Experiences to Gift Your Loved Ones
Bells, lights, and shopping line fights. That's the holiday spirit, right? What if it didn't have to be?
Every year, we ask our loved ones what they want for Christmas. And every year we get the same answers: "I don't know," or "I don't need anything," or the dreaded, "I want an iPad." This year, rethink the typical gift-giving approach and consider giving the gift of unforgettable memories to your loved ones. Whether it's family-friendly adventures, romantic date nights, or heart-pounding escapades, New Orleans has it all. Here's a curated list of experiences that will make perfect gifts for every type of person in your life.
Family Fun at Audubon
For a family-friendly gift that keeps on giving, consider an Audubon membership. With a membership, your loved ones have unlimited admission to Audubon Zoo, Audubon Aquarium, and Audubon Insectarium all year long, along with other discounts and perks.
The Audubon Zoo, Aquarium, and Insectarium offer an incredible range of animal encounters, educational experiences, and special events throughout the year. Memberships are available at various price points, ranging from $100 to $500.
Date Night Out
Giving the gift of a date night isn't just for the couples in your life. If you have any single family members or friends, having a prepaid date night can be just as appreciated. New Orleans is renowned for its culinary scene, with countless ideal destinations for a memorable date night.
Consider gifting a dining experience at one of the city's iconic restaurants. Pick up a gift card and let your loved ones savor the flavors of New Orleans in style. Acme Oyster House, Brennan's, and Court of Two Sisters, among others, offer gift cards for purchase.
Movie Lovers' Paradise
For movie enthusiasts, New Orleans offers unique cinematic experiences. Gift cards to the historic Prytania Theatre could be a perfect choice. This beloved theater showcases a mix of classic and contemporary films, providing a cozy and nostalgic atmosphere. Additionally, the Broadside hosts outdoor movies and events, offering a different kind of movie experience.
While they may not offer gift cards, you can still plan a movie night under the stars for your loved ones. Try making a basket with a blanket, candy, a printout of the upcoming showings, and an Amex gift card for the amount of two tickets. For fans of live music paired with film, Movies in Concert offers an innovative fusion of the two, providing an unforgettable night out. Consider gifting tickets to the upcoming screening of Black Panther at the Mahalia Jackson Theater for an extra dose of excitement.
Do you have a loved one who seems to always be seeking adrenaline-pumping experiences? If you know someone who craves adventure—and sometimes fear—New Orleans has thrilling options to choose from. Challenge their wits and teamwork with an escape room experience.
Clue Carré, Escape My Room, and the Escape Game each offer a variety of intriguing scenarios to test problem-solving skills. For those who crave the ultimate adrenaline rush, why not give them a skydiving experience with Gold Coast Skydivers? Plunging from the sky will certainly be an adventure they will never forget. You can purchase gift certificates on their website, with experiences starting around $225 per person.
Theater Lovers' Delight
New Orleans is a hub for culture and the performing arts, making it an ideal place for theater lovers. Treat your friends or family to a night at the Saenger Theatre, where they can witness captivating performances like the upcoming production of Les Misérables (January 30-February 4). From season tickets that start at $178 to specific shows, there's something for every budget and taste.
For ballet aficionados, consider tickets to the Mahalia Jackson Theater, where they can enjoy performances by renowned companies including Compania Nacional de Danza (the national dance company of Spain), as well as Les Ballets de Monte Carlo in classics such as Swan Lake.
For those with a taste for laughter, tickets to see comedians will keep them entertained. In fact, comedian Matt Rife is bringing his ProbleMATTic tour to New Orleans in February. Additionally, keep an eye out for concerts by legends such as Stevie Nicks and rising stars lsuch as Olivia Rodrigo.
Sports Enthusiasts Unite
If you have sports enthusiasts in your life (who doesn't?), New Orleans has a wide array of options. For basketball lovers, consider gifting tickets to a New Orleans Pelicans game, where they can participate in the excitement of the NBA. With an average price of $89, it's also an affordable way to enjoy a night out.
In the most obvious of choices, New Orleans Saints tickets are an instant win for any gift. While watching the game at home or the local bar is an experience in and of itself, experiencing the intense rumble of the Superdome provides an unforgettable NFL memory. While prices may vary, the average cost is around $271 per ticket.
For the unique sports fan, consider gifting tickets to a rugby game. The New Orleans Rugby Football Club hosts an exciting game day. Rugby is one of the most tough and brutal sports, but it is also a true team sport, with players often switching between offense and defense. Season tickets range from $116 to $830, with top-tier options including a VIP party suite for an unparalleled game day experience.
In a city as rich in culture and entertainment as New Orleans, there's no shortage of experiences to give to your loved ones. Whether it's a year of family fun at the Audubon Zoo, a romantic evening at a renowned restaurant, a night of laughter at a comedy show, or an adrenaline-pumping adventure, you can create memories that will last a lifetime. So this year, skip the traditional presents and give the gift of unforgettable experiences in the Crescent City. Your loved ones will thank you for the memories that will be cherished long after the holiday season has passed.