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Posted: December 7, 2010 05:32 PM

Let's just say it: The best gifts are gifts of experience. Period. No must-have designer bag or expensive shirt-and-tie combo will ever live up to the thrill of ticking something off the bucket list, creating a lasting set of memories that never go out of style. Which is why we're celebrating the holidays by dreaming about (and maybe even going on) these 12 great adventures -- "experiences that keep on giving," as we're calling them. Make it a holiday to remember and light up someone's season by giving one as a gift... or stuff your own stocking. (We won't tell!)

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Skip Barber Racing School
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For 35 years, Skip Barber has operated a fully integrated system of racing and driving schools on more than 20 of the most prestigious tracks in North America. Whether you're a wannabe professional racer, a sports car enthusiast or just an everyday driver in need of some help, the inspiring instructors at Skip Barber Racing Schools in Palm Beach, Atlanta and Laguna Seca will teach you how to take on the road in some of the world's most high-performance vehicles. If slamming on the accelerator until you get to more than 100mph in a Formula race car sounds too good to be true, then a Skip Barber Racing School package is for you.
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