12/01/2011 02:18 EST | Updated 12/01/2011 02:19 EST

The Experience Gift Guide: An All-In-One Present


In this season of gift giving, it's all too easy to get lazy and grab for the first thing you see. And more often than not, the first thing you see is a gift card to whatever store you happen to be in.

In the past few years, the gift giving industry cleverly created the "experience" gift card, which entitles the recipient to, say, a day in a hot air balloon or a night at a hotel and spa. A huge trend for this season, giving "experiences" is both generous and simple -- they're easy to find at major retailers, and there's usually something for any personality.

We love the notion, but we have a sneaking suspicion that it comes across as a bit too easy. That's why we've compiled a list of some great experience gifts that require both effort and vouchers -- let us know if there's any experience you're hoping to get under the Christmas tree this year on Twitter at @HuffPostCaLiv or in the comments below.

Total Experience Gift Guide