Thursday, February 27, 2020

The Gift Voucher

7 reasons I think gift vouchers are a good idea.





I used to be anti-voucher. Not so much as a receiver, but as a giver. I thought it was a cop-out and not a good reflection of my love for the person on the receiving end.

But then I became deep fried and with age brings less need for "stuff" and more need for self care.



When I talk about gift vouchers, I don't necessarily mean the purely monetary kind.  I'm talking about the kind of voucher that encourages a person to take life by the horns and give it a good-hot crack. You know what I mean? No?  Let me explain.

For my 40th birthday I was given a gift voucher for trapeze flying lessons.  I can honestly say, that other than a couple of very sentimental gifts, it is the one gift that has stayed with me 10 years on. Not from a physical point of view of course, but in reflection.  Trapeze flying lessons expanded my comfort zone.  They made me climb great heights, take a leap of faith and feel safe in the fact I had a safety net and a team of people to catch me if I fell.

An incredible metaphor for the middle decade of my life. Plus a bloody good adventure without the metaphor crap.

Thank you Nell for such an incredible gift.  I wrote about it here  exactly 10 years ago.

Last year I received a number of gift vouchers for my 50th birthday, many of which I have yet to "spend".  Which in itself is an incredible gift of allowing big birthdays to last for months.

From Go Boating in Canberra, to a Crystal Healing, to an exotic day spa in the National Botanic Gardens to race car driving lessons.  My 50th birthday continues to surpass my expectations in delivering me the Festival of Fifty I longed for.

The right well thought out Gift Vouchers are a good idea because:


  1. They can help expand a person's comfort zone with the ability to provide a loved one with an adventure they may not necessarily consider or spend the money on themselves. Something that really gets the "wind in their hair and the air up their skirt" (so to speak).
  2. They encourage people to take time out for themselves for full relaxation and self care through pampering, healing and quiet reflection. 
  3. They allow a person to become a tourist in their own town by prodding them into action with visits to museums, boating, biking, shows and meals.
  4. They help people to organise social gatherings via meal vouchers, movie tickets and palm readings.
  5. They help support local business by bringing custom to an establishment people may not have "found" otherwise
  6. They help connect the giver with the receiver on a greater level showing who that person is and what they enjoy through the experiences they want to on-forward to others.
  7. Instead of bringing a mere moment of joy during the gift opening and the need to store the gift for eternity, they instead allow the recipient to extend the joy beyond the party, through the planning stages, during the experience and in the memories that will continue for a life time.

What do you think of gift vouchers?

What great vouchers have you received in the past?

Got any good gift voucher ideas you could contribute?


It's lovin life linky day and I'm lovin' that I have a crystal healing, a Canberra Go Boat adventure and some race car driving in my future. 


What are you lovin' about life this week?




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11 comments :

  1. I absolutely love gift vouchers! I have a few waiting to be used right now :)

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  2. Huge fan of gift vouchers! I agree, they're a practical gift that allows the recipient time to decide when it suits them best to use / spend.

    SSG xxx

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  3. I was blown away when my brother and sil sent me a Westfields Voucher for my 70th. We don't usually do gifts at all. It was so thoughtful because I got to spend it on something I had long stopped doing: an amazing session at a beauty therapist. I like the idea of it not being specific too. Enjoy yours! Denyse

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  4. I used to feel the same way about gift vouchers too but I love an experience that gets you out of your comfort zone and your blood pumping!

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  5. The right well thought out gift vouchers are great ideas. I got gift vouchers for spas that I enjoyed. #lovin'lifelinky

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  6. What a fun gift voucher to give, trapeze flying lessons!! I used to feel the same way that vouchers were a cop out but they can in fact give much more than we anticipate, if done right! Thanks for these well thought out reasons. #teamlovinlife

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  7. I love gift vouchers particularly for experiences as opposed to things. It makes you think outside the square a bit and engage in experiences that you would otherwise not do. For example I did a painting and wine night with my daughter once and it was fabulous.

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  8. You know I love gift vouchers to now. I also believed they were a cope out but know I love to give them as a experience rather then stuff. My favourite one was when I gave my older girls the Harbour bridge climb... they loved it!

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  9. I like to give vouchers - especially to people I really know well. Rather than being a present without thought, it can be one where a lot of thought has gone into. Then again, as is the case of the Rebel vouchers I send my nephews - it's easierthan wondering what a teenage boy could possibly want.

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  10. I think that gift vouchers are a good thing. It solves a lot of problems. Thanks for hosting and I hope that you have a wonderful week.

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  11. For my 40th birthday I was given a gift voucher for trapeze flying lessons. I can honestly say, that other than a couple of very sentimental gifts, it is the one gift that has stayed with me 10 years on. Not from a physical point of view of course, but in reflection. khalid Hassan
    Trapeze flying lessons expanded my comfort zone. They made me climb great heights, take a leap of faith and feel safe in the fact I had a safety net and a team of people to catch me if I fell.

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