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9 Experiences to Give as Gifts
Avoid holiday shopping lines by giving the gift of experiences

With the holiday season approaching, you might already have started to purchase gifts for friends and family members. However, there are only so many material possessions a person can have. If you’re having trouble knowing what to get someone on your list, consider giving them an experience instead.

Dance lessons

This is an excellent choice for those about to be married or who are newly married. From salsa to swing, dance lessons are a great way to exercise while learning new skills. Per Giftofdancestudios.com, some vouchers are based on one type of dancing while others provide a variety of dances. Other offerings are based on duration, such as a 2-hour private lesson with a dance instructor.

Food tour

Foodies who like to travel will appreciate a food tour voucher. Urban hubs like New Orleans, New York City and Chicago are just a few of the stellar cities you can select for one of these experiences. Whether it’s an out-of-town excursion or an in-town adventure, a food tour is a great way to please anyone who enjoys sampling new fare.

Language classes

According to Fastcompany.com, private or group language classes are perfect gifts for a person that is interested in other cultures. What better way to delight the literary enthusiast in your life than by giving them a solid foundation in a language that fascinates them? 

Distillery tour

For anyone that enjoys adult beverages, Bestproducts.com suggests gifting them a distillery tour. It’s a gift that’s sure to please the palette while enlightening the mind about the distilling process. Look for local offerings of brewery or distillery tours in the gift recipient’s area.

Wine and paint class

According to Bestproducts.com, a great present to please an artistic friend or family member is a wine and paint class. The gift recipient will enjoy a short lesson on painting while savoring delectable wines. Skill level does not matter, since this activity stresses the importance of fun—and el vino, of course.

Adrenaline trips

For the thrill-seeking person in your life, a voucher for skydiving or hang gliding would be rewarding gifts, per Cloud9living.com. Other daring options include a race car driving lesson or bungee jumping session.

Travel excursions

One new offering of the popular housing rental platform Airbnb is “Experiences.” Per Fastcompany.com, this option offers available experiences such as a hiking adventure or a weekend drama festival for the person in your life that needs to refresh with a short getaway. 

Riverboat dinner cruise

If you’re friends with someone who has children, you probably know how hard it is for them to find time and funds for a date night. Cloud9living.com suggests purchasing a voucher for this person to go on a riverboat dinner cruise for two. Not only will they enjoy dinner, but they can enjoy scenic city views and photo ops while making fond memories that will outlast the night.

Cooking lessons

According to Redballoon.com, cooking classes are an excellent way to try new flavors while building your skills in the kitchen. Depending on the type of voucher, recipients of this gift can enjoy cooking a full-course meal or master a particular type of cuisine such as sushi.

These are just nine possible experiences that you can bestow upon someone you love this holiday season.


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