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Comedian George Carlin said it best: “A house is just a place to keep your stuff while you go out and get more stuff.” So before you give someone more stuff (seriously, no one needs another throw blanket), think about giving your loved ones an experience of some kind. Here are six to consider.


For the Outdoorsy Type: Membership to the Dallas Arboretum

Give them the Dallas Arboretum. Well, not the actual place but a membership (from $85), which includes parking, access to special events and discounted tickets to the fall and spring outdoor concerts.

Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Rd.; 214-515-6615 or


For the Culture Vulture: CityPass

CityPass is a national program that allows you to purchase a booklet with tickets to multiple local attractions. Once you give them the pass ($44), the giftee can hit the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, the Reunion Tower GeO-Deck, the Dallas Zoo or the Sixth Floor Museum, and the Dallas Arboretum or the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.

CityPass, 888-330-5008 or

For the Beauty Obsessed: Hair Bar Package

No Dallas woman would ever balk at the Hair Bar’s Fantastic Four Package, which includes four hair-washing and styling sessions ($150). Bonus: She can sip Champagne and watch flicks like Breakfast at Tiffany’s while getting her hair done.

The Hair Bar, 6026 Royal Lane, #109; 214-369-4247 or


For the Art Lover: Membership to the Dallas Museum of Art

It’s true that entry is free at the DMA. However, a yearly membership (from $100) includes member free parking, two tickets for special exhibitions, and special invites to preview days and after-hours events.

Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood St.; 214-922-1200 or

For the Sports Enthusiast: Texas Rangers Exhibition Game Tickets

Kicking off the 2016 season, the Texas Rangers will play the defending World Series Champions, the Kansas City Royals, in the Alamodome in San Antonio on Friday, March 18, and Saturday, March 19. Seats range from $5 up to $95, so you have your pick of the best tickets for your favorite Rangers fan.

Texas Rangers; 972-726-4377 or


For the Yogi: Class Pack to Plum Yoga

Make sure your yoga friend keeps her Zen throughout the year with class packs (from $85) to the hottest new yoga studio in town, Plum. This spot offers traditional yoga in the East Studio and mindfulness-based fitness classes in the West Studio (think strength and flexibility classes, as well as gymnastics-style rings for core conditioning).

Plum Yoga Dallas, 1924 Greenville Ave.; 214-792-9918 or

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