‘Tis the season for gifts — but rather than buying the usual clothing item or gadget, gift something more memorable. We’re talking about experience gifts (aka gifts that turn into unforgettable moments).
So whether the recipient is a workout warrior or an adventurer, these experiences are totally worth the splurge.
A set of fitness classes for the workout warrior in your life is the perfect experience to give, especially after all the holiday sweets and treats. Let this individual get a jump start on their new year’s fitness regime with a five or 10 class pass to their favorite studio. We recommend gifting a few classes to SoulCycle as it’s a great way to get some cardio in.
Find your favorite winery and gift a wine membership to the wine-o in your life. This experience allows the individual to experience the different wines the winery produces all year long — and, hey, maybe they’ll even invite you over to enjoy a bottle or two. Dutcher Crossing Winery is a beautiful winery in the Dry Creek Valley wine country of California. They offer a variety of wine club memberships to choose from and ship two varieties of wine quarterly straight to your door.
Set up a reservation at the infamous Tree Bones Resort in Big Sur, California. This experience is an easy and inexpensive gift to give that will be one they’ll always remember. The beautiful yet rugged yurts offer a true Big Sur experience that puts you right on the central coast hills.
Nowadays, almost everyone you know is a foodie. CozyMeal allows you to book a culinary experience with the best chefs in your area. Have the chef come to your place or go to your friend’s where they’ll teach you both how to cook a Michelin-star meal.
Luxury oceanside hotel
Everyone has a friend that loves traveling in luxury. An experience they won’t forget is a night at an oceanside hotel. We love the Malibu Beach Inn, which allows guests to enjoy the Los Angeles weather while taking in the breathtaking views of the ocean. Plus, Nobu is next door for happy hour and some amazing food.
Private surfing class
Surf’s up! Book surf lessons that will help the beach lover excel in this sport. Not only is it a great workout, but it will also be a practical experience they’ll always benefit from for years to come. If you’re local to Los Angeles, we recommend Malibu Makos Surf Club. This private surf school offers private or group lessons so you can learn about the sport, ocean safety, and more.
Remember when Carrie Bradshaw took trapeze classes? Well, that’s actually an unforgettable experience you can gift. For the thrill seeker in your life, sign them up for a trapeze workshop and let them swing into the new year, circus style. There are plenty of places in major cities to find trapeze classes, but we’re all about the Trapeze School NYC — because let’s be honest, that’s where Carrie learned.
Tarot card reading
Everyone has that friend who reads their horoscope almost religiously. Treat them with a tarot card reading session with a celebrity psychic. Tarot card reader Angie Banicki is based in Los Angeles, but also holds Skype sessions so anyone can experience it.
For the one who loves unique craft beers that are a little more upscale than the average Bud Light, sign them up for the Beer of the Month Club, a monthly subscription that allows your friend to try craft beers all year long.
Monthly movie subscription
Have a friend that goes to the movies on a weekly basis? Instead of getting a gift card to a local theater, gift them a few months worth of a MoviePass membership. For just $9.95 a month, this little pass gets you into any theater and movie at no additional cost.
xx, The FabFitFun Team