Leisure January 15 2019

Top 10 Experience Gifts For Valentine's Day 2019

Top 10 Experience Gifts For Valentine's Day 2019

Valentine's Day 2019 is going to be the best one yet, we can feel it. We're here to show you how easy it can be to take your Valentine's plans to the next level, going above and beyond what we've all come to expect. Dinner in a restaurant? No thanks. Watch a sunset? Too easy. Sharing a bath? Kind of gross. Don't panic, we're here to help! Whether you're going on a first date, enjoying a romantic evening with your loved one, or celebrating your 50th V-Day with your spouse, a unique activity gift is guaranteed to make an impact. It's scientifically proven that experiences give us higher levels of satisfaction and longer lasting memories than material items, so make this Valentine's Day one to remember with an epic day out in Australia.

Bright sunshine, breath-taking valley views, and award-winning wine... what could possibly be more romantic than that? This full day winery tour in Tasmania is an all-inclusive gourmet experience, chauffeuring you from your accommodation to a number of scenic wineries in the region, giving you the opportunity to sample incredible wines and meet the makers. The experience also includes a traditional Tasmanian lunch platter (with a glass of wine of course), so you can sample authentic Tassy produce whilst admiring the amazing scenery. If you're looking for a unique Valentine's Day gift idea in Tasmania, you can't go wrong with a Tamar Valley Winery Tour!

Nothing says lovey-dovey romance more than a beautiful Australian sunset... But anyone can catch a sunset, and you're not just anyone, right? Crank things up a notch with this Sunset Hot Air Balloon Flight above the Uluru desert landscape, an aerial adventure that's guaranteed to knock the socks off your unsuspecting companion. With a highly experienced pilot at the helm providing entertaining and informative commentary on the landscape, history, and culture of the region, this experience is a feast for the senses. Perfect for couples young and old, Valentine's Day in the Northern Territory doesn't get much better than this.

What better excuse to get close and cosy with someone than scaring yourselves silly with a Ghost Tour of Melbourne? An accidental hand-grab could be the start of something beautiful during this 1.5 hour spooky paranormal tour of Federation Square and the surrounding city, learning about the gory past of historic Melbourne. At $36 per person this is a great budget Valentine's Day gift, but you can upgrade it to a full evening experience by adding dinner for only $39 each - and you already have a great conversation starter so this night out is perfect for first dates!

Everyone knows the way to a man's heart is through his stomach, and what's more attractive than a food baby? Gourmet excursions are becoming increasingly popular around the world, with tourists flocking to famous cities for a winning combination of sightseeing and eating, learning about the history and culture of various cuisines whilst sampling the best local produce. The BBQ Food Tour in Perth is no exception, being carefully curated by passionate tour guides to showcase the best of barbecue in Western Australia's capital. Food tours are fun, filling, and full of hidden gems and local hotspots that will give you great ideas on where to go next!

A soak in the tub is can be romantic, but the mood is usually ruined by a stray rubber duck or an angry toddler banging on the door, so we recommend a trip to the Peninsula Hot Springs instead. Located south of Melbourne in Fingal, immerse yourself in wildlife, stunning scenery, and crystal clear warm water in a number of outdoor pools, before heading to a local winery for a gourmet lunch and glass of wine. The tour then heads further south along the peninsula for a spot of sightseeing, and a visit to Mornington Peninsula Chocolates to finish off a wonderfully relaxing day. Leave the kids at home for this one and enjoy a peaceful Valentine's Day - you deserve it!

Get down and dirty with an authentic Italian cookery class in Brisbane, because when it comes to love, the Italians are the masters. Join a professional chef for three hours of freshly baked bread, bread with herbs, bread with cheese, bread with more bread - just kidding, but there will be lots of bread! You'll learn how to make proper pasta dough and how to mould it into classic shapes, then make delicious fillings for ravioli like burnt sage butter sauce. You'll also satisfy those sweet cravings with a traditional semifreddo or perhaps a pear and ricotta tart. Cooking is a great experience to share with a loved one, and is proven to bring people closer. Oops is that a bit of flour on your nose? Let me get that for you!

For many people, Valentine's Day is a time to spend with your loved one in private, enjoying each other's company, reminiscing about good times, and being thankful for having the other in your life. Nothing says 'I love you' more than a luxury boat cruise on Sydney Harbour, free from selfie sticks and tourists, just you and your partner with a bottle of Champagne and a gourmet high tea (and the captain of course). Sail past the Opera House, the famous Harbour Bridge, Goat Island, Luna Park, the botanical gardens, and come to anchor by Taronga Zoo where your tea of finger sandwiches, quiche, scones, pastries and macaroons will be served. This is a truly elegant Valentine's Day gift for Sydneysiders.

Who says Valentine's Day gifts have to be all hearts and flowers? To some, an action-packed high-speed adrenaline-pumping outdoor adventure is exactly what floats their boat, and this Jet Ski Experience in Airlie Beach ticks all the boxes. Head to Pioneer Bay for a scenic jet-ski session and choose to either share or have a jet-ski each (competition can be healthy in a relationship), then follow a professional guide out to South Molle Island where you can relax on the sand or explore the National Park. The return journey sees more thrilling jet-skiing that will have you clinging to your loved one like your life depends on it - nice and cosy!

Channel the romantic beauty of Venice in central Melbourne during this hour-long lake punting experience, with your very own gondolier to propel you along as the sun goes down. Sit back and relax as you take in the mesmerising sunset views and swaying palm trees, enjoying the privacy of your own boat as you effortlessly glide across the calm water. You're welcome to bring your own snacks and refreshments during this experience, so pop open a bottle of bubbly and make a toast to yourselves this Valentine's Day!

Last but not least, our final pick for Top Ten Valentine's Day Gifts is the Food & Wine Pairing Experience at Jacob's Creek Winery, serving up four courses of gourmet goodness with four wines perfectly matched to compliment the food. Enjoy great company and professional commentary as you learn about how the chef curated the platters, and pick up top tasting tips so you fully appreciate the subtle flavours of the wine. This is a wonderfully sophisticated Valentine's treat in South Australia, suitable for guests young and old, and anyone with a love for good food and award-winning wine!

That concludes our Top 10 Experience Gifts For Valentine's Day 2019, but we haven't even told you the best part yet... With Gifting Owl, you can choose to either book a specific date or purchase a gift voucher, so you're guaranteed to have something to give your loved one on February 14th. Hopefully you've found some great Australian inspiration from our article, but feel free to get in touch if you want to know more!

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