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15 Experience Gifts for Everyone on Your List

Skip the mall and forget trying to figure out what size to buy everyone. Experience gifts are the fun, smart alternative to traditional presents.

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The ultimate treat for the grill-master in your life

$60 to $100 per person

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Give the grill-master in your life a chance to get fired up with the Weber Grill Academy. Led by the Weber Grill Masters and chefs, guests get hands-on with Weber charcoal kettle or gas grills with themed classes that include Surf & Turf, Grate Grilled Pizza, Smoking, Backyard Classics, and American BBQ, among others. And if they want to leave the grilling to someone else, they can use your gift to indulge at a Weber Grill Restaurant instead. Here are more gifts for men that will make you look like a hero.


The most relaxing experience gift

Starting at $115

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We're all for gifting a day of spa pampering. However, you can also give them the gift of complete relaxation right in their home with a Soothe on-demand massage gift certificate. When they're ready to relax, the on-demand massage service will deliver a licensed, insured massage therapist to their home, office, or hotel within 60 minutes of their request. Soothe is happily available in 70 different locations, so a massage is never too far away. As an alternative, these 11 most luxurious spas in the world can't be beat.

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The best way to see the USA


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Here's one they'll be thanking you for all year: An America the Beautiful National Parks Pass is the ticket to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites across the country. It covers admission fees to perennially popular national parks such as the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone not only for the recipient, but for everyone in the car of the up to four pass holders (up to four additional people at walk-up attractions also get in free as well). Bonus: Children age 15 or under are always admitted free, so the whole family can go along. Check out some more holiday gifts for teens that they'll actually love.

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The perfect Francophile gift

Starting at $1,195

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For that friend or family member who drops mais oui and ooh la la into every conversation while sighing about the romance of the Seine, set them up with a three-night stay at Hotel de Sers, steps away from the Champs-Élysées. With terrace views of the Eiffel Tower and easy access to the river, your giftee will be swooning about being in the heart of the City of Lights. Go a step further and book skip-the-line, insider tours to Versailles, the Louvre, or Notre Dame through City Wonders. Learn more about skipping the line at major destinations.

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The most revved-up experience gifts

Starting at $275

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Fill their driving dreams of race cars and off-road adventures with a day of behind-the-wheel adventures. Across the USA, you can find spots to test drive everything from race cars to Lamborghinis on special tracks. Or, if they've always wanted to get off-road and hit the dirt, so to speak, give them a unique Land Rover experience where they can try hill climbs, log crossings, side tilts, and rock crawls for a day of driving they're sure to remember. Check out some more all-American holiday gifts.


The ultimate smorgasbord of experience gifts

$50 and up

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Too many amazing experience gifts to choose from? We feel you! How about letting them choose from a wide range of experiences for themselves with a Cloud 9 Living gift card? Cloud 9 rounds up experiences perfect for gifting around the country—everything from skydiving to white water rafting, cooking lessons to guided city tours—for easy one-stop shopping. For more inspiration, read on for 101 Christmas gifts for people who are impossible to shop for.

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