THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS GIFT FOR THE MUM WHO HAS EVERYTHING

Do you have a family member who's impossible to buy for? If you're in Australia I have the perfect place to browse and buy an experience they'll love.

GIFT SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO

I think a lot of us have been feeling a bit low with all the restrictions that COVID-19 has placed on us since February. I can't believe an entire year has gone by with very little happening to make us smile. Travel is almost non-existent, and a lot of the little luxuries we enjoyed were also curtailed due to the social distancing requirements. As Australia has slowly opened up again, we can start enjoying a few little treats that we're sorely in need of and I can't wait to share some here on the blog.

I have collaborated with the Australian company RedBalloon who is the heartland of enriching experiences. They offer a range of amazing experiences that build meaningful and memorable life moments, perfect to gift at Christmas time. On top of their bucket-list worthy experiences, they also offer a range of indulging, relaxed gift ideas for mum that caught my eye.

WHEN MUM ALREADY HAS EVERYTHING SHE NEEDS

With Christmas looming in the not-too-distant future, I've been thinking about those of us who have a Mum (or an adult daughter) who already has everything she needs, or who has the funds to buy whatever she needs, or who is almost impossible to buy a gift for. I know it's definitely the case in my family - and it's always a struggle to come up with a birthday gift or a Christmas present that shows thoughtfulness and offers them something they might not buy for themselves.

We often hear about Dads or brothers who were given amazing "experience" gifts for special birthdays - ride in a race car or some other exciting experience (like skydiving, paintballing, snow boarding) through this company, but they may not appeal to those of us who are looking for a little bit of pampering and a little less of an adrenaline rush. So, how do we find that perfect gift and where do we even begin with only a few weeks until Christmas is upon us?

how about a little skydiving for Christmas?

THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS GIFT

When I started browsing around the internet looking for gifts for my Mum, and my daughter, and my daughter-in-law that were a bit different to my usual Christmas ideas, I came across  RedBalloon. They offered a wide range of gift ideas for women that went above and beyond just riding in a race car (although my Mum would be jumping up and down in excitement if I chose one of those for her – she’s a bit of a rev head!)

Instead, I found everything from high teas and massages, to sunset sailing and weekend getaways (including an extravagant castle stay). The more I scrolled, the more I wanted to choose - forget Mum......I wanted a few of them for myself! I could see myself floating over the Hunter Valley in a hot air balloon, or lying in a wellness spa having a hot stone massage. The more affordable weekend retreats looked lovely too, it really just comes down to where you want to go and how much you want to spend.

why not stay in an Aussie castle for the weekend?

WHY NOT HAVE A BROWSE AROUND?

So, if you're in a bit of a dilemma about what to buy for your special someone, perhaps it might be worth a look at what RedBalloon has to offer. I'm going to send my husband a link to today's post in the hope he gets inspired with what's available. I loved that you could search by location, or by experience, or by pricing. As much as I'd love that castle stay, the decadent high tea looked pretty delightful too at $69 a head - and I do have a big birthday coming up next year!

I had a lot of fun checking out everything RedBalloon had to offer, so why not have a browse to find the perfect experience to suit your gifting needs this Christmas. You’ll probably find yourself wanting to shop for ideas for you instead of your Mum so why not gift an experience for two you can enjoy together!

hot stone massage

A FEW EXPERIENCES THAT APPEALED TO ME


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30 comments

  1. That rainforest getaway sounds right up my alley - and it's practically in our own backyard. Some great experiences to browse through...

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    1. I thought the same thing Jo - lots of great Qld ideas and I just kept clicking and clicking because there were so many interesting ideas.

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  2. This post came at the perfect time, Leanne. I have been trying to come up with gift suggestions for Christmas. I have friends that really like the High Tea experience. I am leaning towards the Rainforest Getaway. I have stayed in a castle before and a lot of fun. I have lots of ideas now. Decisions. Decisions. Thank you! xx (and shared)

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    1. Hi Erica - I really want that castle stay, but I think some of the other weekend retreats look like they'd be more my relaxed style. The massages were tempting me too - I must be feeling the need for a little "me time"!

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    2. To elaborate on the Castle stay, we actually stayed in the barn lol - tons of fun! xx

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    3. I think a barn would probably be as close to a castle stay as I'd get too! :D

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  3. Hi Leanne I’ve given red balloon gifts to my children many times over the years. They loved the hot air balloon, day spas and my son really loved the drive in a race car. You’ve reminded me I need to start thinking about Xmas.

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    1. Hi Jen - I think experience gifts are perfect for families - so many things to do together, or alternatively just to be spoiled with. I've had a couple of family members do the race car experience and they loved it. The hot air balloon ride is definitely on my bucket list too.

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  4. I'd like the Decadent High Tea, thanks Leanne! (Although I'm not your Mum but a sister from another lifetime) :)

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    1. I think we'd have a great time doing that high tea together Sue - we could sip and nibble and chat for hours - what's not to love about that?

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  5. Oooo, I can't decide between the Decadent High Tea and the Rainforest GetAway. All of these experiences sound incredible. Thank you for sharing them with us, Leanne.

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    1. Hi Donna - I'm thinking about the float tank too - that's something I've always had a bit of curiosity about - would it be super relaxing, or would it be too much quiet for me? I'd probably dose off....

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  6. Hi Leanne, my husband and I always try to buy experience gifts for each other as we have enough "stuff". Weekends away, sunset dinner cruises, brewery or winery tours, spa days, massages, etc. have all been past gifts. They are something we look back on with such happy memories. Our tenth anniversary is next year so I'm sure we'll plan something nice to mark the occasion. Regards Christina

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    1. Hi Christina - I'm thinking this is something my husband and I need to start doing too - it's so easy to let special occasions slide by - and with a BIG birthday next year, I think one of the weekend getaways may be on the table!

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  7. Some really great ideas here Leanne. I'm tempted by the Queen of the Castle escape and the float tank :)

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    1. Float tanks always intrigue me Deb - I definitely think I need to add one to my bucket list so I know whether they're my "thing" or not.

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  8. I want to stay at that castle - I think I used your something to look forward to in a post on Contentment the other day. It's soooooo important.

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    1. Hi Lydia - we often say in our family that anticipation can often be better than the gift itself - and I think just looking forward to something like that amazing castle can give our spirits a boost.

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  9. Great Ideas for gifting. A spa or a weekend retreat I believe can never go wrong.

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    1. I think so too Ruchi - sometimes spoiling yourself with something special can make all the difference when your spirits are low - and this year's been a doozy for needing a bit of a boost.

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  10. Some great ideas here, Leanne. I've given friends and family a spa coupon as a gift. A cousin gave my Dad a very thoughtful gift of high tea for him and all of us at an old palace that has been converted to a hotel - a much appreciated experience.

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    1. That high tea sounds like it would have been gorgeous Corinne - they're so elegant aren't they - and perfect for making you feel a little bit special for a day. I love that the whole family were included in the experience.

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  11. I love the idea of giving experiences for gifts. With all the shutdowns, it is harder to do that now in the US. I like to support local restaurants, but many are now limited to takeout. Gift cards for them would be good. I hope no one gives me a gift certificate for skydiving, though! :)

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    1. Yes, the skydiving one wasn't my cup of tea either Laurie (and I don't think I'd get too much joy from a race car) but I do love the idea of a gift that involves a bit of pampering - or a weekend away somewhere special. I think experience gifts are definitely going to be even more appreciated as we all come out of isolation in the months ahead.

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  12. Great experience gift ideas. Thank you, Leanne, for sharing them with us. Now decisions, decisions :) #lifethisweek

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    1. I had that problem too Natalie - I kept clicking from one new thing to the next - so many great ideas that had never crossed my mind before I found their site.

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  13. Lovely to dream and find new ways of giving. I admit we stopped gifts a long time ago but looking at ideas is free!

    Thank you so much for linking up for #lifethisweek. I am glad you did and look forward to seeing you next week. The optional prompt is 48/51 Self-Care Stories #7 30.11.2020. Denyse.

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    1. Hi Denyse - we don't do a lot of Christmas gift giving any more either, but there's always special birthdays and anniversaries that some of these would be perfect for too.

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  14. My mum has bought herself some stuff from the Christian bookshop with her favourite quote on it and given them to me to give to her. So of course I still need to buy something as a surprise. She's not a big 'experience' kind of person. I've been fantasising a bit lately about a holiday but it's hard to justify some days away at a nice unit at the beach when you're unemployed (lack $) and live at the beach.

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  15. I'd love the rainforest getaway (plus a heap of others if I'm to be completely honest LOL)! Hubby was gifted an experience gift by his siblings for his 60th - laps around a race track as passenger with a professional driver. My brother in law was gifted the Brisbane Story Bridge climb. I'd love to go glamping or do some of the animal experiences or some of the nice getaways like the rainforest one you've mentioned. RedBalloon experience gifts are a fabulous gift idea! xo

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