Experiential Gift Guide For The Last-Minute Shopper

Whether you were waiting for a payday to complete your holiday shopping, haven’t had a chance to shop yet, are stumped for ideas, or are looking to gift memories instead of things, the Future Female experiential gift guide will help you get wonderful ideas for just about everyone on your shopping list.

The Movie Buff

Gift cards to the cinema are always a win and can be purchased online or by visiting virtually any grocery or drug store. For those wanting something a little more personal than a movie gift card consider looking forward to events at local second run and specialty Cinemas like The Revue and The Royal. In Toronto it’s great a option to get tickets to film festival series or their good time regular feature of Drunken Cinema where you watch a classic film, and you can enjoy some alcoholic libations. Lovers of film and music may enjoy tickets to Films With Live Orchestra. The Toronto Symphony Orchestra routinely sells tickets for films with the score played live. Current tickets available include Singing In The Rain and Star Wars – The Force Awakens.

For The Social Media Influencer

This is the perfect gift for your friend who is always posting on Instagram (or that Teenager who never gets off their phone). Purchasing tickets to venues and events that offer and even encourage fun and whimsical photos is fun for just about everyone. Tickets (or gift cards) to The Museum of Illusions, The Dr. Seuss Experience, Canada’s Wonderland Winterfest, or short-run photo based pop ups around your city are sure to impress.

The Gamer

If you know someone who loves puzzles and games, let them put their skills to the test. Escape and puzzle-based interactive series exist virtually anywhere. In Toronto, consider gift cards or tickets to spaces like Mysterious Minds or one of the amazing puzzles offered up at the iconic Casa Loma Escape Series.

Consider some passes or gift cards to grown-up focused fun at places like Par-Tee-Put, The Rec Room, the arcade at the Stockyards, or kick it old school with some laser-tag adventures at Laser Quest.

The Adventurer

Fight the winter blahs with a gift that will get their heart pumping. A gift card or booking for Ax throwing at BATL Ax Throwing can help them unleash their inner lumberjack. Bonus – there are locations all over Ontario and in Calgary. Other adventures to consider getting passes for include skiing/snowboarding, archery, nature survivalist courses, or wall climbing.

The Foodie

A gift card to their favourite restaurant is always a win but consider letting them try something a little different. Let them enjoy over the top cocktails at places like Bar Chef, get them cooking lessons (either virtual or in class), or book them a delectable high tea.

For The Kids On Your List

Ask any parent - their kids have a lot of stuff. Give the gift of relief to parents this holiday season without adding clutter. Annual passes, gift cards, or tickets to places like Lego Land, Reptilia, The Ontario Science Centre, The Toronto Zoo, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, or an indoor play place in their neighbourhood like Ninjaz will help parents let their kids wear off some steam on the cold, snowy days ahead.

Looking to save some money? Look at sites like Groupon or Living Social to see if you can purchase any of these gifts at a discount. If you’re buying for a large group, contact the business to see if they’ll offer you a group discount. Happy shopping!

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