Finding the perfect gift for that important person in your life can make you want to down a few bottles of vino. You want to express to this person how much they mean to you but your mind is coming up blank and a gift card just won’t cut it. However, there’s another way to give that doesn’t involve steppin’ into a store or spendin’ hours on wrapping — especially if you live in the Concrete Jungle. From helicopter tours to cooking classes, NYC is your oyster. So instead of spending hours on the Internet, searching for the perfect gift. Scroll below for six of the best NYC experiences you can give that are worth the splurge.
Nothing says “You mean the world to me” quite like gifting your important person a mini trip of a lifetime. Yes, the price tag is a little high for a 15-20-minute helicopter tour, but these views of the NYC skyline are worth it — trust.
Give the gift of wellness and relaxation to the person who needs to unwind after a crazy 2017 year. Aire Ancient Baths is an oasis in the middle of the NYC chaos, housing multiple thermal baths and relaxing massages that’ll easily provide tranquility to their mind and body. But if you want to take things up a notch, opt for the Wine Bath Experience. It includes a Venetian 17th-century restored marble well filled with red wine, an hour-long massage with grapeseed oil, and a 15-minute craniofacial massage with a honey and propolis hydrating mask. Yeah, this is luxurious as it gets.
With this gift, your friend can have their cake and eat it too. Momofuku Milk Bar is a sweet-lovers paradise due to their one-of-a-kind cakes and cookies. However, in addition to their grab-and-go treats, you can give the gift of baking thanks to their five cake and truffle baking classes. And because MMB has all the equipment one will need to make a cake, the only thing your friend will need to bring is their appetite.
However, if the person you’re planning to gift doesn’t give an eff about cooking, then give them a cool experience where the food comes to them. The Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare is a three Michelin-starred restaurant that houses a communal table where chef César Ramirez cooks up courses that’ll instantly make your mouth drool. The menu itself is created based on the season with a Japanese and French influence that’ll make you come back for more. Drinks aren’t included, but we’re pretty sure this two-and-a-half-hour dinner will hold you over.
Not only does your favorite NYC speakeasy serve some of the best drinks in NYC, they also teach you how to make them at their Apotheke Academy Mixology Classes. Offering four classes, Apotheke covers everything from absinthe, tequila and mezcal, Prohibition Era-style drinks, and market fresh mixology. Gift this to someone who wants to explore the mixology world, or have all your friends secure a spot for a perfect holiday Saturday outing.
Bring out your friend’s inner florist by gifting them a private lesson with Nicolette Camille. She can provide a hands-on experience on how to create stunning floral designs no matter what level of experience your friend may have. However, if your friend doesn’t mind waiting, you can provide a belated holiday gift by purchasing one of their classes when they’re readily available in spring. Either way, it’s a great way to get creative with nature.
Written by Raven Ishak
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