By Olivia Cuccaro
‘Tis the season for giving and at Elite Traveler, our list of the best luxury gifts continues to grow. While there will always be something special about presents wrapped with a bow, experiential gifts can be even more intriguing. This year, give the gift of a once-in-a-lifetime experience straight from the Sotheby’s catalogue.
Beginning November 28, Sotheby’s will debut IfOnly Presents: The Experiences Auction, a unique online auction featuring experiences rather than items. IfOnly, an American marketplace for experiences, has partnered with the renowned auctioneers to offer extraordinary adventures up for bidding. And trust us, there’s something for everybody on your list.
Stumped on what to get the aspiring artist? Try an aerial photography lesson led by Pulitzer Prize winner Vincent Laforet. For the gourmand? A six-person bespoke private dinner at The NoMad or a wine tasting at Meadowood Napa Valley. If you have a sports fanatic to impress, bid on a tennis clinic or round of golf with the pros. The traveler will swoon over a 10-day trip to Bali, while the ultimate fan will relish meeting Forest Whitaker for London’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story premiere. Or, if it’s your turn to entertain, bid to host a guided caviar-tasting party for friends and family.
IfOnly Presents: The Experience Auction will take place now through December 9, 2016. A portion of each item’s selling price will go to charitable causes. For bidding and more information, please visit sothebys.com/ifonly.