Why we are choosing to give experiences over “stuff”

It seems there's always a gift occasion around the corner - birthdays, Christmas, housewarmings and everything in between. It’s tough when they deserve the world but all you can find is a scented candle. We know you can’t buy happiness but studies have recently show that you can definitely get closer to it by opting for experiences rather than “stuff.”

Check out our top boozy presents that don’t need gift wrapping.

Yarra Valley, cider and ale trail - $165pp

The Australian boutique beer and cider industry is booming, especially in Victoria. This tour includes an enormous tasting session, gourmet lunch (drinks included, of course) and complimentary drinks at the breweries. This makes for the perfect gift for your beer loving friend.. and who doesn't love giving a gift you can enjoy too?

Archie Rose, blend your own gin experience - $115pp

One of Australia’s premium boutique gin distilleries offers the opportunity for a completely immersive gin experience. You will be taken through the history of gin and afterwards get the opportunity to create your own gin blend using Archie Rose pure botanical distillates. Finally (yes it gets even better) you get to take your signature gin home! This is truly an experience your gin loving companion will never forget.

Japanese Ice Carving and Whisky Tasting Masterclass - $85pp

Got a friend that enjoys the occasional (or not so occasional) malt beverage? We found the perfect gift for them. Not only does this two hour class take you through the art of hand carving perfect ice spheres but also includes premium Japanese whisky tasting… Yes please.

Fresh and Fun – group pizza masterclass at Criniti’s - $119pp

We luuurve homemade pizza and what’s an authentic Italian pizza class without a glass of bubbles and an antipasto plate? Certainly not a class you will find at the infamous Sydney venue Criniti’s. Not only will you learn lots of different pizza techniques (and get to eat your creations of course) but you will also get to finish the day on a sweet note with a gorgeous platter of Nona’s Canolles, making for a day of true indulgence.

DIY Cocktail Night - Cocktail Porter box - $145 per box / $9pp

No one throws a better party than you and your friends so banish the bartender and give the experience of making your own delicious, bar quality cocktails from the comfort of your own home. With a selection of different cocktails kits, all using top shelf spirits, you can even give the gift that keeps on giving with a monthly subscription so that every month is happy hour!

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