Tickets to shows and concerts, unique food experiences, one-of-a-kind gift certificates, and more last-minute buys that buy you a little time in a pinch.More
Fandango Gift Cards, starting at $15, fandangostore.wgiftcard.com.
Making movie tickets seem like a thoughtful Christmas gift is possible, but requires two key plays. First, the tickets must be for a movie that will not be released until early 2017, thereby demonstrating that you've paid attention to films the recipient is anxiously anticipating. Second, the movie you choose cannot be a movie you'd normally want to see. Sorry, even if the idea of a live-action Beauty and the Beast creeps you out, if it's what your roommate would want to see, you might have to suck it up.
And if tickets to the right movie aren't on sale yet, opt for Fandango gift certificates. You'll be surprised at the joy this can elicit. Movie tickets are expensive, and getting them as a gift frees up the recipient to indulge in popcorn at the theater.
Bonnaroo Four-Day General Admission, starting at $300, bonnaroo.com.
Here's a list of everyone touring who we want to see in early 2017: Run the Jewels, The Growlers, MØ, Agnes Obel. If someone gave us tickets to any one of those shows, we might consider it the best gift we got all season. Concert tickets are a slow-release present; sure, the recipient only gets a printout with a barcode on it now, but they'll put that piece of paper on their fridge and look at it every day as their anticipation grows.
Bonnaroo tickets went on sale earlier this month, and SXSW badges are still available, for those who want to add an extra travel component to their music experience gifts.