Holiday gift guide: 6 experiential gifts that you can send the same day

Dec 16 2019, 12:17 pm

Have you ever rushed to the mall on Christmas Eve in search of a gift? How about an anniversary? Don’t sweat it — we’ve all been there.

Sure, we get a friendly reminder from social media to help us stay on top of things. But it’s easy to miss important dates when you’re juggling work, a side hustle, and everything in between. Life gets busy, fast.

Scrambling to purchase a last-minute gift often results in picking up the first thing you see, or the easiest option: flowers, chocolates, a gift card, you name it. Thankfully, there’s a new site that specializes in finding a meaningful gift with amazing experiences and same-day gifts —

The site is the first of its kind in Canada with guided navigation that provides a curated list of gifts based on interest. Now’s the time to move away from cookie-cutter gifts and opt for something meaningful instead. Here are some of the options available on

Spend the Day at Hoame

Spend the Day at Hoame/

Price: $125

Have you got a friend who needs to make more time for self-care? Well, this gift is guaranteed to make them feel good on any day of the week. They’ll be treated to a guided meditation class of their choice, a one-hour salt cave experience, and one-hour sauna experience at Hoame on Adelaide Street. After each class, guests receive either a scented hot or cold towel and an elixir shot, too. It’s the ultimate wellness package.

Boeing 777 Flight Simulator Experience

Boeing 777 Flight Simulator Experience/

Price: $135 – $299

Taking a flight as a passenger is one thing, but experiencing what it’s like to be in the pilot’s seat is on a whole other level. This year, give someone you love the chance to feel like they’ve flown all over the world without ever leaving the ground. Before they board, a Ufly pilot will even give them a pre-flight briefing and hands-on guidance in the simulator.

Succulent and Concrete Planter Making Workshop

Succulent and Concrete Planter Making Workshop/

Price: $65

We can’t get enough of succulents — at home and in the office. If someone close to you is the same, this Succulent and Concrete Planter Making Workshop is the perfect gift. Participants get hands-on and make their own concrete planter from scratch, before choosing a succulent to plant inside of it. Cuteness overload? We think so.

Cocktail Class for Two

Cocktail Class for Two/

Price: $150.00

Name a friend who doesn’t like cocktails? We’ll wait. This season, you can treat your bestie (and yourself) to a one-hour cocktail making class for two with Salty Paloma. Open to all levels, during the class you’ll learn how to make three mixologist–grade cocktails, featuring everything you need to step up your garnish game. Simply bring yourselves because all drinks and cocktail tools will be provided on-site.

CĂ©la Seed to Skin Ritual

CĂ©la Seed to Skin Ritual/

Price: $155

A spa day is quite possibly the most blissful way to unwind during the holiday season, and well, every other time of year. Everyone deserves to be pampered and this Céla Seed to Skin Ritual at Hammam Spa does exactly that by nourishing the skin and spirit with the finest Canadian botanicals and natural ingredients. The package includes a wrap in mandarin and jasmine bubbles, gentle exfoliation with finely-milled seeds and Abyssinian oil, and head, neck, and shoulder massage.

Chinatown Dumpling Crawl

Chinatown Dumpling Crawl/

Price: $65

Toronto is home to so many authentic dumpling spots, but it can be tough to seek out the best ones. Thankfully, your favourite person doesn’t have to with this Chinatown Dumpling Crawl. Participants are introduced to eight different varieties of dumplings and dim sum, as well as tea and desserts.

Now that has officially launched in the GTA, you can visit to find the kind of gifts to make your friends and family feel good, year-round.

Happy gifting!