75+ Experience Gifts for Families and Kids

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75+ Experience Gifts for Families and Kids

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I found it astonishing when I heard this from Joshua Becker, from Becoming Minimalist...

The average American home has 300,000 items in it 😳

$16 billion will be spent on gifts this holiday season
18% will never be used
4% will be immediately thrown away

I was inspired after reading his clutter-free gift ideas list to compile my own that speaks directly to families.

Each year we fill our stockings with snacks and buy 1 item from Santa to leave under the tree. Outside of that, we get them some kind of experience gift.

75+ Experience Gift Ideas for Families and Kids

  1. Bowling
  2. Concert Tickets
  3. Comedy Show
  4. Escape Room
  5. Theater Performance
  6. Rock Climbing
  7. Laser Tag
  8. Mini Golf
  9. Overnight Camping
  10. Digital planning products - For planning your epic experiences.
  11. Archery
  12. Trampoline Park
  13. Water Park
  14. Travel Airline Tickets/Voucher
  15. Shooting Range
  16. Coffee Gift Card
  17. Restaurant Gift Card
  18. Movies Passes
  19. Audible Membership
  20. Gym  Membership
  21. YMCA  Membership
  22. Local Museum  Membership
  23. Zoo  Membership
  24. Aquarium  Membership
  25. Local Amusement Park  Membership
  26. Botanic Garden Membership
  27. National Parks  Membership
  28. Netflix/Hulu/Disney Subscription
  29. Meal Subscriptions (IE: Hello Fresh, Local CSA)
  30. Dad's Edge Alliance Membership
  31. Tinker Kiwi Crates Subscription (Get $10 off your first purchase)
  32. Peaceful Play Box Subscription
  33. Little Passports Subscription (Get $25 off your first order)
  34. Pet Sitting
  35. Professional Organizer
  36. Spa Treatment
  37. Massage
  38. Babysitting
  39. House Cleaning Service
  40. Personal Chef
  41. Photography Session
  42. Gardening Services
  43. Manicure/Pedicure
  44. Cooking Lesson
  45. Music Lessons
  46. Painting Classes
  47. Fitness/Yoga Lessons
  48. Martial Arts Classes
  49. Private Coach
  50. Car Wash
  51. Hotel Stay
  52. Tree/Rope Climbing Adventure
  53. Ice/Roller Skating
  54. Go-Kart Racing
  55. Paint Ball
  56. Indoor Skydiving
  57. Outdoor Skydiving
  58. Hot Air Balloon Ride
  59. Helicopter Ride
  60. Scavenger/Treasure Hunt
  61. Bike Ride
  62. Hike
  63. Ski/Snowboard Season Pass
  64. Horse Back Riding
  65. Survival Class
  66. Dance Lessons
  67. Creative Writing Class
  68. Wine Tasting
  69. Tickets to Sporting Event
  70. Planetarium
  71. Pottery Making Class
  72. Train Ride
  73. Donation to Charity
  74. Tide Pooling
  75. Whale Watching
  76. Snorkeling
  77. Tea Party
  78. Comic-Con/Wonder-Con
  79. Pop-Up Museums
  80. The Circus

For non-experiential gifts, check out our book recommendations and amazon favorites.

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If you have any other ideas, please let us know in the comments below and we'll add them to the list.


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