Experience Gift Ideas for Everyone On Your List
Do you have someone on your holiday gift list that is tough to buy for? A person who has everything or doesn’t seem to want anything? Experience gifts can make perfect gifts for anyone on your list. This Christmas, consider giving experiences instead of stuff. And don’t worry, here are 15 experience gift ideas to help inspire you to find the perfect thing for everyone on your list this holiday season.
Why Experience Gifts Make the Best Gifts
Experience gifts are about creating memories. And memories often last longer than the batteries in the latest toy or gadget. Memories are unique to the giver and the receiver and are not something you can buy off the shelf.
Experiences are different every time. For example, each time you take a class or go on a hike, it’s not identical to the previous lesson you took or hike you went on.
Gifting experiences let you provide a unique adventure every time. They are often also things that can be enjoyed by the recipient and not just looked at or put in a cupboard somewhere and forgotten in the future.
The bonus of giving experiences is that there is often no physical product that will end up in the landfill. Some estimates state that up to 5 billion pounds of unwanted Christmas gifts end up in landfills every year. If you want to help do your part for the environment, then buy your loved ones’ experiences.
15 Experience Gift Ideas
There are so many different types of classes available, and nowadays, most classes can be taken virtually instead of in person. Think of a course that may be interesting or new for the loved one you are gifting it to.
Here are some class ideas:
- Lego Robotics
Pick an activity that your loved one already enjoys or something new they’ve always wanted to try.
Does your loved one currently have a gym membership or other membership? Why not offer to pay for a few months or even a whole year. If they already have a membership, then you for sure know that they will use and appreciate your present.
A subscription that involves something the recipient receives in the mail can be an ongoing exciting gift. Subscriptions can be a monthly book or magazine subscription for little ones or one of the many subscription boxes designed for children or adults.
Snail mail is not too common anymore, so receiving a subscription in the mail is a surprise. And often, subscription boxes are curated monthly without the contents kept secret in advance.
Annual National Park Pass
Do you have an adventurer on your list? Why not get them an annual national park pass? They can use it to gain access to all of Canada’s national parks throughout the year. Park passes are a great experience that the whole family can enjoy.
And a convenient gift if the family or individual you are buying it for lives close to some of Canada’s awe-inspiring national parks.
Quality time can come in many forms. You can choose to spend time with your loved ones doing whatever they want. Or maybe you make time to share your talents with a friend.
Like to sew, knit, or crochet? Why not teach the next generation how to get started?
If you have little ones on your Christmas list, taking time to bake and decorate cookies with them can be very exciting and memorable.
If you want an event that both parents and kids enjoy, then why not offer to host the kids at your place for a sleepover. It can make for a fun night for the kids and a night off for the parents.
Buying friends performance tickets is giving an event where they can witness the talents of others. Some ideas are tickets to a local theater performance, sporting event, comedy show, dance recital, or music concert.
You could buy them just one ticket and buy yourself one to go with them. Or gift two tickets so they can choose who to take to the event.
Bonus points if you can get tickets for an exclusive event that your loved one cannot get their own tickets for.
You can purchase a single-use museum pass or an annual pass for ongoing adventures. If you buy a one-time ticket for a friend or family member, they can go and enjoy the current exhibit. But if you buy an annual pass, they can go back numerous times to see the rotating exhibits usually hosted by museums.
Passes to a museum are a great gift for a family as it is an experience they can all enjoy, and most museums have a children’s section.
Offer to take friends to the driving range, batting cages, theme park, or bowling. You will both enjoy the time together doing an activity that maybe you don’t do every day.
Activities are also great as group gifts. Getting out and being physically active is always better enjoyed with others.
Maybe the gift you choose to give this year is all about helping others? Helping others could be donating in the name of the gift recipient or sponsoring an animal or child with specific organizations.
But helping others doesn’t always have to cost you money either. Making an effort to volunteer your time can go a long way and teach many valuable life lessons. Schedule a date to volunteer with the people you want to give to this holiday season.
Are you looking for a gift that the whole family can enjoy? Why not give them the gift of an adventure?
Family adventures could include a picnic, hike, scavenger hunt, movie night basket complete with movie tickets or a stay-at-home movie, or passes to go ice skating. Take the time to put together an adventure that will let the whole family spend time together. Parents will appreciate the effort you put into designing a bonding experience that creates lasting memories for them and the kids.
Gifts that Pamper
Around the holidays, we could all use a little extra pampering. It can be as easy as putting together a gift basket containing bath bombs, a pedicure set, massage oil, and spa slippers. Products that pamper are ideal gifts for couples.
Or go all out and get your loved one a pass to go for a float in a sensory deprivation chamber. Floating can be very relaxing. But make sure the person you are gifting it to is not claustrophobic so that they can genuinely enjoy the float. Most float houses offer new clients deals, a bonus that will help you save a bit of money too.
The dreaded what’s for dinner question is all too common in Canadian households. Meal kits take the guesswork out of dinner. They come once a week with all of the ingredients and instructions required to make several meals throughout the week.
There are many meal kit companies available to Canadians. And some of them offer great options for people with dietary restrictions or allergies. Before you gift a meal kit to someone, shop around as most companies provide some form of sign up discount.
Have a wine or beer lover on your list? Why not get them a winemaking or beer making kit as a gift? They can enjoy making unique homebrew and can (hopefully) eventually share it with you.
Wine tasting can be a fun thing to do among friends. Living close to wineries or vineyards makes this easy. One friend offers to be the driver, and as a group, you can hop from one location to the next, trying the wines on the menu. This type of wine tasting often comes with a small fee but includes a “tasting amount” of various wines.
Or, if you don’t live close to wineries or vineyards, you can host your own wine tasting. Go to your local liquor store and buy a few different bottles of wine to try. Remember, when tasting wine, you don’t have to drink a whole glass of each type; or you definitely can.
If you are hosting a wine tasting session, it is good to have some finger food to go along with the tasting. And always make sure that everyone involved has a safe way to get home.
Personalized Coupon Book
If all else fails, why not make your special someone a personalized coupon book? Create coupons for experiences you know your family or friends will love and enjoy.
Or, if this list over-inspires you, you can make a customized coupon book that includes many of the options listed above. Create custom gift-certificates for the recipient to enjoy several activities on this list.
How to Wrap up an Experience
Sometimes it can be challenging to wrap up an experience, especially if there is no physical item involved with the gift. But wrapping the present is not a time to get frustrated. It’s time to get creative.
One option is not to wrap anything at all. You could create a digital item explaining the gift that you are giving. The benefit of this is that there is no waste produced.
But if you have a physical product as part of the experience, why not wrap it in a fabric gift bag? These gift bags can be used and do not add any waste to the landfills.
Another option is to create a custom gift-certificate explaining the experience gift and wrap that up. Depending on the experience gift you choose, you may include a small physical item representing a token of the experience. So if you are offering to bake cookies with someone, you could wrap up a few cookies or a copy of the recipe card. Wrap up a trip to the driving range with a few golf balls or an art class with a few paintbrushes.
Or, use your imagination and come up with a unique way of wrapping any one of these experience gifts.