Gifting, unwrapped

By / Style & Beauty / December 14, 2017

5 experiential gifts … and 5 more for under the tree

A great girlfriends’ workout, recently launched MVFitness is an upbeat mix of dance cardio and core sculpting. In each session, instructor Bobby Gouse teaches a real routine from a music video by pop stars like Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Britney Spears. $25, Dovetail Studios, 2853 W. Montrose; Also offered at AIR South Loop (1317 S. Michigan), and coming soon to Studio Three (648 N. Clark).


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Metallic bomber jacket: Victoria Sport, $79.50, Victoria’s Secret, 1138 S. Delano;

Immerse yourself — literally — in relaxation at the just-opened AIRE Ancient Baths, a cave-like, candlelit space featuring thermal pools to traverse, plus a menu of massages and other body treatments. Gift packages start at $79, 800 W. Superior;

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Plunge one-piece swimsuit: Ted Baker London, $139, Nordstrom, 55 E. Grand;

Gift the chance to go behind the grill at Benihana — which made its return to Chicago earlier this year — and learn the teppanyaki tricks from a master chef. After a one-on-one training session, the recipient gets to show off his or her new skills for friends. Starting at $200 for a chef and three guests, 875 N. Michigan;

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Kai Noodle collection dishes with chopsticks: $5.95-$24.95, Crate & Barrel, 850 W. North;

Wilmot Mountain, just over an hour drive north, offers some of the best skiing in the Midwest — not to mention a welcome getaway from the city. It’s celebrating its 80th anniversary this year with special ski promotions, like buy-two-get-one-free passes. $119, $109 kids, 11931 Fox River, Wilmot, Wisconsin;

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HyBridge Sutton Parka: $950, Canada Goose, 800 N. Michigan;

Schaumburg’s Medieval Times completely revamped its show this month, debuting all new costumes, an updated musical score and — for the first time in 34 years — a woman in the leading role. $61.95, $36.95 kids under 12, 2001 N. Roselle, Schaumburg;

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Wooden castle blocks: FAO Schwarz, $39.99, Bloomingdale’s, 900 N. Michigan;


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