Gift ideas for the un-material girl (or boy) in your life

Nov 22, 2017 at 1:00 am
Immerse, MGM Grand Detroit.
Immerse, MGM Grand Detroit. Courtesy photo

Don't we all have enough things? Instead of unwrapping another sweater or tie, perhaps your beloved would rather find a spa package with their name on it under the tree — hey, we're just thinking out loud here. We've rounded up some options that range from unusual sporting to a steam at the Schvitz. Pro tip: Schedule the damn thing, too.

Art enthusiast package at Townsend Hotel

Starts at $465

A weekend getaway doesn't have to involve a plane ticket. Stay the night at Birmingham's posh Townsend Hotel and nibble on the Rugby Grille's foie gras burger while you're there. This particular package includes transportation to and from the Detroit Institute of Arts (remember, tickets are free if you live in the tri-county area).

100 Townsend St., Birmingham;


Axe-Throwing at HUB Stadium

$80-$100 per hour

Move over, darts. Axe-throwing — yes, axe-throwing — is the next big thing in bar sports. Sure, danger is inherently heightened while you're throwing heavy metal weapons at the wall, but HUB promises an expertly trained axe-throwing coach will be there every step of the way.

2550 Takata Dr., Auburn Hills;



$120 for 2 hours

What, you never threw a football at a bunch of bowling pins before? Well, sounds like you need to get all your closest friends together and head to Hamtramck. The Fowling Warehouse is a venue that's as unique as they come and whoever is on the receiving end of a two-hour lane rental will surely enjoy your gift giving ingenuity.

3901 Christopher St., Detroit;


Acrobatics classes at Flyhouse Detroit

$100 per class

This Detroit-based circus school is so popular that all of its upcoming aerial performance classes are already sold out. Luckily, there are still openings available for acrobatics classes for the aspiring performer in your life.

1321 Watson, Detroit; 313-674-6424;;

The Schvitz

$35 per visit per person

I don't know about you, but being lightly beaten with palm fronds sounds relaxing AF. And yes, that is an amenity offered at this historic bathhouse. Guests will also be treated to ancient heat therapies and holistic healing.

8295 Oakland Ave., Detroit;; 313-724-8489

Flotation therapy at Motor City Float

Floats begin at $65

For your friend who is eternally stressed, consider giving them the gift of utter silence and a complete retreat from their woes. They'll sink into a bathtub filled with water heated to human body temperature and treated with Epsom salt. The result is supposed to be total relaxation.

1203 W. 14 Mile Rd., Clawson;; 248-951-2634

Spa package at Immerse, MGM Grand Detroit

Spa journeys begin at $490, massages begin at $110.

This spa is one of the most serene we've ever seen — and it's huge. There's an indoor pool, a full locker room, private massage rooms, and a place to get a manicure and pedicure. You can schedule one or two treatments, or book a five and a half hour spa journey.

1777 Third Ave., Detroit;; 313-465-1656

Cryotherapy at Cryospa Detroit

Sessions begin at $65

Supposedly, cryotherapy can treat any number of ailments, including localized pain, migraines, low risk tumors, and even dementia. This is a great gift for your friend who always wants to try the "new thing" or just enjoys wacky (possibly quacky) health treatments.

32828 Woodward Ave., Royal Oak; 248-591-4418;