It’s terrible how we can get caught up in gifting tangible goodies. They fit nicely in boxes, can be gift-wrapped and fit nicely under the tree. On the other hand, experiential gifts might not present well on Christmas morning but they will create a memory that will last a lifetime. If you’re still searching for a gift with a wow-factor or dreaming up fabulous ways to celebrate the new year, consider forgoing the traditional gift exchange for a shared experience you’ll all enjoy.
Here are some stylish experiences we’d love to gift and receive:
Enjoy Your Own Private Trunk Show With Shop Socials
Price per guest = FREE! (Except the cost of your splurges)
Instead of braving the mall to choose gifts or New Year’s Eve looks, why not experience the joys of shopping like a socialite through your own a private shopping experience hosted by…us! We can whip up a Stella & Dot trunk show for free and faster than you can spell shopaholic. We haven’t even gotten started on the free merchandise you can get just for hosting. Might we recommend the Petra Earring, shown above? Marie Claire loved them for the December issue, and so do we. You’ll shine brighter than the ball in Times Square.
Colours & Cocktails Party with Trademark Image Consulting
Cost: $75 / person for up to 6
Also in the vein of getting gorgeous, Style Coach, Tamara Glick of Trademark Image Consulting can guide you and the girls (over cocktails) into the land of colour. Find out what colours look best on you before you splurge on yet another LBD for New Year’s Eve and have the opportunity to purchase a personalized colour palette to help you incorporate your best colours in 2011.
Find out what 2011 holds with Urania Insights
Starting at just $5 per guest*
Our favourite aquarian lovely, Sheena Ewan, is an amazingly insightful and accurate intuitive and owner of Urania Insights. Book her services for a private reading, or gift a reading to a friend as a unique experience. Better yet, host a group of gals and you can each enjoy some one-on-one time with Sheena. Her tarot readings are positive and she’s fabulous at dispelling myths like the fact that the “death” card really is a good thing. We promise you’ll love her relaxed approach to all things new age.
*Special rate for Socialite Cardholders
Learn to Cook at Dish Cooking Studio
Starting at $125 per person
Whether you’re chefs in training or clueless in the kitchen, new cooking skills are never a waste since we all have to eat. Learn to cook classics and new favourites at Dish Cooking Studio. They’ve even got a “Date Night” series so if the girls aren’t game, head out with your favourite guy.
Just Dance With Private Instruction From DivaGirl Fitness
Starting at $110 for up to 13 guests.
Work out or just have fun with private lessons from one of DivaGirl’s many licensed instructors. With styles ranging from bellydance to bollywood, there really is a dance genre for everyone. As a hostess you also get a free gift package worth just shy of $50 so you’ll get fit and enjoy a little perk… talk about divalicious! Socialite Cardholders also save $15 off the regular party rate!
Take To The Skies With The Parachute School Of Toronto
Starting at $214 / person for a group of 4+
Obviously not for the faint of heart, this experience will no doubt be unforgettable. If it’s something you’ve always said you’d try, there really is no time like the present and having the moral support of your friends probably means you won’t back out 13,000 ft up. The Parachute School of Toronto will train and prep you for your first solo or tandem jump and they’ve trained over 50,000 first time jumpers, so we’re pretty sure they can get you to the ground safely.
We hope these experiential gifts have you thinking outside the regularly wrapped gift box.