With minimalist lifestyles increasingly popular with younger generations and overworked parents and retirees looking to downsize, it can be hard to find freebies this holiday season.
You don’t want to buy gifts that get bulky in the New Year.
Instead of buying another blanket or the last toy this Christmas, consider giving a gift that can be used long after the lights and tree are put away.
Experience gifts not only allow the recipient to enjoy a night out – instead of finding space for an item they might not really need – but the experience of gift giving creates. also lasting memories, while supporting local businesses and the local economy.
The following businesses in the Topeka region offer the gift of experience.
Site: 906 S. Kansas Ave.
Golf fanatics can take advantage of four state-of-the-art TrackMan golf simulation bays that allow them to play golf anywhere, anytime. Using Virtual Golf radar and camera tracking technology, the experience emulates some of the best courses in the world including Pebble Beach, Lago Mar Country Club and St. Andrews.
The Tee Box also offers a menu that includes charcuterie boards, flatbreads, hot dogs and more. Guests can enjoy cocktails and draft beers while enjoying the ultimate golf experience without leaving Topeka town center.
Site: 1936 northwest of Tyler Street.
A GreatPLAY by GreatLIFE membership could be the perfect gift for an active teenager or a family. With indoor and outdoor facilities, guests will find trampoline pits, arcade games, laser tag, paint ball, soccer golf, disc golf, cycle paths, swimming pool, hot tubs, saunas and more.
Membership options range from $ 10 to $ 55 per month.
Site: 2600 SW 17th St.
If someone in your life needs a little stress relief, consider gifting them an experience at Havoc Room, Topeka’s newest Rage Room. It’s a safe space to spend negative energy smashing, smashing, and destroying everything from dishes to electronics.
Havoc Room provides the room, fragile items, safety equipment and cleaning. Gift cards are available now. Appointments are required to ensure room availability.
Site: 3028 SW 8th Ave.
Live theater enthusiasts can enjoy up to five plays, three musicals and a dozen Laugh Lines improvisational shows, as well as special events at the Topeka Community Dinner Theater each season.
Buy TCT season passes or single show tickets, or purchase a gift certificate this holiday season to provide a show all year round.
Gift certificates ordered after December 15 must be picked up at the TCT ticket office during opening hours. Seasonal subscriptions range from $ 300 to $ 400 per year, and tickets for a single show are $ 20 to $ 50 depending on whether or not a meal is included in the ticket price.
Site: 915 S. Kansas Ave.
Video game enthusiasts and nostalgic, nostalgic 1980s kids will love The Pennant’s over 50 vintage arcade games, including fan favorites like Pinball, Space Invader, and Pac-Man. Downstairs, participants can go bowling or two-man bowling on the Pennant’s four lanes.
With burgers and a rotating beer selection, preload an arcade card for an easy Christmas stocking or purchase a gift certificate that gets the recipient to dine and play.
Site: 904 N. Kansas Ave.
An experience for the whole family, NOTO Escapes is an interactive puzzle-based escape room located in Topeka’s historic NOTO Arts District. The rooms can be personalized according to the age and skill level of the participants. The objective is to solve the puzzle and get out of the room before the time runs out.
Each escape room experience lasts between 20 minutes and an hour. Ticket prices range from $ 15 to $ 25 per person. Gift certificates are available online in denominations of $ 25 to $ 100.
Site: 115th SE 6th Ave.
Topeka Bar dedicated to the growing sport of ax throwing is running a promotion on gift cards during the holiday season. The company’s website advertises that for every $ 100 purchase, customers will receive a free Ax & Ale t-shirt.
In addition to ax throwing, choose from 12 beers on tap and have a drink at the bar while watching the sport. Snacks are available or purchase a restaurant gift card from nearby Iron Rail, which will make meal deliveries.
The price range for an hour and a half of ax throwing fun is $ 25 to $ 125, depending on the number of party attendees.