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 2018 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.

Winery lunch Italian food
VIC: Private Winery Tour with Tastings and 3 Course Lunch – For 2

“We were given our RedBalloon experience as a Christmas gift. It was the best. Our guide Yolanda was friendly and so informative. The private wine tasting was an experience and our lunch was delicious with perfectly matched wines to the meal and our differing tastes. Found it difficult not to buy out the cellar at the end of the day!” Sue.

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Public Dining Room at Balmoral Beach
NSW: 3 Course Waterfront Lunch or Dinner – Weekday – 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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Seafood pasta at Otto Ristorante Brisbane
NSW: Otto Ristorante Six 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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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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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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steakhouse restaurant
NSW: 3 Course Steakhouse Dinner with Wine – Barangaroo – For 2

“My wife and I were given a voucher for the The Meat and Wine Co – Barangaroo for Christmas. We took the offer up last Saturday night and the food and service were exceptional. I had lamb shanks for the main and the meat just melted off the bone. My wife and I will be heading back to The Meat and Wine Co – Barangaroo,” Damian.

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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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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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Open cockpit joy flight Queensland
QLD: Open Cockpit Joy Flight 20 Minutes – For 2

“This experience was a Christmas present for my teenage kids who experienced this flight together. What an experience!!! Nothing was rushed including photo ops. Their pilot Rodney was very funny and informative and friendly. You get a bit of history and information about the plane which was actually really interesting before going for your flight. Rodney even gave them the experience of a grass landing. One of my kids isn’t an adventurous type kid and he was the one who came back totally BUZZED and they both want to do it again. The boys have rated this experience a 10/10 and I can tell you this experience was everything I had hoped for and more. Value for money and memories to last a life time. We will definitely be going again and can 100% recommend this experience to ANYONE . Amazing day,” Emma.

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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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