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Have you thought about giving experience gifts but don’t know how to get started? I have a couple of easy steps to help make giving an experience gift easier for you.

First, consider the recipient’s interests. Have they expressed an interest in anything? Maybe they have mentioned wanting to go somewhere, try something new, or perhaps learn a new skill? Those are all great places to start. 

Once you have narrowed down your choice of an experience, think about how to present it to the recipient. Are you able to purchase tickets ahead of time? Maybe it would be best to give a gift card with a note explaining your idea? Also, consider giving a disposable camera along with the experience. This will enable the recipient to document the fun they had while doing the experience.

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45+ Experience Gifts For Families

  • Attend a sporting event
  • Dinner & a movie
  • Rent segways and tour around town
  • Go to a music concert
  • Have a game night
  • Go camping
  • Play mini-golf
  • Take a class
  • Try a rope course or zipline
  • Paint pottery
  • Go to a water park
  • Try an escape room challenge
  • Go on a scavenger hunt
  • Take a picnic
  • Visit a museum
  • Go rock climbing
  • Try a new restaurant
  • Visit a science center
  • Take a hike
  • Go bowling
  • Try indoor skydiving
  • Visit an aquarium 
  • Go to a production at a community theater
  • Take a helicopter tour
  • Try geocaching
  • Plant a garden
  • Visit a zoo
  • Explore a new city
  • Take a hot air balloon ride
  • Play at an arcade
  • Have a theme night
  • Take a factory tour
  • Play at a trampoline park
  • Go skating
  • Explore a farmer’s market
  • Play paintball
  • Go to a local carnival/fair
  • Take a road trip 
  • Birthday person’s choice of activity
  • Have a dance party
  • Go white water rafting
  • Drive go-karts
  • Play laser tag
  • Go fishing
  • Visit a state park

With a little thought and some planning, you can give an experience that will become a treasured memory. 


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This post currently has 7 responses.

  • Lauryn R

    These are amazing gift ideas! I love the idea of giving an experience as a gift, how fun! I will definitely be doing this for my daughters who both have a Birthday next month.

  • Peggy Nunn

    These are great choices. I think my son would like the Dinner & a movie. They like date nights.

  • Helga

    Thank you, I always need help choosing gifts. I like that so many of these are activities.

  • Donna

    I love these fun and unique ideas! A helicopter tour sounds incredible!

  • Dana Rodriguez

    So many great ideas. I will be keeping these in mind!

  • gloria patterson

    You know what would be fun is to take this list and print each ideal out. Cut – fold and place in a jar. This would be great to pull something out for a gift or just plan that get a way weekend

  • Mia E

    What a clever idea to add a disposable camera to the gift experience. I have given experience gifts to family members in the past that have been much appreciated.

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