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What better gift for that sports fan than a UNLV basketball conference mini-plan?

Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort lift tickets Give the gift of fresh pow this year. Whether your ski bunnies are cross-country certified or only ready for the bunny slope, nearby Mount Charleston’s LVSSR has options for everyone: rental packages, season passes and more. Season pass $699, single-day lift tickets starting from $52, skilasvegas.com.

UNLV basketball conference mini-plan The Runnin’ Rebels nearly toppled Arizona earlier this month, losing 63-58 to the now-No. 1 team in the nation. Excited? We are, too—which is why UNLV basketball tickets made our annual wish list. Consider splurging on the school’s conference mini-plan, which gets you access to six Mountain West games, including the sure-to-be-heated matchup against San Diego State. Go Rebels! $87-$144, unlvtickets.com.

Mandarin Oriental’s Replenish Chinese Foot Spa Signifying your crossover from the chaos of the outside world, your shoes are whisked away and replaced with massaging sandals and a robe that wears like a cloud. As your feet soak, your other senses are hit with panoramic views of the Strip and the warmth and perfume of peppermint tea. With your feet and lower legs soothingly bathed in spearmint and exfoliated by an expert, you’ll sink into a relaxation nook with heated pads over your neck and eyes. Once the pressure points in your feet have been worked to increase circulation, a mask of white clay and ylang ylang draws out skin impurities. The finishing touch is a hot-towel wrap and massage with lemongrass cream. Feet have never felt so loved. $120, 590-8888.

Adventuredome’s El Loco While we await updates on the SlotZilla and Voodoo zip lines, Adventurdome says its new careening, beyond-vertical roller coaster El Loco will officially open in late January. How about whetting the appetite of your favorite thrillseeker by pre-buying them an all-day ride pass at the park’s box office or website? $29.95, adventuredome.com.

Got a budding artist on your list? Bet they'd love some studio time at Henderson's Odds On Studio.

Las Vegas Philharmonic custom concert series The Phil provides a little something for everyone through its Pops and Masterworks series, which have the orchestra performing monthly (twice in April) at the Smith Center. Its custom concert series, Choose the Ones You Love, lets ticket buyers pick from their favorite composers and create a package to suit any taste. Three-concert package, $65-$241; four-concert package, $87-$321; single tickets, $25-$94; lvphil.org.

Coppélia Send loved ones to Nevada Ballet Theatre’s performance of the comic ballet Coppélia, a madcap romp filled with folly, love, a life-size doll and a wicked inventor. NBT’s James Canfield choreographs the Smith Center production that’s based on E.T.A. Hoffmann stories—The Sandman and The Doll—and set to music by Léo Delibes. May 9 & 10, 7:30 p.m., $39-$132, 749-2000 or nevadaballet.com.

Time at Odds On Studios It seems we’ve all got friends and loved ones who dabble in music these days, so why not surprise them with a gift that will help them feel like Carlos Santana or Alicia Keys for a day? Odds On, a state-of-the-art Henderson recording hub that’s hosted those chart-topping artists and many others, books its rooms by the hour starting at $75, engineer included, with a two-hour minimum. A rep says a singer with a guitar could probably get a full song done in two hours, provided they show up ready to rock. 14 Sunset Way, 318-6001.

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