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Holiday gift guide 2016: Presents they'll never forget

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For many revelers, Christmas morning conjures memories of carefully wrapped presents under the tree.

Yet as consumers increasingly favor experiences over physical goods, traditional holiday gifts are often taking a back seat to vacations and other activities.

While that may lead to some empty space under the tree, it also presents an opportunity to give them something truly memorable this holiday.

Here's a list of gifts they won't soon forget.

Put them under pressure

Price: Varies

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If you typically buy her a mystery novel, you might consider sending her to the scene of the crime.

Problem-solving skills take center stage in Escape the Room challenges, which are popping up across the U.S. By solving a series of clues, participants work together to fend off an alien attack or save New York.

Let them play ball

Price: Varies

Bubble ball game
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Take your kids' next soccer game to another level by giving the gift of BubbleBall.

Players begin by sliding these giant pieces of inflatable plastic over their upper bodies. Then, with the blow of a whistle, it's game on.

Some of the more popular BubbleBall activities include soccer, baseball or "Sumo Smash." In that game, players try to force each other out of a ring sumo-wrestler style.

BubbleBalls can be bought or rented for play in 56 cities across the U.S. and into Canada.

Take the stress out of travel

Price: $69.99

LugLoc Luggage Locator
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Many Americans are forgoing the latest fashions in favor of memorable vacations. But a lost suitcase can quickly turn your loved one's relaxing trip into a stressful scenario. LugLoc promises to eliminate their worry, by allowing them to remotely track their baggage.

After placing the LugLoc device into their suitcase, fliers download a mobile app that shows their bag's real-time location. The first 30 days of tracking are free, then $4.99 a month, $19.99 for six months or $29.99 for a year — something to consider before placing it in their stocking.

Help them relive the moment

Price: $129.99

HP Sprocket Photo Printer
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The ease of uploading images to social media has made postvacation photo printing feel like a chore. The pint-size HP Sprocket Photo Printer solves that problem by printing your loved one's pictures straight from their smartphone.

Roughly the size of a mobile phone and weighing just 6 ounces, the portable device prints 2-by-3-inch photos and stickers, making it easy for them to document their memories on the go.

Keep them moving

Price: Varies by location

Pure Barre Hosts Pop-up Studio
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Between the Thanksgiving turkey and Christmas Day ham, it's easy to lose motivation for working out. A membership to Pure Barre will help give her the boost she needs to stick with her New Year's resolutions.

With studios across the U.S., these 55-minute fitness classes are designed to tone participants' arms, thighs and abs.

Help them brew it up

Price: $179.99

Northern Deluxe Brewing Starter Kit
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Sure, bringing over a 12-pack will score you points, but if you have a little more room in your budget, giving him a way to brew his own beer promises a more memorable experience.

Northern Brewer's starter kit comes with all the necessary tools to get him going. It also includes an instructional DVD and one of three recipe kits: brown ale, Irish red ale and an American IPA.

Send them on an educational voyage

Price: Starts at $70

Metropolitan Museum in New York City
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For the starving artist, a membership to a top museum will help feed their cultural appetite. One option is New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, whose massive footprint makes it nearly impossible to tackle in a day.

Memberships start at $70 and go up to $600. For the true art enthusiast, joining the $25,000 President's Circle affords a visit with the museum's president and access to special events with curators.

Let them map it out

Price: Starts at $60

Mapiful, custom maps
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Whether it's a reminder of a semester abroad or a nod to their hometown, Mapiful allows you to design and print custom posters that play homage to a significant place in your loved one's life.

American sizes range from 18-by-24 inches to 24-by-36 inches, making them the perfect addition to a den. Frames are not included.

Give them the paparazzi experience

Price: Starts at $30 an hour

Photosesh
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Not everyone is a fan of selfie sticks. So by booking time through PhotoSesh, you'll tap into a network of vetted photographers who can capture their memories for them.

After downloading the company's app, users can schedule a photographer to shoot an event up to six months in advance. It's currently available in 12 metropolitan areas, including New York. Images are sent via a direct link within 72 hours.

Send off 2016 in style

Price: Varies

New Year's celebration
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Help them start 2017 with a bang. The annual Reveillon festival on Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana beach is considered one of the world's largest oceanfront parties, boasting more than 2 million guests.

Revelers wear all white to symbolize purity and peace in the new year.