Make it mem­o­rable

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Find­ing the ideal pressie is al­ways a chal­lenge. The best part of giv­ing, for me, is the look on the re­cip­i­ent’s face as they dis­cover their gift. In a world full of stuff and things I find my­self pon­der­ing the ideal ex­pe­ri­ence for the re­cip­i­ent, rather than that ideal ‘thing’. Ex­pe­ri­ence gifts are fast be­com­ing the go-to - from a movie card to a whale watch­ing voucher, find­ing the ul­ti­mate ex­pe­ri­ence for your loved ones cre­ates a life­long mem­ory well af­ter the ‘thing’ has gone out of fash­ion. Per­son­ally, my fam­ily has cel­e­brated birth­days hot air bal­loon­ing, with a pro golf les­son, at the day spa, en­joy­ing pop-up pic­nics and even a Sky­walk on the Q1. This year, we spent part of Mother’s Day at the Es­cape Room on the Gold Coast and re­cently we went to the Bel­mont Shoot­ing Range to learn to shoot a ri­fle… a lit­tle out of my com­fort zone but we had so many laughs! All of these ex­am­ples had us out of the house and do­ing things to­gether and that means far more to me than trin­kets and ob­jects. With Christ­mas just around the cor­ner, it’s a great time to plan your gifts and they don’t have to cost a for­tune. In fact, you can plan your own ad­ven­tures as gifts and start with the kids. Ad­ven­ture to the park where you can plan a trea­sure hunt and leave clues for them. If you plant the clues the day be­fore, it will be a huge sur­prise for them and per­haps the trea­sure at the end can be a Christ­mas gift? Adults will love them too – es­pe­cially if you have taken the time to plan it all out and hide the clues.

In a world full of ‘things’ maybe the gift of a mem­ory is more valu­able in the longer term?

There are so many ideas for gifts for adults. If your sis­ter loves yoga, then get her a month pass to her stu­dio. Or per­haps rather than a voucher for a day spa – book the date and pick her up and go with her to make a day of it? Din­ner and a movie is al­ways a great gift, too – or maybe even tick­ets to the Yatala Drive-in for some­thing dif­fer­ent? I love the idea of plan­ning joint ad­ven­tures. It’s more than the gift it­self – it’s the gift of your time, too. Spend­ing time with your loved ones and friends, shar­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence, is more than just a gift. Know­ing what the re­cip­i­ent likes to do or would like to learn more about will give you a great in­di­ca­tion on the type of gift you could cre­ate or pur­chase.

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