It's the season of giving and perhaps you have someone on their list who has it all. Instead of racking your brain trying to find the one thing they don't already have, gift them with an experience that will enrich their life, long after the holiday festivities fade away.
Here's a few ideas to wow those on your 'nice' list.
For the photographer: provide another perspective, with a helicopter ride. It gives your photo loving friends the ultimate view (perfect for the 'Gram), while also providing a one of kind experience. Last summer I took a ride with Chicago Helicopter Experience and it's something I still talk about today. Google 'helicopter ride' alongside your desired city to find a vendor nearby. This also makes a romantic and scenic gift for anyone about to head on their honeymoon. Prices vary and begin at $115 per person.
For the person curious about their ancestry: give them a chance to learn about where they come from, with DNA mapping kit courtesy of 23andMe. Got someone who wants to know more than just their roots? Upgrade to include a health report. Kits start at $99.
For the music lover: When it comes to guitar lessons, ditch the traditional theory method and switch to digital courtesy of Fender Play. Featuring instructor-guided videos and customized curriculum based on experience and genre, beginners can learn songs in minutes. It also makes it easy for someone to squeeze in their hobby, whenever it works for their schedule. $19.99 per month, $99.99 for 6 months, $159.99 for 12 months
For your wine connoisseur: Heading to California's vineyards for wine tasting is fun, but elevate the experience by blending your own bottle of vino at Wente Vineyards. The 90-120 minute class is priced at $95. For something closer to home, gift a wine tasting class through a nearby restaurant, wine bar or community college (that way when they do make it to the West Coast, they'll be ready!).
For your free spirit pal: Acupuncture and yoga classes make great gifts for holistic health friends, but why not kick the energy up with an intuitive crystal reading or closet cleanse via Style Rituals. A recent report says women are flocking to wellness and this is the kind of experience someone might be curious about, but might hesitate to pull the trigger. Price varies depending on the service. Not ready to go full new age? Give the gift of a structured meditation class.
For your foodie: You could gift someone a meal at one of the world's best restaurants, or get them something more specific, like Petrossian's Caviar 301 class in LA. Students are led through a tasting of some of the most expensive caviars, along with a caviar-centric dinner. Reservations are required and cost $125 per person. If you can't make it to LA, try Sur la Table which provides a variety of classes nationwide.
For the treat yourself set: Perfect for the person who loves Europe and relaxation. Get them a few hours of both with a visit to the Aire Ancient Baths. The Spanish spa company is known for its elaborate (and massive) Ancient Roman-themed bathhouses. Treatments begin at $70 but if you're looking to gift a local option, look at hotels in your area. They typically offer a spa area (think hot tubs, cold baths, steam and sauna room) to unwind before and after services.
For the 90's music babe: Snag them tickets to see Britney Spears last show in Vegas. Last summer, I attended this show with my mom and sister on an impromptu girls trip. it was everything my high school self could have ever dreamed of. However, if Vegas isn't possible, check to see who's on tour and gift tickets for shows in your hometown. Foo Fighters (another band with 90s nostalgia) and Taylor Swift have both announced 2018 tour dates.
For the thrillseeker: Because at some point everyone makes it out to Vegas (and perhaps Britney is not your jam), get down to Old Town in Vegas and zipline your way across Fremont street courtesy of Slotzilla. Experiences range from $25-$45. Other options (Vegas or not) to consider: indoor or outdoor skydiving.
For someone with a sweet tooth: Get them to 240Sweet in Columbus, Indiana so they can learn how to turn sugar into a tasty marshmallow concoction. The class is growing in national prominence and at $30 per person, it's a fun and cost effective reason to visit the Midwest. For a closer alternative, check in with your local sweet shop or baker. Many small businesses offer monthly classes for customers to get a hands-on experience.
Style Me Pretty Contributor - Ximena N. Larkin is a writer and publicist. She lives in Chicago with her husband and dog.