No matter how much you said “this year I’ll get all my Christmas shopping done early”, someone was inevitably forgotten, or time just got away from you. No need to stress though, because there are some stellar web-based options that are perfect for a last-minute gift. Check out our top picks for virtual gift vouchers and unique experiences that will land in your inbox in time for Christmas…
People who think gift cards are a thoughtless idea have probably never received one for Mr Porter. Anyone would be stoked to open this on Christmas morning, plus you can even have it sent directly to the recipients’ e-mail if there’s no printer in sight. We’re currently giving away a $5oo Mr Porter voucher on Instagram. Entries close on the 22nd of December so get in quick for your chance to win!
Buy: Mr Porter
Surprise someone special with a relaxing trip to Hamilton Island. The Island Saver package includes unlimited use of non-motorised water equipment like snorkels, catamarans, and paddle skis, as well as gym and spa use. An extremely impressive gift for anyone to receive, we think you’ll be forgiven for picking this one up last-minute.
Buy: Hamilton Island
MANKiND’s 60 minute massage can be a godsend for anyone in your life who’s stressed, tired, athletic, or just needs a break for an hour. There’s a choice of either Swedish, Sports, or Remedial massage on offer depending on what the recipient prefers. The voucher can be sent via e-mail so it’ll be ready for you to give on Christmas Day, even if you’ve only remembered to buy it on Christmas Eve.
Archie Rose makes some of the best gin in Australia and now you can too with their Blend Your Own Gin Class. The unique experience includes learning a little bit about the history of the spirit as well as how exactly to make a high-quality batch. You then get to blend two of your own creations and take them home with you. They also host whisky experiences in their Sydney-based HQ as well as a distillery tour if you want something less hands on.
Buy: Archie Rose
With a location that can’t be beaten, there’s no doubting that any experience at Pier One Sydney Harbour is bound to be a luxurious one. The hotel offers e-Gift Vouchers for their hatted Gantry Restaurant, which promises a fine dining experience of sensory discovery. They also have e-Gift Vouchers for the hotel itself if that’s more up your alley.
For the well-read people in your life, Kobo’s eGift is a great idea. It’s super easy to e-mail them a top up on their Kobo account so they can choose a new eBook or two to read next. The brand’s range is extensive so there’s something for everyone there; from the true crime enthusiasts to biography buffs, literature fiends and everyone in between.
There’s a good chance you know at least one pizza enthusiast and for them, the Salt Meats Cheese Pizza Masterclass is the ideal Christmas gift. With classes in Sydney and Surfers Paradise, the hands-on experience takes you through the art of crafting the perfect pizza, from making the dough to throwing on your favourite ingredients to putting it in the oven for the right amount of time. Included in the experience is a beer to enjoy while lunching on the pizza you just made, plus a recipe sheet so it can be recreated at home.
Buy: Salt Meats Cheese
If you want to buy someone new furniture or homewares this year, play it safe with a gift card. These types of gifts can be pretty personal and if you don’t know someone’s exact taste, your thoughtful gift could end up being relegated to a dark, cobwebbed corner of a garage. The Hunting For George E-Gift Card is ideal and gets e-mailed directly to the giftee so they can start shopping right away.
Buy: Hunting For George
One of our favourite new hotels in Sydney currently has an awesome summer package on offer. The Old Clare is offering the Crash & Burn package, which includes a stay in one of their beautifully designed rooms (i.e. where you crash) and cocktails by the stunning rooftop pool (the ‘burn’ part, although a tube of sunscreen is included in the package so hopefully there’s no actual burning involved).
Buy: The Old Clare Hotel
For the thrill-seeker, the adventurer, the ‘not afraid of anything, even a huge great white shark swimming right up to them’ person in your life, a gift voucher to go shark cage diving is ideal. Held in the beautiful Neptune Islands Marine Park at Port Lincoln in South Australia, the thrilling experience is unforgettable and is one of the best gift vouchers you can buy online.
Buy: Shark Cage Diving
Check out all Hey Gents Christmas Gift Guides here.