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18 Unforgettable Experiences to Give Someone Who Doesn't Need More Gifts

From an around-the-world trip to a celebrity chef's cooking class, these presents are perfect for the impossible-to-shop-for person on your list.
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We all have that one person on our list who's impossible to shop for. They already have everything they want, or they can't think of anything they want, or they're eschewing material possessions—whatever the reason, there's always that name that keeps your from finishing off your gift giving to-do list. Well, not anymore. Forget physical gifts and give those recalcitrant recipients an experience they'll never forget. Ballooning over Mount Everest, a celebrity chef's cooking class, learning to drive like a racing pro: these memorable presents will satisfy even the most frustrating giftee.

A Cooking Class with Chef Thomas Keller


BUY NOW $90, masterclass.com

Michelin-starred chef Thomas Keller, the force behind the French Laundry and Per Se, will teach you how to blanch, braise, glaze, and more in a new partnership with MasterClass. In 36 online lessons, Keller says, "students will learn that if they go through the proper steps, are patient in the process, and learn to understand ingredients, they will taste the difference and have the tools to succeed in making a nourishing meal."

Spend a Night at the Metropolitan Museum


BOOK NOW $175, viator.com

Any trip to take in the astounding art and history that fill it the Met's storied halls would be an experience, but to take your art appreciation experience to the next level, try the EmptyMet tour. the one and half hour tour takes just 25 guests on an intimate after-hours tour of some the museum's highlights, including Canova’s "Perseus with the Head of Medusa’" and Vincent van Gogh’s "Wheat Field with Cypresses" sans the crowds.

A Sunday Brunch Sail in Connecticut


BOOK NOW $82 per person, cloud9living.com

This three-hour sail aboard a 110-foot schooner leaves from scenic Mystic, Connecticut for a brunch tour of Fishers Island Sound and its beautiful coastline and lighthouses. Built in 1967, the Mystic Whaler includes 3,000 square feet of sail.

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Blend Your Own Wine


BOOK NOW $92, classesbykessler.com

Oenophiles can live out their fantasy of creating a personalized wine blend at the Grand Bohemian Hotel in Charleston, South Carolina. In 90 minutes, a sommelier leads participants through the process of combining wines into a personal blend, and everyone goes home with their own bottle featuring a label that can be customized with artwork and wording.

Learn to Drive a Ferrari Like A Pro


BOOK NOW From $13,900, ferrari.com

Iconic Italian car brand will put you behind the wheel for an intensive two-day Corso Pilota course with personalized training in how to rev around the track like a professional driver. Their level one program will impart everything you need to know about sport driving practicum, but if that doesn't satisfy your need for speed, they also three additional course levels for even more advanced drivers.

Learn to Arrange Flowers Like a Florist


BOOK NOW From $375, flourla.com

As the saying goes, "Give a man a fish and he'll eat for a day, teach a man to fish, and he'll eat for a lifetime." We'd like to suggest a less aquatic interpretation: "Give a person a bouquet, they'll have beautiful flowers for a day, teach them to make a bouquet, they'll have beautiful flowers all the time."

An Annual Pass to the National Parks


BUY NOW $80, usgs.gov

This pass offers access to all 59 parks across the country operated by the National Park Service, and it includes entry for the pass holder plus up to three accompanying adults age 16 and older (no entry fee charged for children 15 and under).

Align Your Chakras in the Himalayas


BOOK NOW From $885 per night, anandaspa.com

The yoga retreats at this destination spa offer 5, 7, 14, and 21 day programs to help guests unplug and regain their literal and figurative balance. Using techniques from the hatha, raja, and kriya branches of yogic study, experts help guests craft personalized yoga practices for themselves in one of the world's most beautiful natural locations.

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A Helicopter Tour Over New York City


BOOK NOW $299 per person, tripadvisor.com

Get a bird's eye view of the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, One World Trade Center, Central Park, and more on this 17- to 20-minute helicopter flight that leaves from the Downtown Manhattan Heliport. A variety of departure times are available throughout the day.

A VIP Tour of Disney World


BOOK NOW From $425 per hour, disneyworld.com

Disney's official VIP Tour Services will organize fast-track access throughout all of the parks for up to 10 guests. The price includes private transportation from your hotel to the parks, access to reserved viewing areas for parades, stage shows, and nighttime entertainment, and insight from a tour guide who knows how to do Disney in the best way possible.

More: The Best Times to Visit Disney World in 2018

Coffee Classes for the Caffeine Connoisseur


BOOK NOW From $100, tobysestate.com

Help your giftee improve their morning (and afternoon, and evening) cup of joe with a deep dive into the world of java preparation. Whether it's a tailored tutorial on how to get the best results from their home brew set-up, how to prepare the perfect espresso shot, or the secrets of crafting Instagram-worthy latte art, the classes from Brooklyn small-batch coffee roaster Toby's Estate are sure to give them a jolt.

A Stay in the IceHotel


BOOK NOW From $275 per night, icehotel.com

About 125 miles north of the Arctic circle, artists from all over the world travel to the Swedish village of Jukkasjärvi each year to craft the latest iteration of the famous IceHotel from scratch. Each room exemplifies its own style, making the experience of staying overnight in the palatial igloo-esque structure a unique opportunity to take in one of the most spectacular examples of ice carving craft on the planet.

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Spa Like a Roman Emperor


BOOK NOW From $96, beaire.com

At the six international Aire Ancient Baths locations (with three more set to open before the end of the year) guests can slip into serious relaxation, exploring the waters inspired by ancient Roman bathing rituals. With numerous fresh and salt water pools set at different temperatures as well as saunas, exfoliation stations, and lounge areas, it's the most opulent way to unwind.

Taste Caviar and Champagne at The Russian Tea Room


BOOK NOW $625 for 2-4 people, ifonly.com

This iconic New York restaurant has been a go-to for celebrities craving a taste of class and Carnegie Hall casts alike. But even bold-face names like Madonna (who worked in the coat room, once upon a time) can't distract from the quality of a classic, old-school caviar and champagne tasting which includes a bottle of Dom Perignon and 2 oz. of Siberian osetra caviar. As a bonus, guests also get a tour of all four floors of the historic restaurant, first established in 1927 by members of the Russian Imperial Ballet.

Make Macarons with a Top Pastry Chef


BOOK NOW $135 per person, ifonly.com

While many of us love the light and sophisticated macaron, making one at home is another story. In this two-hour class, San Francisco pastry chef Eloise Kim will teach participants how to master the macaron. The session takes place at Kim's dessert cafe, DeLise, in the heart of San Francisco’s North Beach, and flavors could include pistachio sesame, lavender chocolate, and red velvet, among others.

Ballooning Over Mount Everest


BOOK NOW $5,950,000 per person, ifonly.com

Veteran pilot Chris Dewhirst and his team were the first and only people to fly a hot-air balloon over Mount Everest, and they're offering this unparalleled opportunity to ascend well beyond 30,000 feet with them on another trip. It's your chance to see Everest and the Himalayas from what might be the most impressive 360-degree vantage point on the planet.

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Etiquette Classes at the Plaza


BOOK NOW From $125 per person, beaumontetiquette.com

With offerings for both children and adults, etiquette expert Myka Meier teaches guests about everything from the art of making a good first impression to business networking. The children's program, in particular, includes the topics of basic table manners, greeting adults with respect, making friends, and positive body language and eye contact.

Go Around the World on the Four Seasons Private Jet


BOOK NOW From $98,000 per person, fourseasons.com

Four Seasons (and other brands) have offered private-jet travel experiences for some time, but now the hospitality company has its own custom-designed Boeing 757 that whisks guests to as many as 10 destinations on a single trip. Upcoming itineraries include a 16-day trip that covers the wonders of Central and South America, from the cosmopolitan beauty of Buenos Aires to the splendor of the Galapagos Islands.

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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