Thursday, November 29, 2018

South-West experiences make excellent gift ideas

Finding that perfect gift for someone can be difficult. We all lead busy lives and, sometimes, inspiration can be hard to find.

Before you resort to socks, ties or perfume for your nearest and dearest, why not consider giving them an unforgettable experience as a gift instead? When you give an experience, you don’t just make someone’s Christmas Day, you make memories, too!

Whether your loved one is the adventurous type or likes nothing more than a little indulgence, there will be an experiential Christmas gift available in the South-West to suit them. Here are just a few we highly recommend.


Enjoy a natural perfumery workshop

Soap company Vasse Virgin in Wilyabrup started more than 20 years ago, creating chemical-free soaps and shampoos. As people have become more aware of the harm chemicals do to themselves and the environment, Vasse Virgin has grown. Today it sells not just skin and body care products but organic foods, too.

Why not give your loved one the gift of a natural perfumery workshop? They will learn how to create beautiful, natural perfumes. Workshops come in varying lengths, from half an hour to half a day. Find out more on their website.


An adrenaline rush from up high

Skydiving is an adventurous addition to anyone’s summer holiday. Whether your loved one is an adrenalin junkie or someone you think needs to live a little, a skydiving experience makes an unforgettable gift.

Skydive Geronimo operates in several locations across WA, including Busselton in the South-West. Gift cards are available for a variety of dives and experiences, including tandem and solo jumps.


Blow your own bauble

Glass art, including vases, bowls and sculptures, can make timeless gifts that people treasure forever. They become heirlooms. Melting Pot Glass Studio in Margaret River is the perfect place to find such a piece of art. But it’s also a great place to have a go at creating your own!

The studio has a number of fascinating workshops and demonstrations you can give as gifts, including an affordable Blow Your Own Bauble workshop, suitable for children and groups.


Learn how to surf in Yallingup

If you know someone who is always sitting on the sand dunes, looking longingly out at the surfers riding the breaks, then maybe it’s time to get them into the water.

Ideal for anyone who wants to learn how to surf,  Yallingup Surf School has classes throughout the summer. You can learn one on one or as part of a group. Lessons tend to be 90 minutes (except for kids under 10) and are taught by local legend Crystal Wallace.

Become an honorary distiller for a day

If there’s someone in your life who loves gin, then the Margaret River Distilling Company has the perfect gift. Their Giniversity gives enthusiasts the chance to master the art of distilling and blending spirits.

This is a really fun and very interactive two-hour workshop which will really make someone’s summer holiday complete. You have to book, as the courses do fill up quickly. Find out more and book here.


Enjoy a culinary feast

Wills Domain just won two hats in the Good Food Guide Australia 2018, and head chef Seth James won the Australian Hotels Association’s Best Head Chef. So, it’s fair to say that dining at this stunning Yallingup restaurant, set amongst the vineyards, is a real treat you’ll never forget.

Lunch vouchers are available and the restaurant is open seven days a week (except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day). An ideal gift for the foodie in your life.


Whether you’re heading down south for Christmas or coming back to make the most of a Christmas gift experience, Private Properties has a 100+ portfolio of stunning homes available to suit you. Browse our collection here.
We also have a couple of properties available over Christmas and New Year, contact our Bookings Team to learn more – 9750 5444.

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