14 Experiences to Gift This Christmas

Why not give Experiences this year as gifts? Here are 14 ideas to get your creative juices flowing. … Read More >14 Experiences to Gift This Christmas

When our kids were little the Christmas lists were long and full of toys.  Sadly, they had more toys than they could have ever needed and I wish I would have done things differently.  Fast forward now to having an empty nest and our kids are young adults, and the Christmas lists are minimal if at all, and often we are met with shrugs when asking them what they would like for Christmas.  It’s not that they don’t need stuff, they just don’t “want” the things they “need” or Christmas gifts.  Therefore they usually ask for money.  

Last year we decided to do things differently, and instead give an experience.  We booked a three day trip to Whistler, BC for a ski/snowboard adventures.  We booked a condo and told the kids they could bring a friend if they like, with the caveat that their friends had to pay for their own ski/snowboard lift tickets if they wanted to ski/board.  Neither my husband or I had been to Whistler in many years, so we were kind of excited about this new adventures.  The kids were also excited, as my son & his friend are avid snowboarders and this was a new place to “shred”. 

The trip went over so well, that I only wish we had started doing this sooner!  At first I was annoyed because my son & his friend had drug their X-box with them (in a covert secret mission), and when I heard it turn on I was disgruntled.  But, by that evening the kids had found a puzzle in the condo and they were all sitting at the table putting together a puzzle.  After that they ventured out into town, and then returned to the condo for more puzzle.  Because this trip was such a success, I decided to create a blog post on ideas for experiences you can give rather than gift items.  I understand that not all people can give their families trips to different places, so I have included budget friendly ideas as well. 

14 Experiences you can give as gifts

  1. A movie passes/tickets to your local movie theater
  2. Entry/passes to the local Children’s Museum, Science Center or Zoo
  3. Tickets to a theater performance or play
  4. Tickets to your local ski/snowboard mountain
  5. A weekend getaway for the entire family
  6. Tickets to their favorite sports team/event
  7. A spa day at their favorites spa
  8. Manicure/pedicure
  9. Entry in to your local aquarium 
  10. A hotel stay in a place they’ve never been
  11. Skydiving (this was my daughter’s input… sounds scary to me!)
  12. Hot Air Balloon ride
  13. Bowling night for the entire family
  14. Dinner for the entire family at a teppanyaki style restaurant where they prepare the food in front of you.

While I can think of tons more, this list is a good start to get your creative juices flowing.  I bet you can come up with lots more ideas that your family, young and old, would love!  

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8 Replies to “14 Experiences to Gift This Christmas”

  1. Oh man, as great as toys are, they’re only good for short-term usage. I love these experiences you’ve listed that can be given as a gift. I know I’d love doing some sort of travel to learn more about the world if that was an opportunity back then. I love that these are ideas that the kids can learn and grow from!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

  2. Oh man, as great as toys are, they’re only good for short-term usage. I love these experiences you’ve listed that can be given as a gift. I know I’d love doing some sort of travel to learn more about the world if that was an opportunity back then. I love that these are ideas that the kids can learn and grow from!

    Nancy ♥ https://exquisitely.me

  3. Oh man, as great as toys are, they’re only good for short-term usage. I love these experiences you’ve listed that can be given as a gift. I know I’d love doing some sort of travel to learn more about the world if that was an opportunity back then. I love that these are ideas that the kids can learn and grow from!

  4. With my nephew who is only 9, then I want to give him something special this year. You see he and I have this silly and fun relationship where I pretend to be different characrers, so I wanted to give him for Christmas a painting of that character because he and I always joke on how that character would look like when I go into pretending to be that character. It’s a lot of fun! I’m not sure if he would like that idea, but I want to give it to him and have it for myself 😂 I will however probably get him lego too 😛 Great ideas you have! I like a weekend getaway idea for someone older in my life 😊

  5. This is such a wonderful list of ideas Traci! A spa day would be such a brilliant gift, I would love to receive that myself he he. A ride in a hot air balloon would be incredible too. All these things would create such special memories and would make an unforgettable gift. Thank you for sharing your suggestions <3 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

  6. This is such a wonderful list of ideas Traci! A spa day would be such a brilliant gift, I would love to receive that myself he he. A ride in a hot air balloon would be incredible too. All these things would create such special memories and would make an unforgettable gift. Thank you for sharing your suggestions <3 xx

  7. A wonderful list Tracy. My daughters have always had a short Christmas wish list, which is great, since they don’t really need that much toys. Somehow the toys always just end of in a bin in the garage. Experiences last forever. My 5 yo always mentions the Statue of Liberty, which we visited last May.

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