It should come as no surprise to you that as a professional travel writer I am a big fan of the idea that "the best things in life are not things." Overall Pinterest board or anything, but really the best things in life are experiences! Adventure! Memories! I am firmly convinced that they feed the soul in a way that can hardly offer another gift. That's why I'm also a big fan of spending them as Christmas Gifts – especially as a last minute gift idea
Sure, you can buy a fantastic new yoga mat or those awesome leggings for the people you love that you saw on Instagram. But while giving away things certainly has its place, why not mix it up a bit and give your favorites a future memory or reassurance or resources to learn a new skill instead? These gifts enhance your sense of well-being, which is the best gift of all to me. Here are seven of my favorite spa experiences – and best of all, you can buy them all online now. Easiest shopping tour of all time.
. 1 A gift certificate for virtually any experience, anywhere in the world
For me, wellness is a big part of the adventure time, for the unknown. And there may not be a greater gift than a passport to do anything cool and unexpected anywhere in the world. Join Cloud 9 Living, the country's largest experienced gift company that can help you achieve this for your loved ones. If you get him a gift certificate through Cloud 9 Living, you can literally gear it up to any experience you can.
Options include fitness experiences such as whitewater rafting, hiking and parachuting, travel experiences such as whale watching, hot air balloon rides and ziplining, enjoyment experiences such as champagne brunch cruises and winery tours and such. A lot of. More. It really is an embarrassment of wealth.
Buy it: cloud9living.com ; any amount
Another company that has the experience of daily necessities is Urban Adventures the day tour company that is in possession of the adventure trip and is operated by this company Intrepid Group . This year, for the first time, they offer the possibility of a gift certificate for cool multi-hour tours in cities around the world. The certificate can be used for any tour of your choice, from shopping to food to activity tours. I particularly take part in the activity trips that include options such as a sunset bike tour in Greece for $ 65 and a snorkeling adventure in Mexico for $ 157. But you do.
Buy it: urbanadventures.com ; any amount
3. A year-round pass to the US National Parks
Being outdoors in nature is one of the best things you can do for your body and soul, and here in the USA Maybe not a better place to do that than one of our valued national parks. There's so much outdoor variety, from the snow-capped glaciers of Glacier National Park to the geysers in Yellowstone National Park to the crazy trees in Joshua Tree National Park (my personal favorite, pictured above). And this 365-day pass for national parks and amusement parks for federal states is the ticket of your loved one for all. Score.
Bonus: Each passport holder can bring up to three adults for free and can (and should!) Transform into a better-off situation.
Buy: usgs.gov ; $ 80
4. Gift Voucher for Stub Hub so your loved ones can meet any live event of their choice
Concerts and sporting events and comedy, oh my god! Stub Hub really does have it all, so you can help your employees experience the happy thrill of a live event, regardless of the event. After all, it's important to do something that you enjoy self-care . In addition, if you give someone a ticket or gift voucher through StubHub this year, you will receive a personal [poison9"(1945951)"giftrap" from StubHub. Gift Rapper" MC Murs – means you to your person Send a complete video rap that relates solely to their present! Funny.
Buy: stubhub.com ; any amount
5. Gift Voucher for Zeel, the on-demand massage -App
Massages are one of the ultimate wellness experiences that are so good for you, yet many people feel guilty about buying them – even if you have some cash lying around, so take it At Christmas time, work for your friends and family and allow them to attend a guilt-free massage so they have no choice but to sit back, relax, and actually enjoy.  While you can go the traditional route and get them a gift certificate for a health resort in their city (and that's an option), you can take it to the next level and give them a Gift Certificate for Zeel Company that brings spa-quality on-demand massages to your home, work, or event room the same day – across the country. Take a minute to marinate: this means that your Giftee can ultimately book a massage through the Zeel app and receive that massage on the same day, right in the living room or any other location of your choice, without even putting on shoes. Dream
Buy: zeel.com ; any amount
6. An Airbnb Gift Card
An Airbnb Gift Card is like the Love Actually experience gifts: It's a true classic with near-universal appeal that is rarely ever disappointed. Seriously, I was both giving and giving this gift, and it definitely brings me joy (the photo above, taken in Jamaica, is the result of my mother's Christmas Airbnb gift card). But best of all, maybe your gift recipient can spend his Airbnb card on an Airbnb experience . This is a novel offer that allows you to book local experiences, such as: Surf lessons, cooking classes, or even concerts Gifting an Airbnb adventure – no matter how or where your loved one wants to spend it – is pretty much always a good idea.
Buy: airbnb.com ; any amount
7. A monthly or annual membership in a meditation app, such as Calm Headspace or Simple Habit
being able to sit in a corner and to own Faust to meditate, just like that. After all, meditation can have a variety of mental health benefits . The reality of the situation, however, is that meditation is difficult, and most of us need to get along with some help from our technology department friends, so membership in a meditation app is such a great experience gift. [19659041EsstimmtesgibtvielekostenloseimInternetunddaskannfürmancheLeutegenugseinDiemeistenderkostenlosenMitgliederhabenauchMitgliedschaftendieSiekaufenkönnenSiebietenZugriffaufvieleweitereFunktionenundunbegrenzteMeditationenDieskannfürmancheMenschenderUnterschiedseinwennSiedieApptäglichverwendenundihreAbsichtenaufderStreckebleiben
Buy: Most memberships cost 12-15 dollars for a monthly subscription and between 60 and 95 dollars or so for an annual subscription. Therefore, each option would be a great gift, depending on how much you are willing to spend. Go to calm.com headspace.com or simplehabit.com to view all Gift Subscription options.
Annie Daly wrote about traveling for BuzzFeed Travel, Yahoo! Travel, AFAR, United Hemispheres, Cosmopolitan, and more.