Ask yourself, “Where is the holiday gift I gave my love last year right now?” If the answer is, “In the back of a closet,” then maybe it’s time to rethink your strategy while saving you from frantic searches and fretting over return policies.

Here are three fabulous gift experiences for the travel lover in your life:

Culinary and history lover? The European Christmas Markets via river cruise are the perfect escape. Meander past handcrafted delights, enjoy the carousel, and sample a little mulled wine, flaky pastries, renowned gingerbread, as well as fresh dumplings with vanilla sauce while cruising through a few UNESCO world heritage sites in Austria to Germany.


Adventurer who is ready to get away soon? New Zealand is calling! Aside from the fantastic exchange rate where $1 USD gets you 1.56 in currency there, their autumn is our spring. From March through May you can expect to see brilliant fall foilage and after Easter, less visitors. And for the thrill-seekers? Sail on a genuine America’s Cup yacht, explore a subterranean wonderland of glowworm caves and black water rapids guided by caving experts, and conquer the ‘Awesome Foursome’ of bungy-jumping, jet-boating, helicoptering and white-water rafting.

Service-minded humanitarian? Voluntourism blends immersion directly into a local community to help with daily activities and reconnection with your loved ones. For families, these experiences can also help older generations pass on core values to younger ones. Consider a soul-touching experience in Ecuador, Kenya or Northern India.