12/07/2010 05:56 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

12 Unforgettable Holiday Adventures (PHOTOS)

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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