Experiential gifts are perfect for the impossible-to-shop-for person on your list or for the minimalist in your life who doesn’t want or need any more stuff. Experience gifts are perfect because they can be much more exciting and meaningful than anything material plus they can create memories and be shared with family or friends. Giving “Experience” gift is becoming a trend to do because of its cool concept. So if you have someone in your life who’d appreciate this kind of gift over a nice candle or a new phone then check out our list of 20 experience gift ideas.
20 Budget-Friendly Experience Gift Ideas
1- National Park Pass (America the Beautiful Pass)
Give the gift of America’s National Parks to your favorite hiker or adventurer in your life! The America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass (also called Interagency Passes) offers access to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites across the country. It is valid for one year and lets a vehicle and up to four adults into each park for free (Children age 15 or under are admitted free). See a list of all national parks and federal recreation sites where the passes are issued.
2- Wine Tasting Course
Wine tasting class is a wonderful gift for the Wine Lover (or Vino Snob) in your life. In this fun and educational course, he/she will learn about choosing a wine, what to look for in a glass of wine and how to describe it and much more, also he/she will have an opportunity to taste different wines. WineO 101 gives you three options: WineO 101 class admission for 1, 2 and 4 people.
3- Horseback Riding Tour
Horseback riding has been popular since ancient times. For horse lovers who love adventure, horse riding is one of the best ways to explore new countries and new trails. Even if you’ve never ridden a horse, odds are you’ll feel a bond with these powerful, beautiful creatures. Regardless of your level of skill or experience, there are an abundance of horseback riding vacation opportunities in the US and around the world that offer specialized horseback riding tours. You just have to find the right one.
4- Flower Arranging Class
Don’t know what to get mom for her birthday or on Mother’s Day? A flower arranging class is the perfect experience gift that she would love. Flower Duet flower arranging class will provide her step-by-step instructions on how to recognize the freshest flowers, how to care for them and how to create a beautiful flower arrangement.
5- A Helicopter Tour Over New York City
If you are looking to give someone special a unique and super memorable gift, this is one of your best options, a private ride in a helicopter. Give him or her a bird’s eye view of the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Times Square, One World Trade Center, Central Park, and countless other NYC landmarks.
6- Ancient Bath
Discover a unique atmosphere of relaxation and step into an ancient Greek, Roman and Ottoman empires bathhouse. AIRE provides a combination of ancient thermal baths, peculiar rituals, and signature experiences. You can spend up to 2 hours enjoying five baths of different temperatures (including the “flotarium,” which has the density of the Dead Sea), as well as the glass-enclosed steam room and the hot-stone relaxation area.
7- Macarons Making Class
Many of us love sweet, cute and delicious French macaron, however, buying it from a store is one story and making it at home is another story. In this class, participants will learn tips and techniques for making this delicious French treat, easy enough to be done in their home kitchen. Participants will be guided step-by-step through the meringue mixing (macaronage), piping, baking and assembling and of course, eating! Plus they will explore a few yummy flavors and filling variations.
8- Plaza Proper Etiquette Class
Having been trained by a former member of the Queen of Englandâ€™s household, Myka Meier teaches from business dealings to dating, all complemented by cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. The courses feature topics such as Social, Business and Dining Etiquette. Even children and teens can attend these classes and learn fundamentals in dining and social etiquette. The Children’s Etiquette course covers topics such as basic table manners, greeting adults with respect, making friends, and positive body language and eye contact.
9- Learn to Kayak Class
Is your special someone among those who really love being on the water? Why not get him or her a kayaking class? In this class from REI he/she will learn about fundamentals of kayaking, water safety, proper strokes and paddling technique, trip planning, and how to have an enjoyable time on the water. REI will also provide kayaks, paddles and all necessary safety equipment to the participants.
10- Indoor Skydiving
If you’re looking for a unique experience gift for the person who enjoys extreme sport in your life, consider giving him/her a day of indoor skydiving. At iFly indoor skydiving, he/she can experience the thrill of skydiving without jumping out of an airplane 10,000 feet in the air. The good thing about this gift is that flyers of all ages and abilities can do it and it’s also a very safe activity. Each flight within the wind tunnel lasts about 60 seconds and the entire experience takes approx. 1 hour and 30 minutes from start to finish.
11- Hot Air Balloon Ride
Flying in a hot air balloon is a unique and unforgettable experience. For a couple of hundred dollars, you can set a loved one aloft in a hot air balloon for an unforgettable experience like no other. Just be sure they aren’t afraid of heights and they meet age, height, and weight requirements (This varies from company to company).
12- Skydiving Over the Grand Canyon
Be a gifting hero and gift an experience of a lifetime in the shape of a skydive! Skydiving is one of the hottest experience gifts available for adrenalin junkies. Now for the first time ever you can Tandem Skydive the Grand Canyon and see one of the 7 wonders of the world from 16,000ft above the ground. At this altitude, skydive lasts five to six minutes (approximately 50 seconds in freefall and four to five minutes on the parachute ride down). If the Grand Canyon is too far out of the way, look up your local tandem skydiving school. Notice that you have to be over 18 to Skydive.
13- A Unique Racing Experience
The Racing Experience offers all kinds of driving experiences for auto and racing enthusiasts. Drive on the same NASCAR tracks that the pros drive or if you don’t want to drive, go for a NASCAR Ride Along. They also offer driving experiences for dirt racing, formula racing, exotic cars at over 150 tracks they have all over the United States and Canada.
14- Pack Up and Go
Do you love to travel but hate planning? Let Pack Up and Go do it for you! Fill out a questionnaire and the travel service will handle the rest. The only catch: They are limited to 3 days and 2 nights trips only and you won’t know where you’re going until the day of your trip. The only thing you need to do is filling out a questionnaire that consists of things you like to do, where you’ve been, any upcoming trips, etc. then Pack Up and Go will take care of the rest.
15- Joe Coffee classes
Up your coffee geek coffee game! Joe Coffee offers a variety of classes such as late art, cupping, barista, espresso…etc. for experts and beginners. Coffee lovers will have a chance to upgrade their brew-making skills at home, in the office, or on the road. With Joe Coffee classes your coffee geek can brew better-tasting coffee everyday.
16- Photography Lesson
This class is the ideal gift for those curious about photography. In this two-hour class, students will learn how to control their camera and master manual mode in order to capture high-quality images. Topics that will be covered in this course: Digital Photography, Focus Control & Lytro Camera, Composition and Framing
17- A Sports Stadium Tour
Know a diehard sports fan who needs a gift? Send them on a behind-the-scenes tour of their favorite team’s stadium, ballpark, or arena to get an up-close and personal look at behind the scenes areas and views. Stadium tour not only will satisfy their curiosity but will also enrich their sense of history and wonder for the sports that they love so dearly. Just search for their favorite team on Ticket Master.
18- Manhattan By Sail
Adventure is just steps away with Manhattan by Sail! Manhattan by Sail gives you a chance to experience the thrill of sailing in the world’s greatest harbor. You can watch the sunset fall over Ellis Island, see the Statue of Liberty or even the city skyline at night while listening to excellent Jazz music, craft beer and enjoying delicious food.
Treat a friend, coworker or loved one with the gift of relaxation and wellness! No matter what the occasion, this is the perfect way to give someone special a relaxing, unforgettable experience. At June Snow Massage Spa they can enjoy a soothing deep tissue massage that melts away stress and promotes whole-body relaxation.
20- Amazon House Cleaning Service
Don’t make your wife or your mom clean on Mother’s Day! Give her a chance to relax and know that she is loved. Amazon offers ten different ‘Home Cleaning’ services where customers can hire professionals in the area using Amazon to clean almost every room in the house. Select the size of your space and pick the type of cleaning products you prefer and the site will automatically suggest the amount of time needed, After that pick your preferred date and time, Done!