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Best of NJ Gift Guide: Last-Minute Gifts for Amazing Experiences

Stuck on what to get some people on your gift-giving list? No worries: There’s still time to give the ultimate last-minute gifts. Instead of wrapping a present, help create memories with an ultimate experience. Gift certificates and cards are available for some of New Jersey’s most out of the box gifts — from tightrope walking to whale watching and everything in between.

Cozy up with some wifi and your credit card, and start checking names off that list! These last-minute experiential gift ideas are sure to please.


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The Best Last-Minute Gifts for this Holiday Season


Hot Air Balloon Rides

hot air balloon ride

Here’s an experience that’s perfect for the Instagram-obsessed person in your life. Imagine the photos from their trip as they soar above the Garden State in a hot air balloon. They’ll be #thankful for this present.
More info: Visit the website.


Circus Performer Classes

This one is perfect for that one friend who still dreams of running away and joining the circus. They can learn the trapeze, the tightrope — or embrace their inner Bozo and learn to juggle. Gift certificates are available for both adults and kids for individual or series classes.
More info: Visit the website.


Sky Diving

sky diving

Gift certificates are on sale for the holiday season at Newark Skydive. Give the gift of ultimate freedom as your pal gets suited up and dropped from the sky for the experience of a lifetime. Who knows, they just may get hooked! Newark also certifies divers to become trainers, so this could be the gift certificate that keeps on giving.
More info: Visit the website.


Chocolate Making Classes

Now here’s an experience that’s truly sweet! Gift certificates can be applied toward any classes from chocolate high heel painting to truffle making at 2 Chicks with Chocolate. Candy lovers gather together and learn the true art of chocolate from two chicks (Elyissia Wassung and her mom, Barbara) who know it best.
More info: Visit the website.


Whale or Seal Watching

Whale watching

It’s true — whales and seals have returned to our waters, and seeing them up close is a must-do experience. Hop aboard the American Adventure and see this majestic wildlife up close. It’s a … whale … of a time. (Sorry, we had to!)
More info: Visit the website.


Helicopter Tours and Helicopter Flight Lessons

Get to the chopper — for some fun! See New Jersey from the skies with a ride in a helicopter. Or, let someone learn to pilot one themselves with this one-of-a-kind gift experience.
More info: Visit the website.


Wine Making Classes

last-minute gifts

If you’ve got a wine aficionado in your life, the ultimate gift would be the wine-making experience at Make Wine With Us in Wallington. The classes are conducted by American Wine Society-certified judges, and nine months afterwards the attendees take home cases of their own handcrafted vino to enjoy.
More info: Visit the website.


Bespoke Suit

There’s nothing like a sharp-dressed man, and Tom James in New Providence is just the place to send someone for made-to-measure custom suits. A gift card here would include a consult with a clothier, garment selection, tailoring and delivery.
More info: Visit the website.


Pottery Making Classes

last-minute gifts

For The Love of Mud offers classes for both children and adults in the art of pottery making as well as tile and kiln work. Give the gift of a creative experience — after which they’ll have a lovely hand-painted bowl, vase, or work of art as a memento.
More info: Visit the website.