Looking for some help with gift ideas? We, of course, think that tickets are always the best possible choice! In the interest of being more specific, I've asked all of the Ticket Liquidator team members for their best holiday ticket suggestions.
Toni's Holiday Tickets as Gifts for Creative Types
I have a lot of friends and family who are writers and artists. Last year, I sent Cirque du Soleil tickets to friends on both coasts, a choice met with universal delight. One writer friend said seeing the show "filled her well" and gave her inspiration for the creative process going forward. Score!
If you have friends or family in either the Washington DC or Vancouver area, you might want to consider Cavalia, a spectacular event by the Cirque producers featuring the most amazing horses you've ever seen.
A family friend who is a well-know painter produced some of his most famous work after going to see the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. He was inspired by the color and movement of the performers and animals.
I like to listen to music while I write, and most of the artists I know do the same as part of their process. The combination of music, color and light always gets my creative juices flowing, so Trans-Siberian Orchestra tickets will likely find their way onto my list.
Andres' Gift Ideas for Sports Junkies
For sports fans, December means one thing and one thing only - BOWL GAMES!! Lots and lots of bowl games, 35 to be exact, all across America, even in Hawaii. Bowling season kicks off with the Gildan New Mexico Bowl on December 21 and culminates with the BCS Championship Game, this year place taking place at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.
If your college football team is selected to play in a bowl game, what better way to spend the holiday than a group trip along with the team to enjoy some tailgating and a football game at one of the country's premier football stadiums? Once the bowl committee has announced the bowl game matchups on Sunday, December 8, you will find a large assortment of tickets on our Bowl Game page.
Stacey's Family Favorites
Just as you open the obligatory photo card of your friends and their kids in matching reindeer sweaters, you remember you need gifts for the whole gaggle. Skip the rainbow loom and consider the gift of quality time with tickets to a family-friendly event. Musicals like The Lion King, Matilda, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, or Elf will delight all ages.
Sports more their style? Get them some poster board, paints, and tickets to WWE or Monster Jam Trucks. Life is all about the littl'uns? They may love kid favorites Sesame Street Live or Disney on Ice.
Are there new parents on your list? As long as you're volunteering to watch the baby, even a parking pass will do.
Adrian's Tips for Holiday Hipsters
It's the most wonderful time of the year once again and you know what that means! Santa who? The Whatcracker? No way! The only "Spectacular" music that's going to get you out of your seat this holiday season is happening at various Jingle Balls around the country! Stock up on candy canes and glow sticks, for the twerkpocalypse will soon be upon ye when Miley Cyrus, Macklemore, Selena Gomez, Chris Brown and Enrique Iglesias play at select Jingle Ball tour dates at venues nationwide. Win the holiday gift wars and the eternal gratitude of any cranky teenager in your life with Jingle Ball tickets.
Ian Says "Check Out Some REAL Football!"
America is one of the few countries already qualified for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, and Americans are snapping up those tickets! Once content to remain in the shadows, soccer is fast becoming one of the most popular sports in the USA. What could be a more perfect gift for your soccer-crazy loved one than a ticket to the greatest competition on earth?
If Brazil's a bit too far to go, then there's a domestic smorgasbord of "football" waiting for you right here at home. Major League Soccer is at its climax, with the MLS Playoffs taking place in a little under two weeks!
The Eastern Conference Finals will be Sporting Kansas City vs. Houston Dynamo on November 23rd in KC, and Portland Timbers vs. Real Salt Lake is on Sunday 24th of November in the Western Conference Finals at Portland's Jeld-Wen Field.
If the MLS playoffs aren't exciting enough, you can go to the MLS Finals, which will be between the winners of the Eastern and Western Conference. You're gonna have to wait and see who qualifies for that, though!
Dave's Guide to Gifting Theatre Tickets
I rarely come across a theatre show that I don't like. I mostly spend my time with plays and musicals, but even in those categories, the offerings in any city can vary greatly. And the theatre lovers in your life may have more specific taste than I do. So make sure you know your audience when selecting theatre tickets as holiday gifts.
For your younger fans or those you know have an unshockable demeanor and twisted sense of humor, The Book of Mormon is a sure bet to knock their socks off. A fan with more traditional taste might enjoy seeing a new version of a classic play, like Broadway's critically acclaimed revival of The Glass Menagerie.
Movie fans might get a kick out of Ghost the Musical and its fresh interpretation of the classic film. And the young at heart might enjoy the novel, irreverent Peter and the Starcatcher, a grown-up play with music that tells the backstory of Peter Pan. If you're really not sure what your recipient might like, buy them tickets to Wicked. There's a reason this show is an international phenomenon--it's a crowd pleaser.
Fatima's Rock 'n' Roll Favorites
What better way than to spend the holidays than warm and cozy by the fireplace, right? WRONG! Celebrate the holidays right this year by giving the gift of rock and roll. Jam out to some of the greatest performers to ever steal your teenage hearts. Make those nostalgic feelings a reality by seeing legends like The Eagles, Billy Joel, and Elton John perform live! Looking for a great gift that'll knock their socks off? Send them to rock out to epic performances by Cher and, of course, the jackpot of gifts--concert tickets the much-anticipated Paul Simon & Sting tour. Looking to keep your gift holiday themed? Take the whole family to see Mannheim Steamroller perform all your Christmas favorites. So don't hold back, folks! 'Tis the season to rock around the clock with your loved ones this holiday season!
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