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The Pig-Butchering, Tomahawk-Making, Drag-Queen-Partying Experiential Gift Guide


Urge Them to Jump Off a Building
Not as crazy as it sounds when they’re taking the two-hour high-fall class ($80) at the Hollywood Stunts training center in Greenpoint. For the full action-hero experience, the school offers weeklong intensives (from $2,200) that cover armed combat, car hits, and more. (

Challenge Them to Fence
For $170, would-be swordsmen can take three 20-minute private lessons or three 90-minute group classes at the Fencers Club in Chelsea. Equipment rental is $10 to $20 per session, so giftees needn’t invest in pricey safety gear or épées till they’re certain foil play is their new favorite hobby. (

Spin Them Right Round on the Ones and Twos
Mix masters learn to cut faster—well, cut, period—at Jam Master Jay’s decade-old Scratch D.J. Academy. The six-week D.J.-ing 101 course ($350) covers music theory, equipment setup, scratching and mixing, and the how-tos of programs like Serato and Traktor. (

Make Them Smell the Roses
Three-hour floral-arranging classes ($350) at the hipper-than-you-think Little Flower School cover such topics as wildflowers, ranunculus and winter citrus, and Iris-centric watercolors. Snacks are gratis, as is the vase students carry home their arrangement in. (

Turn Them Into Circus Stars
At midtown’s two-month-old Aerial Arts NYC, the circus-enamored will have their choice of silks, rope, trapeze, hoop, and hammock instructionals; on-the-ground offerings deal in acrobatics, juggling, tumbling, and handstands. Drop-in rates start at $25, five-class prepaid cards at $100, and private lessons at $80 per hour. (

Expose Them to Opera
Sexy chamber opera. English composer Thomas Adés’s Powder Her Face, running February 15 to 23 at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House in Fort Greene, was inspired by Margaret “Dirty Duchess” Campbell, whose real-life sex scandal dominated the British tabloids in the early sixties. Tickets are $25 to $250. (

Toast Them With Old-Fashioned Hooch
Sign up your dearest drinker for Saxon + Parole’s Cocktail Cabinet program, and for $75 a month they’ll be treated to a sixteen-ounce bottled cocktail, hand-mixed by master barman Naren Young. The prebatched libations are stored in an actual curiosity cabinet, your giftee’s name scrawled across a toe-tag label. (

Put Them to Bed Where the Wild Things Are
Is spending the night at the American Museum of Natural History obvious? Yes. Is there any better present for a kid ages 6 to 13? Probably not. Exploring darkened dioramas by flashlight and falling asleep beneath a 94-foot-long blue whale never gets old. $129 per person. (


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