The best part of gift-giving is watching a loved one’s eyes light up when they unwrap the perfect, thoughtful, specialized present that you spent countless hours looking for online or in a crowded mall. But the odds of hitting the jackpot with everyone on your list are slim, and the chances that “perfect” present will lose its thrill within a few weeks are high. For maximum holiday success, your best bet is to avoid “item” gifts altogether and seek out “experience” gifts instead.
Experience gifts, like a trip to an amusement park or tour of a local attraction, have wide appeal and create memories that will last a lifetime. Here are some of the best gifts to give family and friends this holiday season:

People having fun on on a jeep tour

Jeep and wine tour

Wine tours have exploded in popularity in the last decade or so, providing an enhanced experience for everything from bachelorette parties, romantic weekends away, and even family get-togethers. If you want to ensure the person on your list gets the most out of a wine tour experience, try a tour package that’s off the beaten path. Temecula Valley Jeep & Wine Tours include tastings at three award-winning wineries, plus gorgeous scenic views along the way from the back of an open-air Jeep for a uniquely immersive experience.

Sports, theater, or concert tickets

For sports fans, theater nuts, or music lovers, this gift is a no-brainer. There’s something magical about being in the audience of a live event where anything can happen—the collective excitement is palpable, and joining others who love the same thing creates a bonding experience. Whether you gift one game or show, or season tickets, your generosity will be on your loved one’s mind long after the curtain falls or the final whistle blows.

Zoo or museum membership

The benefits of educational experiences aren’t limited to kids—no one is too old to learn something new, and everyone can enjoy an afternoon outdoors among wild animals at the zoo or exploring the newest fascinating exhibit at a local museum. That’s why zoo and museum memberships are great gifts for almost everyone on your list, especially families who are always looking for something fun and fulfilling to do together.


Learning a new skill or hobby is truly a gift that will last a lifetime, so check out classes available at local recreation centers or adult education centers, which often offer classes for cooking, painting, photography, self-defense, and more. If you’re not sure about your loved one’s preference or availability, most places offer gift certificates so gift recipients can select their own class and sign up according to their schedule.

Train trip

Sometimes it’s not the destination that matters, but the journey, which is why traveling by train is still popular almost 200 years after the first train service started in the US. Gifting a train trip doesn’t even have to involve a destination—you can purchase a day trip for loved ones that offers beautiful views in a relaxing atmosphere, with plenty of opportunities to catch up on reading, journal-writing, or conversation with traveling companions.

Hot air balloon tour

People in a hot air balloon

Seeing the world from high up in the sky offers a unique perspective on life in general and Temecula’s wine country in particular when you book hot air balloon tours with Temecula Valley Jeep & Wine Tours. Your loved one can soak in the sunrise while sipping mimosas in a shared balloon tour or enjoy a romantic experience for two in a private tour. If you want to go all-out, you can combine the balloon tour with a Jeep & Wine Tour for a full-day experience they’ll never forget.



Give a gift that will last forever this holiday season

Temecula wine tours and balloon tours make excellent experience gifts for family and friends during the holiday season.  But of course, you can also treat yourself for no reason at all. Give us a call at Temecula Valley Jeep & Wine Tours today, and we’ll help you select the perfect packages for everyone on your holiday gift list.