Los Angeles Experiential Gift Guide

Give Someone an LA Experience for the Holidays or Any Time

Shopping for someone who will be traveling to LA this year? A watch or a sweater will come in handy, but a once-in-a-lifetime experience will be something they'll remember forever. Here are some LA experiences for all ages and tastes.

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    For Kids

    Jedi Training Academy at Disneyland
    ••• Jedi Training Academy at Disneyland. Photo © 2016 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    A Faery Hunt is a great interactive show for kids in Beverly Hills, Granada Hills and other locations. Both girls and boys will enjoy the interactive hunt for faeries and elves incorporating life lessons.

    For a bigger splurge, a day out at Disneyland or Knott's Berry Farm is a winner with the little ones.

    And for the very young, tickets to the Bob Baker Marionette Theater near Downtown LA will enchant from toddlers on up.

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    For Girls

    American Girl Place at the Grove
    ••• American Girl Place at the Grove. Photo © 2016 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    American Girl Place - a gift certificate from American Girl Place at the Grove in LA can be redeemed for dolls, books and clothes, or a meal in the American Girl Café.

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    For Boys

    Kart Racing
    ••• Kart Racing. Photo Getty Images/Zero Creatives

    Kart Racing at MB2 Raceway in Sylmar. - speed demons 48" and taller can test out their track skills at MB2 Raceway in Sylmar. Junior and adult karts available. Prices start at $20 Junior (48"+) 10 lap or $23 Adult (57"+) 14 lap race. Gift Certificates available.

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    For Teens

    Surfing Lesson in Santa Monica
    ••• Surfing Lesson in Santa Monica. Photo © 2010 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    Private Surfing Lessons in Santa Monica, Hermosa Beach, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, or Laguna Beach.

    If you are from the region or a frequent visitor to Tinseltown, you can get an annual pass from Knott's Berry FarmUniversal Studios Hollywood or Six Flags Magic Mountain for the price of a single day ticket.

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    For the Ladies

    Tikkun Holistic Spa, Santa Monica
    ••• A couples room at Tikkun Holistic Spa, Santa Monica. Photo courtesy of Tikkun Holistic Spa

    A Spa treatment at any of hundreds of day spas, or Beauty Makeover and fashion photo shoot in Beverly Hills from Great American Days.

    A deluxe meal, spa treatment or weekend getaway from Groupon LA.
     

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    For the Star Struck

    Starline TMZ Tour on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills
    ••• Starline TMZ Tour on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. Photo © 2016 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    Los Angeles Celebrity Homes Helicopter Flight - From $219 for a 35 minute tour of celebrity homes and LA landmarks. Get a view over the high shrubs and fences that you can't see from the tour buses.

    On a lower budget, try the bus version of the Movie Stars Homes Tour or the TMZ Hollywood Tour.

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    For Theme Park Fans

    Six Flags Magic Mountain
    ••• Six Flags Magic Mountain. Photo © 2010 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    The Southern California CityPass includes a 3-Day Disneyland and California Adventure Park Hopper ticket, and one day each at SeaWorld San Diego, and LEGOLAND.

    Or the Go Los Angeles Card, which includes Universal Studios Hollywood, Knott's Berry Farm, Six Flags Magic Mountain and LEGOLAND, as well as dozens of other attractions.

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    For the Romantic Adventurer

    Newport Beach Aerial Sunset
    ••• Newport Beach Aerial Sunset. Photo John Connell/Getty

    A Los Angeles Romantic Sunset Helicopter Tour - Watch the sun set and the LA lights come on with a private flight for two over Los Angeles. OR

    Los Angeles Romantic Helicopter Flight with Mountain Top Landing from $299 per person.

    Helicopter Tour with a Romantic Malibu Peak Picnic for $475

    Hot Air Balloon Flight from Temecula from $250

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    For the Hard Core Adventurer

    Fighter Pilot Experience
    ••• Fighter Pilot Experience. Photo courtesy of Viator

    Give your adventurer an Extreme Biplane Thrill Ride in Fullerton, Tandem Paragliding or Tandem Paramotor Flight in Malibu, or a Fighter Pilot Experience in San Diego. OR

    A Gift Certificate to Great American Days or Viator to choose an adventure of their choice.

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    For the Theatre Fan

    Harmony at the Ahmanson Theatre
    ••• Harmony at the Ahmanson Theatre. Photo by Craig Schwartz courtesy of Center Theatre Group

    Discount theatre tickets from Goldstar Events - you can get twice as much theatre for your money when the tickets are half price. They will be notified of your gift by email. Choose from dozens of theatre productions and other events, including, sporting events and spa treatments. Gift certificates are also available so they can choose their own.

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    For Anyone

    Go Los Angeles Card
    ••• Go Los Angeles Card from Smart Destinations. Courtesy of Smart Destinations

    The Entertainment Book - discounts on dining and entertainment all over LA.

    Go Los Angeles Card - Cardholders get in free to most Southern California theme parks and a couple dozen LA area museums, tours and attractions.

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    Gadgets to Help Visitors Enjoy the LA Experience More

    Etymotic ER-20 XS High Fidelity Ear Plugs
    ••• Etymotic ER-20 XS High Fidelity Ear Plugs. Photo courtesy of Etymotic

    Many Los Angeles shows, theme parks and other adventures are excessively loud - more so than the same activities in other parts of the country. So quality ear plugs for adults and earplugs or ear muffs for kids can dramatically improve an otherwise painful experience. If you just need to mute the sound a little, Ear Peace earplugs do a great job for adults, while preserving sound quality. Etymotic's ER-20xs earplugs offer even more protection and can improve a typical LA theatre or Disneyland experience, but may not be strong enough for some live music venues. They also come in an extra small size that allows kids to better enjoy experiences that are otherwise uncomfortably loud. When even the Etymotics aren't enough, my fallbacks are the Howard Leight Laser Lite Foam Earplugs.