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Gift Guide: Luxury Gifts For The Impossible-To-Buy-For

Guaranteed to surprise and delight.

Some people seemingly have everything; others keep their wish-lists to themselves or politely decline the idea of receiving a gift altogether. Everyone has had to come up with gifts for those hard-to-buy-for friends and family members. Our luxury gift guide is here to help.

Work your way around the challenge of gift buying for the hard-to-buy-for this year by opting for a fun and novel gift they are guaranteed to not yet have, a unique experience people don’t often buy for themselves, or a special personalised gift.

For the thrill seeker

luxury gift guide christmas hard to buy for Whaleshark Tour, from $410 

Swimming with the whale sharks on Ningaloo reef is the ultimate bucket list item. Help to make someone’s dream come true this Christmas with a full day boat trip to meet these gentle giants.

You can get up close and personal with the majestic creatures on this 10-hour watching and swimming tour. If you are lucky, you might even spy a manta ray, sea turtle or humpback whale along the way. Leaving from Exmouth in WA, the tour includes transfers from your hotel, all snorkelling equipment (and diving equipment should you require it) and meals, snacks and bubbly, too. With multiple opportunities to snorkel and dive the reef throughout the day, many memorable sea life encounters are on the cards for the gift recipient.

If WA is too far away to send your gift recipient, most states have their own whale watching tours or guided reef tours.

For the high roller

luxury gift guide christmas hard to buy for

Vintage Rolex From Your Birth Year, price vary 

It is a luxury gift with a personal touch – and one you can almost guarantee the person you are buying for does not yet have.

Thoughtful and unique, these vintage watches have been brought back to their original condition in the workshop, and come with a two-year international guarantee. Each watch is sent out with a ticket commemorating their year of production, highlighting the personal nature of the gift. For that extra special personal touch, you can even get them engraved free of charge. Due to the limited quantities and uniqueness each of the watches, prices vary.

For the romantic

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Yarra Valley Balloon and Breakfast, $435 

Not the sort of thing you often go out and purchase for yourself, a hot air balloon flight through the Yarra Valley makes a fantastic gift for the person who seemingly has everything.

Start the morning off at sunrise, launching the balloon high above the vines, hills and mountains of the valley in the golden morning light. Float along for 1 hour, before stopping for an optional champagne breakfast at Balgownie Estate ($435 for flight and breakfast). There will be a photographer on board to capture the moment, with images available for purchase after touch down. Balloon flight packages are available in most states.

For the child-at-heart

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Lego Expert Sydney Opera House, $490

Unique, novel items – like this limited-edition Sydney Opera House Lego kit – make great gifts for those that are harder to buy for

Not just a source of entertainment for the kids, this adults-only version of a childhood favourite comes with an enormous 2989 pieces, to recreate one of the most distinctive buildings in the world. Build up the complex angled walls and subtle detailing of the shell roofline and waterfront, then marvel at your own handiwork and completed mini version of the iconic structure.

For the oenophile

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Ultimate Penfolds Experience, $150 per person 

Wine and wine-related gifts always go down well at Christmas. Take all the guess work out of finding the harder-to-buy-for folk’s favourite drop, and pick up a voucher for a behind the scenes visit to one of Australia’s most iconic wineries instead.

The ultimate Penfolds experience starts with a tour of Grange Cottage (the original home of Dr Christopher and Mary Penfold) followed by a visit to the vineyards, cellar and underground drives. A tour of Penfolds wouldn’t be complete without a guided tasting session, much less a sampling of one of the most sought after vintages of Grange.

For the nature-lover


A Night at Jamala Wildlife Lodge, $1025

Waking up to a giraffe peering over your balcony isn’t something you will get to experience every day. The ultimate of experiential gifts, there are no holds barred with this luxurious overnight stay at Jamala Wildlife Lodge in Canberra. Starting from $1025.00 per night, staying at Jamala Lodge is far more than just experiencing a beautiful African inspired room to rest your head. Along with unparalleled views of the dangerous and endangered animals housed at Jamala Lodge, the stay includes multiple up close and personal experiences with the animals, pre-dinner drinks, dinner and breakfast.

You can choose to stay in either the giraffe treehouses, jungle bungalows or Ushaka lodge – each with views of a different enclosure or aquarium.

For the homebody

Jasmine and Will Monogrammed Pyjamas, from $75 

Personalising a gift takes it from the everyday to something unique and special. If you are buying for someone who already has everything, going that little bit further and getting something monogrammed or embroidered can reinvent a gift as simple as pyjamas.

Jasmine and Will have personalised sleepwear for both men and women. Not only do monogrammed pyjamas make thoughtful, personal presents, they are a practical gift that you can be confident will get used.

Published 11 December, 2017