I love choosing gifts at Christmas time but it can be a challenge to find something that is just that little bit special. Sometimes you want something just a little bit out of the ordinary, that will let your loved one know that you put some real thought into their gift. I’ve put together a list of five of my favourite gifts ideasto show someone how much they mean to you this Christmas. I hope these ideas inspire you to give creatively this Christmas!
1. Something to pamper them
Everyone likes to be spoiled now and again. Let someone know how special they are by giving them a gift voucher for a massage, a manicure or pedicure, a shampoo and blow-wave, or an entire day at the spa. Let them put their feet up. Give them a break from their usual chores and give them a gift of a lawn mowing service, or arrange to have their ironing done for them. You could even make up your own gift certificate and YOU could be the one to do their chores for them – now that’s showing some love.
2. An experience
Send them to a fancy restaurant – we do this for my parents-in-law quite often at Christmas. They never treat themselves to a night out so we give them a gift certificate for a local restaurant and they have some special time together. What about something amazing like driving a rally car, hot air ballooning or a fishing charter? Send them on an adventure.
3. An unforgettable memory with you
Show them how much they mean to you by giving them the gift of your time. Spend the day with them doing something they love or taking them somewhere special like the theatre.
4. Something to create
Are they creative? Do they have a hobby? Make up a gift hamper filled with items related to their creative outlet. Are they a knitter? Put together a basket of needles, yarn and pattern books. Do they love to paint? Gather some art supplies like paints, a canvas, charcoal or oil pastels. Is writing their thing? Why not find them a special pen and a lovely journal.
5. A Subscription
Subscriptions are a wonderful idea. I have given magazine subscriptions to my Mum, husband and father-in-law over the years and they are always so well received. I do like to find things that are a little bit outside the box however, so when I heard about Red Balloon’s new subscription boxes I was excited to find out more. Did you know Red Balloon offered subscriptions? They have something for everyone from chocolates, to wine, coffee and lots more in between. I received the AMAZING Duck Creek Macadamia box to try and oh, my, goodness! Talk about making someone feel special. When I’m ordering gifts online, it matters a great to me how a package is going to look when it is delivered to my loved ones far away. Our box arrived looking completely gorgeous with it’s distinctive red lid and beautiful gold bow tied perfectly on top.
Inside we found two jars full of deliciousness! Duck Creek produce a range of sweet and savoury roasted macadamias. Each month you will receive two products from Duck Creek’s Savoury and Sweet Obsession or Fantasies range. Our first jar was filled with natural roasted and salted macadamias. They were nothing short of amazing, with the melt in the mouth buttery goodness that you would expect from gourmet macadamias grown in the hinterland of Byron Bay.
Our second jar was the star of the box. It was Duck Creek’s Trio of Dark, Milk & White Chocolate layered over honey dipped macadamias. I know! Honey dipped! As if the chocolate layer wasn’t already enough. Eating these things was bliss. As the chocolate melts in your mouth, the crisp honey shell shatters and blends with the crunchy buttery macadamia and it is perfection I tell you. Perfection.
If you’d like to send a little indulgence to someone special (or even yourself!), why don’t you check out the RedBalloon MarketPlace, they have a huge range of subscription boxes and are kindly offering a discount to you, my lovely readers, when ordering.
Use the promotional code REDBLOG14 to receive $20 off when you spend $79 or more on any RedBalloon experience or gift box! Visit www.redballoon.com.au. Offer valid until 30/06/2014. Promotional Code can only be used once per person. All purchases are subject to RedBalloon T&Cs, for full details read here.
MORE ABOUT RED BALLOON MARKETPLACE
RedBalloon Marketplace was created with the aim to bring surprise and delight into the homes of people across Australia. Each month RedBalloon curates a premium selection of gourmet food, wine and lifestyle boxes, filled with products that the RedBalloon Team has discovered and loves. Whether you’re looking for a gift that keeps on giving, or a treat for yourself, a subscription to RedBalloon MarketPlace is one way to ensure a box of happiness and lots of smiles every month.
I received a complimentary subscription box to facilitate this review, and an administration fee from Digital Parents Collective. As always, all opinions expressed are purely my own.