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!
Otherwise, why not make 2019 their year of health and wellness with a gym membership? New South Welshmen can score a one-month Planet Fitness membership for just $19, Melburnians can head to 12 RND Fitness for a 10-day pass, body scan and nutrition guide for $19 per person, and Brissy residents can enjoy three whole-body vibration group training sessions at Gravity Zone for $19 per person!
$50 and Under
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.
Or, if you’d like to pick for them, why not give them a luxurious high tea experience for two? Take in the seriously spectacular views with a traditional high tea at Blacktown’s iconic Cucina Locale Revolving Restaurant for $49, or head to the swanky Four Points by Sheraton in Brisbane for a high tea complete with sparkling wine for $49, or Glen Iris’ Woodfired Kitchen for a $39 sparkling high tea.
$75 and Under
Give your loved one the gift of pure bliss with a good old-fashioned pampering session! Send them to Sydney Beauty Spa in Ryde for a 75-minute organic pamper package including a massage, facial and phototherapy for just $69, while Melbourne relaxation connoisseurs can head to Collingwood’s Chanoyu Spa for a 75-minute massage and facial package at just $69, and Brisbanites can enjoy two hours of massage and facial indulgence for $69 at Infinity Massage & Body Therapies.
$100 and Under
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!
Alternatively, why not send the parents to the iconic Yarra Valley for a wine tasting and two-course lunch at the stunning Dixons Creek? At just $85 for two people, it’s a great gift for mum and dad needing a little escape from the youngins.
Too tame? Send them soaring with a 35-minute flying lesson package for $99 with Pathfinder Aviation based at Archerfield Airport. They’ll learn the ropes with a 15-minute training session, then take to the skies with 20 minutes of flying time. Be warned, though – they’re sure to get addicted.
$150 and Under
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.
But Sydneysiders aren’t the only ones who get some NYE fun! Melburnians can hit up the iconic Kobe Jones for a delightfully excessive 12-course Japanese degustation with Moët on arrival and wine and beer throughout the night from $139 per person.
In Brisbane, they can pay a visit to the chef-hatted Deer Duck Bistro for a five-course degustation with French sparkling wine. It’ll set you back just $145 for two people!
$200 and Under
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!
Or help them tick another item off the bucket list with an unforgettable hot air ballooning experience with Go Ballooning, which will see them drift above the Gold Coast to see the sunrise. Prices start at $199 per person, but the memories they’ll gain will be priceless.
Still looking? Head over to Cudo now for a huge range of delicious, relaxing and thrilling deals for everyone and every budget. Merry Christmas!