Live in the


It's time to think outside the box: literally.
 This year, give everyone on your list a unique experience—because memories last longer than a scented candle ever could.

Photos: Eric Wolfinger, Traveling Spoon, Cook Space

State of the Art

If you want to build a friendship, don't put your gift inside a box. Instead, go the museum membership route—they're likely to get a great meal out of it. We're talking a James Beard-nominated restaurant inside a D.C. museum, artception cuisine at Chicago's MCA and a Michelin-starred chef's latest spot at NYC's Met Breuer. Bonus: After dining at Toups South in New Orleans, you can keep on drinking inside the Southern Food & Beverage Museum.

For the ultimate art-filled afternoon, you can use Membership Rewards® points to arrange an expert-led private tour of NYC's Chelsea galleries, complete with lunch at the neighborhood's hot spots.*

Meal Plan

Anyone who's ever called shotgun knows that front seat action is the way to go. And restaurants around the country, from Gabriel Kreuther in New York to Tavernetta in Denver, have seats perfect for watching chefs as they work. We also love Healdsburg's SingleThread, where you'll have a truly hospitable experience. And there's always the "gastronomic journey" at Barcelona's Enigma—just be sure to include yourself in the reservation.

Find out what it's like to be one of Boston's leading chefs as you shop the farmers' market with Jamie Bissonnette—then enjoy brunch at his restaurant made from all the goods you scored.*


For Good Measure

In the season of giving, don’t forget about the ultimate gift; using Membership Rewards® points for a donation to a charitable cause. Whether you use points for a donation to support education and the arts, disaster relief, fund medical research or help a community abroad, you can rest assured that everyone wins.

Roam Is Where the Heart Is

When your sister jokingly put "Avoid All Airport Trauma" on her wish list, she likely didn't know that screening service Clear can do just that. Give a national parks pass to those sick of the city, and let the Journy experts do the planning for someone who just needs to relax—or have Pack Up + Go pick a surprise destination. And if you can't find your uncle's ideal Merlot, let him find it while exploring the Shawangunk Wine Trail, wine passport in hand.

The best part: You can treat your favorite adventurer to the trip of a lifetime by using points to book travel.

Class Act

You know that adage about teaching a (wo)man to fish? So does the team behind MasterClass, a site that streams lessons from Gordon Ramsay, Alice Waters and others. For IRL culinary classes, try Brooklyn's Cook Space—or send a friend globe-trotting via Traveling Spoon, which is like Airbnb but for hands-on cooking lessons in a local's home. Meat and cheese lovers will delight in boot camp at Murray's Cheese in NYC or Belcampo Farms' West Coast glamping trip.

Throw a tablet into the mix, so they show up to class ready to take notes—and as a subtle reminder to snap and share a few photos.*

Repetition Is Key

Movie buffs will get lost in a FilmStruck subscription, with access to countless classics like Chungking Express and Babette's Feast. They'll need caffeine to power through that many films, and Turntable Kitchen is your source for those who take their coffee with a side of vinyl. Boozehounds: Soon-to-launch 1933 Club pairs monthly craft beer with brewery swag, and a Division Winemaking Co. gift includes in-person perks with bottles of lesser-known wine.

Don't let a single drop go to waste: This useful gadget ensures they can sample all that new wine without committing to finishing the bottle.*

*While supplies last