If you’re struggling to shop for the person in your life whose love language is “quality time” then look no further than experience gifts. While those who love words of affirmation might favour a hand-written card, and those who are partial to acts of service might prefer you cook them a meal, the “quality time” proponents love nothing more than spending time with you, no matter the occasion.
So, with that in mind, why not treat them – and yourself – to an experience neither one of you will forget?
What are some experience gifts?
Depending on your interests, there is an experience gift for every interest and personality. If your idea of a good time is doing nothing at all, getting a massage and forgetting about your stresses, then a spa experience sounds like your cup of tea. If your partner is a thrill seeker who would love nothing more than launching themselves out of a plane, there are plenty of adrenaline-inducing experiences to get their heart pumping.
Below, we have rounded up 10 of the best experience gifts – from dining experiences, wellness experiences, flying experiences, and more – for you and a loved one to enjoy.
The Best Experience Gifts In Australia
Radiance Facial and Massage Package, $220, NSW, VIC, QLD, WA, RedBalloon
Self-care has never been better with this luxurious facial and massage package. From start to finish, the skincare expert caters to all skin and body needs, right down to hand exfoliation, so you can leave with your muscles relaxed and your skin glowing.
6HEAD Steak Restaurant in Sydney, NSW, and Perth, WA
If you have a steak lover in your life, you can’t go past this dining experience. Designed in collaboration with seasoned chefs, their menu offers quality but uncomplicated cuts of steak using grass-fed beef for an unparalleled flavour profile. Sourced from the world’s best regions, the wine list is specially curated by 6HEAD’s sommeliers for an unforgettable dining experience from start to finish.
Snorkelling Adventure on the Sunshine Coast, $89, QLD, Thrill Experiences
Always fancied snorkelling? Grab a friend and plunge right into the serene beauty of the Sunshine Coast. You will explore the reef with a small group, and extra guidance is available for beginners. Afterwards, toast the experience with light refreshments – and don’t forget to leave with a gift pack.
90 Minute Comedy Show with Dinner, VIC, $67.50, RedBalloon
For those after a good smile, this intimate comedy show is up your alley. Visit one of Melbourne’s top comedy clubs, Kings of Comedy, with your favourite person and get ready for a night of laughter, with dinner and a drink included. KOC presents a mix of emerging talent with professional headline acts – and you can conclude the performance with an exclusive meet and greet.
Bei Modern Mediterranean Bar and Bistro in Sydney, NSW
Mediterranean-inspired with a strong emphasis on seafood, you will find this modern bar and bistro in the heart of Darlinghurst. Bei’s menu has been curated with the best Australian ingredients and a few imported specialties, accompanied by quality Australian and Italian wines. Plus, there’s the moreish dessert menu – which is any sweet tooth’s dream.
Tasman Island Nature Cruise, $155, TAS, RedBalloon
On this award-winning cruise, explore the waterfalls, rock formations, archways, and deep-sea caves of Tasman Island. Travel beneath the highest vertical sea cliffs in the Southern Hemisphere at Cape Pillar, and keep your eyes peeled for wildlife like seals, whales, and dolphins.
Helicopter Scenic Flight Over Uluru, $180, NT, Adrenaline
Bask in one of Australia’s most iconic natural landmarks from a birds-eye view in this helicopter flight over Uluru. For 15 minutes, you will soar over the Red Centre and witness the breath-taking beauty of the sacred site, which is to be treated with respect. Along the way, the seasoned pilot will provide commentary about the sights’ cultural and spiritual significance for the local Anangu people, the traditional owners of the land.
Picnic Experience in Barossa Valley, $120, SA, Experience Oz
In the mood for a picnic at a winery? Enjoy a wine tasting at Barossa Valley before collecting your rug and packed picnic – complete with fresh produce and a bottle of wine. Find your perfect spot to spread out in the sun while you sip, eat, and soak in the gorgeous views.
Melbourne Connection Exhibition Pass at THE LUME, VIC, $49, Experience Oz
In Australia’s capital of arts and culture lies one of the most adored attractions, THE LUME Melbourne. Immerse yourself into the world’s finest art. Its current feature experience, Connection, showcases First Nations art, music, and culture through a gallery of original artworks, digital experiences, and interactive installations. And don’t miss the dining menu centred around native ingredients.
Electric Picnic Boat Hire in Canberra, $149, ACT, Experience Oz
Not sure what to do in the nation’s capital other than visit Parliament House? Hire an eco-friendly and quiet picnic boat with your loved ones and head out to Lake Burley Griffin. Chart your own course at your leisure with the easy-to-drive vessel, which is fitted with timber picnic tables, cup holders, and sunshade.