Buying birthday gifts can sometimes be far more stressful than it should be – I love buying gifts as it’s one of my primary love languages but even I find it a tedious task sometimes. Lack of time is a factor that contributes to us feeling this way as well as the panic that sets in when you aren’t quite sure what to buy! Maybe the person is fussy, has enough “things”, doesn’t have a particular hobby or is a man! Haha
Lately I have cottoned on to the idea of giving “experiences” rather than “things” as gifts. I think this is the way many people are going these days – an overload of belongings and not enough space to put everything can be stress-inducing in itself! Experiences might be a one off event but the fun memories they create last a lifetime!
Gift out the Box is a new innovative gift idea that is currently taking the world by storm. The idea is that you purchase a box (priced from R249 – R2000) that offers the recipient the choice of one of the various experiences inside.
There are 9 themed gift boxes in the Western Cape and 6 in Gauteng which contain a guide book and a coupon. The guide book describes the available experiences, the recipient chooses which one they prefer and then book directly with the establishment and exchange their coupon. Isn’t that a better concept that the usual present fail-safe of a gift voucher?? Not only is the value of your gift hidden but the receiver actually chooses where to use it!
Themes include gourmet weekends, 18 holes for two, lunch time, haute cuisine dinner, spa breaks, spa deluxe, gift for her, gift for him and a cellar experience.
I received a Gift for Her box valued at R249 and these are my choices…
Absolut Hair – Claremont
This experience is for one person and offers a luxurious, intensive, professional, nourishing
in-salon treatment for either hair or scalp.
Anura Vineyards – Klapmuts
This experience is for two people and includes a wine and cheese tasting and cellar
tour. A full tapas platter will be served after the tasting with a glass of a wine from our
Carrol Boyes – Cape Town
This experience is for one person and includes a tour of the exclusive Carrol Boyes
Showroom and the opportunity to meet members of the Carrol Boyes design team.
Creation Wines – Hermanus
This experience is for two people to come and enjoy our unique canapés and wine pairing
as well as a delicious dessert pairing. We look forward to receiving you at our tasting room.
J.C. Le Roux – Stellenbosch
Seduce your taste buds with the inspiring combination of Méthode Cap Classiques and
Carbonated Sparkling wines from The House of J.C. Le Roux paired with handcrafted
nougat. This delectable tasting is for two and includes a bottle of our award winning
Pinot Noir Rosé.
Morgenster Wine & Olive Estate – Somerset West
This experience is for two people and includes wine and olive tasting, a cellar tour and one
bottle of Lourens River Valley 2010 Bordeaux blended red wine.
Paarl Archery Club – Paarl
This experience is for two people and offers a unique archery experience in the heart of
the winelands. You will receive an introduction in the history, the equipment and safety
procedures. The two hour session will also include enough time to shoot to let you really get
acquainted with the sport. We ensure personal tuition so that you can shoot by the end of
the day. Fruit juice and chips during break and one complimentary bottle of Nelson White
wine to take home for Adult bookings.
PoleDance Cape Town – Cape Town
This experience is for one person. Let yourself go, have fun and get fit with our 1 hour private
pole dancing experience. Learn a variety of basic spins, tricks and transitional moves, put
together to form a mini dance routine!
Roxy Surf School – Muizenberg
This experience is for one person and includes the ability to experience the thrill of learning
to surf in an individual surfing lesson. 1.5 hour lesson. Includes surfboard & wetsuit hire and
full use of our facilities. As well as a beverage or hot drink.
SA Golf Institute – Cape Town
This experience is for one person – come and enjoy a 30 minute lesson with full video
analysis, golf balls and equipment. The experience will assist in finding, identifying and
introducing a fix to any fault that may exist in the swing.
The Little Pink Chef – Durbanville
This experience is for one person. Italian cooking class or Chocoholic cooking class. We
supply all the ingredients, a chef hat and a apron. Please supply your own drinks. Minimum
booking: 6 people.
Vavavoom – Somerset West
This experience is for one person. Face Shape Analysis. The benefits of a face shape analysis
is that it determines your ideal hairstyle, accessories, eyewear and clothing necklines to
complement your face shape.
So, which option would you choose? I still have to make a decision!
Various gift experiences are available in the Western Cape and Gauteng and some of the other boxes are:
Haute cuisine dinner experience (R850.00)
18 Holes for two experience (R1,000.00)
Gift for him experience (R249.99)
Gourmet weekend experience (R2,000.00)
Lunch time experience (R600.00)
Spa break experience (R450.00)
Spa deluxe experience (R1,200.00)
The Cellar experience
Present buying just got a whole lot easier, esp for the men in your life – whether they are doing the buying or you are buying for them. And remember Father’s Day is just around the corner (just saying!)
For more info on what these boxes include, how the concept works or to buy a box visit the Gift out the Box website.