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For those who have everything: Give an ‘experience’ this holiday


A growing number of shoppers plan to give their friends and family members an experience — not stuff — this holiday season.

Over the last five years, consumers have shifted some of their holiday spending away from goods, opting instead to buy services and other experience-based gifts.

Although the National Retail Federation say goods will still reign supreme this holiday season, they expect the shift toward experiences to continue.

Kristl Story, owner of West Palm Beach Food Tours, has also seen the trend, especially among older residents who may not have a need for traditional gift items.

“Sometimes they are at a stage in life where they don’t need any more stuff, but they love experiences,” Story said. “They love to do things.”

Here are some local options for holiday shoppers looking to give an experience over goods.

Culinary tours

Everybody loves food! Let your family and friends eat away on one of Palm Beach County’s three culinary tours. Each tour visits a different area, giving guests the chance to sample some of the county’s most unique eateries.

Savor Our City Culinary Tours, 800-979-3370.

Website: savorourcity.com

Taste History Culinary Tours, 561-243-2662 or 561-638-8277

Website: tastehistoryculinarytours.org

West Palm Beach Food Tours, 866-736-6343

Website: westpalmbeachfoodtour.com

Sunset cruise

Visit Palm Beach offers a variety of family-friendly and adult-only cruises aboard its 50 foot catamaran, Hakuna Matata. Website: visitpalmbeach.com

Lion Country Safari

An annual pass to Florida’s only drive-through safari and walk-through amusement park is a gift that keeps giving all year long. Annual passholders receive free admission and parking. Cost: Children’s passes (ages 3-9) $60; Regular passes (ages 10-64) $75; Senior passes $67

Website: lioncountrysafari.com

Palm Beach Zoo/South Florida Science Center

If you are shopping for a gift for a whole family, consider memberships to the Palm Beach Zoo or the South Florida Science Center. Families can enjoy the memberships all year long. Passholders also get special perks and discounts.

A family membership to the zoo costs $145. A family pass to the science center is $100.

Website: palmbeachzoo.org and sfsciencecenter.org

Discover Brew Pass

For adults, consider trips to local breweries. Discover The Palm Beaches, the county’s official tourism marketing organization, offers a savings pass that lets residents and out-of-town visitors sample craft beer at five area breweries.

The Discover Brew Pass is $15 and is sold exclusively by the tourism group. Participating breweries are Accomplice Brewery & Ciderworks, Barrel of Monks, Due South Brewing Co., Tequesta Brewing Co. and Twisted Trunk Brewing.

Website: palmbeachfl.com/discover-brew-pass/

Become an artisan

Shoppe 561 in West Palm Beach offers variety of classes for budding artists, including holiday crafts, soap making and flower arranging. There are also classes for children.

Website: shoppe561.com

Learn how to fly

For the person who has everything, consider flight lessons. Palm Beach Flight Training offers gift certificates.

Website: pbflight.com

Spring training tickets

The new Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, a $144 million spring training baseball complex that will be home to the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros, is scheduled to open early next year south of 45th Street in West Palm Beach. Season tickets go on sale Nov. 28. Single game tickets will be available in January. The opener is Feb. 28 between the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals.

Website: ballparkpalmbeaches.com


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