Stumped on gift ideas? Surprise your loved ones this holiday season with these experiential gifts that will create lifelong memories.
By Ri’An Jackson
Athletics: For the Sport Lovers
Outdoor Adventure Center
1801 Atwater St., Detroit
Archery is a sport of arm strength and focus — and a fun way to exercise. So gifting archery lessons will teach someone a fun, lively skill. The Outdoor Adventure Center in Detroit offers classes that teach the basics of shooting and explore the depths of the sport. Participants must be at least 8 years old. Classes start at $12.
344 W. Nine Mile Road, Ferndale
Know someone who would enjoy an activity a bit more intimidating than shooting an arrow? Consider treating him to a game of axe throwing! At Detroit Axe in Ferndale, you can book a day to throw axes at targets for a group up to 36 people. From axe hurling to a great menu, it makes a perfect gift for anyone who wants to dip their toes in a fun, social and (surprisingly) safe sport. Gift certificates start at $20.
Arts: For Those Who Ooze Creativity
Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center
1516 S. Cranbrook Road, Birmingham
Gift someone a creative class that just might turn into a hobby. The Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center is a hub for artists of all levels. Whether it be painting, jewelry or ceramics, classes are taught by experienced staff. Classes start at $353 for 12-week introductory ceramics and drawing classes.
25331 Trowbridge St., Dearborn
For all the DIY fans in your life, a glassblowing class could be a new opportunity for them to create drinking glasses or home decor. At Glass Academy’s classes, students of all experience levels can create vases, glasses and more from molten glass. Classes range from $68 to make a glass flower or paperweight to $78 to make bottle stoppers.
Thrill: For the Adrenaline Junkies
1321 Watson St., Detroit
For the person who loves yoga — and doesn’t mind being completely upside down — aerial yoga could be something new to liven up anyone’s yoga regime. Detroit Flyhouse offers classes for aerial yoga as well as acrobatics. You can gift private lessons, drop-in and weekly classes. Classes start at $120.
Magnum Helicopter Tour
6544 Highland Road, Waterford
Someone with a love of heights or a love of Metro Detroit — or both — may enjoy a tour of the area from the view of a helicopter. With Magnum Helicopter, you can choose from tours that fly around Detroit, Rochester Hills, entertainment venues and more. Tours start at $480 for a 40- to 50-minute tour of Detroit and $290 for a 20- to 30-minute tour of Rochester.
Cuisine: For the Foodies and Wine Enthusiasts
Michigan By the Bottle Tasting Room
29932 Woodward Ave., Royal Oak
What would be a better gift for a wine lover than a wine tasting? Michigan by the Bottle Tasting Room offers opportunities for guests to indulge in Michigan wine. Mixing wine with food and music, these events make the perfect gift for those who appreciate a good glass of white or red – and a good time. Private tastings for a group of 30-60 people start at $25 per person.
Sur La Table
2801 W. Big Beaver Road, Troy
For those who enjoy cooking — or those who want to learn to enjoy cooking — a cooking class at Sur La Table is the perfect gift. These hands-on two-and-a-half-hour classes will teach participants how to make great food cooked to perfection. Classes start at $49.