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Experiential Gifts That They'll Never Forget

This story originally appeared on The Shops at Columbus Circle

We all have that person in our lives: the one who is notoriously difficult to shop for. Have you been having a tough time coming up with just the right item for someone on your nice list? What if the perfect present isn’t something you can wrap? This year, how about giving an experience that will create memories and new skills. Check out these gifts from The Shops at Columbus Circle that will truly last a lifetime.


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Sushi Making Lessons with Masa

Have a friend or family member who is obsessed with sushi? Turn the tables and let them learn how to make their own sushi at Michelin-starred Masa. Guests start with a welcome drink (sake or champagne) and appetizer courses. From there, Chef Masa Takayama himself will teach the intimate group how to make the rice and how to slice the fish, explaining the importance of ingredients along the way. The class is limited to up to six guests and the cost is $1,000 for the group (hospitality included). This amazing opportunity will be offered from January through March, based on availability.







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Cooking Classes at Williams-Sonoma

In the back of Williams-Sonoma you’ll find one of New York’s best-kept secrets: a test kitchen used for cooking classes, private events, and tastings that’s like an in-store theater. Perfect for the cook-in-training, these immersive classes show the best way to leverage tools and ingredients. Plus, visiting culinary experts will teach valuable insider advice that will transform anyone’s cooking skills.







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Beauty Classes at Sephora

Know someone who loves beauty tutorials on YouTube? Peel her away from the screen with a real-life tutorial that she’ll love at Sephora. Choose from a plethora of beauty classes that you can book for free or a small fee, from On-the-Fly Eye to Contouring Made Easy to Skincare Mini Lessons. It’s an experience any girl will adore.







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Makeup Classes at MAC 

For the gal who likes to get glammed up, treat her to a custom makeup lesson at MAC Cosmetics. The store’s highly skilled artists will celebrate her individuality, offering professional services from applications to lessons — all that suit her unique lifestyle and taste. You can even earn credits for free makeup services as you spend on products.








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Haircare Classes at Aveda

Give the gift of serenity. Pair haircare products with complimentary in-store “rituals of renewal” at Aveda. Wellness is about resetting the senses, relieving stress, and feeling soothed and refreshed — and Aveda is there to help. Choose from eight services, including an aroma sensory journey and a stress-relieving scalp and shoulder ritual.







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Shaving Lessons at Art of Shaving

For pre-teens who are just starting to get a little stubble on their chin and don’t know what to do or for the guy who just needs to know how to get a better shave, The Art of Shaving is ready to come to the rescue. The on-site experts will do a shaving demo and recommend all the tools needed to teach any gentleman how to get a proper shave.








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Perfume Layering at Jo Malone

Treat someone special to a custom scent. Jo Malone offers complimentary fragrance-combining consultations. Your recipient will start with their favorite fragrance, then layer with another fragrance that’s perfect for them — making it warmer or fresher until it’s just right. Scents create the best memories, so you will always be top of mind.