Top rated Christmas gifts

by Brittany Wheeler

Christmas can often be a stressful time, trying to find the perfect gift for your family, friends, colleagues and in-laws. And according to Gumtree’s Unwanted Gift Survey, 70% of Australians have received at least one unwanted gift at Christmas. This year, we suggest you combat the clutter, ditch the shopping queues and instead enrich their life’s story with a RedBalloon experience. If you’re in need of a little inspiration and gift confidence, we’ve rounded up some of the top rated Christmas presents as reviewed by our customers. Plus you can gift with confidence knowing that our vouchers are valid for 5 years with free exchanges.

Roar 'n' Snore - Sleepover at Melbourne Zoo
VIC: Roar ‘n’ Snore sleepover at Melbourne Zoo – for 2

“My husband and I received a RedBalloon voucher for Christmas and couldn’t wait to book… First up we had some snacks/ wine and drinks provided, followed by a tour of the zoo before dinner. The sun was setting so it was a wonderful experience seeing animals come out to play… Once our walk was done we headed back to camp and had dinner. The food was amazing! We also had supper before bed…

Once we were up, we had breakfast then a tour around the zoo. Overall we had a great experience and would highly recommend to anyone,” Ilona.

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Public Dining Room at Balmoral Beach
NSW: 3 course waterfront lunch or dinner – for 2

“We bought this voucher using a gift card from christmas and it did not disappoint. The waitstaff were very attentive and lovely. The food options were varied and all looked delicious – it was hard to decide what to have. I had the fish of the day and my partner had the steak. Great food and great service!” Emma.

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Tall ship harbour cruise in Williamstown
VIC: Tall ship harbour cruise from Williamstown – family

“What a great experience. The crew were lots of fun and full of information and very professional. Eager to include you in the experience around pulling up sails and making sure my daughter had a go at steering. A lovely way to start our weekend and I will be getting vouchers to give as Christmas presents,” Julie.

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QLD: Winery tour and tasting with Italian lunch – for 2

“We really enjoyed our experience at Sirromet. Given it is practically on our doorstep, we had never thought about doing a tour of the winery. Our daughter gave us our voucher as a Christmas gift so it was the perfect opportunity to check it out. Our guide, Neil, was very informative. We loved the history of how Sirromet came to be. We learnt many new things in relation to the production of wine and how different wines develop different flavours.

From the time we arrived all the staff made us feel very welcome. At the completion of our tour and wine tasting we enjoyed a lovely lunch, cheese and antipasto platter, pizza, spicy meatballs and spaghetti with a glass of wine each. Highly recommend this experience. We had a fantastic time,” Marie.

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Rally drive with hot laps Ballarat
VIC: Rally drive with hot laps experience – 13 laps

“My son received the rally drive experience for Christmas and couldn’t wait to use the voucher! So well organised. He absolutely loved the experience, so much so that he’s planning to do again. Great viewing area for friends and family too. Thanks for an awesome day,’ Cyn.

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Hot air balloon flying over Barossa Valley
SA: Hot air balloon flight over Barossa Valley with breakfast

“This was a Christmas present from our children. Justin the owner and pilot was fantastic, and kept us informed as to what was happening at all times. The scenery was fantastic. The breakfast was very good and they even had birthday cake for a couple of people on the adventure celebrating birthdays,” Kjda.

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Sailing catamaran cruise Gold Coast
QLD: Sailing cruise at sunset or midday with nibbles – for 2

“Our children bought us this gift for Christmas, 2018 and as our anniversary was coming up we thought we would use it! I can’t say a bad thing, There was champagne, and nibbles with cheese, crackers, fruit and of course fresh prawns! The whole experience was fantastic, from seeing dolphins, and whales on the horizon. It was a great 2 hour experience,” Sue.

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Seafood pasta at Otto Ristorante Brisbane
NSW: Otto Ristorante 6 course seafood degustation – for 2

“Received the voucher as a Christmas gift from my brother back home and have told him to feel free to give it again this Christmas! The food was outstanding and service was first class! Each course was absolutely delicious and we selected the matching wines which were just perfect. Couldn’t think of a better way to spend a Sunday afternoon!” Libbi.

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Steakhouse Meat and Wine Co Perth
WA: The ultimate steakhouse experience with wine – for 2

“Our daughters purchased this experience as a Christmas gift, we were delayed on using it due to the COVID-19 situation. Definitely worth the wait though, from the moment we stepped through the door and were greeted by friendly staff and our table was ready and waiting for us. The staff were all so friendly, even complimenting us on our attire…

The whole night was just sensational, including the meal selection, wine and the whole ambience of the venue. Thanks and we will be back,” Rob.

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Winery at sunset
TAS: Cellar door wine tasting and 2 course lunch with wine

“I bought this for my husband for Christmas and it did not disappoint. The wine tasting was very generous and the menu selection amazing. I would certainly revisit Cleveland Winery again,” Dee.

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Holey Moley Mini Golf with Cocktails and Pizza
NSW: Holey Moley mini golf with cocktails and pizza – for 2

“My mum bought me this voucher as a Christmas present and I’m glad she did! We had the Parloha pizza and some mocktails (yum). Service was great, staff very friendly, and pizza was delicious. Very busy but made quick friends with the people we were in front of and behind so any time spent waiting was enjoyable,” Grace.

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harbour cruise with 3 course lunch
NSW: Sydney Harbour cruise with 3 course lunch – for 2

“Our son purchased us the Long Lunch cruise for Christmas, and we went last Sunday. We had a fabulous cruise – weather was terrific, lots of action on the harbour and lots of stunning views. The service was exceptional and the menu, while limited, was delicious. We both chose something different from each course, so that we could test as much as possible, and we were delighted with everything. Would definitely recommend this cruise to anyone visiting the city of Sydney or any Sydney-siders who were looking for a lovely way to spend a lunchtime,” Monica.

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