Unique Christmas gifts under $100

by Brittany Wheeler

Are you looking for unique Christmas gifts that won’t drain your entire bank account? This year, give less stuff and more stories with an amazing experience gift that supports local too. Got a max. budget of $100? We’ve got your covered with these unforgettable yet affordable Christmas gift ideas.

Queenstown jet boat ride 
Queenstown jet boat ride 

Score yourself some serious brownie points with this jet boat ride across Lake Wakatipu and the Kawarau River. They’ll enjoy 360 spins, exciting turns and thrilling speeds over 60 glorious minutes.

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Hells Gate reserve walk with mud bath, sulphur spa and more
Hells Gate reserve walk with mud bath, sulphur spa and more

Spend a few hours exploring the wonders of Hells Gate Geothermal Park in Rotorua, New Zealand’s most unique geothermal experience. After a guided or self-guided tour of the steaming grounds, steeped in Maori myth and legend, they’ll soak in the healing sulphur spas, mud baths and cold pool.

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Float therapy session
Float therapy session

Gift a 1 hour float session that puts your mind at rest, decreases muscular tension and improves circulation. A great gift to spoil mum with after all her hard work hosting Christmas!

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Ice Bar entry with cocktail
Ice Bar entry with cocktail

Treat them to a cocktail they’ll never forget at this incredible ice bar in the heart of Queenstown. After rugging up in provided snow gear, they’ll enter a -5 degree wonderland decked out with ice furniture, ice carvings and even ice glasses!

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Indoor skydiving at iFly
iFly indoor skydiving – 2 flights

Perfect for a youngster or the young at heart, delight them with this indoor skydiving package at iFly. An experienced instructor will join them in the flight chamber and lead them through 2 flights packed full of twists, turns and other manoeuvres.

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ZORB globe ride - straight and sidewinder tracks
ZORB globe ride – straight and sidewinder tracks

Not for the faint-hearted! They’ll enter a giant bubble and roll down an expanse of gorgeous rolling green hills. This package includes 1 ride down the Straight track and another go on the Sidewinder track, filled with massive corners that send you zigzagging every which way.

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Mustang V8 convertible 500HP joy ride from Russell - for 3
Mustang V8 convertible 500HP joy ride from Russell – for 3

Fulfil their luxury car dreams with this joy ride in a 2016 Mustang V8 convertible that will have them cruising through the back roads of Russell. This experience allows for up to 3 passengers, so if you’re lucky, you might be invited along!

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Pasta making class - for 2
Pasta making class – for 2

Surprise them with a fun and informative cooking class where they’ll learn to make fresh pasta and authentic Italian sauces from scratch under the guidance of an expert chef. At the end, they’ll enjoy their hard earned efforts with a glass of wine.

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Shark snorkeling in a cage
Shark snorkeling in a cage

Have they always dreamt of coming face-to-face with the great predators of the deep? This experience will see them take the plunge in a purpose-built cage and give them the rare opportunity to get up close and personal with 4 types of sharks, stingray and various fish.

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