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14 Experiential Gifts for Adventure Seekers

The Resort at Pelican Hill.

For those hard-to-shop-for individuals who prefer experiences over objects, we’ve gathered 14 one-of-a-kind gifts from playful (two nights in a Nintendo game, a horseback yoga retreat) to educational (a butchering class with April Bloomfield, adult piano lessons) to extravagant (a stream in Georgia, a ride on the inaugural Air Cruise). Find them all below.

Gaming Room in Lisbon
$74 at Airbnb

Two Nights in a Nintendo Game
A guy totally transformed his Central Lisbon flat into a Nintendo fan’s paradise.

Piano Lessons for Adults - 1 Hour
$80 at Baker Piano Studio

Adult Piano Lessons
Jonathan Baker has been teaching adults to tickle the ivories in his UWS home since 1980.

Butchering With April Bloomfield
$100 at White Gold Butchers

Butchering With April Bloomfield
Learn how to make sausage or hack a chicken at the chef’s new butcher shop, White Gold.

Metrograph Bundle
$120 at Metrograph, 7 Ludlow St.

Metrograph Bundle
Ten tickets (on heavy card stock) good for revivals and new releases at LES movie theater Metrograph.

SUR Restaurant
$250 at OpenTable

Gift Certificates to SUR
Give your Vanderpump Rulesfanatic friend a chance to watch all of Jax, Scheana, and Stassi’s drama firsthand.

EmptyMet Tour at The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Photo: Roderick Aichinger
EmptyMet Tour at The Metropolitan Museum of Art
$298 at Viator

The Empty Met
Tour gives access to the art before it’s blocked by tourists with the museum’s art historians as a tour guide. Open to 25 people; if you pick the right day, it might be just the two of you.

The Guest House at Graceland
$418 at Graceland

Two Nights in the King’s House
Priscilla Presley designed suites at the newly opened Guest House at Graceland to look like the King’s own master bedroom — one has a TV mounted on the ceiling — so visitors can finally sleep amid the aura of Elvis.

From $495 at The Resort at Pelican Hill

Italy via Newport Beach
The aesthetics of Renaissance-era Italian architect Andrea Palladio are a short flight away in California.

Original Frank Lloyd Wright Secluded Home with Tea House
$2,527 at HomeAway

A Week in a Frank Lloyd Wright Home
The Palmer House in Ann Arbor, Michigan, whose design is based on the equilateral triangle, is outfitted with Wright’s furniture, cabinetry, and a teahouse, all in the midst of two acres of woodland.

Women’s Yoga & Horseback Riding Retreat
$2,900 at Big Sky Yoga Retreats

Horseback Yoga Retreat
A weeklong trip to Nosara, Costa Rica, where female guests horseback-ride through jungles for yoga on remote beaches.

Renee Config 1
From $6,673 at RealDoll

Bespoke Sex Doll
Meet Renee: an anatomically correct, completely customizable life-size silicone sex doll.

$105,000 at Barton & Gray Mariner Club

A Year of Yachting
Unlimited access to Barton & Gray Mariner Club’s Hinckley yachts, docked along the East Coast from Nantucket to the Bahamas.

13.47 Acres on Wide Trout Stream
$120,000 at Gene Rutkowski, realtor at Mountain Place Realty

A Stream in Georgia
A piece of the heartland includes trout, white-pine timber, and a conservation tax credit.

The Peninsula Grand Inaugural Crystal AirCruise
$159,000 at Crystal AirCruise

Air Cruise
The inaugural Air Cruise takes off from New York in August and makes stops in Tokyo, Manila, and Paris before returning home a month later. The redesigned Boeing 777 has all the necessary creature comforts, like a wine cellar, private chef, and bar; travelers stay at Peninsula Hotels during each stop.

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14 Experiential Gifts for Adventure Seekers