Credit: L’Ermitage Beverly Hills
Credit: L’Ermitage Beverly Hills

9 LA Gift Ideas for Those Who Prefer Experiences Over Material Items

Looking to Switch Things Up This Holiday Season? Consider Giving One of These 9 LA Experiences for a More Interactive Gift

Living in a city as dynamic and exciting as Los Angeles means that there is an endless array of fun activities and experiences worth checking out. With that in mind, if you’d rather pass on traditional gift-giving for the holidays this year, read on for a unique gift guide that will allow you and your loved ones to experience the best of LA—during the holiday season and beyond. Best Los Angeles Experiences


For the: Outdoorsy Wine-Lover

Gift Name: Malibu Wine Hike
Price: $49

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What could be better than exploring the scenic trails of a Malibu vineyard before sitting down with a bottle of local wine as you gaze out at the region’s stunning terrain and gardens. From being able to explore Chumash Native American cave paintings to taking in panoramic Malibu views, the Malibu Wine Hike is a great gift for the outdoor adventurer—who also loves a good glass of vino.   

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For the: Laid Back Traveler

Gift Name: Staycation at Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
Price: Starting at $395

Photography By: Loews Santa Monica

Treat someone you love to a few nights away at Loews Santa Monica. Located just steps from both the sand and Santa Monica Pier, this hotel offers a relaxing stay with options for activities and adventure. Bonus points if you add on a gift card to the on-site restaurant, Blue Streak!

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For the: Sporty Friend

Gift: A session at Myodetox
Price: $95-$195

Whether you have a friend who has suffered from an injury that they haven’t been able to shake or you simply want to give the gift of total body restoration, a session at Myodetox is beneficial to pretty much anyone. With practitioners that specialize in everything from reducing joint pain to physical therapy, this gift is truly invaluable and can lead to a real improvement in one’s quality of life. 

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For the: Theater Lover

Gift: Tickets to “Love Actually Live
Price: $39-$125

Credit: Rob Latour, Cheyenne Wells as Mia

With the pandemic forcing all live production and performance to shut down for more than a year, “Love Actually Live” tickets are the perfect gift for the theater lover in your life. Though the show only runs until Dec. 31, this is the best gift to celebrate the season and get in the holiday spirit! If you want to add a little something extra, stop by Avec Nous in the L’Ermitage Beverly Hills and enjoy a drink or two before walking over to the Wallis Theater to see the show.


For the: Jet-Setter

Gift Name: A Flight with JSX
Price: Starting at $129

Whether you have a friend that is planning a wine-tasting trip to Napa or a wild weekend in Las Vegas, a convenient and luxurious flight with JSX is the exact upgrade that they need to take their trip to the next level. From being able to show up just 20 minutes before takeoff to having extra legroom on the plane, regular commercial flights will certainly become a thing of the past after just one private flight with JSX.

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For the: Aspiring Sommelier 

Gift Name: A Same-Day Delivery of Unfined Wines
Price: $25-$55

Unfined Wines is a brand-new wine delivery service that allows you to purchase high-quality yet affordable wines that are totally organic and natural, all from the comfort of your own home. Simply place your order, pay the $5 delivery fee, and your wine will be delivered anywhere in Los Angeles before 5 p.m. A delivery from Unfined Wines is the perfect alternative for those looking for a last-minute gift that still provides a unique experience. 


For the: Adventurous Friend

Gift Name: Malibu Beach Surf Tour
Price: $222

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Enjoy getting picked up in an adorable, retro Volkswagen van before settling down at some of the most picturesque beach spots in Malibu. This tour allows you to get six hours of surf experience with a professional instructor. From snacks to wetsuits, this tour includes everything you need to kick back and have a blast without a care in the world!

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For the: Hopeless Romantic

Gift Name: Tomoko Couple Massage at Tomoko Japanese Spa
Price: $680-$960

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Enjoy a romantic and intimate experience at Tomoko Japanese Spa with their signature Tomoko Couple Massage, which includes a foot detox soak, full body massage in a private suite with organic oils and a private shower for rinsing off. At the end of the treatment, enjoy sipping on organic green tea along with some fine Japanese desserts for the perfect ending to an indulgent day. Celebs love this spot, and you most definitely will too. 


For the: Facial Fanatic 

Gift Name: Gift Card to Milk & Honey Med Spa
Price: $150-$300

Credit: Katherine Hanlon on Unsplash

From an hour-long deep tissue massage to a luxurious anti-aging facial, Milk & Honey Med Spa provides some of the most stress-relieving treatments in all of Los Angeles. While you could purchase a specific treatment in advance, giving the gift of a Milk & Honey gift card ensures that your loved one gets to choose exactly what they desire for a bliss-inducing day at the spa.

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Allie Lebos graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2017 with a BA in Communication. While in school she was a staff writer at The Daily Nexus for nearly two years. Since graduating she has written for The Palisades Magazine, as well as Hidden Hills Magazine. Currently living in Santa Monica, Allie loves to indulge in good food, hot yoga, and daily walks along the beach; writing articles on travel, special events, as well as features on local businesses and individuals.




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