5 hottest birthday gifts for those impossible to buy for

We’ve all got family and friends who are impossible to buy birthday gifts for. Whether it’s your mum who says she doesn’t want anything, your brother who buys whatever he wants all year long or your in-laws who already have everything, we all have someone who stumps us when it comes to gift giving.

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If you want birthday gifts they’ll remember, an experience is just the thing. This type of gift is becoming more and more popular and it’s easy to see why. From relaxing spa experiences to thrills ziplining in beautiful forests, giving adventures, excitement and experiences as a gift is scientifically proven to make them happier. Experience gifts are personal, thoughtful, and you can’t really compare them to a material gift. After all, how many times does someone go skydiving? Exactly.

Just some of the reasons to gift an experience are they don’t go out of style, memories last forever and things don’t, you can share an experience with other people, they’re fun and people really don’t need more stuff. Instead of giving a material possession, you’re giving a birthday gift that is sure to last a lifetime in memories.

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Wine subscription

If you know someone who loves a good glass of wine, then a wine subscription could be just the thing. With a wine subscription they can try new wines and many services personalise the selection. The wines will be delivered straight to their door each month. That sounds pretty good to us! We’re sure this gift won’t go to waste and you can feel good about supporting the New Zealand winery sector too.

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Trees that count

For waste-free birthday gifts you can’t go past the gift of a native New Zealand tree from Trees That Count. You gift a native tree and your giftee is emailed a gift certificate with a personalised message. You both get an update on which community-based planting project will plant and care for the tree. You’ll be helping make a little change toward a greener New Zealand for generations to come.

It’s a thoughtful and sustainable gift idea helping New Zealand make an impact on climate change. It’s perfect for those that have it all and it protects our beautiful landscapes, waterways and forests for future generations.

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Learning something new

If they’re the sort of person who’s always keen to give something a go, then a course or class of some sort is a great idea. Learning new things makes people feel good. There are so many options available too. From baking classes to online courses, learning a new language or a musical instrument or maybe they’d be keen for something more physical like a boxing, dancing or a rock-climbing class, or may even be keen to try their hand at painting. 

Here’s just a few class ideas to find the perfect option for your gift recipient: photography, sewing, woodworking, glass blowing, cake decorating, cooking, cheese making, flower arranging, beer or kombucha brewing, dance, or yoga.

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Event ticket

Everyone loves going out to an event and you can usually find something to suit their tastes wherever they are in New Zealand. For those who love a bit of sport, purchase a ticket to the game they love, whether its rugby, netball, cricket or something else. For those into music, why not gift a concert ticket? You can find a small local gig or give a ticket to a bigger artist playing out of town. If you think your gift recipient may not be into those, there’s always theatre tickets, local plays or comedy shows popping up around New Zealand too.

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Bonus: The no-fail gift option

Of course, there’s rarely a gift that’s perfect for every person out there and you often need to have a pretty good idea of what they would like. Do they like a glass of wine with dinner every night or don’t drink at all? Into a bit of culture or love going to a rugby game? If you’re not sure what they’re into, you’re finding it too hard to choose or if you want a no-fail gift, the experience gifting concept from us here at Chuffed is just the thing. It’s all about gifting experiences (one of the hottest birthday gifts this year) but giving your gift recipients the option to choose from up to 120 amazing experiences, so you can never go wrong!

Chuffed Gifts is a one of a kind gifting company encouraging Kiwi’s to gift experiences rather than material goods. The gift giver buys a package, the gift recipient chooses which experience they want to do. It’s revolutionary, but so simple and so much FUN. Gifts packages start from $99.

Check it out at www.chuffedgifts.co.nz and keep it in mind for when you need to say happy birthday, thank you, best wishes or congrats!

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