6 Thoughtful Milestone Gifts Worth The Investment

By Madeline Wallman

There inevitably comes a time in your adult life when a card just won’t cut it for marking a milestone. Friends’ major birthdays; your anniversary, marriage or divorce; new jobs, promotions and resignations; home purchases and sales—these huge moments deserve to be celebrated with something they'll be loving long after the big day's wrapped. 

To help you nail that next milestone with the perfect prezzie, we teamed up with our mates at Personalised Plates Queensland to curate six unique milestone gifts that'll hit the brief and win you max brownie points. 

Upgrade Their Ride With Personalised Number Plates

man opening car door

Kick your friendship up a gear and go all out with one-of-a-kind personalised number plates—the local legends at Personalised Plates Queensland make it easy. First up, design the plates—you can get creative here, just keep it short and sweet. Think about the lucky driver's favourite catchphrase, nicknames, niche hobbies and personal jokes, then create their unique letter combo and choose from PPQ's endless design options. 

Next, the plates are manufactured by hand and delivered to the address of your choice—just remember to tick the gift option at checkout, so you can transfer them into the plate recipient’s name for free. Or, if you've got a fussy friend who'd rather keep creative control, nab them a gift voucher to create their own. Too darn easy yet oh-so-special, it’ll be a prezzie loved for a lifetime and perfect for any major milestone. 

Booze And Cruise Down The River In A Private Picnic Boat

Be your own captain with GoBoat’s self-skippered boats—fitting up to eight people plus any furry friends. Pack a picnic, wrangle your mates and surprise that someone special with a boozed-up cruise down the river for their next big day. Keen to up the ante for that extraordinary someone?  YOT Club’s boujee cruises will have you celebrating in luxury with a fully licenced bar, catering, dance floor and DJ. 

Book A Weekend Away At The Scenic Rim 

Man standing on rocky outcrop next to rainforest in valley

A cruisy 1.5-hour drive from Brisbane, this tropical pocket of the world is made for milestone weekends away. There are countless wineries, cosy country pubs and top-tier restaurants to keep you well-fed and hydrated; idyllic National Parks with rugged mountain ranges and walking trails for when you’re feeling a little adventurous; and a huge stack of accommodation options for all budgets and preferences. What better way to celebrate them than a weekend away with their mates in Brisbane's World Heritage-listed backyard?

Stay Connected With Permanent Jewellery 

Remember those chunky ‘Best Friends’ bracelets and necklaces that were all the rage in the 00s? Well, they're back but with a serious glow-up at Sarah & Sebastian, Australia’s much-loved fine jewellery brand. Back in the day, friendship bracelets meant a chunky heart pendant split into two and worn proudly by two besties. Today, things are a little more sophisticated—but just as sentimental. Head to the solder bar at Sarah & Sebastian’s Brisbane Flagship store and get matching bracelets custom-fitted and seamlessly soldered onto your wrists for a permanent reminder of their special day. 

Celebrate With A Steam And Soak 

soak bathhouse

The thing about milestone moments, is they often come off the back of months (if not years) worth of hard work and stress. For anyone deserving of a much-needed pamper, send them straight to Soak Bathhouse, Queensland’s gorgeous outdoor bathhouse. Home to mineral plunge pools, infrared saunas, hydrotherapy spas, LED facials, tropical gardens, sun loungers and more, this dreamy experience will leave them floating on a cloud. 

See Brisbane And Beyond From The Sky 

Bekaa Air’s helicopter rides can elevate your milestone celebration to a whole new level, giving you and up to five friends a bird's eye view of Brisbane—as the Story Bridge, Brisbane River and CBD sparkle below. Choose from a 15-minute whirlwind tour of Brissy from up above, or push the boat out with a Helicopter Picnic on North Stradbroke Island, the all-inclusive flight to Queensland’s secluded island paradise complete with a deluxe pop-up picnic on the white sandy beaches. 

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If you're feeling freshly inspired. Head to Personalised Plates Queensland to get the ball rolling on that special someone's perfect milestone gift—you can thank us later. 

Editor’s note: This article was produced in partnership with Personalised Plates Queensland, and proudly endorsed by Urban List. Thank you for supporting the partners who make Urban List possible. To read our editorial policy, click here.

Images: Personalised Plates Queensland, Soak Bathhouse 

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