What do you get for the person who has everything? Nothing—well, nothing tangible, that is. If he’s a legendary home cook, he’s already got all the kitchen equipment he needs. If she’s an adventurer, she has more than enough outdoor gear. But one can never have enough experiences. So make some memories with the following unforgettable experiential gifts…
Hot Air Balloon Ride Over Cappadocia, Turkey: Assuming she’s not afraid of heights, gift her some quality time floating thousands of feet in the air looking down on scenic Cappadocia, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Between the fairy chimney houses and the company of other balloons, it’s equal parts thrilling and romantic.
Star Alliance Round the World Ticket: Ever dream of fleeing the country for a while? You don’t need to be a drug lord. You just need two tickets (one for you and a partner in crime) that’ll take you all around the world. Pick your destinations and flights and Star Alliance will handle the rest for a cool few thousand.
EpicDay Card: Is he an avid snow sports enthusiast? Give him a day pass to ski or snowboard at any Vail Resort, spanning Vail to Park City to Heavenly and beyond this season. He can always add more days online and skip the line every time.
Shark Cave Diving in South Africa: Diving with sharks in Gansbaai should be atop every adrenaline junkie’s bucket list, but it’s not for the faint-hearted. For those who need convincing, this company has 20-plus years of experience and is top-ranked by TripAdvisor for the pas three years. Plus, the boast a 100 percent safety record (i.e. no one has been eaten… yet).
Skydiving in Santa Barbara, California: Santa Barbara is home to North America’s highest tandem skydive at 18,000 feet. The 120 mph-free-fall offers breathtaking views of the California central coastline with a drop zone located just a few miles from the Pacific Ocean.
Scuba Diving in Belize’s Great Blue Hole: Belize is known for epic scuba diving and the Great Blue Hole is one big, 1,000-foot-wide, 400-foot-deep reason. Beginners and regulars alike can witness all manner of underwater formations, flora and fauna at this extraordinary national monument.
Heli-skiing with Chugach Powder Guides: Ski or ride 750,000 acres of terrain in one of the most pristine destinations in the world, which boasts 700-plus inches of snowfall a year. CPG’s helicopters take groups of four all over Alaska’s Chugach mountains, guaranteeing run after run of endless powder in the sun.
Race an Exotic Car: Like a Ferrari. Or a Lamborghini. Or a Corvette. Or whatever exotic car you choose, nationwide. Gifts.com offers a gamut of experiences to check out, but racing is a go-to for car enthusiasts. Too many options? No problem—Cloud 9 Living offers combo packs so participants can race an entire fleet.
Wine Tour of Mendoza: First, a personal driver takes guests over to the vineyards of Luján de Cuyo in the heart of Mendoza wine country. A guide then escorts them around four wineries set against the backdrop of snow-capped mountains, where they sip Argentine wines all day. Malbec, anyone?
Whiskey Tour in Scotland: Embark on a scenic self-drive tour of Scotland’s famous whiskey distilleries. Choose from the Highlands & Islands Malt Whiskey Trail, the Speyside Malt Whisky Trail or Islay & The West Coast Whiskey Trail and make a day of it. The greatest gift might be offering to serve as the DD.