Christmas Gift Ideas: 8 Unique Experiences To Buy Instead Of Products

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With the season of giving fast approaching, are you struggling to find the perfect Christmas gift ideas for your loved ones? Why not treat them to a unique experience instead! While they aren’t material, unique experiences are infinitely more valuable as they shape our perspectives and leave behind lasting memories. Here are our recommendations for fun experiences this festive season!

Best Experiential Christmas Gift Ideas

1. Take a ride on the Royal Albatross

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Care for an over-the-top cruise experience? Step onboard the Royal Albatross, Asia’s only luxury tall ship and celebrate the festive season with their Sunset Sail Special! Featuring an extensive Christmas buffet menu, live entertainment and a stunning view of the setting sun, Christmas gift ideas like these won’t be easily forgotten. If you’re feeling adventurous, try scaling the massive 21 metre mast! You’ll be given a digital photo and certificate of achievement to celebrate your feat of bravery.

2. Get a bird’s eye view with Singapore Heli Services

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Occasionally, Christmas gift ideas should be extravagant because they offer a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Such is the case with Singapore Heli Service’s Sightseeing Tour! As Singapore’s only helicopter sightseeing service, a tour will grant you 45 minutes of airtime for breathtaking sights over Marina Bay and Sentosa. Through a 2-way headset, passengers can communicate with each other as the pilot provides a running live commentary of Singapore’s glorious skyline!

3. Land Hole-In-Ones During Mini Golf

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If you’re looking for Christmas gift ideas that allow you to spend quality time with the kids, sign up for some family-friendly mini golf sessions! Explore the 3D, glow in the dark course at Amazonia if you’re looking for some indoor mini golf fun! Alternatively, you could head to Champions Golf Club for some outdoor, 36-hole mini golf action! Either way, you’re bound to have fun teeing off with the family.

4. Admire Gardens By The Bay’s Pretty Christmas Floral Display

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Rather than considering flowers as one of your Christmas gift ideas, why not bring the garden to them? This year’s Christmas Wonderland display at Gardens by the Bay adds Disney Tsum Tsum to the mix as familiar characters like Mickey and Olaf deck the halls with fairy lights and festive baubles! Looking to make the visit more educational for the kids? Gather at the ‘ASK Me!’ poster near the flower fields for a guided tour and learn interesting botanical facts about the amazing floral display!

5. Learn Modern Calligraphy And Craft Festive Messages

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Looking to impress your mates with a new skill? Why not brush up on your penmanship with The Workroom’s Modern Calligraphy Workshop! Master your way around pointed nibs as you learn the intricacies of calligraphy and how to systematically write the alphabet. Before you know it, you’ll be uploading fancy calligraphy art on social media and impressing friends with your personalised festive cards that perfectly complement your Christmas gift ideas!

Need more calligraphy tools to further your newfound interest? Check out our recommendations for modern calligraphy tools to help with those tricky font designs!

6. Substitute Awkward Christmas Parties For Escape Room Visits

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Office Christmas celebrations are usually marred by awkwardness: colleagues play it safe when it comes to Christmas gift ideas and parties force colleagues who barely talk to mingle. Do away with these awkward traditions by introducing your colleagues to the joys of Escape Room puzzles! Attempt to emerge as department champion by communicating effectively to solve puzzles and progress till the end. At the very least, they act as an icebreaker to give your colleagues something to talk about and create fond memories to look back on.

7. Ski And Snowboard With SportQuest Snowsports Academy

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If you know any skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts, they’re probably wishing for Christmas gift ideas along the lines of SportQuest’s lessons at Snow City! Skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels are welcome here. If you’re having trouble keeping up, you can even sign up for private one-to-one lessons with instructors. With internationally-recognised curriculums and passionate coaches, you’ll be skiing and snowboarding like a pro in no time!

8. Pamper Your Loved Ones With An Onsen Session

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Christmas gift ideas are rarely as straightforward when it comes to stressed-out individuals. If you know someone who’s exhausted from a year of hustling (hint: your parents), show your appreciation by treating them to a session of relaxation at Yunomori Onsen! Designed to be a day spa destination, visitors are welcome to rest and recharge by soaking in the six different pools and loosen those knots with a thorough massage.

Looking for more variety in spas and massage parlours to fix those aching pains and seek respite from the chaos of daily life? Check out our guide to 24 hour spas in Singapore!

While some of these Christmas gift ideas might seem pricey, you should treat yourself and your loved ones once in a while. After all, they’re unique experiences and it’s the season of giving so don’t be afraid to start showing you and your loved ones more appreciation today!

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