top 5 last minute gift ideas

6 LAST MINUTE YET THOUGHTFUL GIFT IDEAS (that don’t require shipping or a trip to the mall)

We get it.  You’d rather spend your summer days outdoors and not shopping for Christmas gifts and you’ve only just realised you’ve missed the online shipping deadline. Eeek!! Don’t fret, we’ve got you covered!!!

We’ve put together a list of gifts you can buy right here, right now and deliver in an instant, pretty much anywhere in the world.

Best of all, they aren’t lame! Personalise these gifts to your chosen adventure lover’s specific tastes and hey presto, you’ve got a winning gift! It also means you’re free to spend your last weekend before Christmas however you like.  Enjoy the trail, rock or beach while everyone else is sweating it out at the shops:


Know someone with a keen interest in navigation but no clue where to start? Or perhaps they’d like to learn about the stars but don’t really know where or how? There are a bunch of awesome courses you can book your adventure buddy (and yourself) into. Many are online, so they can be done anywhere in the world. Our ideas include:

2. BIG SCREEN ADVENTURE INSPO (with a side serve of quality time together)

Lock in a fun night out with a double pass to the Ocean Film Festival World Tour and/or the Banff Mountain Film Festival in 2020.  A double win, your adventure buddy gets a great night out AND you guys get some quality time together that is sure to inspire your next adventure.

Forgot someone’s gift who’s overseas? The New Zealand tour of the 2020 Ocean Film Festival is on sale, and so are the UK and Ireland , Italy and France 2020 Banff Mountain Film Festival tours!

3. EXPERIENCES & MEMORIES (vs more stuff)

Lucky for us there are an array of local, female-based adventure businesses popping up all over the country that offer fun, welcoming day experiences and vouchers you can buy online. From beginner to more advanced they’ve got your specific needs covered.

In Adelaide, check out Mucha Adventures for some mountain biking fun or Big Heart Adventures for hiking and walking (and an exotic overseas adventure!)

In Sydney, the expert team at Women Want Adventure offer everything from hiking, canyoning, kayaking, sailing and more – delivered with ANZAC cookies and a smile.

In Townsville, try Castle Hill Adventures for a range of zip-lining and abseiling adventures.

Day adventure options are plentiful in almost every single city, and yours is just a google search away!


Audio books are the perfect way to fill those long drives to your adventure destination with inspiration. Online service Audible offers 1, 3, 6 and 12 month credit that you can buy online, print out and pop in a card with your recommended listening list. Audible offers a wide range of audio books often narrated by the author themselves. They also have new book selection including the likes of How The Wild Effect Turned Me Into a Hiker by Jane Congdon,  Rescue Stories of Survival from Land and Sea by Dorcas Miller and timeless classic like Tracks by Robyn Davidson.  You might also like to check our list of MUST READS written by female adventurers here..


There are so many different subscription boxes available, you’ll be able to find one for each person on your list! Many of them have the option for you to purchase as a one-off box or to subscribe monthly, quarterly and even yearly (which could see you covered for their birthday gift too!). We are loving how the conversation around products and practices that are sustainable and ethical is extending into all aspects of life, including subscription boxes – The Change Box aims to help with the change from overconsumption, to being more mindful about your purchases. You’ll find goodies from brands that all have the same ‘ethical’ mission, are plant-based and cruelty-free. If your friend is more of green thumb (or would like to be) you could give an Easy Come Easy Grow subscription, which will send out 3 different seasonal herb or vegetable seeds to plant! There is a subscription box for every interest these days and they are only a google away!


Ideal for the person who already has everything and is impossible to buy for, or for those in your life who have requested low-waste gifts.  The recent bushfires are having a big impact on the lives and habitat of our precious wildlife and putting more pressure on those organisations who work hard to protect them.  This Christmas you can adopt a Koala and help the plight of one of our most unique native animals.  Here are just a few of the organisations you can adopt a Koala through: Koala Hospital, WWF and Australian Koala Foundation.

Use any one of these ideas to inspire and delight your loved ones and enjoy the true spirit of Christmas – spending quality time together. They won’t even know how last-minute it was!

Merry Christmas from the team at Adventure Reels!