Sometimes the perfect holiday gift comes from thinking outside the box.

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Every holiday season there are people on your list who create all kinds of problems. What do you give someone who has everything or doesn’t want anything?

Here’s a solution: don’t buy them a thing. Get them an experience.

Making memories is a gift that will be remembered for a lifetime.  For that person who’s difficult to shop for, don’t buy another trinket that will just collect dust on the shelf.  Treat them to a unique getaway.

If you’re looking for ideas this season, look no further than Vancouver B.C.  Over the next few months, there are some terrific events that will make your gift giving a breeze.  And just imagine how they’ll feel when you tell them you’re sending them on an exotic international trip.

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Here are some suggestions that are sure to warm the hearts of your loved ones this holiday season.

Dine Out Vancouver

From Jan. 19-Feb. 4 Vancouver goes all in for Dine Out, a festival offering a smorgasbord of events for the foodies in your life. Hundreds of restaurants offer prix-fixe menus, at $20-$30 and $40.  In addition, here are just a few of the many offerings.

A Grand Tasting at the Orepheum Theater is a great way to kick things off.  The elegant theater transforms into two levels of culinary wonderland with tasting tables, craft breweries and local wines.

Take a Spirited Masterclass and learn the dark arts of cocktail mixing with bitters, or study in-depth secrets of whiskey, tequila and rum.

The Secret Supper Soiree is a speakeasy-themed night that takes you to underground eateries by way of classic trolley.  Dressing in 1930s era clothing is half the fun!

Take a walking trip through Chinatown for Hidden Gem Dim Sum Tours to unearth  authentic family-run restaurants you probably wouldn’t find on your own.

Combine your events with a Dine & Stay package starting at only $89/night. A great gift idea is to splurge on a Club Amuse-Bouche Collection hotel where you can experience a lavish five-star hotel.

Canadian Tire National Skating Championships

During the Olympics, figure skating is one of the most-watched events, and some of the hardest tickets to get.  But you can see future medalists at this year’s Canadian Tire National Skating Championships Jan. 11-14.

It’s your chance to get a front-row seat to see some of the best skaters in the world.  Many will be on the ice including Patrick Chan, Virtue and Moir, Duhamel and Radford and Kaetlyn Osmond – all of whom stand a strong chance to win gold at this winter’s Olympics.

Holiday Happenings

Give an early gift and plan an excursion to Vancouver for seasonal festivities.  The city transforms into a magical wonderland each December with myriad lights and activities.

At the annual Christmas market, wander through rows bursting with gems created by local artists and craftsmen.  Handicrafts and gifts abound from hand-blown ornaments, to German beer steins to ugly sweaters.

It’s all the more merry because the Canadian dollar has a great exchange rate against the U.S. dollar, so you can find some real bargains.

Just for Laughs Northwest: Vancouver’s Comedy Festival

The gift of laughter is priceless.  Guaranteed hilarity can be found at one of North America’s largest comedy festivals March 1-10.

Some of stand up comedy’s biggest names will be doing live shows.  Headlining this year are Bill Burr, Trevor Noah, Jo Koy and Maria Bamford.  There will be more than 95 shows in over 25 venues during the festival.

See world-renowned comedians and those who will soon be household names. But more than just a list of stand up comics, the festival will include improv, sketch comedy, podcasts and outdoor community events.

Tickets go on sale Fri., Dec. 8th.

Vancouver, B.C. is an exciting, attractive and welcoming city, and a must-visit year-round destination. Visit Tourism Vancouver to learn more.