send their taste buds into a spin with a massive 10-course Japanese New Year’s Eve degustation at Tokyo Laundry in Circular Quay from $129 per person, complete with free-flowing prosecco.
The Hunter Valley is the perfect adults-only escape, and there aren’t many better places to enjoy a weekend away than at Leisure Inn Pokolbin. With prices starting at just $189 per couple for two nights in a Studio Spa Queen room(complete with a wine tour, tennis court hire, late checkout and more), your loved ones will be endlessly grateful for this memorable escape.
We know the Kobe Jones Melbourne NYE degustation above piqued your interest, and we’re throwing a spanner in the works with another incredible option. Treat them to a three-course Spanish-inspired meal with four-hour drinks package, live DJ and more at Oscars Table in Docklands for just $165 per person. The best part? You’ll be in prime position for the fireworks!