Posted by: Pip Campbell
Socks and underpants wear out and electronics go out of date quickly but when you give someone the gift of experience you might just change their life forever. The holidays are nearly here, there’s no time to waste! Here’s a quick list of Whistler experiences to give someone you love that will enrich their lives (and help you avoid the shopping crowds).
1. The Gift of Skiing or Snowboarding
You can spin this multiple ways depending on the recipient’s skill level. New to skiing? Buy them lift tickets or a lesson. More experience? They might like to level up with a two day women’s only camp or extreme skiing or riding lessons. Old hands might like Fresh Tracks tickets (see also # 5, below). And while we’re talking sliding on snow, there’s options for Nordic skiers as well – how about sending them out to try biathlon?
2. The Gift of Rest
Know someone who needs to unwind? Book them in for a massage, a deeply relaxing spa treatment, a float session or even a multi-class yoga pass and contribute to their health and wellbeing. They’ll definitely thank you for it when they come back to earth.
3. The Gift of Adventure
Sometimes, people need a little encouragement to discover their wild side. Maybe they’ve always wanted to bungee jump, but never found the courage to do it. Or maybe they’ve never been to the mountains, and you think they might like to see the snow-covered forest as well as the village, whether it’s from a zipline, a snowmobile or a horse-drawn sleigh. There’s a bucketload of adventures to choose from with everything from laid-back to adrenaline-fuelled tours on offer.
4. The Gift of Choice
Gift certificates aren’t an easy option, they’re the ultimate option. These gift certificates for Whistler.com can be used on items #1- 3 above as well as holiday essentials like accommodation and transport. Less thinking for the gifter, more choice for the giftee – just be sure to read the terms and conditions so you know what’s in the package.
5. The Gift of Après
Even if you can’t be with friends and family on their vacation, you can still buy them a drink. These mobile gift cards are valid at a number of Whistler après venues and restaurants and easily redeemable on a mobile phone so you can take them out for as many rounds as you wish. And with the joy of FaceTime, WhatsApp and so on, you can always call in to say ‘Cheers!’
Ho ho ho and Happy Holidays! For more about Christmas and New Year’s in Whistler, visit Whistler.com.