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The Gift of Time

Experiences Make the Best Presents, and Here Are Some of Our Favorites

There is no better gift than spending time with family and friends. This year, instead of purchasing gifts that can be placed under the tree – why not give the gift of time together? After all, experiences make the perfect present. Here are a few of our favorite experiences to give this season.

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

The 66-acre Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is one of the world's premier gardens. Filled with color, beauty and adventure, it's one of our favorite excursions. The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden offer gift memberships for individuals and families. The Family + Adventure Garden membership includes year-round general garden admission for as many as six individuals, free parking for two vehicles and unlimited visits to the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. Garden memberships are tax-deductible, as well. Visit for more information.

Dallas Symphony Orchestra

Guided by renowned Music Director Fabio Luisi, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra delivers an uplifting and magical musical experience. Tickets to the Dallas Symphony Orchestra make the perfect gift for music lovers. Purchase individual tickets or spoil them by gifting them a subscription to a symphony series. These include the Jazz Series, Classical Series, DSO Pops Series, Gould Family Organ Recital Series and our favorite – the Family Series. The Family Series concerts are for the young and young-at-heart and are only an hour in length – perfect for smaller attention spans. Visit for details.

Perot Museum of Nature and Science

This year the Perot Museum of Nature and Science celebrated its 10th anniversary. Since 2012, the museum has been fostering a love of STEM for millions in North Texas. A Perot Museum membership is a memorable and educational gift. Visit for gift membership information.

Bass Performance Hall 

Ball Hall will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2023. The Fort Worth icon is a premier venue for touring artists and Broadway productions. Consider gifting tickets to one of the incredible upcoming performances. The Nutcracker will run until Christmas Eve and makes an excellent early Christmas gift. Or give them a New Year's Eve to remember at Abba the Concert - ABBA Tribute. Children will love tickets to The Lion King, which will premiere at Bass Hall in January. Visit for more information.  

Dallas World Aquarium

The Dallas World Aquarium is a treasure. Housed in a nearly 100-year-old warehouse downtown, the aquarium boasts multiple exhibits and restaurants. It's the perfect family outing. And it makes a fabulous gift. Consider giving a DWA Membership. Visit for details.  

Dallas Stars Tickets

Always fun and full of energy, a Dallas Stars game is the perfect outing to gift the sports fans in your life. Choose from single tickets or spoil them with a Pick 4 plan. Visit for details. 

Movie Night at AMC Highland Village

You simply can’t go wrong with gifting a movie night. Even the most persnickety person on your gift list will love it! Movie gift cards also make perfect teacher holiday presents. Visit for details.