Vegas gift guide: Our ultimate holiday wish list

In the voice of “Blossom” bro Joey Russo – whoa! We can’t believe Christmas is only three weeks away. Some of us haven’t even set up our tree yet. And most of us still haven’t completed our holiday shopping list.

If you’ll be here during the holidays, you’re in luck. And while we have nothing against Vegas-themed snow globes, key chains or those “pun-ny” T-shirts, our city is outrageous. So outrageous, you should give the gift that lives up to that.

We’ve gathered up a list of gifts you can buy in Vegas and bring back with you, as well as ones you can only experience in Sin City. We like the sound of that combo, and we’re excited for you to check them all out.


At a simple push of a button, you’re in control of the Bellagio fountains. Add a spiffy view and enough champagne for 40 people and you’ve got yourself a party. Hyde Bellagio nightclub, photo courtesy of

The Baller Type

You got the ends to spend, so you have to surprise your sweetie, bestie, mom or pop with nothing short of spectacular.

Control the Fountains show at Bellagio. Own a piece of the Strip for a good few minutes — at a simple push of a button, you have full control. For a mere $250,000, you can hit the button to set off the fountain show at Bellagio from a VIP at Hyde. What you’re really paying for is the 30-liter Ace of Spades champagne, which is equivalent to 40 glasses. That means you can bring 39 of your closest friends and get ready to – literally – set the party off.

Be a DJ at Ghostbar Dayclub. At the rooftop Ghostbar Dayclub (GBDC) inside the Palms, you can make your friend’s DJ dreams come true. With the club’s Make Me the DJ package, your brother from another mother (or sister from another mister) can be a DJ for an entire hour. They’ll even be featured on the Palms hotel marquee. This package also includes 10 Dom Pérignon glasses, a private VIP patio section and – wait for it – a social media butler. That way, all of you can focus on the moment rather than posting everything from your phones. This may be a $25,000 investment, but we’re sure your aspiring DJ friend will give you a lifetime’s worth of shout outs.

Eat the burger of the century at Fleur by Hubert Keller. Get ready to wine and dine, but in a fun way. Not everyone is into escargot or food that’ll only fill you up for a lousy five minutes. If you’re going to drop major dinero on food, make it a good, hearty burger…with a little something extra. At Fleur by Hubert Keller inside Mandalay Bay, treat your friend to the Fleur Burger 5000, made with Wagyu beef, foie gras and truffles. Wash it down (or sip, whatever tickles your fancy) with a bottle of 1996 Chateau Petrus. The total price is a whopping $5,000. We suggest taking tons of photos and maybe even videos and hash tag the heck out of this din-din.


Now’s the perfect time to show off your great legs and coordination (kidding). Scuba diving at Le Rêve is a great gift and also something to cross off the bucket list. Photo courtesy of

The Adventurous Type

Going on a small town fair rollercoaster or inner tubing aren’t going to cut it. If you’re trying to surprise someone with adventure, go all out baby.

Dive with Le Rêve. If you’ve seen “Le Rêve,” then you’re already familiar with the sexy legs in red heels doing all the fancy footwork. Well, you may not be doing all the kicks and graceful leg work, but you and your friend can certainly dive with them. With the Diver’s Dream Package, you’ll have a scuba training session with the production’s diving team and the chance to watch the show live while diving through the 1.1 million-gallon aqua theater. That’s what we call a swimming ovation.

Dive with sharks at Mandalay Bay Shark Reef. If your friend has a scuba license, then dive into this opportunity at Mandalay Bay Shark Reef. With the Shark Reef’s Dive with Sharks program, you’ll swim amongst more than 30 sharks, including sandtiger, sandbar and white tip reef sharks. The package includes a guided tour of the aquarium, orientation with dive guide, video of dive and four admission tickets to watch the dive.

Shoot some zombies at Adventure Combat Ops.  If you’re fans of “The Walking Dead” and want to have your own Rick Grimes moment of glory, then this is the place. At Adventure Combat Ops, the big warehouse is flooding with zombie actors who will scare the bejesus out of you. But how often do you get to shoot zombies, anyway? Plus you’ll be trained by real military leaders, so you’re in good hands. This zombie apocalypse thrill is surely a great gift for daredevils.


It’s like they all decided to jump out of our smartphones to party with us. Well, shoot…the more, the merrier, right? Take one or all of these bad boys home with you. Photo courtesy of Ghostbar Dayclub.

The Quirky Type

We’ll happily admit we fit into this category. If you’re shopping in Vegas during the holidays, chances are you’ll stumble upon unique finds.

Drop ’em with an emoji bomb from GBDC. Buy your buddy a drink at GBDC that comes in a cool emoji bomb drink cup that you can keep. The emoji bombs are $13 and are filled with your choice of Absolut vodka or Jägermeister that’s mixed with a Monster energy drink. Not only is this a fun token of your wild day clubbin’, it’s so dang cute. You’ll use it long after your Vegas trip.

Go toy shopping in downtown. For the kids at heart, you’ll find quirky gifts inside Happy Panda Toys, located in the Arts District. This funky gift shop carries pop culture action figures, books, stuffed animals and much more. And if you happen to be walking along Fremont Street Experience, pop into Toy Shack. You’ll find toys from the 1980s and 1990s. And who knows? That “Beverly Hills, 90210” Dylan McKay Barbie doll we saw a few months ago might still be there. We hid it pretty well in case we decided to go back for it.


Doesn’t this remind you of a miniature sparkly Christmas tree? You’ll be turning heads with this clutch from Aldo inside Miracle Mile Shops. Photo courtesy of Aldo.

The Bling-Blingin’ Type

No gift guide is complete without a bit of sparkle, a new pair of heels or something furry (we prefer faux, by the way). Head to The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace or Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood — both have a gold mine’s worth of gifts. Just do us a teensy, little favor: Pick us up something while you’re there (kidding!).

Here are a few of our favorite items you can get while you’re shopping in Vegas, which you’ll find in the photo slideshow included above:

  • Faux fur coat, H&M
  • Cat Nap package (red kitty sleepers, sleeping mask and matching pouch), Charlotte Olympia
  • Black lace and velvet dress, bebe
  • Bangles, Alex and Andi
  • Swanky iPhone cases, Tory Burch
  • Glittery eye shadow, Nars

Check baby, check baby, one-two-three-four: These faux fur wireless earphones from Henri Bendel are stylin’. This is the only way we want to jam out at our desks from now on. (Available in black or gray, $148 each). Photo courtesy of Henri Bendel.

Some friendly holiday shopping tips

Whether you’re bringing something back home or giving someone the Vegas experience of a lifetime, we thought we’d leave you with a couple of pointers:

  • Don’t blow your money in one place. As tempting as this may be, there are so many great places on the Strip fit for every budget and lifestyle.
  • If you’re going to blow a whole lot of dough, make sure it’s with something they’ll enjoy, or have been hinting at. While we do believe the old notion, “it’s the thought that counts,” imagine how much more your surprise would count if it’s that mind-blowing, unforgettable gift. One person may be happily satisfied with a pair of cat flats, while another would love you forever by giving the ultimate nightlife or dining experience.
  • Go on and treat your awesome self. You definitely deserve pampering here and there too. So yes — treat yo-self!

A spa trip in Vegas never get old, and it’s a great way to catch up. You can also check out all of our favorite shopping spots for more inspiration. Happy holidays and happy, happy shopping!


Most folks take their Vegas jackpot winnings back home, but my dad decided to stay here instead. That’s how I left Seattle almost 20 years ago. I moved from greenery and rainy days to hot summers, palm trees and desert. As much as I love my hometown, I decided to stick around Vegas. This city just has so much to offer. You don’t even have to be a gambler, bar hopper or an all-night partier. I love Vegas for its awesome vegan-friendly spots, concerts, swanky hotel suites and spas so big, they’re like castles. The pool scene is not too shabby either, which is why I love taking stay-cations. Besides living it up -- Vegas style -- I’m hanging out with my handsome hubby, adorable baby girl, two cats and super-fluffy Shih-Tzu. I’m also a huge fan of '90s music, shows and movies. You can find me on Google+ and Twitter.