Whether you are having trouble finding a gift for someone or want to give something truly surprising this season, try gifting 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 private yoga to skydiving, here are six unexpected gift ideas.
Put some flash in your dance
The Alpharetta outpost and popular adults-only dance studio also has more than 35 drop-in classes available. Dance 101’s instructors and choreographers are current and former professional dancers, with styles for all levels of ballet, salsa, jazz, bellydance, tap, contemporary and more. For any former dancer who has the itch to practice again, this is a great excuse to get back on the dance floor. Class cards and monthly memberships are available. Dance101.com
Find your Picasso
For the aspiring artist, let them hone their artistic skills at Out of the Box Art Studio. With options for wheel, drawing, oil painting, acrylic, watercolor, multi-media art and more, classes can be purchased in eight-week or year-long packages. Owners Julie and Sam McGill have a staff of art educators and studio artists that teach not only the hands-on methods to creating a work of art, but also highlight the history of each art form. Preschoolers through adults can make appointments to join a program. By the end of a session, artists will have their own masterpieces to gift to others. OutoftheBoxArtStudio.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 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 intown
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
Calm the heck down
This holiday season give someone you care about the gift of better health, peace of mind and overall wellness. Johns Creek Yoga is selling gift certificates for private yoga and meditation classes as well as Thai Yoga Bodywork. Choose from any one of their experienced and highly trained instructors. JohnsCreekYoga.com 770.619.1283.
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