Birthday Celebration Ideas

by Trisha Mee

There's nothing like getting a year older to motivate us to check something off our bucket list. Maybe you've always wanted to go skydiving, learn how to fly a plane or ride on the back of a Harley-Davidson? If you've got a birthday coming up, don't let it go by without doing something you've always wanted to do to celebrate. Here are 10 ways RedBalloon customers made their recent birthday's one to remember.

#1. Tried parasailing for the first time...

"My twin sister and I received this voucher as a birthday gift from our mother. My sister was initially mortified, but I was thrilled! I knew it wouldn't be scary and I couldn't wait to see the views - and they were fantastic. We were put at ease from the moment we booked and the guys who were instructing and driving the boat were amazing! They sure knew how to calm people down and made sure we had the most fun possible. Thanks from my twin and I for a birthday gift we'll never forget!"

- Lisa, Brisbane Queensland

>> Parasailing tandem flight on the Gold Coast for 2

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#2. Learned to fly...

"Absolutely f-a-n-t-a-s-t-i-c! My wife bought me this for my birthday. It was such a great idea and a brilliant experience!"

- Owen, Sydney NSW

>> Tiger Moth scenic flight - 30 minutes

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#3. Took a scenic helicopter flight...

"What a great way to celebrate my 50th birthday - flying over the pristine coast of Hillarys, Perth with my kids. Such an amazing experience. I didn't want it to end. I think I'll have to celebrate every birthday this way!"

- Leeanne, Mindarie WA

>> Helicopter flight over Hillarys Beaches

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#4. Experienced the wonder of gliding...

"I received the experience as a 60th birthday gift from my son & daughter-in-law. I would highly recommend this as a special occasion gift - I loved it! The guys at Adelaide Soaring Club were fantastic. A very relaxing experience."

- Joyleen, Gawler South SA

>> Gliding introductory flight

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#5. Went horse riding followed by a dip in a hot spring...

"From the start of the day we were excited to have so many activities to fit in. We absolutely loved the horse riding experience! It was like nothing I've ever done before. Everything went smoothly and was very organised. An amazing birthday gift idea. The hot springs were the cherry on top of a beautiful day."

- Rebecca, Melbourne VIC

>> Horse ride and hot springs experience

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#6. Experienced the fear and thrill of skydiving...

"My wife jumped for her life to celebrate her 33rd birthday!"

- Xienna, Sydney NSW

>> Skydive over the beach at 14,000ft

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#7. Hung out with penguins

"Walking with the Penguins at SeaWorld was fantastic. I felt so welcomed by staff and had so much fun. I took my Mum for her birthday present and we were so stoked. The Penguins were so friendly and interactive. I learnt a lot about the cute little animals too and didn't realise how playful they were."

- Teigan Anne, Glass House Mountains QLD

>> Penguin Antarctic adventure at Sea World

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#8. Rode a Harley-Davidson

"I got this RedBalloon voucher as a birthday gift as I have always wanted to ride a Harley; and I wasn't disappointed! I only wish I had more vouchers. I'd totally recommend it if you're looking for a unique gift."

- Georgia, Melbourne VIC

>> Harley-Davidson motorcycle tour - 1 hour

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#9. Swam with dolphins...

"A must do experience! The trainers were really informative and Melody, the dolphin, was simply gorgeous. I felt really at peace with these beautiful creatures. Best 40th birthday present ever!!! I encourage anyone to do it."

- Kandy, Gold Coast QLD

>> Dolphin deep water adventure at Sea World 

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10. Mastered the flyboard...

"I received a jet pack experience for my birthday and thoroughly enjoyed it. It's a must do activity, especially for thrill seekers. The team were friendly, well-equipped for safety measures and gave clear, precise instructions. I am looking forward to doing it again. I had a ball."

- Paul, Wollongong NSW

>> Jetpack flight experience - Introductory, Penrith NSW

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