The best experience gifts for any holiday

Lizzie DragonDecember 1, 2021

The best experience gifts for any holiday

More and more people are recognizing the beauty and benefits of experiences over material things. So, when you’re planning for birthdays and holidays, why not take the experience gift route?

Experience gifts are better in terms of:

  • Happiness
  • Connection
  • Individuality

And you don’t just have to take our word for it! Studies have shown the positive impact of gifting an experience over a thing.

The perfect gift is different for every person, so we’ve compiled a list of several unique experience gifts for every person in your life!

National park pass

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If you’re looking for a Christmas or birthday gift for your outdoorsy, nature-loving friend, you’ve come to the right place! The National Parks Services’ America the Beautiful Pass is $80 and offers access to over 2,000 federal recreation sites. This covers entrance fees at all national parks and national wildlife refuges, along with day-use fees at national forests and grasslands, and lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

This pass covers all passengers in a personal vehicle or up to 4 people if the site charges per person, so this is a great gift for families and couples!

RV road trip

Is there a better way to admire all the wonders of the National Parks than in an RV? We don’t think so! If you want to step up your gift-giving this year, a National Park Pass and an RV road trip make the perfect combination!

With an Outdoorsy gift card, you can gift a one-night getaway or a week-long road trip without worrying about schedule conflicts. You select the gift amount and the recipient will get the credits cash in on their experience whenever and wherever they choose!

Wine or beer tastings

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If you have a wine connoisseur or beer expert on your hands, we have the experience gift idea for you! For all the wine-lovers in your life, Vinebox is the experience gift for them. Vinebox takes wine tasting to the next level, delivering delicious wine right to the door. Forget the advent calendar this month — send your loved one a 12 Nights of Wine box for $129.

And for the beer-lovers, we present the Craft Beer Club! 12 beers from the best microbreweries in America at the door every month for $44.75 a month. You can select the number of shipments you want to gift or leave it ongoing until you cancel.

City scavenger hunt

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Give a gift of adventure with a scavenger hunt through the city! Let’s Roam has a vast selection of in-home and outdoor hunts designed for more than 400 across the world. From bachelorette party hunts to bar hunts, they have it all! Gift 1 to 30 tickets for $12.99 each or a subscription for $19.99 a month.

This is the perfect gift for any adventurous spirit, but we especially recommend it for someone who just moved to a new city!

Personalized fragrance

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Gone are the days spent smelling fragrance after fragrance in search of the perfect scent to gift your lover, mother, or whomever. Now they can get perfume or cologne personalized for them. Waft works with experienced perfumers to create personalized scents. All you have to do is select a label design, fragrances size, and when you would like your loved one to be notified about their gift. You can also name the scent and write a little note! From there, they’ll fill out a survey to craft their ideal scent. Pricing ranges from $59 to $145.

Online classes

Know someone with a constant desire for knowledge? There are plenty of experience gifts for them!

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With a Master Class subscription, they can take a cooking class with Gordon Ramsey or learn photography techniques from Anne Leibovitz. Currently, you can get a 2-for-1 premium subscription for only $23 a month. Skillshare is also a valuable gift and tool for the knowledge-seeker and is only $32 per month or $180 for the year. A Fender Play subscription is great for the music-lover in your life. A 6-month installment is $49.99 and 12 months is $89.99. In that time they will learn to play their favorite songs on guitar, ukulele, or bass from world-class instructors, at their own pace.

Get gifting

Experience gifts are the gifts that keep on giving! Whether you’re shopping for your family, friends, children, or significant other, there is something out there for everyone. So if you need a gift for your beer-loving brother or your adventure-seeking mother, the world has an experience for you!

Want more ideas? Check out these experience gift guides:

Happy gifting!

Lizzie Dragon, Outdoorsy Author

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