Holiday Gift Guide – Experiences

We all have that person in our lives that has everything. Whether it’s gadgets, gizmos, or trends, it’s almost impossible to buy them a gift they don’t already have. Sure, you could grab them something random from a store and hope for the best. Or, you could give them the gift of an experience they’ll never forget.

Here are 10 Experience Gifts we found on the BC Marketplace, from small businesses right here in BC.

Arthur Murray Dance Studio

Gift Idea: Introductory Dance Lesson
Perfect for: Old Romantics
Location: Victoria

Know someone who is a fan of Dancing with the Stars? Give the gift of an Introductory Lesson at Arthur Murray Dance Studio. These private lessons are tailored to the individual and what they are looking to achieve. A perfect way to fulfil a dream, and maybe start a new chapter in their lives.

Grape Escapes Wine Tours

Gift Idea: Simply Sipping Wine Tours
Perfect for: Wine Lovers
Location: Penticton

It’s no secret that our province is home to a lot of amazing wineries. But, so many of us have not taken the time to visit them. Grape Escapes offer tours around the Okanagan which include an introduction to wine tasting techniques, a gourmet picnic lunch and all winery tasting fees. Sounds delicious.


Five Blossom Gatherings

Gift Idea: Power Balance Program
Perfect for: Zen Masters
Location: Bowen Island

Know someone always looking for the next way to find balance in their life? The Power Balance Program is the perfect introduction to the practice of Tai Chi. This centuries old art promotes health and self-regulation through an easy to manage routine.


Flying Air Club

Gift Idea: Fun Flight Packages
Perfect for: Aviation Enthusiasts
Location: Pitt Meadows

Perfect for the high flyer in your life, these Fun Flight Packages offer an introduction to flight training, including how to conduct pre-flight checks and learning the basics of controlling the plane mid-flight. These one-on-one lessons offer a taster to those considering getting their pilots licence.


Kwa’lilas Hotel

Gift Idea: Luxury Stay Experience
Perfect for: Travel Lovers
Location: Port Hardy

Have someone who loves to find the next unique luxury destination? Consider Kwa’lilas Hotel. This stylish 4-star retreat immerses you in the culture and history of the Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw People through the carefully curated Indigenous art displayed, and the menus in their two on-site restaurants.

Stay Wild Backcountry Skills

Gift Idea: Intro to Sled Shredding
Perfect for: Thrill Seekers
Location: Golden

These women only sled camps are perfect for those looking for a backcountry adventure. Led by an experienced instructor, they will learn how to load and unload their sled, out to control and ride the sled, how to maintain the sled and how to get unstuck from any situation.


Reel Adventures Fishing Charters

Gift Idea: Lake Adventures
Perfect for: Budding Fishermen
Location: Williams Lake

Reel Adventures have over 25 years experience fishing the coast, lakes and rivers of our province. Their guided fishing tours offer action packed days in heated boats that let you sit back, until you hear that magic reel sound.


Swyf Mobile Car Detailing

Gift Idea: Full Interior Detail
Perfect for: Parents with young kids
Location: Maple Ridge

Everyone has that friend who has no time to clean their car and has Cheerios ground into the carpet. So give the experience of cleanliness. Swyf offers Full Interior Detailing without them even having to leave the house. Swyf’s professional trained detailers will leave them with a clean car and a moment of serenity with one thing off of their checklist.


Fine Art Bartending

Gift Idea: Introduction to Bartending
Perfect for: Budding Mixologists
Location: Vancouver

The Introduction To Bartending Class is a fun and interactive experience which will teach them how to make select cocktails, the way to make a martini that Bond would order, different ways to mix their drinks and how to stock their home bar. This three-hour class is a great hands-on experience of mixology, which is secretly a gift for you too.


Momentum Wakesurf

Gift Idea: Surf Lesson
Perfect for: Budding Surfers
Location: Kelowna

Whether it’s their first time on a board or they’re just looking to improve their skills, Momentum Wakesurf’s experienced instructors offer personalised surf lessons that provide an unforgettable experience out on the water. Lesson costs include all equipment and fuel, with no hidden costs, a perfect gift idea.