The holiday season is about giving, but that doesn’t mean you have to conform to wrapping paper and ribbons. This Christmas, why not think outside the box and opt for one of our unique experience gifts? From minimising your environmental footprint to reconnecting with the community, there are so many reasons why a gift experience can be a great alternative to material presents. Here are 10 reasons why we love them.
1. Minimise your environmental footprint
When you opt for a gift experience, you’re choosing to tread a little more lightly on the planet. Instead of wrapping up a few pairs of novelty socks for your uncle or adding yet another perfume bottle to your mum’s dresser, why not look at fun things to do in Brisbane? A Spanish tapas cooking class would do away with the materialism and keep your Christmas footprint to a minimum, while teaching your giftee a new skill. There are options for every palate, from Italian cooking classes to dessert courses.
And let’s not forget, experience gifts also unlock big environmental savings when it comes to wrapping paper, sticky tape, ribbons and tags. For this reason, we think they make amazing gifts for friends who have everything!
2. Create memories that last
Material gifts may bring joy on Christmas morning but it’s generally short lived. In comparison, experience gifts create genuine memories that will last for years to come. For example, rather than purchase a new cheese board platter for your sister in law, why not send her to a resin art workshop and have her create her own masterpiece? Cooking classes make great gift experiences for couples, combining romance with practical skills. If you want to create memories with your lucky recipient, why not purchase two gift experience vouchers and invite yourself along for the fun?
3. Help your recipient upskill
From gin making masterclasses in Dromana to tea blending workshops in Northcote, our experience vouchers cover a huge range of fun things to do in Melbourne. These types of gifts are a great way to encourage a loved one to upskill and discover a new hobby or passion. Baking classes are always a hit and cover everything from cupcakes to sourdough. After just a few hours in the kitchen, your recipient will be armed with the skills to make bread at home or whip up healthy desserts for life. It really is the gift that keeps on giving.
4. Choose a gift they’ll love
Christmas shopping doesn’t have to be stressful when you have access to a myriad of fun things to do in Sydney. Spend a little time thinking about what your recipient likes or enjoys, then choose a gift experience that fits the bill. A perfume workshop may be perfect for your mother-in-law who loves her Chanel No 5, while an American smoking BBQ class could be just the ticket for your carnivorous brother. For teens, consider on-trend options like terrarium making classes. We also offer quirky classes like mushroom growing workshops if you’re looking for the best dad Christmas gifts.
5. Get creative with the kids
Gift experiences aren’t just for adults,. In fact, we’ve got a huge range of kid-friendly activities to choose from across Australia. From woodwork to sushi making, experience gifts for kids are perfect for the little ones in your life. With so many fun-filled classes and workshops to choose from, there’s no excuse to settle for a video game or a DVD this Christmas.
6. Support mental health
Not only are gift experiences fun and practical, but they’re also a fantastic way to support wellbeing this Christmas. The festive season can be a stressful time and can leave even the most energetic people feeling a little burnt out. Classes spotlighting relaxing artforms like pottery, wheel throwing, painting and how to make candles at home, are a great way to encourage your recipient to unwind and take some time for themselves in the new year.
We’re passionate about improving mental wellbeing in our communities, which is why we place so much focus on classes that highlight the joy of learning and encourage people to relax, destress and enjoy some well-deserved downtime.
7. Connect with the community
Most classes are held in small groups and can be an excellent way to meet like-minded locals. Whether you’re browsing floristry classes for your mum or botanical phone case workshops for your niece, an interactive gift experience will encourage your recipient to expand their social circle and connect with their local community.
8. Support small businesses and artisans
As well as treating your nearest and dearest this Christmas, experience days are also a great way to give back to your local community. From experience gifts for men like our best-selling knife forging workshop in Sydney, to family-friendly activities like a pizza masterclass in Surfers Paradise, supporting small businesses and local artisans is one of the best ways to champion your community this Christmas.
9. With beginner-friendly classes, you can’t go wrong
Almost all our classes are beginner friendly, meaning your recipient doesn’t need any experience. Ultimately, this makes Christmas shopping a cinch. Whether you’re browsing wreath making classes or watercolour workshops, you can wrap up your gift with total peace of mind.
Live in another part of the country? As well as fun things to do in Perth, Australia, we offer a huge variety of classes in major cities like Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane too.
10. Give the gift of travel
The past few years have been tough for travel, but that doesn’t mean you can’t send a loved one on a multicultural adventure. From Spanish flamenco dance classes in Perth to Chinese cooking classes in Melbourne, a cultural gift experience can capture the joy of travel without having to leave the state.
With thousands of experience gift ideas to choose from across Australia, make this Christmas one to remember. There are so many amazing benefits on offer when you opt for one of our workshops, including many that celebrate traditional Christmas values like spending quality time with loved ones, connecting with the local community and embracing the joy of giving.