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Give the best experience gifts with BananaLab

If you need a last-minute Christmas gift, or a gift for a birthday, thank you or anytime really, BananaLab has you covered.

I'm often reluctant to just buy people more stuff, which is why I prefer to buy experiences rather than things.

BananaLab has rethought the way we gift and buy experiences. Instead of printing out an email or putting an experience voucher in an envelope, BananaLab creates a thoughtful way to gift experiences because the recipient still receives an actual, beautifully packaged gift to open (with a big smile on their face).  That’s a win / win!

Also, a BananaLab experience box is a great gift idea if you're not sure what the recipient would like, as they can choose their experience from a huge range.

Tom and Eric, two Franco-Australians who came up with the concept for BananaLab, were inspired by the saying Avoir la banana, which means Have a banana smile. They started BananaLab in 2017 as Australia’s first range of curated, experience-focused gift boxes. Since then, this innovative, Victorian-based startup has grown to become the second biggest experience gifting platform in Australia.

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What experiences can I give with BananaLab?

With BananaLab you purchase choice of a gift experience box to the recipient, and then the recipient can choose something they’d love from a curated range of experiences. There are over 250 experience gift ideas for each experience box and over 1100 experiences across the platform, from adventure gifts to .

For instance, in Victoria, can go on a Pentridge Prison Tour, Ultimate Combat Flight, Flyboarding Melbourne, Yarra Valley Skydive, Abseiling Melbourne, Rap Jumping Melbourne Training with Collingwood Adam Treloar – AFL for 1 and much more.

Elsewhere in Australia you can go on V8 Hot Laps Eastern Creek in NSW, an Arnhem Land Day Tour departing from Darwin, a Seal and Penguin Islands Sea Kayak Day Tour in WA, and a Discovery wine tour with cheese included in Tasmania.

BananaLab has sourced unique experiences that are designed to support small business and offer something that won’t be found in another gift box or gift experience company.

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What is in a BananaLab box?

Each BananaLab box contains a booklet so the recipient can browse through all the experiences they can enjoy, a voucher with the details to redeem their chosen experience and the actual gift box itself (which has been produced to be as environmentally friendly as possible).

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Who does a BananaLab box suit?

Just about anyone!  BananaLab have worked hard to make sure that there is something for everyone. There are some experiences suitable for children, and some (such as wine tasting) that are for adults only.

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How much does a BananaLab box cost?

Boxes start from $99 for the Her Bucket List Gift Box or the His Bucket List Gift Box, right up to $599 for the Unique Box, with price points in between.

I’ve got a BananaLab box, how do I choose an experience?

You can start by browsing the experiences in the booklet included with your gift box.  Or you can visit the BananaLab website, where experiences can be filtered by location, type (Adventure, Wellbeing, Lifestyle or Escape), or type of box – so for instance, you could sift for experience gifts Melbourne or gift experience Sydney. You can also filter by For Him, For Her or experiences suited to a couple.

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How do I redeem a BananaLab voucher?

You can redeem the voucher in your BananaLab box using the Use Your Box tab on the BananaLab website. Each box comes with a Pass ID and Pass Security Code to redeem.

What if the recipient wants to choose an experience from a different BananaLab box?

They can definitely do that! It’s as simple as contacting BananaLab to change the voucher and paying any difference in the cost.

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Joyce Watts is a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned serial entrepreneur.

As well as being the founder of TOT: HOT OR NOT she helps businesses with their SEO, email marketing & social media as BrightSmart.com.au; she owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au and develops and produces creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com. She used to publish another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

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