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Holiday time in 2018 is full of the hustle and bustle that is part of our daily lives, with the aid off non-stop e-mails for deals and sales and commercials for the next best toy or device there seems to be nowhere to hide and no way to truly express the sentiment of the holidays, which is love, joy, family and happiness. So, why not break out of the norm this year and gift those close to you, with an experience and a memory instead of thing?

Here are five great gift ideas, right here in Connecticut, that aren’t things:

A Winter Wonderland Sleigh Ride:

Allegra Farm, located in East Haddam, CT beacons a bygone era when people enjoyed each other and the beauty of nature. You can give this gift to loved ones, by getting them a gift certificate for a sleigh ride, which includes lap robes and handmuffs (BYOB if you want).

Let those closest to you make a lasting memory as majestic horses prance through the bright white snow, iconic sleigh bells ring and the crisp winter air washes over their faces. What could be more completely New England and beautiful? For more information go to www.allegrafarm.com or call 860-680-5149.

Cooking classes:

Everyone eats right? Why not help those close to you enjoy the process of cooking by gifting a cooking class that makes food preparation fun and exciting?

The Weekend Kitchen, located in Essex, CT believes that food brings people together. Offering a wide array of different classes, including vegan feasts, just cookies, Superbowl Sunday food, wine dinners, pasta parties, soups and more the Weekend Kitchen makes food fun again. These innovative classes are led by professional, local chefs who make the experience of cooking educational and exciting.

The Weekend Kitchen’s tagline is, “Come as strangers and leave as friends.”

Students all take equal parts in preparing the food, learning the ins and outs of new recipes and experimenting will new cooking tools; at the end of the three-hour class, everyone comes together to feast upon their tasty creations.

These cooking classes, which can be enjoyed by friends, couples, in-laws, co-workers and family members are really two gifts in one, juxtaposing an entertaining evening outing, with a food education.

For more information go to www.weekendkitchenct.com or call 860-767-1010.

A Leisurely Sightseeing Flight:

What better way to see the natural beauty of this area of Connecticut than from the vantage point of a small plane, piloted by a professional?

Gift that hard to buy for special person on your list with a sightseeing experience from Chester Charter located in Chester, CT, and let them enjoy an exhilarating ride on board an authentic 1941 Boing Stearman classic biplane. The tour includes a route up the Connecticut River, where historic landmarks can be viewed from the sky, or a scenic flight along the breathtaking shoreline area. If you are so inclined you can map your own original course and let your loved one fly above what interests them most, in this exclusive experienced tailored just for them.

For more information go to www.chester-charter.com or call 860-526-4321.

Ropes Course:

For the more adventurous special ones on your gifting list, why not get them a gift certificate for a day-long outing at the Fields of Fire Adventure Park located in Mystic, CT.

This gift will get their adrenaline pumping, as they tackle the task of challenging their mind, body and spirit in the treetop canopies of Mystic. The park is located on 50 serene acres of beautiful Connecticut wilderness, offering five unique courses, ranging in difficulty from beginner to expert, so its guaranteed there will be something for everyone.

This aerial park pushes the boundaries of earthly constraints and tests adventure, fear, excitement and exhilaration. Perfect for getting young adults away from the screen, or families together to make lasting memories with one another. The park offers day and night options and promises a good time for all.

For more information, go to www.fieldsoffiremystic.com or call 860-449-4628.

Escape Room:

A real-life brain teaser experience for the intellectuals on your list. An escape room experience at Mystified Escape Rooms, located in Mystic, CT may be just the ticket.

This family owned and run emporium of riddles and clues offers a collaborative experience of working together, problem-solving, thinking outside the box and a little bit of braveness.

Gift this experience to those that need to unplug and focus. Brain puzzles galore will intrigue and excite them as they use their deductive powers of reasoning to find their way out of tricky situations. There are a number of different escape rooms to choose from, with varying difficulty levels. A gift certificate to this experience is a unique opportunity that promises to wow even the most difficult people on your list.

For more information go to www.mystifiedct.com or call 860-245-5136.

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