How to give presents like a celebrity (on a regular-person budget!)

When you’re unfathomably rich and famous, picking the right present must be a hell of a challenge. It takes a certain amount of creativity to get something for the person who could almost literally buy anything on Earth, up-to-and-including certain small countries. So how have our celebrity overlords handled the pressure of gift giving? And how can you match their efforts without burning your credit card to a crisp?


David Beckham knew Victoria loved her wine, so he decided to treat her to the gift that keeps on giving: her very own winery, right in the middle of California’s Napa Valley. That’s probably not a financially or practically feasible option for most of us, but you can send someone on a tour of the finest wine regions in Australia without breaking the bank thanks to our huge range of wine-tasting experiences. Just think of it as getting to live like Posh for the day.


While they were married, Katy Perry bought Russell Brand a voucher for a trip into space so that he could experience the miracle of weightlessness – and all for the low, low price of $250,000. On a considerably more modest budget, you can send someone hurtling through the air as if gravity didn’t exist with one of our thrill-packed aeronautics stunt-flying experiences. They’ll be a fair way from reaching orbit, but when they look down from the top of that loop-the-loop and see the Earth hanging far above their heads, they’ll feel just like they’re floating in space.


For Christmas 2013, Kanye West gave Kim Kardashian a true one-of-a-kind present – a custom made Hermès bag with original artwork by legendary visual artist George Condo (whose own pieces usually sell for well over $100,000). For a fraction of the price, you can give the fashionista in your life a voucher to create their own handbag, replete with custom detailing and monogrammed initials, to be handcrafted in Europe from the finest Italian leather. It might not be as extravagant as Kanye’s present, but given what Kim’s bag ended up looking like, you can guarantee they’ll be twice as stylish.

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Kim K's striking personalised handbag...


Brad Pitt needed a bit more adventure in his life, so in 2012, Angelina Jolie bought him helicopter-flying lessons. As well as a $1.6 million helicopter to go with it. (This is coming from a woman who previously bought Brad an actual waterfall for Christmas, so she has form in the gift-giving arena.) Most of us probably don’t need our own helicopter sitting in the backyard, but you can get the full experience of flying one with a hands-on introductory session with a fully qualified pilot. If that’s a bit too much pressure, buy them a scenic ride across some of Australia’s most beautiful natural settings. As Brad no doubt knows, the world really does look amazing from up there.


While we’re talking about the Pitt-Jolie family empire, back in 2008 Brad wanted to give son Maddox a treat for his seventh birthday, so he took the kid go-karting through the streets of the south of France. As you do. You don’t need to head to Europe to have a high-octane go-karting experience – there’s plenty to go around in our own backyard. Unlock the parent-child rivalry that can only ever be sated by 30 laps of medium-speed racing, and when you lose you can always console yourself with the knowledge that you definitely let them win. Definitely.