We all have that person in our life who would much rather spend their time out in the world experiencing things than sitting at home unwrapping presents. You know—the ones who have a schedule more stacked every week than Houstonia’s weekly things to do in Houston list.
Whether the go-getter in your life is into the arts, is wild about animals, is into extreme sports, or a huge fan of live performances, there’s sure to be something that will strike their fancy on this list of experiential gifts for Houstonians. So, get your credit card ready and get ready to set off on some of the coolest experiences Houston has to offer.
Gift card options range from $25–$400
Act out everyone’s favorite scene in Ghost through a single-session ceramics class at Independence Heights-located ceramic studio Third Coast Clay. The two-hour class, available on Saturdays and Sundays, will teach you the ins and outs of how to use a potter’s wheel. You’ll be able to bring home your final creations three to four weeks later (after they’ve been fired).
Gift certificates range from $90–$220
Want to get up close to some of the animals at Houston Zoo? The zoo’s Animal Encounters experience provides guests with unique opportunities to meet zookeepers and get up close to some of their favorite animals, including sloths, orangutans, giant river otters, and elephants.
$39 for adults, $29 for kids (ages 4–13), $29 for seniors (ages 65 and older)
Give the gift of an immersive, first-of-its-kind experience through tickets to Department of Wonder, Sugar Land Town Square’s new groundbreaking cinematic adventure. Perfect for adults and kids alike, this experience, which is akin to stepping into a video game, involves a staged, mixed-reality quest where guests are tasked with unraveling stories and solving puzzles.
Packages range from $80–$160
Give the gift of flight this holiday season through an indoor flight package to iFly Indoor Skydiving. This one-of-a-kind indoor skydiving experience will provide you with skydiving memories that will last a lifetime—all without having to actually jump out of a plane.
Experiences range from $35–$65
Are you fed up with all of the stress that comes along with the holiday season? Book yourself and a friend a trip to Tantrums, a Houston rage room where you’ll be able to spend a blissful five to 15 minutes smashing everything from TVs to dishware to smithereens with hammers, metal pipes, and baseball bats.
$36 for adults, $28 for kids (ages 3–12)
Experience the joy of color at Color Factory Houston, an interactive art museum that explores the world of color through interactive installations, immersive rooms, and curated moments inspired by the city of Houston—including a room that celebrates the 50th anniversary of NASA’s Lunar Landing.
Gift cards range from $10—$1,000
Looking for a spot where an entire family can be entertained all under one roof? Look no further than Palace Social, a Bellaire-located entertainment hub that includes everything from bowling lanes to an arcade to karaoke rooms, sports simulators, a full bar, and a full restaurant—making it the ultimate entertainment hub in Houston for families.
Tickets start at $49
Gift your loved ones a magical and exhilarating experience they’ll never forget this holiday season with tickets to Cirque du Soleil's KOOZA. The lively experience, which includes daredevil acrobatics and mischievous clowns all under one roof, returns to Houston for the second time in over 10 years from January 25 through March 5.
Gift cards start at $84
Escape the Room is an experience where you and your friends are trapped in a room and have 60 minutes to solve a puzzle before something diabolical happens. With room themes including everything from a pandemic outbreak to a spy thriller, there are plenty of options that will keep you and your guests entertained.
Passes range from $30–$65
Give the gift of art, history, and culture this holiday season through a Houston Museum Pass. The one-day, three-day, or 30-day passes give its recipient the opportunity to enjoy free entry into a bevy of Houston museums, including the Houston Museum of Natural Science, The Health Museum, Children’s Museum Houston, the National Museum of Funeral History, Holocaust Museum Houston, the Buffalo Solidiers National Museum, and many others.