Photo Credit: Tourism Whistler/Mike Crane
Raise your hand if you have too much stuff.
If you’re like most of us, your closet is jam-packed and your drawers are overflowing – and you just don’t have any room left for another decorative mug or scented candle.
This holiday season, why not get a little creative with your gift giving and choose experiences over material possessions. Here are a few ideas to add to your wish list or to gift your loved ones this winter.
Instead of: Another Toque/Beanie
Give: The Gift of New Skills
For the person who lives on skis or a snowboard, give them the opportunity to push their boundaries and sharpen their skills with a ski school lesson on Whistler Blackcomb.
Ladies over the age of 18 will adore the two-day women’s only lessons, which include multiple groups and are suitable for all ability levels. Adventurous skiers will love exploring new terrain and going steep at the Extremely Canadian Freeskiing Clinics. Anyone can benefit from a private ski or snowboard lesson – just sign up here!
Instead of: Bubble Bath
Give: The Gift of Relaxation
Know a tired parent or borderline workaholic who could use a break? Treat them to a day at Whistler’s Scandinave Spa. They will be forced to stash their phone away for the day, and best of all – there’s absolutely no talking at the spa, just the serene sounds of nature.
Present them with an access bath to the spa’s luxurious baths and pools, or go all out and spoil them with a certificate for an indulgent Swedish or deep tissue massage. Giving this gift will definitely earn you a place on the nice list.
Instead of: A Bottle of Wine
Give: The Gift of Good Taste
Because who doesn’t love good food paired with good drinks? Whistler Tasting Tours is more than just going out for a fantastic meal – it’s hopping among Whistler’s best restaurants for a night you’ll never forget. There are a few different tour options, but you simply can’t go wrong with the Finer Things tour: four mouth watering courses, champagne sabering, multiple glasses of multiple wines, and an evening you’ll remember for the rest of your life.
Instead of: The Latest Ski Movie Release
Give: The Gift of Adrenaline
There aren’t many places in the world where you can zip from one mountain to another, crossing over a rumbling river and through the Coastal rainforest – but it just so happens that you can do this right here in Whistler. Did we mention that you’ll hit speeds of up to 80 km/h (50 mp/h)?
If the person on your list is always seeking out the latest and greatest thrill, they’re sure to appreciate a ziplining tour in Whistler – the perfect once-in-a-lifetime experience in one of the most beautiful places on earth.
Instead of: A Box of Chocolates
Give: The Gift of Romantic Experiences
Go all out and treat your loved one to a romantic sleigh ride on Blackcomb Mountain. Just two people snuggled under a warm blanket as you jingle your way on a horse drawn carriage up to the Mountain Cabin for a delectable fondue dinner.
Psst – this is a one-of-a-kind experience that is perfectly suited for popping the question!