Save or Splurge on Holiday Experience Gifts: Create Memories, Not Trash

It’s that time of year again: time to find the perfect gift to for your loved one. But, what do you give the person who has everything, and how do you leave an impression longer than the life of the batteries on that expensive gadget? Don’t worry! With a quick Google search, we’ve put together your guide to the perfect, less-waste, memory-making, mind-blowing experience gifts, for both the saver and the spender. 


You gotta eat sometime, right? For those foodies in your life, a tour of all the hottest restaurants in town would definitely leave a good taste in their mouths. If you’re intending to splurge on your foodie friend or family member, a city food tour can run about $65, but a gift card to their favorite restaurant can cost just about $25, saving $40 if your wallet is as empty as your fridge was in college.

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How about the wildlife enthusiast? Paddle out on a tandem kayak and wave hello to some humpbacks during a private whale-watching session for about $130. Or, if you’re not into spending more than you need just for the halibut, purchase aquarium tickets and expect to pay $60 to $100.

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Navigating a new (or even your own) city can be daunting unless you take a Segway tour with your friend, family member, or significant other. A two-person tour can cost about $240, but a bike tour can cost just $40.

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For serenity seekers, consider splurging on a spa day for about $385—your loved one may need a relaxing day when they find out you spent nearly $400! If spending more than $100 gives you a pain in the neck, spend your dollars on a 60-minute massage for $55 instead. 

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Music lovers can turn up the beat with private DJ lessons for $215. Or, you could test your giftee’s vocal range with a gift card to a local karaoke room for $50. It’ll be music to their ears! 

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There’s snow better way to celebrate the holidays than spending a day on fluffy white powder! The adventurer in your family might appreciate that lift pass for skiing, but if you’re running low on cold, hard cash, ice skating in town will run you about $12 instead of $96 for a day pass up the mountain. 

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— TC Clark
Posted on Dec 8, 2016

Summary: We’ve put together your guide to the perfect, less-waste, memory-making, mind-blowing experience gifts, for both the saver and the spender.