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Give an Experience in Place of Gifts This Holiday on the Suncoast

| Angela Naff |

Do you have one or two last people on your list this holiday you just can’t find something for? Consider giving a unique experience this season rather than a physical gift. A gift of an experience gives an opportunity to participate in an activity together or separately, which builds memories. We have compiled a few experience ideas for your gift-giving this season.

Choose An Adventure Experience

Like Airbnb experiences, Virgin Experience Gifts offers a wide range of adventures you can gift to loved ones at home and abroad. Take them skydiving, white water rafting, hot air ballooning, and more with a specific experience gift — or try a gift card for them to plan their own excursion. The sky and sea is all within reach, and the planning alone could be a bonding experience.

Experience Crafting ClassesTogether

Crafting classes also make a fun experience gift for kids, teens, and adults to enjoy on their own or participate in as a family. Check craft stores or hobby shops in their local area, as well as community event calendars and online options, to see what kinds of fun classes might be available within a few months of the time you’ll be purchasing a gift. For example, here on the Suncoast Arts a Blaze or Painting with a Twist could make for a fun craft experience.

Painting Experience

Skydiving? No Plane Required

Skydiving can be daunting, so giving the gift of a skydiving session might be too risky for you and the receiver. iFly is the best of both worlds: Indoor skydiving that simulates skydiving without as many of the associated risks. Operating in cities across the US, we have a location right here on the Suncoast that makes this experience even more accessible for gifting.

Shaker and Spoon Subscription Box

Introduce that cocktail connoisseur to this subscription box that comes with everything-but-the-booze box. Each delivery comes with three cocktail recipes and the necessities to make up to 10 drinks. They just add their favorite recipe, and voila – make it a regular get-together or just a fun activity from home monthly.

Segway Tours

See the beautiful Anne Marie Island from a perspective like no other as you explore its beautiful beaches, streets, and trails on a fun and exciting Segway. Before you journey past the sandy dunes, you’ll begin by gliding down Bradenton Beach, a family-friendly beach with soft sands and calm waves. Watch the surfers do their thing at Coquina Beach and spot the seabirds at Cortez Beach. Then, you’ll visit the Longboat Key Bridge, which you can cruise over as you look out for dolphins. Your way back will take a different route via the historic Bridge Street, where you’ll get a chance to ride your Segway along the stunning Coquina Trail. 

Did any of these ideas spark your last-minute gift-giving inspiration? What experiences can you undertake with loved ones or friends this year? The experiences that you give are memories waiting to be made down the road. Think about road trips, outings to special theatre events, and things you remember in your lifetime – aren’t those memories you revisit time and again? Give that to someone special this holiday, and remember the limitations on experiences are only that of your imagination.

Happy Holidays Suncoast!

Feature photo courtesy of Deposit Photos

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