Top Experiential Gifts to Give in Phoenix

We’re coming down to the wire and your last Christmas purchases need to be made. One type of gift that many people forget to give is one of experience. Instead of gifting some old cologne or smelly shower gel this year, why not seek out a gift of fun? There are plenty of activities to take part in around the Phoenix valley that will make great Christmas presents.

Here are the top experiential gifts to give in Phoenix this year:

If skydiving sounds a little too risky, then you might find indoor skydiving enjoyable and a little easier to stomach. In Scottsdale, iFly provides this unique experience without a plane, a parachute or jumping into space.

You can purchase the gift of the rare sensation of floating on air that is unlike anything most people have ever experienced. For a safe way to skydive, iFly is the way to go.

Horseback Riding Lessons
Perhaps there’s a horse enthusiast on your list this year. Instead of a silly stuffed animal, opt for the real deal. There’s a few places around the valley that offer real horseback riding lessons. Check them out below:

Apex Riding Academy
South Mountain Horsemanship
Joni Fitts School of Horsemanship
Twisted Tree Farm Stables


Don’t forget about the athlete on your Christmas list. Perhaps your child, niece or nephew is literally bouncing off the walls and needs an outlet. Gymnastics can provide a safe environment for children to learn things like handstands, cartwheels, balance beam skills and so much more.

In the Phoenix valley many gyms offer various programs for kids to get started with their gymnastics skills:

North Valley Gymnastics
Phoenix Gymnastics and Dance Academy
Impact Gymnastics Academy
Phoenix Cheer Elite
Flames Gymnastics Academy


Legoland Discovery Center
Located in Tempe, the Legoland Discovery Center is packed with fun for the whole family. Inside you will find rides, explorations and creative workshops. Kids can see how Legos are made, they can build and test Lego racers, and try out the brand new dinosaur experience. A family can easily spend an entire day at the center and not experience everything. This is a great experiential gift you give an entire family at once.

Odysea Aquarium
For the undersea adventurer on your list, the Odysea Aquarium might be the gift they are waiting for. Visitors can see fish, otters and sharks in their natural habitats. Beyond just a ticket for entry, you can go one step further and opt for their experiences. Odysea Aquarium offers a Seatrek experience where you walk among the sealife without any prior diving experience. You can also go behind the scenes and get a personal Shark Tour!

Right next door is Dolphinaris. If swimming with the dolphins sounds like a gift you’d like to give, you can now do it and not even need leave Phoenix!


Go Karting
Perhaps someone on your list has a need for speed. That daredevil might enjoy a present that is fast and furious! A gift of go karting might be just the perfect experiential gift you need to give this year.

In Phoenix, there are go karting tracks that offer tons of action and adventure. Check out these local tracks.

Octane Raceway
K1 Speed
Phoenix Kart Racing Association

If you feel like the daredevil on your list needs to take it up one more notch, then the NASCAR experience is the gift. The ISM raceway (formerly Phoenix International Raceway) hosts the NASCAR experience year round. Participants can ride along in a real race car or burn rubber and take the driver’s seat themselves.

Sports Event
For the sports fanatic on your list, consider giving the gift of tickets to a sporting event this year. Phoenix has no shortage of fantastic sports teams for any sports loving enthusiast. Check out tickets to a Cardinals football game, Diamondbacks baseball game, Coyotes ice hockey game, Phoenix Rising soccer game or even the Waste Management Phoenix Open in January.

Hot Air Balloon Ride
Are you looking for more of a relaxing experience to give? A hot air balloon ride above the valley can be both romantic and incredible. This is a fun and unique way to gaze over the desert landscape and the spectacular scenery. A hot air balloon ride is definitely not for those afraid of heights!

Bottom Line
Christmas is supposed to be a fun and magical time of family and gift giving. Consider giving a unique gift of an experience this year. It might be totally unexpected, but you can anticipate it will be well received.