Whether you are having trouble finding a gift for someone or want to give a surprise, try gifting with an experience. While there may not be much to unwrap, the real memories are made later, trying a new class or learning a new skill. From in-home yoga to skydiving, here are six unexpected gift ideas.
Get Front and Center
Among the many live performing venues in Atlanta, you won’t want to miss a show at the historic Buckhead Theatre. Since its re-opening in 2010, popular acts from musicians, stage players, and comedians have graced the stage. While the 2017 full calendar isn’t available yet, LiveNation is the host for Buckhead Theatre and is always releasing new performances, ranging from country and indie genres, bands to singer/songwriters. TheBuckheadTheatre.com
Take a deep breath and melt into relaxation with a massage. Alexis Shank does Swedish, deep-tissue, and sports massage, but it’s her certification in Medicupping Therapy that sets her apart. A cupping session at her studio in Brookhaven reduces inflammation, increases circulation and breaks up scar tissue by creating space to allow oxygenated blood to flow through the system. The results from cupping help the overall wellness of the body—key during flu season—and relieve anxiety. Email our friend Alexis at AlexisShankMassage@Gmail.com
Get Outta Here!
Paddle in the moonlight. Hike to scenic overlooks that reveal three states. Discover hidden trails and history. Georgia State Parks’ hosts ranger-led events at parks across the state, giving you a chance to experience the lesser-known parts of the park. Re-live your childhood and climb in the trees–attached safely with the rope– at Panola Mountain State Park or paddle under the moonlight in George Sparks Reservoir at Sweetwater Creek State Park. North of the city, follow rangers on guided hikes to scenic overlooks. Purchase a gift card online or at a Visitor Center and redeem for any of these experiences. GaStateParks.org
Take a Bike Ride
Explore some of Atlanta’s off-the-beaten-path destinations, and all by bicycle on a tour by Bicycle Tours of Atlanta. With a gift certificate, you can choose from a few different experiences, such as the Street Art Bike Tour that highlights the ever-changing mural art in Atlanta, including inspirational stories of the artists; or the Twilight Bike Tour through some of the city’s historic neighborhoods. No bikes are needed, just bring your curiosity and workout clothes! BikeToursAtl.com
With the hustle and bustle of the holidays, this may be the perfect way to gift someone some rest and relaxation. Samantha Shal has her 200-hour certification, and combines the mindfulness of meditation with the flow of yoga. In Samantha’s private classes, expect some quiet time to connect movement and the breath. These classes are tailored to you—and Samantha’s unique offerings include Thai bodywork training, guided meditation or even yoga Nidra, which basically means yoga sleep. In your home! SMShalPhotography.com
Take a Dive
Scared of heights but want the thrill of skydiving? Feel the rush of wind buzzing past you, while floating midair in a vertical wind tunnel with indoor skydiving. The newest facility on the block is iFly World, located at Cobb Parkway and I-285. Despite being indoors, you’ll still get the sensation of freefalling with the safety of walls around you. By the end of the 2-hour session, you’ll have completed 1.5 skydives and will have an experience to remember. IFlyWorld.com