The holiday shopping season is in full swing and you have a long list of people for whom you need to shop. You don’t want to be known as the person who gives little knick-knacks or a sweater that will only be worn when you’re around. Instead of aimlessly wandering through the mall or hoping the DIY present you made doesn’t fall apart, give to those you care most about a gift-perience.
You don’t have to purchase an all expenses paid trip to the Bahamas to make an impact–just think about the person you’re buying for and the types of activities they would most enjoy. After all, it’s the thought that counts!
This holiday gift guide for experiences can help generate ideas for the people on your list. The experiences featured on our holiday gift guide are regional examples of activities that can be found around the country. Not only are you giving an experience, you’re also creating memories that will last a lifetime and that is priceless! You don’t even have to wrap anything, just put a note or tickets in an envelope and you’re golden. You can even send our holiday gift guide to those who are shopping for you to give them a hint of what you want this holiday season 🙂
This holiday gift guide will make you the champion of gift-giving this year. 🎁🎁🎁
For The Kids: Ziplining in Montana
One thing that differentiates kids from adults is their fearlessness. Have you ever seen a five year-old ski down a mountain?🎿 It’s incredible! Take advantage of their curious nature by letting them experience the spectacular views of Montana’s Lone Mountain on an Adventure Zipline Tour at Big Sky Resort. The 1500 foot long zipline will send them racing down the mountain 150 feet above the forest floor. It’s a great way for the kids to experience the wonder of the great outdoors!
For Your Spouse: Hot Air Ballooning in Arizona
In the battle of who gave the better gift, you’ll come out on top with this gift-perience. Depending upon whether your significant other is an early bird or night owl, get them either a sunrise or sunset hot air balloon ride from Arizona Balloons. This one hour flight over Sonoran Desert includes a celebratory champagne toast 🥂 and a first flight commemorative certificate presentation.
For Your Dad: Guided Sea Kayak Tour in Maine
Dads are always so hard to shop for despite the fact that they’ll love whatever you get them. For a gift that will blow away his expectations, book a guided sea kayak tour in the Casco Bay. 🚣 Portland Paddle in Portland Maine have a variety of tours from which to chose. If your dad is adventurous, book a Lighthouse & Fort Tour — this all day excursion lasts six to seven hours and showcases scenic landmarks of the Portland region. (Included is also a delicious picnic lunch!
For Your Mom: High Tea in Pennsylvania
You probably know this expression all too well: “your mom deserves an island, but you can only afford a candle.” Throw the whole island thing out the window and instead give her the chance to feel like royalty 👑 with high tea. The Mary Cassatt Tea Room at The Rittenhouse Hotel in Philadelphia is perfect blend of elegance and decadence fit for a queen. Treat mom to a selection of tea sandwiches, freshly baked scones, sweet treats, a glass of sparkling wine and, of course, loose-leaf tea.
For Your Brother: Beer Tasting Tour in Illinois
If your brother lives by the motto “Saturdays are for the boys,” this gift is right up his alley. Chicago Beer Experience offers beer lovers🍺 the opportunity to sample a variety of Chicago-based brews while tying in historical facts about The Windy City. Each of the venue’s three tours also features the opportunity to try items that are famous to Chicago, such as a slice of deep dish pizza.
For Your Sister: Yoga Class in Hawaii
Nothing quite compares to the peace you experience listening to the crash of ocean waves. Give your sister the opportunity to unwind and embrace her inner yogi with paddle board yoga. Yoga Kai Hawaii offers a diverse selection of stand up paddle board yoga classes 🧘. One class, entitled Paddlefit Bootcamp, offers a workout that combines core conditioning, interval training and balance. Another takes place at night on a glowing board, and after class there’s a fireworks show.
For Your Best Friend: Glass Blowing in Louisiana
A picture is worth a thousand words… but a glass-blown item is so much prettier. Instead of getting your bestie a wine and paint session (which, let’s be honest, is so “been there, done that”), gift a different piece of art: glass blowing. Rosetree Blown Glass Studio offers one on one sessions with a Master Glass artist that teaches the ins and outs of glass blowing. Once the session is over, your best friend will have created something beautiful and every time they look at the piece they made they will think of the great gift you gave them: the gift of creativity!
For Your Pet: Hiking in Kentucky
You can’t forget about man’s best friend 🐶 and the best gift you can give your pet is your time. Take your dog for a hike around Abraham Lincoln’s Birthplace National Historic Site. Not only will you and your pup get a good workout, you can learn a thing or two about the 16th president.
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