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Top 5 Experience Gift Ideas in Santa Barbara

Holiday shopping – always an adventure, isn’t it? We want to make sure we’re giving memorable and unique gifts that our friends and family are going to love. Gift cards to stores and cash seem impersonal and there’s usually at least one person who just seems to have everything and is impossible to shop for. Gifting an experience is a way to provide the people you love with memories to last a lifetime! The Santa Barbara Adventure team did a little think tank to come up with a great list of experience gift ideas this holiday season:

1. Kayaking in Channel Islands National Park

For the outdoor enthusiasts, a little adventure would be right up their alley! We have the Channel Islands National Park in our backyard. Some of the most beautiful sea caves in the world can be found at Scorpion Anchorage on Santa Cruz Island and the Adventure Sea Cave kayaking tour is a fun and exciting way to explore the park.

Sea cave kayaking at Scorpion Anchorage, Santa Cruz Island, Channel Islands National Park

2. Tickets to a Comedy Show

Comedy Hideaway in Santa Barbara offers big laughs in an intimate setting, with visiting comedians from Netflix, Comedy Central and more. General admission tickets are $30 each, and they often run Groupon deals. Food and drinks are available for an all-around great evening for SO’s, friends and family.

3. A Wine Tour

Tired of giving wine enthusiasts a bottle of your favorite? Let Santa Barbara Wine Country Tours take the wheel and send them on a wine tour to the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley, Napa’s So-Cal sister, to pick out some new favorites of their own. Enjoy three wine tastings and a gourmet lunch while learning about what makes our wine region so unique.

4. Membership to a Local Museum

A great family friendly experience is a year-long membership to the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, which also includes entrance to the Sea Center on Stearn’s Wharf and more than 330 other museums and science centers worldwide. An excellent gift for folks who have a passion for the natural world, from planets to intertidal wonders and everything in between.

5. A Gift Certificate for any outdoor activity!

If you’re itching to give an adventure but don’t want to limit the options, a Santa Barbara Adventure Company gift certificate that lets your loved ones decide themselves is a great choice! From surf and SUP options, to kayaking and bike tours, there is undoubtedly a perfect match to pick from.

Taking in the views from the Santa Ynez mountains on the Mountains to Shore Bike tour

What are some of your favorite gifts to give? Let us know!

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