5 Unique Experience Gifts

Tired of giving the same old gifts over and over again? While material items make special gifts, a unique experience gift can help create memories that last a lifetime. Baseball games, travel vouchers, plane tickets, and much more can help take your gifts to the next level and leave an impression that will always be fondly remembered. Here are five unique experience gifts for the next time you want something a little different.

1. Award Show Tickets

Have you ever attended the VMAs or Emmy’s? These exciting events can create memories you’ll never forget, as every event is different. When it comes to actors and artists, you can always expect the unexpected!

Gifting award show tickets can be a step-up from your usual gifts. Maybe dad doesn’t need another tie for his birthday, or mom has so many coffee mugs she’s running out of cupboard space. Your best friend probably doesn’t need another handbag either, but a pair of tickets to the VMAs can be just the thing to shake it up a bit and show your giftee just how much you care.

2. Major Sporting Event Tickets

For the sports fan in your circle, memorabilia and merchandise can only go so far. If you’ve maxed out their jersey collection and there’s no more room in the display case for bobbleheads, purchasing them an actual ticket to the event they’re so fond of can really light up their day.

Many sporting venues and associations offer discounts on season passes or family packages, so you can even include the whole family if you so choose. These make the perfect birthday, father’s day, or simply “I love you” gifts for your dad, brother, sister, uncle, or best friend who love sports.

You can also sign up your giftee for the loyalty program that many stadiums/associations offer, so they can earn points or other rewards for purchasing merchandise and tickets for their favorite teams. The gift that keeps on giving!

3. Glamping

Glamping is just camping without all of the barebones survival aspects thrown into it. With glamping, you’ll be sleeping in a comfortable tent or cabin, complete with all of the amenities you would have in your home (except with significantly better scenery).

Glamping near Yellowstone is a favorite among locals and tourists alike, as Yellowstone has some of the most breathtaking experiences and landscapes of any of the nation’s national parks. Experience the beauty and majesty of the national parks from a luxury tent complete with a bed and comfortable pillows!

4. Cruise Tickets

What’s better than a cruise? A cruise that was gifted, of course! Cruises make for amazing experiences; you get to travel the high seas on a luxury ship while enjoying fun in the sun in tropical places.  

There are literally thousands of cruise packages available online, each with their own specific itineraries and inclusions. Some packages will include airfare and alcohol, while others will only include the cost of the cruise itself. It’s important to always price check with other cruise lines to ensure you’re getting a great deal, as prices and packages can change daily.

Many cruise packages are quite affordable, ranging from just above $1,000 to well above $5,000. It all depends on how long the cruise is, which room you choose on the ship, and departure dates.

5. Racing a Luxury Sports Car

If you’ve got a friend or a loved one who loves cars, this is the ultimate gift experience for them. Flying down the racetrack in a Lamborghini or Ferrari is a truly unique experience, and sure to satisfy the car lover in your circle.

There are many tracks that provide such experiences, from The Las Vegas Motor Speedway to Homestead Miami Speedway in Florida. The packages will vary in cost, but we found some that fell in at around $400 for three laps. You can always choose more laps as well, but the price goes up from there.

Racing some of the fastest cars in the world is sure to be an experience your friend or loved one will thank you for over and over again. After all, who hasn’t wanted to suit up and hit 200mph on an open road in a Ferrari?

Alpha Group Celebrates Spongebob Squarepants’ 20th Anniversary with Fresh Line or Imaginative, Unique Toys

EL SEGUNDO, Calif – “Are you ready kids?” Just in time for the 20th anniversary of SpongeBob SquarePants, Alpha Group, the global master toy partner of Nickelodeon’s iconic and top-rated animated series, is introducing a brand-new, never-before-seen product line. Building upon two decades of incredible SpongeBob content and fandom, these toys have evolved from the conventional preschool toy range and are certain to excite a multi-generation fan base – Kids, Tweens, Teens and Millennials. The company’s imaginative range includes collectible pop culture figures, fun-loving novelties, plush and – for the first-time ever – SpongeBob toys that include Nickelodeon Slime! SpongeBob SquarePants has emerged as a global pop culture phenomenon since first premiering on Nickelodeon in July 1999. The series has been the most-watched animated program for more than 17 consecutive years, is seen in over 208 countries and translated in more than 55 languages. The Spring line up hitting retail now is as follows:

Slimeez with Nickelodeon Slime Experience the world of Bikini Bottom like never before with SpongeBob Slimeez Figures! Load each 3-inch figure with Nickelodeon Slime (included), push and watch the ooey gooey Slime ooze through the figures. Six figures are available this spring at Target, each packaged with 2oz. Slime and collectible SpongeBob cube for the ultimate blind package experience. Will you find the rare Gold SpongeBob Slimeez? Seven figures debut in Fall. Ages 6+, SRP: $6.99 – Slimeez in action :

SpongeBob StretchPants Play with SpongeBob in a crazy new way! Stretch his arms and legs to activate over 20 unique silly sounds and phrases from SpongeBob himself! Parents, siblings and friends can join in the fun by grabbing an arm and a leg. Keep pulling to hear what he will say next! The more you pull, the funnier he gets! Available on Amazon and Target for ages 4+, SRP: $24.99.

Masterpiece Memes 8-inch collectible vinyl figures bring to life fan favorite show and movie moments that have now become some of the most popular viral memes. Featuring exceptional details and window packaging for collector displays, the Spring Masterpiece Memes figures include Mocking SpongeBob, Imaginaaation SpongeBob, Surprised Patrick, Spongegar and Handsome Squid ward. Available at Amazon and Target for ages 6+, SRP: $19.99

SpongeHeads Young-and-old alike, dress up as your favorite SpongeBob SquarePants characters with the 20-inch soft, inflatable head wear! Made to fit most kid and adult heads, Sponge Heads allow fans of all ages to show off their favorite characters in a silly fashion statement! Let the party begin! Available on Amazon and Target for ages 6+, SRP: $12.99

Mini Plush – Bring Bikini Bottom to the toy collection with these soft, 6-inch Mini Plush friends! These adorable little SpongeBob characters are perfect for play and display. Six characters debut at Hot Topic and Target. Ages 4+, SRP: $7.99

SpongePop CulturePants The 4.5-inch vinyl collectible figures celebrate and capture iconic pop culture in a unique SpongeBob way. The Spring line includes B-Movie SpongeBob, Patrick and Dr. Plankton, based on the horror episodes from the show, as well as Old Timey SpongeBob, Patrick and Squidward in an all-new timeless style inspired by the golden age of animation. Available on Amazon for ages 6+, SRP: $9.99

Giggle Blaster – SpongeBob is silly and wacky and now kids can be too with the SpongeBob-styled Giggle Blaster. Featuring a real working periscope, the fun-themed blaster sprays aerosol party string (included) and shouts over 15 SpongeBob phrases and sounds. Packaged with one can of aerosol party string, and compatible with most standard size cans, the Giggle Blaster arrives in Fall. Ages 6+, SRP: $19.99

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Major League Gaming Breaks Records With 181,000 Unique Concurrent Online Viewers of Orlando Pro Circuit Video Game Competition

Major League Gaming Breaks Records With 181,000 Unique Concurrent Online Viewers of Orlando Pro Circuit Video Game Competition
Fourth Consecutive Record Breaking Online Broadcast of the 2011 Pro Circuit Season
More than 3.2 Million Hours of Video Consumed by Viewers Over the Weekend

NEW YORK—October 20, 2011—Major League Gaming (MLG), the world’s largest competitive video game league, continued its record breaking 2011 Pro Circuit season with 181,000 unique concurrent online viewers tuning in for the LIVE streaming broadcast of the Orlando Pro Circuit competition last weekend.  The fourth consecutive record breaking online broadcast of the season, Orlando viewing numbers surpassed the previous record of 138,000 concurrent viewers for the Raleigh Pro Circuit in August. Over the three-day competition October 14-16th, more than 3.2 million hours of video were consumed online and more than 15,000 fans attended in person. Working with Streamworks, the global, end-to-end streaming company that delivers a superior video experience across any network to any device, MLG delivered uninterrupted 720p high definition, high-quality video streams of the competition. Pro Circuit competitions and rebroadcasts of all matches are available on MLG.tv.

“The record-breaking viewership of our LIVE broadcasts this year is truly elevating the global presence of e-sports, placing MLG viewing in the same ballpark as traditional TV viewing numbers,” said Sundance DiGiovanni, CEO, Major League Gaming. “The support of our community is undeniable and fans can expect more high-quality streaming, intense match ups and 2012 season announcements during our 2011 Pro Circuit Championship LIVE from Providence, Rhode Island, November 18-20.”

The six-city 2011 MLG Pro Circuit places the most talented video game players alongside their toughest opponents as they battle for more than $1 million in prizes. The season culminates with the 2011 National Championship next month where the world’s best players will compete for more than $600,000 in prizes and stipends. Spectator and competitor passes can be purchased online.

To receive ad-free streams, discounts on passes and other added benefits, fans can become MLG League Members.  Gold MLG League members ($29.99-12 months) receive $10 off competitor passes and $5 off spectator passes, early entry into the event, high definition ad-free LIVE video streams for home viewing, discounts on MLG apparel and partner products and more. Silver MLG League members ($9.99-3 months) receive access to high definition, ad-free streams of Pro Circuit competitions,  premium VoD, access to member only forums and more.

About Major League Gaming:
Founded in 2002, Major League Gaming (MLG) (www.majorleaguegaming.com) is the dominant media property exclusively targeting tens of millions of consumers worldwide who have a passion for playing video games as a competitive social activity. The company gives aspiring gamers around the world an opportunity to compete, improve their skills, and socialize through a thriving competitive community with more than 750,000 matches each month online and LIVE in-person Pro Circuit tournaments in cities nationwide. MLG broadcasts all Pro Circuit play via LIVE streaming online to hundreds of thousands of fans in more than 170 countries.  MLG also provides extensive online editorial and video content to more than 8 million unique fans each month including LIVE and on-demand original programming related to games, technology and more at MLG.tv and MLG Live.

 

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