A guide to San Antonio’s best experiential gifts

Take your gift to new heights. | @ArmadilloBoulders

Take your gift to new heights. | @ArmadilloBoulders

We love to think our presents will be up on the mantelpiece forever. But let’s face it: some things are destined to add to our closet clutter.

It’s been on-trend for a while to offer experiences, rather than things, for gifts. To help you level up your gift-giving game this holiday season, check out our curated list of giftable experiences so you can sleigh the holidays.

For the foodie:

  • Bring the flavors of Spain, Greece, North Africa + more to your kitchen with the Culinary Institute of America’s Mediterranean cooking class.
  • Learn how to transform your kitchen into your very own coffee shop with this Home Barista Course from the San Antonio Barista Academy.
  • Head on over to the speakeasy Celler Mixology for a tour + a lesson on crafting the perfect cocktail.

For the adventurer:

  • Rock their world and give them the gift of a rock climbing class at Armadillo Boulders.
  • Become a certified scuba diver at SA Scuba Shack.
  • Explore the San Antonio River with a kayak lesson from The Texas River Company.

    Bring out your inner artist with an interactive class. | Photo by Taylor Lucille Photography

    Bring out your inner artist with an interactive class. | Photo by Taylor Lucille Photography

    For the artist:

    • Learn the art of modern brush calligraphy with The Golden Speck.
    • Get hands-on glass blowing experience with an instructor from Caliente Hot Glass.
    • Add sewing to your skillset with a class at Abby’s Attic Sewing Studio.

    For the nature lover:

    • Learn about the gorge-ous landscape, explore dinosaur footprints + find fossils with a guided tour at Canyon Lake Gorge.
    • Become one with mother nature and learn all about planting herbs at the San Antonio Botanical Garden.
    • Fly on over to Mitchell Lake Audubon Center for a bird watching tour where you can marvel at 300+ birds on its 1,200-acre sanctuary.

    For the seeker:

    • Experience a zen-ful moment with a sound meditation hosted by Southtown Music Studio at Mercury Project Contemporary Art Space.
    • Learn the Japanese healing technique Reiki at the Integrative Healing Institute.
    • Get hands-on experience and learn to make a wide range of topical and external herbal medicine products at The Human Path School & Herbal Medics Academy.
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