Experience Gift Voucher Giveaway for Father’s Day

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When I reflect about my Dad around Father’s Day, I think about the stories, and there is one memory that stands out for me. When I was a girl, I lived in a remote village in Papua New Guinea with my family. My Dad set up a warehouse for the village and surrounds so they could easily access the tools they needed to collect clean, fresh water. We lived simply: there was limited daily electricity through a generator, no television, no shops (everything was flown in or food was bartered from local gardens) and I didn’t have access to many toys, but I remember the time as very happy.

One of the sources of childhood fun was riding my bike Dad shipped over from Australia. A typical day saw me doing 3 hours of school at home with mum and my sisters, a hot lunch, and then the afternoon was spent playing, often riding my bike around the house.   One hot sticky afternoon, my sisters and I were splashing in a toddler pool in the backyard under a guava tree. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw the shed door open. I froze. I could only see the shed partially from my position at the back of the house and I wondered if I had imaged the door opening. The next thing I saw was my bike being wheeled out. It was blue. By the time my sisters and I had the courage to move, my bike was long gone. You can imagine how devastated I was. There was no option to buy another one either, and so it was.

But the story doesn’t finish there, because my Dad didn’t forget about my bike. He did a lot of travelling and said he would always look out for it for the off chance he might find it for me. Many months later, he saw a red bike in a village far away. It wasn’t blue like my bike, but it was my bike. He could tell. The bike had been painted. Dad offered to buy it. He had already paid for the bike in Australia, shipped it over, and yet he paid for it again and brought it home. That’s the sort of Dad he is. It was amazing to find it after so long, and I was so happy. My hero!

Father’s Day is a wonderful time to bring out the stories. An idea is to couple a memory of dad with a relevant experience gift to say thank you. I’ve used the RedBalloon service before and I’ve also experienced some of their services for myself over the years. There are over 2,000 gifts to choose from, from car racing and scenic flights to wine tasting and gourmet hampers. Below are some ideas how coupling an experience gift with a memory could work.

Father's Day Gift Ideas

Below is a list of experiences myself and our family have personally experienced over the years. All of them were great!

RedBalloon Experience Gifts

L to R

  1. Story Bridge Climb – Brisbane
  2. Abseiling – Glass House Mountain
  3. Make up lesson and product
  4. Cruise, sand tobogganing & dolphin feeding
  5. Day Photography Course
  6. Glow worm night tour and dinner
  7. The Workshops Rail Museum Tour

There is much to be said for the gifting of experience; unlike material things, they can’t be replaced and won’t wear out. Experiences are lived, and enjoyed, and form part of our memories. Perhaps that is why I often think of this type of gift for the father figures in my life, because it’s a reflection of all the support they give over the years; of the fun times and crazy times, of the memories that become stories to tell.

Browse over 2,000 gifts at RedBalloon.com.au

 RedBalloon - Experience Gifts


Giveaway is over. Winner has been emailed. 

Win a $100 RedBalloon voucher to put towards any experience you like. Simply head over to RedBalloon.com.au come back here and answer in the comments below what gift you would give your Dad/Father Figure and why? 

Giveaway ends 5:00 pm AEST on Thursday 3 September 2015. Please ready the full terms and conditions here.

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Kelly loves life at both ends of the spectrum: wearing high heel shoes one day and hiking boots the next; sipping tea out of a pretty cup and slurping hot coffee from a camping mug; challenging herself physically and stopping for quiet unhurried moments to feel the wind on her face. Kelly and her husband Matthew seek to live a fun and adventurous life with their four children and pet bird.

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  1. Kayla says

    Would love to send Dad on The City of Lights Dinner Cruise with Drinks – For 2 with the voucher that I’m going to win ????????????

  2. Kayla says

    Would love to send Dad on The City of Lights Dinner Cruise with Drinks – For 2 with the voucher that I’m going to win :)

  3. says

    For my husband’s 30th birthday (which feels like a long time ago now!) I got him a stunt car driving experience from Red Balloon which he loved! So much fun. If I won the voucher, I’d be putting it towards the “brewery-tour-beer-tasting-and-traditional-pub-meal-for-2” as he’s a big beer connoisseur (his 30th party was actually a “beers of the world” party where everyone brought him a different and unique beer from around the world as a gift), I’d get to join him AND there’s a pub meal for 2 included. Sounds perfect!

  4. Claudia says

    If I won, I would love to get my Partner an 8 Lap drift thrill ride experience to give him the chance to do some fast driving again!

    Since having our family, his love of fast & ‘interesting’ cars has taken a backseat to family sensible cars & careful driving…would be great to see him let loose one more time, especially with a BIG birthday coming up very soon

    Thanks for the comp :-)

  5. Melanie says

    I would love to give my hubby the Gold Class experience! We both love going to the movies, but so rarely get to go together these days. I’d love to book a babysitter and treat him to a luxury night out!

  6. Tracey-Lee says

    If I won this I would use the voucher towards the “V8 Race car driving” experience for my husband, because he loves racing, grew up with it and he especially loves the V8’s, and because he deserves to do something he loves at least once a year as he doesnt get that opportunity ever and he works so hard, all alone, for us.

  7. Melinda Fitzgibbon says

    Definitely the Hot laps on the V8 car. Hubby is an adrenaline junky and our sons 6 and 4 and miss 6 months would love to watch daddy enjoy something so awesome. When i was pregnant last year he made me breakfast in bed everyday of the pregnancy and looked after both our boys and me while i suffered with morning sickness the whole 9 months as well as being on crutches for the last 2 months. Whether i win the prize or not i already know that my kids and i are winners in the hubb6 and dad stakes ????

  8. Naysie says

    My husband and kids would love the ‘Glow Worm Night Tour with Dinner’ or the SUP lessons – as I know we would all enjoy all of them, but then again there’s a heap more I’d choose too.

  9. Ern says

    Hot Air Balloon Yarra Valley Private Flight – For 2. Not for my Dad, but I’d talk the kids into getting it for me and their Mum to enjoy. Something we’ve been talking about doing for a while now, and great to see you can get it for two, not doing it with a bunch of strangers.

  10. DIANA O says

    Jet Fighter Flight Top Gun For a Day, but why is it advertised as ‘for a day’ when it’s only 15 minutes!!! The most awesome experience by far, and I’ll go with Dad for this one :)

  11. Rob says

    I would love to give my dad a voucher for a hot air balloon ride over Melbourne! He’s always wanted to go on one but never treats himself!

  12. Anna L says

    I would get the V8 Race Car Driving Experience for my dad, because he is normally a super cautious driver, and I’d love to see him let loose on the racetrack!

  13. Jade O says

    The last time I saw dad ever go “up in the air” was in a helicopter my uncle was flying. It flew up about 4 meters when dad jumped out. That was about 20 years ago. It’s about time dad gets back up in the air with a hot air balloon ride!

  14. karina l says

    Sky diving for my Dad because he needs a bit of excitement in his life..and he has alway wanted to fly like Superman!

  15. Janet Martin says

    Would love to gift Award winning mixed dozen of red wines so that one of the most hardworking men and devoted father can sit back relax and enjoy a nice wine

  16. sarah mary says

    V8 race cars driving experience. He’s a Rev head! He would be thrilled with a few laps in a V8 instead of the usual socks and soggy toast.

  17. says


    ‘ANYTHING’ would be fantastic to cheer my husband a little, as he has just this morning, lost his job as of Dec’15. Very scary as we have a mortgage and 2 high school teenage girls and what’s more I’m not working at the moment! Maybe something during the January school holidays for the family would be great as we all love skiing, and haven’t been for 3 years now, or camping is another thing we love to do. I’ll leave it up to you!! Thanks so much.

  18. Rebecca S says

    I wouldn’t want to give my Dad a heart attack so I would have to choose something tame like a 3 course lunch and wine tasting. He would love that!

  19. Lidya says

    He loves cars.
    The thrills he gets when he zooms like the wind.
    The noise of the engine is music to his ears.
    V8 Race Car Driving is the perfect gift for my beloved daddy.

  20. Matt Harrison says

    The V8 Race Car Driving experience would be a thrill for my dad, he’s loved V8 supercars as long as I can remember

  21. says

    I would like to treat my dad who lives in SA to the gold class experience. Im in NSW so i dont get to enjoy my dad as often as i would like. I know he is always a phone call away

  22. courtney says

    I would give my dad the Hot air balloon over the Barossa Valley as we live here would be a nice way for him to relax an enjoy the sun rising while i have breakfast cooking for when he gets home.

  23. allison says

    there 3 Course Lunch and Wine Tasting – Weekend – For 2, he likes wine always seem to accumulate more every week and what better he could enjoy it with his wife

  24. Amanda says

    I actually just finished reading an article in the paper about Dad’s coming as runner up to Mum’s. Sad, really!
    Luckily for me Dad has been an integral part of my life and an important role model.
    This Father’s Day I would love for Dad to feel exactly as he deserves………on top of the world with a Red Balloon Sydney Harbour bridge climb experience.

  25. christina says

    I would give my dad the Helicopter Flight Over Sydney – 30 Minutes as he would enjoy the awesome views of Sydney and the beaches

  26. Maria Stringer says

    Just gave my son a voucher for his birthday, it would be great for Dad to win this so they can share an experience together.

  27. Fiona says

    A Sydney Harbour Bridge Day Climb,
    I’m sure would blow my dad’s mind.
    The best harbour would be great to view.
    and a bit of fitness for him too!

  28. Jen says

    My little boy would love to get his dad the backseat V8 experience. My husband has been blind since birth but is a bit of a thrill seeker and is always happy to play cars with our car obsessed son (even though he can’t see where they’re going!) so they’d both get a big kick out if it.

  29. CATHY Bowdler says

    I’d love to give Dad a Redballoon memorable experience, the Seafood Feast in The Sunshine Coast Hinterland for two, he grew up at Maleny.

  30. Charlotte S says

    I’d love to give my dad “Indulgent 3 Course Lunch in the Gardens with Wine – For 2”. He is a real green thumb but is so often in his office that he would really enjoy the lush surroundings of the Royal Botanic Gardens. Now that us kids have grown up, I think he would really appreciate the gift of a nice quiet meal with my mum.

  31. says

    I would definitely get my hubby the V8 Buggy laps. For his 40th we got him the V8 racing car laps and he was over the moon. Would love to see him really enjoy another experience from Red Balloon.

  32. sonia c says

    Beer and BBQ…..if I cant convert him to drinking wine then at east I can ensure he is knowledgeable about beer to get that “snob” factor up

  33. says

    I would love to get my Hubby a Voucher for Fathers Day this year. I have been really unwell & recently had to have Surgery.
    My husband has been an Amazing Dad, looking after our daughter, doing school drop offs/pick ups, housework, groceries, cooking, cleaning all without a single complaint while I’ve been recovering – he Definately deserves an Extra Special Fathers Day ????

  34. Ruth says

    My dad is renowned for never using a single voucher we have given him for any occassion so with that in mind I would definitely go for the hot air balloon adventure because nothing could be more irresistible and if anything can break hm this has got to be it!

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