Christmas gift ideas – experiences and subscriptions

It can be challenging to come up with unique Christmas gift ideas – something you haven’t bought family and friends before. We tend to give physical gifts more often than we do experiences or subscription based gifts, so today I am sharing a list of experiences and subscriptions that you can buy instead of a physical gift!


We recently went to Funfields and the kids and their friends had the best time. Perfect gifts for kids who are going to be in Melbourne these summer holidays.

Trees Adventure

Give the gift of adventure this Christmas with a voucher to Trees Adventure so someone you know can enjoy a break surrounded by beautiful treetops! Soar through the treetops of the Dandenongs on an array of flying foxes, tight ropes and tunnels.

Surf lessons

Many families head to the beach for the summer holidays. Go Ride A Wave have surf schools in many locations around the country and offer lessons for kids and adults!

Horse riding

Valley Park Riding offer riding lessons for adults and children of all abilities. ​During school holidays they offer more intensive holiday programs and their fabulously fun Pony Birthday Parties are held year round. Less than 30 minutes from Melbourne’s CBD in Templestowe.

Hot Springs

Give the gift of relaxation, often needed at this time of year! Peninsula Hot Springs is Victoria’s first natural hot springs and day spa centre and has a variety of gift packages catering for budgets large and small.


I have been using Audible for a number of years now and love it. It has allowed me to read many more books and keep up with book group. It has also been an excellent way to keep up with ongoing learning and development for me. A few of my favourites from this year include:

  • Barking up the Wrong Tree The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Success Is (Mostly) Wrong By: Eric Barker Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Sapiens By: Yuval Noah Harari Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Jasper Jones By: Craig Silvey Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Rebirth A Fable of Love, Forgiveness, and Following Your Heart By: Kamal Ravikant Narrated by: David Pittu
  • Big Magic Creative Living Beyond Fear By: Elizabeth Gilbert Narrated by: Elizabeth Gilbert

Audible is only $16.45 per month and you can trial it as you get your first audiobook free and you can cancel anytime.


We are all big music fans in our house and the Spotify family monthly subscription was greeted with much excitement at our house! There are different plans available:

  • $17.99 a month for you and up to five people who reside at your same address
  • $11.99 a month for standard premium
  • $5.99 a month Offer available only to students at an accredited higher education institution.

Or you can buy Spotify gift cards for 3 and 6-month subscription options priced at 36AUD and 72AUD respectively from Woolworths and 7 Eleven stores nationally across Australia.

GoodnessMe Box Subscription

GoodnessMe Box is a health food sampling service designed to get you excited about eating pure and wholesome food. Each month, GoodnessMe Box will surprise the recipient with 6-10 health food goodies.

National Geographic Kids magazine subscription

Our youngest child was gifted a National Geographic Kids magazine subscription last year and it has been a huge hit. The magazine has full page pictures of animals which have made their way into frames and on the walls of bedrooms in the house. The magazine also has jokes and interesting facts which the kids love.

Kids Zone magazine subscription

We also have a subscription to K-Zone magazine subscription at our house too and it is eagerly sought after when it is popped into the letter box. Kids really do love getting mail!

MiNDFOOD magazine subscription

MiNDFOOD magazine subscription is perfect for thinking men and women who crave intelligent, inspirational ideas and information. A mix of community, wellness, environment, culture, travel, fashion and food, Mindfood is smart, creative and very cool.

Quarterly Essay magazine subscription

I have bought the Quarterly Essay magazine subscription previously for my mum, who loved it and perfect for those with an interest in politics. Each issue contains a single essay written at a length of about 25,000 words plus correspondence relating to the previous issue.

Runner’s World Australia & New Zealand magazine subscription

I received a subscription to Runner’s World Australia & New Zealand magazine subscription one year and loved being able to sit outside eating my smoothie after a run reading it!

Australian Natural Health Magazine digital subscription

Not everyone wants a physical magazine and there are many great options for digital subscriptions now. If you have someone in your life who is into a holistic approach to a healthy lifestyle, then Australian Natural Health Magazine digital subscription could be the perfect gift for them.

Harvard Business Review digital subscription

Definitely not a cheap subscription but Harvard Business Review digital subscription is certainly one of the most respected business subscriptions out there.

Funch Christmas Hampers

Funch was founded by two lovely Melbourne Mums, Tanya Duncan and Lisa Bourne. They create a fantastic range of DIY Premixes for healthy snacks which are made from only natural wholefood ingredients and they are super tasty. For Christmas they have put together two gorgeous hampers for Christmas – they aren’t subscriptions but are such a unique gift idea, I had to include them!

Funch Hamper

Funch’s Christmas Hamper, featuring two Funch favourites, a 4 Seed Mix and a lovely Priority & Meal Planner notepad all packaged in a beautiful Kikki.K Christmas Gift Sack is valued at $29.95.

Funch Pamper Hamper

Funch’s larger Christmas Pamper Hamper which you can grab for only $54.95 will include four of the most popular, delicious Funch Premixes, a 4 Seed Mix, the Priority & Meal Planner notepad, and a beautiful Dusty Girls makeup sample, all wrapped in the gorgeous Kikki.K Gift Sack.

If you have seen some great ideas online feel free to leave a link in the comments section below!

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