Experience Gift Ideas

What could be better than giving the gift of an experience? While there is nothing wrong with giving someone a physical gift, sometimes it is nice to instead give an experience that will create a memory that will last a lifetime! In the fast-paced technology-driven world we live, it is nice to take a step back and just live in the moment - and you can accomplish that with a perfect experience gift! Whether it is something relaxing, or something more adventurous for the thrill-seeker in your life, there are so many great, unique options to get for anyone on your gift list! A parent, spouse, child, or best friend, you can find them all the perfect experience gift. If you have run out of ideas, you’ve come to the right place. Our gift guide is filled with perfect experience gifts- check them out now!

How to Bless Someone with Experiences Instead of Gifts!

There is no denying that getting (or giving) the perfect gift to someone is a wonderful experience. The joy of figuring out the item that you know someone would love - or opening up a gift of your own to see that someone got you exactly what you have been wishing for.

It is certainly a great experience, but there are other memorable experiences when it comes to gifts - experience gifts!

Giving the gift of an experience is a wonderful idea that you can consider for almost anyone on your gift list - parents, siblings, children, close friends, and more.

Here are some great ideas on how you can bless someone with experiences instead of gifts!

Date Night Out

Perfect for: Newlyweds, new parents, anniversaries

Give the ultimate date night experience to any couple in need of a night out on the town! This is great to give to a newly married couple, a couple on their anniversary, or especially to new parents that need a break.

If you are gifting to new parents, consider making the gift even better by offering to watch their kids so they don’t have to find a sitter (that will easily be the best part of the gift for them!)

What you gift can vary based on the couple, we suggest having a certain theme and building the gift around that! Do they enjoy movies?

Gift the perfect movie experience - movie tickets, candy, even a nice blanket they can bring to stay warm at the theater!

For the foodies, consider a gift card to their favorite restaurant, cooking classes, or a wine tasting to provide them with the perfect food-focused date night. You get the idea!

Weekend Getaway

Perfect for: Your spouse or partner, BFFs

If you are looking to gift an experience to your spouse or partner, you can definitely consider putting together a date night experience as we mentioned above, or consider going above and beyond and surprising them with a weekend getaway!

This is perfect for those milestone anniversaries that are deserving of an extra special celebration. You don’t have to travel far- you could even consider a staycation!

Even just a one night stay at a hotel downtown along with dinner reservations can make for the perfect anniversary experience that they will appreciate for years to come.

Day Trips

Perfect for: Children and teens

The zoo, theme park, sporting event, you get the idea! A fun day trip to a place you rarely get to go is the perfect experience gift for a child. You can either plan this just for you and your child (or children) or consider inviting some of their friends and having this be a joint gift/birthday party extravaganza!

With it just taking up a day (or in most cases, part of a day) it is perfect for children, especially younger children, that might get tired or cranky after a few hours. This is a great way to still give them an experience without ending up with a bunch of screaming kids by the end of the day.

Shopping for older children or teens? The perfect experience gift is concert tickets. All teens love music, and a concert is a perfect experience that they will remember for years to come. Be sure to keep an eye out for when their favorite artist comes to town - it may not line up with their birthday or a holiday, but it can still serve as their gift for the year!

Trust us, they will absolutely love getting to see their favorite musician in concert, even if that means on their actual birthday they don’t have a gift to open. Totally worth it!

(Fun) Education 

Perfect for: Parents, friends, spouses

Why not give the gift of a class? No, we don’t mean signing up for a class at the local college, we mean a fun class that you can enjoy with your friend, spouse, or parent!

This could be a cooking class, a wine and paint class, or a dance class, just to name a few. There are so many classes out there, and they make for perfect experience gifts.

Signing up for a wine and paint class with your mother for Mother’s Day, for example, is sure to be her favorite gift ever. Not only is she doing something she enjoys, but she also gets to do it with her child. For a mother, it doesn’t get better than that!

An experience gift will almost always top a tangible gift in her eyes, so definitely consider signing her up (and you as well!) for a class that would interest her.

Subscription Boxes 

Perfect for: The homebodies

If you are shopping for someone that is really more of a homebody, you might think an experience gift is out of the picture.

After all, they prefer to be at home, so why force them to go out? Turns out- you don’t have to.

You can easily bring the experience home to them with a subscription box! Not only does this allow them to stay in, but it also gives them a gift to look forward to each month!

Consider a food box if they enjoy cooking, or get them something exciting like a date night or murder mystery box that will keep them entertained for months on end.

It’s perfect for those who prefer to stay in, or for those who maybe need to if they have kids and don’t have access to a sitter (for example). They can have just as much fun, just bring the fun to them!

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Experience Gifts - Lifetime Gifts

Think back on some of your favorite memories - perhaps from your childhood, or from college, or as a newlywed. What sticks out? We’d be willing to guess it is memories from the excellent experiences you had! Physical gifts are great, but the gift of an experience can truly last for a lifetime. If you are shopping for someone who prefers to spend their time and money on experiences rather than just things, getting them an experience gift is an excellent idea!

Experience gifts are also excellent if you are shopping for groups of people. Perhaps you need something for your coworkers, sorority sisters, or even for your family! Instead of trying to think up a bunch of items that they may or may not like, why not get everyone together to enjoy an unforgettable experience?

Experience Gift Ideas for All People

Thankfully, there are so many levels when it comes to experience gifts. The sky may be the limit, but you don’t have to shoot that high if you aren’t able to. No matter your budget, you can come up with a unique experience gift that anyone will love and appreciate.

This could be as simple as a picnic in the park planned by you, or as extravagant as a weekend getaway to a private island, or the chance to test drive a fancy sports car. No matter a person’s interests, you can figure out a memorable experience to give them!

We love the idea of giving the gift of an experience, as it is not only a thoughtful gift, it can oftentimes allow you to build a deeper bond with whomever you give the gift to.

If you are unsure what your options are when it comes to experience gifts, you have come to the right place! We have come up with all sorts of ideas to fit various interests, age groups, and budgets. No matter who you are shopping for, you are sure to find something here that will be perfect for them.

Browse Our Fantastic List of Experience Gifts!

This year, why not break the norm with your gift and get your friends and family something totally different? In an effort to get back to living in the moment, this is a great way to make that happen! You could even take it one step further and say no cell phones allowed (although you might get some push back on that!) In any case, you are sure to provide wonderful memories for everyone involved- whether you give the gift for someone to enjoy or take part in enjoying it with them.

If there is a birthday, special occasion, or holiday coming up, it is time to start brainstorming! Check out our list of experience gifts and see what you find. We are sure you’ll be booking the perfect experience in no time at all. Don’t wait- start looking today!