Customer reviews: birthday gifts

by Elisa Parry

Looking for a birthday gift for someone who has everything? Have they been hot air ballooning over Byron Bay? What about enjoyed an afternoon tea at the Hotel Windsor? If you need some ideas, have a browse of the birthday gifts that were a big hit with our RedBalloon customers.

Cheese tasting board
NSW: Beer and cheese tasting for two

“What a lovely find! The bar is somewhere you wouldn’t normally go to unless you worked in that area, but it was beautiful! Really friendly staff, who explained the beers to us and provided a lovely cheeseboard. We got given a tasting board/paddle each for the beers and a board with the flavour profile/history of each one. A really nice birthday present for my husband and a fun afternoon!” Caitlin.

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Shark diving at SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium
NSW: Shark diving at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

“I had bought this for my boyfriend’s birthday and he absolutely loved it. The organisation and training of the team before and during was great. As an observer, I was very well looked after by staff and got some great pictures of him and had a great view of him in the tank with all the beautiful fish and of course the sharks. He really enjoyed it and I would recommend it to anyone wanting to enjoy the experience,” Maria.

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NSW: The ultimate steakhouse experience for two 

“The staff were all so kind and the food was amazing. I mentioned it was my boyfriend’s birthday and they sang to him! It made for a really special day and we consider this the best lunch we’ve ever had,” Letitia.

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VIC: Tandem skydive over the Great Ocean Road

“I waited 40 years to do this and let me just say I’m now ready to do each year for my birthday. The whole experience was amazing. Thank you to all the guys there. Highly recommend it,” Melissa.

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High tea at the Woodman Estate
VIC: High tea with sparkling wine for two 

“I cannot more highly recommend this experience. The venue was beautifully appointed, the greeting staff were very friendly and accommodating (as we arrived about 1/2 an hour early, and they were more than happy for us to commence our experience straight away). It was a special birthday for my sister, and they gave her a beautiful gift box of their jams, and when our scones arrived there was a birthday greeting for her on the plate, written in white chocolate! The food, bubbles and tea/coffee were all absolutely spot-on and we were able to take a leisurely stroll around the grounds after we had finished our High Tea. If you are looking for a place to celebrate something special, this would be the absolute best place to go. Would love to go back again sometime!” Frances.

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Hot air balloons lit up in the Yarra Valley
VIC: Hot air ballooning over the Yarra Valley

“What an incredible experience! From the moment we arrived, we were greeted with so much professionalism! My daughter received RedBalloon vouchers for her 16th Birthday! RedBalloon were great to deal with and our ride was amazing!! Our pilot was Ronald, who was very professional and experienced! We drove from Melbourne for the experience! My husband and son were with us! Vee & Nick were so lovely allowing my husband and son in the bus with us to watch us take off, they looked after them and then brought them back to watch us land! The balloon ride was so smooth and peaceful! WOW! JUST WOW!! Global Ballooning were extremely lovely….every staff member we dealt with was absolutely amazing!! Would definitely recommend 10/10!” Mary.

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Woman enjoying day spa experience
SA: Indulgent day spa experience

“My husband bought a 60-minute spa experience for my 40th birthday. This is honestly the most luxurious spa experience I’ve had in Adelaide. It is a dedicated spa, not a noisy salon offering spa experiences. The atmosphere is serene and relaxing and the location is stunning. Definitely a spa that is committed to giving the client a relaxing and pampering experience. There was NO selling of product which puts me off these places sometimes.
The therapists there are lovely. I walked out completely relaxed.
If you are thinking of indulging your wife, girlfriend, mother, grandmother, whoever… DO IT! She will love you for it,” Carrie.

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Trial flight
WA: Hands-on trial flight with aerobatics

“I got this voucher for my mums 50th birthday which I booked for her as a suprise, and she absolutley loved it! She got to take off all on her own, see some great sights and have some fun aswell. Her pilot was awesome, he went through every step and made sure she was comfortable before he did it. Thanks heaps!,” Chelsea.

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Whisky distillery tour at Old Kempton Distillery Tasmania
TAS: Whisky distillery tour with tasting, lunch and wine

“Absolutely can’t fault this experience. I brought this as a birthday present for my husband. Even though I’m a non drinker I found the tour and lunch fantastic. Treated like VIPs from start to finish. Heaps of tastings definitely well worth your money. Staff and venue beautifully represented,” Katy.

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Cheetah encounter at Canberra National Zoo
ACT: Cheetah encounter at the National Zoo

“I received this encounter as a birthday present and found it to be an incredible experience. Not only meeting the cheetah but learning about them. It was gratifying to know that the this visit goes towards maintaining wild cheetah numbers. The dedication and knowledge of the Zoo staff was appreciated.Three words to describe my experience are amazing, humbling and appreciative,” Bob.

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Sunset dinner cruise darwin
NT: Sunset dinner cruise with sparkling

“My husband celebrated his 65th Birthday on a awesome Sunset Dinner Cruise for 2 on the Charles Darwin, cruising the Darwin Harbour.
After a beautiful buffet dinner we settled back to enjoy the views Darwin has to offer. We were given a complimentary glass of champagne on arrival and shown to our table by the friendly, polite and helpful staff,” Denise.

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