If you have a person in your life whose love language is quality time over receiving gifts, then you've come to the right place. There's nothing wrong with spoiling your partner, friends and family with tangible gifts, but for some people the most memorable gift you can give them is time spent together. What better way to do that than gifting them with an experience?
Don't settle for that gift card just yet; we have rounded up the best gifts for making memories with your loved one. For the person who already has everything, out holiday gift guide below features 30+ creative holiday gift ideas.
We all have that one person in our life who is always down to try a new restaurant or stay in and cook something from scratch. Luckily, we have just the thing for the passionate foodie in your life!
The Foreigner – A Culinary Experience
Join award-winning Chef Bruno Fonseca for an intimate, multi-course Omakase style dinner at this weekly dining experience. Omakase is a Japanese phrase used when ordering food in restaurants that means “I'll leave it up to you”. The chef will create your menu for the night and all you have to do is sit and enjoy it! Get tickets here.
Book a Hands-On Cooking Class
What's more rewarding than cooking a delicious meal for yourself? Orlando has so many cooking class options to put your culinary skills to the test. These classes will teach you the basics and provide you with recipes that will surely impress your guests. Check out our post on where to take a cooking class for a list of the best ones to gift your loved one this holiday season.
Take them to a Romantic Restaurant
If you are a local, you know we have an amazing food scene here in Orlando. There are so many options to satisfy even the pickiest eater. There are also tons of romantic restaurants to take your significant other to for a memorable date. Here's a list of some of our favorites:
For a more extensive list, check out our blog on Orlando's most romantic restaurants.
Date Night Worthy Events
Everyone loves a date night, even more so when someone else has done all of the planning. This section of our holiday gift guide is all about giving your partner or spouse the gift of a romantic night out on the town!
Here's a list of some date-night worthy event ideas we know they'll love:
- Cirque De Soleil ‘Drawn to Life' at Disney Springs
- Orlando Magic and Orlando Solar Bears games at Amway Center
- Frontyard Festival or Fairwinds Broadway in Orlando at Dr. Phillips Center
- Asian Lantern Festival at Central Florida Zoo (through January 16, 2022)
- Private Telescope Experience at Orlando Science Center (Fridays and Saturdays through March 5, 2022)
- Orlando Shakes show tickets
Gift Ideas to Enjoy All Year
What's the gift that keeps on giving? Annual memberships! Gift your loved one with a membership to one of their favorite parks, museums, or gardens. It's something they'll get to enjoy for more than just one day.
One of our favorite local gardens is just minutes away from Downtown Orlando. This 50-acre botanical oasis is designed to inspire visitors to appreciate and understand plants. If your loved one has a green thumb or just loves spending time in nature, they would likely appreciate an annual pass to this beautiful garden. Members get additional perks, like guest passes, free admission to the monthly outdoor movie night series, and discounted prices for garden events and workshops.
Orlando Science Center
The scientist in your life will love an annual membership to the Orlando Science Center. This science museum is for all ages and features cool exhibits, live programming, theaters, events, and so much more.
Orlando Museum of Art
If you know an art connoisseur who is difficult to shop for, a membership to the Orlando Museum of Art is the perfect gift. They'll get to experience engaging temporary exhibitions, community connecting events, and inspiring educational programing all year long!
Bok Tower Gardens
This beautiful garden is located in Lake Wales and has 250 acres you can explore. It's the perfect gift for those who love the outdoors. This gift will provide your family or friend with a years worth of beautiful music and picturesque gardens. Memberships also come with reciprocal benefits at gardens all around the country. Check out the membership options here.
Kennedy Space Center
How cool is it that we can watch rocket launches in our own backyard? If you have a space nerd or aspiring astronaut in your life, gift them with an annual membership to Kennedy Space Center. They'll get to feel the power of a rocket launch, see Space Shuttle Atlantis up close, and walk among the giants of space exploration.
Theme Park Annual Passes
Don't forget the theme parks! If you're gifting for a roller coaster lover, theme park annual passes are the way to go. Disney World (annual passes currently unavailable), Universal Orlando, and SeaWorld are fun all year round. Make sure to check their respective websites for updates on purchasing annual passes.
Gift Ideas For Someone who Needs a Vacation
Living in a tourist destination has its perks. Because so many people visit Orlando, there are tons of options for a staycation. It's the perfect gift for someone who wants to getaway without actually going away.
Here are a few of Central Florida's most unique places to staycation:
- Tiny House Boat – Sanford
- Glamping at Lake Louisa State Park – Clermont
- Danville B&B (airplane hangar, yurt, treehouse yurt and more) – Geneva
- Enchanted Oaks Farm – Ocala
- Kissimmee Treehouse – Kissimmee
Resort Day Pass
Treat your significant other to a day spent poolside at one of Orlando's fabulous resort pools. ResortPass allows you to book day passes for resorts in Orlando and beyond, granting you access to utilize the pool and certain amenities without booking an overnight stay. Some passes also include additional discounts on spa services, dining, and more. Check out the options here.
Unique Experiences for Animal Lovers
Orlando is home to so much wildlife. While zoos and aquariums provide all day fun, there are tons of animal encounters that will make for the perfect gift for the animal lover in your circle.
Here is a list of the ones we highly recommend:
- Sloth Encounter at Wild Florida (or check out the drive-thru safari park)
- Interactive Alpaca Farm Tours at LunaSea Alpaca Farms
- Baby Goat Yoga at Wild Flower Farms
- Paint with Lemurs at Chase Rescue Sanctuary
- Animal Encounters at ZooTampa
Holiday Gift Guide for the Fun Seeker
If your loved one is always up for a good time, gift them with one! There are tons of fun things to do around the city that will get your adrenaline pumping.
Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Clear Kayaking Tour with Get up & Go Kayaking (multiple locations throughout Florida)
- Zip lining at Orlando Tree Trek Adventure Park
- Indoor Skydiving at iFLY
- Horseback Riding at Hidden Palms Ranch
- Boat & Jet Ski Rentals with Luxe Rentals
Feature image credit: Hidden Palms Ranch