Searching for present ideas? If you have a friend who loves to travel in Australia or will be visiting Australia here is a list of both unique, useful or popular gift ideas for Christmas and Birthdays.
Present Ideas for people and travellers who already have everything
The Silver Nomad, the minamalist, the friend who already has everything or the friend who loves to travel but can never afford it – *cough* there’s a reason I do a lot of working holidays ;).
1Intrepid Urban Adventures Starting from around $50 depending on the Experience
Present Idea Best for: Those visiting or who live in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth or Canberra.
Hands down one of the best ways to get someone out and exploring a new city or having a staycation exploring their home town.
What it includes: Urban Adventures are same day tours ranging from a few hours to full day. A local guide takes you to explore an aspect of local culture from food markets or craft beer to street art or even a city kayak!
2AccorPlus Membership $385
Present Idea Best for: Anyone you think needs a night away – couples, retirees who may not be able to afford it otherwise, those who like a little luxury and families (many accor properties cater for children).
What it includes: A 1 year Membership with Accor Hotels which includes a free night at an Accor Hotel of their choice. For best value you should spend the free night at a Sofitel or Pullman Property – (but be aware weekend nights are hard to get at the higher end hotels). The membership also offers a 50% discount on food at most Accor Restaurants and access to discounted stays and sales.
3GoodFood Gift Card $50
What it includes: A gift voucher that can be used at a variety or restaurants all around Australia (All states etc NT). It’s a great way to force ‘thrifty’ spenders to have a special meal out on their next holiday or at home.
If you know someone has a upcoming holiday this is a great option to personalise a card for the voucher for an upcoming holiday i.e “Have a great time enjoying a special meal on your trip to Sydney”. It’s also valid for 3 Years so people can save it for a trip.
Present idea best for: The GoodFood Gift Card is great for People who may like a special meal out but may not be able to afford it (students, pensioners, couples where one doesnt like to spend cash on meals out! etc) as well as people you know are already foodies!
Get one online or pick them up from Coles or Woolworths.
4Entertainment Book Digital Membership $60-$70 (includes 20% community donation)
Best for: Someone who likes to explore their own town and likes trying new restaurants with the bonus that it supports a community group or not-for-profit of your choice on sign up.
You only really need to use a couple of vouchers over the year to get your moneys worth – everything after that is winning!
What it includes: A range of excellent discounts (Buy one get on free or up to 20% of the bill etc) for restaurants and activities around the chose region.
The app is the most flexible and convenient option for travellers but a book hard copy for is also available for the less tech savvy.
Entertainment book has recently added an awesome new feature where members can add on new cities to their membership at a reduced rate – hello holiday restaurant bargains!
You can sign up your gift receiver and select who benefits from the charity donation online here.
Intercontinetnal Ambassador Club $200 USD
What it includes: The membership is basically a Buy One Get One Free system where the club member gets a free weekend night when they purchase a weekend night.
This preset idea is best for: Travellers who already like the brand and you know like to go high end – this membership requires a 1 night spend to receive the 1 free night so its best for those who regularly have the budget to book 5 star properties.
Present ideas for those who like a physical gift
5Australian Traveller Subscription
Australian Traveller still publishes beautiful quarterly magazines although their online presence is slowely taking over. You can
Everyday Reusable Travel Products that Replace throwaway items
The massive (an inspiring) no single use movement means there is some awesome travel products being developed that are light and handy way to produce less waste while travelling.
6Ever Eco On-The-Go Straw Travel Kit $8.95 – $11.95
Best for: Anyone who loves a soft drink, smoothie, cocktail or iced coffee while travelling (or in everyday life at home!)
Why Buy it:
It’s a very reasonably priced gift that comes complete with an organic cotton pouch and cleaning brush so its travel ready – but best to be packed in checked luggage with some airlines.