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The Cheapster's Guide to Experiential Gift Giving

Memories are really the most precious gift that can be given, but have you ever tried to stick a memory in a box and put a bow on it? It's darn-right impossible.
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By Ally Marotti for the CheapTickets Travel Blog

Memories are really the most precious gift that can be given, but have you ever tried to stick a memory in a box and put a bow on it? It's darn-right impossible. So let us turn to experiential gift giving this holiday season, because gifting experiences is fun for everyone and the best bang for your buck. It also comes with the guarantee that your carefully thought-out gift won't be re-gifted or end up stuffed in the back of the closet behind dusty VHS tapes.

The Nutcracker at the Joffrey Ballet | Flickr CC: Gabriel Saldana

Tickets to 'The Nutcracker'. -- Chicago's renowned Joffrey Ballet will be putting on The Nutcracker throughout December. Make this an early Christmas present for family or friends and get in the holiday mood with one of the most cultural Christmastime classics.

Seats at a Big Ten basketball game -- Winter is great time to hunker down and watch some basketball. College teams play nearly every night of the week, so there are plenty of dates to choose from, and tickets are usually pretty affordable. Ohio State plays Illinois in Columbus on Jan. 3 at 5 p.m. Tickets start at $32 on Cheaptickets.com.

A trip to the tropics -- Forget the gift giving and put that money toward a tropical getaway for you and your bae this holiday season. All-inclusive resorts can be quite affordable and typically include food and some excursions. An all-inclusive trip to the Grand Park Royal Cancun Caribe resort through Cheaptickets starts at about $144 per night, for example. Deals are constantly changing, and holiday sales are bursting with them right now, so keep your eye out for a dream destination.

Take up yoga | Flickr CC: elidr

Pass to a yoga studio -- Or really any sort of gym membership, depending on who you buy for. Plenty of people are desperate to spend some time on themselves, be that through the calming effects of yoga or relieving stress at, say, a boxing gym, but don't want to fork out the extra $100 or so per month for a membership. Gyms in every city offer varying membership packages so you can choose what would work best for your gift receiver.