The only Christmas gift guide you need this festive season

Living Well | Tianna Nadalin | Posted on 09 December 2019

Looking for some last-minute Christmas gift ideas? Festive cheer is just a click away.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year (said no bank account, ever). Save money and smash out some stress-free Christmas shopping by gifting your loved ones an experience, instead of more stuff they don’t want, like or need.

As well as not having to stash receipts in a safe place in case the person you’re buying for wants to (ungratefully) exchange the gift later, you can also avoid the chaos that is finding a parking spot at your local shopping centre during December. (If you do, however, find yourself caught up in the pre-Christmas parking warfare, RACV members get 10 per cent off at Star Car Wash*, which has outlets at most major shopping centres, so you can basically have your own valet and a sparkling clean car, just in time for your summer roadtrip. #winning) 

RACV members save on hundreds of exclusive experiences around Victoria. So, whether you’re buying for your mum, dad, nan or the annoying colleague you picked out of a hat in the office Secret Santa sweep, our Christmas gift guide has you covered. (Plus: Don't cop a fine for carrying your Christmas tree like this)

Person holding christmas gift wrapped in brown paper with red ribbon

RACV’s ultimate Christmas Gift Guide 


For her

Cheese, wine and chocolate tour

Because nothing says ‘I love you’ like a wine, cheese and chocolate tour through the Mornington Peninsula ($121.50).  

For families

Moonlit Wildlife Sanctuary Tickets

Unleash their wild sides with a voucher for Moonlit Sanctuary. Just 50 minutes’ drive from central Melbourne, the kids can cuddle koalas, get up-close-and-personal with kangaroos and even pet a python. RACV members get 10 per cent off entry. Family prices start from $57.60. 

For parents

Dinner for two at Oakridge Winery

Treat mum and dad to a gourmet feast at the Yarra Valley’s gorgeous Oakridge Winery. The winery’s hatted restaurant showcases the best in local produce, with an innovative, seasonal menu designed around which ingredients are thriving in the kitchen garden. 

For couples

Brown Brothers winery experience

Is there anything better than a winery weekend away? Perhaps a weekend away and a Brown Brothers winery tour, guided tasting and gourmet three-course lunch ($171 per person). 

For nan

High tea for two

If there’s one thing nans love more than high tea, it’s high tea with their favourite grandchild. Treat your nan to a feast of scones, champagne, cucumber sandwiches and quality hang time with a high tea for two at Olinda Tea House (from $124.20). 

For pa

Carlton Brewhouse Tours

Spend a few hours with your favourite grandad learning about your favourite amber nectar by gifting him a Carlton Brewhouse tour ($27.90 per person or $45.90 with lunch). Sample brewery-fresh beers then kick back in the beer garden with a brewski and a VB burger (or your choice of pub-style meal). 

For the niece / nephew / grandkids

Legoland Discovery Centre Tickets

Enjoy hours of fun with your favourite junior family members by taking them on a trip to the Legoland Discovery Centre (from $23.40 per person) at Chadstone Shopping Centre. Check out Lego replicas of famous global landmarks at Miniland, tour the Lego Factory or take a ride on Merlin’s Apprentice. 

For the boss / teacher / colleague / awkward distant relative in the family Kris Kringle 

Movie tickets

Stuck for the perfect gift to give your boss, colleague, kid’s school teacher or random relative you only see once a year? Thank goodness for movie vouchers. RACV members can access exclusive ticket discounts (30 per cent off) for Village, Hoyts and Palace cinemas when pre-purchased online or through RACV Retail Stores. These also make a great stocking filler for just about anyone on your shopping list, because who doesn’t love a movie date?

Gift an unforgettable experience this Christmas with exclusive deals on a range of Victorian attractions, inlucing Cactus Country, Moonlit Sanctuary and the Blues Train.

The perfect gift based on what they’re into  


For the foodie

Queen Victoria Market Foodie Tours

Eat your way around some of Queen Victoria Market’s best vendors over a guided, 1.5-hour Queen Victoria Market Foodie Tour (from $62 per person). As well as learning insider shopping tips, you’ll also get to sample delecatable bites from some of the market’s most popular vendors (local wine and famous hot jam doughnuts included). 

For the adrenaline junkie

Abseil down a Melbourne skyscraper

Forget skydiving and bungee jumping; Rap Jumping is the ultimate thrill. Also known as building abseiling, or the abseil forward run, this daredevil activity will see your loved one run seven storeys down the side of a building, face first (from $89.10 for three jumps.)

For the adventure seeker

Tickets to Cactus Country

Have an out-of-Australia adventure without leaving Victoria at Cactus Country (from $15.75). This Violet Town attraction, in the state’s north east, is like stepping into an old-school Hollywood Western movie. Explore Australia’s largest collection of cacti, planted across almost five hectares of made-for-Instagram desert garden trails, then kick back at the Cactus cafe over a margarita and some cactus ice-cream. 

For the traveller

RACV Resorts voucher

Give the gift of a weekend away with an RACV Resort Voucher. With resorts across Victoria, Tasmania and Queensland, there’s an escape to suit sunseekers, camping enthusiasts and gourmet travellers alike. 

For the muso

The Blues Train tickets

Give them the ride of their life with a night on board Queenscliff’s legendary Blues Train. With prolific Aussie artists the likes of Geoff Achison and Jimi Hocking riding the blues traveller, as well as emerging talents including Creek and Cass Eager, it’s sure to be a memorable journey. RACV members save five per cent on full-price tickets.

For the sports fanatic

Sports Lovers Tour with National Sports Museum  

Put some points on the Christmas scoreboard and impress the sports-mad punter with a tour of the National Sports Museum (from $170.20 per person, including lunch). The four-hour tour will see them learn about the venues and events that have shaped Melbourne’s reputation as the nation’s sporting capital. They’ll get to drive on the F1 Grand Prix Circuit, check out the Sport Australia Hall of Fame and immerse themselves in the moments that made Aussie sporting history at the National Sports Museum. (Please note this tour will not be available until March 2020 due to renovations at the National Sports Museum.) 

For the wine lover

Winery tour 

They'll be pouring with excitement over a Yarra Valley winery tour (from $126 per person), which includes a private tour of Domaine Chandon (with a glass of their premium, traditional-method bubbly), a la carte lunch at Balgownie Estate and cellar door tastings at Steels Gate and Yering Farm. 

For the beer connoisseur

Melbourne Breweries and Cideries Tour

If the amber nectar is more their style, treat them to a Melbourne Breweries and Cideries Tour (from $148.50). They'll get to visit brewhouses big and small, while also learning about the city's rich brewstory. Stops include Carlton and United Breweries, The Crafty (James) Squire (which also includes lunch), Moon Dog Brewery and Two Birds Brewery. 

For the family adventurers

Otway Fly Treetop Adventure

If spending quality time together is the aim of the gift-giving game, then they'll love exploring the Great Ocean Road hinterland with a rainforest adventure at Otway Fly Treetop Walk (from $22.50 per person), the highest of its kind in the world. If you really feel like spoiling them, add an RACV Torquay Resort voucher so they can spend the weekend. 

For the nature-lover

Dolphin and Seal Swim Tour

Take the plunge into Port Phillip Bay and spend a few hours swimming with the resident dolphins and seals with a Dolphin and Seal Swim Tour in Queensliff (from $144 per person). As well as making friends with the local marine wildlife, there will also be roof-top jumping, boom netting and photo opportunities aplenty. Wetsuit, snorkels, instruction and refreshments are all supplied.

For the relaxation lover

Peninsula Hot Springs

You'll be soaking up all the thoughtful gift-giving cred with this indulgent Mornington Peninsula experience. The Bath House Dine and Bathe package at Peninsula Hot Springs (from $54 per person) will give your loved ones the opportunity to relax, rejuveante and bliss out in the geothermal waters of this bathing wonderland. Then, recharge (and rehydrate) with a bite to eat at the Bath House Cafe. 

For the hopeless romantic

Go Punting on the Lake

Move over gondola rides in Venice. Punting on the Lake is the ultimate romantic boat ride. Cruise around the Ornamental Lake over a 30-minute guided tour of Melbourne's beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens. They can even bring their fur babies. 

For the fitness enthusiast

Melbourne City Moonlight Kayak Tour

See the city in all its glimmering, moonlit glory with a Melbourne City Moonlight Kayak Tour (from $89.10 per person). They'll love exploring Docklands and Victoria Harbour, eating fish and chips, watching the sunset and experiencing the world's most liveable city from the water. 

To bring to a work do / family lunch / Christmas catch up

Cake from Le Petit Gâteau

Have you been asked to bring dessert to your annual Friendsmas gathering or family lunch, but don't have time to make something yourself? Leave it to the award-winning pastry chefs at Le Petit Gâteau. Impress with Le Petit Gâteau’s modern take on a traditional French Bûche de Nöel, a festive log made from light sponge (orders close December 13 for Christmas), or choose from a range of sumptuous cakes, tarts and treats, baked fresh daily. We love the Hazelnut Mille Feuille, Pear Tart and the Brownie Passionfruit Chocolate Gateaux. Prices start from $43.

For the car lover

Repco voucher

If they're a fan of all things vroom, fuel their passion by gifting them a shopping spree at Repco. RACV members save 10 per cent storewide* so grab a voucher and let them have a field day.

For the mystery lover

Escape Hunt 

Does your loved one love riddles and problem solving? Give them the gift of a great escape at Escape Hunt Melbourne (from $32.40 per person). There are four different adventure rooms to choose from and they'll have 60 minutes to solve to escape puzzle. 

For the creative

Photography Tour

Foster their creativity with a photography lesson and tour (from $89.10). They'll learn how to use their own digital camera to its full capacity while capturing some of Melbourne's most photogenic icons. It's the ideal gift for the budding photographer.

For the coffee addict 

Coffee Walking Tour 

Melbourne is the coffee capital of the country so, for the espresso-hearted among us, a coffee walking tour (from $76.50) is the ideal gift. They'll get to check out four of Melbourne's prime coffee dealers and sample four different types of coffee while also learning about the art of perfecting the golden brew. 

For the gamer

Virtual Reality Gaming Experience 

Melbourne's Virtual Reality Gaming Experience (from $40.50) is one of the city's newest gaming attractions. This is a fun and family friendly environment and multi-player bays allow up to 12 people to play one game. You can play each other by sharing the activities or against each other in a virtual world.

For the revhead

Lamborghini Driving Experience

Give them the ultimate joy ride with a luxury driving experience. Being able to get behind the wheel of a Lamborghini or Ferrari and take it for a spin will be a car lover's dream come true (from $179.10).