60 Experience Gift Ideas (For Spouses, Friends, and Kids)

Experience gifts are the most meaningful of all gifts. These 60 ideas will blow your mind.

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What better way to show someone you love them than with a gift of experience. I’m sharing 60 experience gift ideas that are perfect for your spouse, your friends, or your kids.


Give an experience gift this year – they’re so meaningful and special!

I think every person should receive an experience gift at Christmas. It’s such a special kind of gift that keeps giving or allows the person to have an amazing experience. I compiled 60 experience gift ideas, all of which are incredible.

Whether it’s an intense adventure like skydiving, or a simple one like doing a painting night together, experience gifts are meaningful and special.


The best experience gift ideas for kids, friends, and spouses

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Tickets to Event | Mantry Subscription | Giant Jenga | Skillshare Courses | Paint Nite | Disney Tickets | Escape Room | Fitness Class | Extreme Car Racing Experience | Gift Card to Favorite Restaurant | Kiwi Co Boxes


Experience Gift Ideas for your spouse

  • Tickets to their favorite sporting event or to see their favorite team play
      • It would be fun to gift it with a t-shirt or jersey or baseball cap from their favorite team.
  • Concert tickets
      • Philip and I are big concert people. I would love tickets to The Killers, Imagine Dragons, or Justin Timberlake for Christmas one year!
  • Stand up comedian tickets
      • What’s better than a date where you laugh your head off for a few hours?
  • Mantry subscription box
      • This is an artisan food box that’s delivered every two months. The gift that keeps on giving!
  • Exotic car racing
      • This is an unforgettable, crazy fun experience. Philip and I did this earlier this year at a local racetrack and I got to drive a ferrari! It was exhilarating and so much fun. It’s expensive, but I definitely recommend it.
  • Dinner boat cruise.
      • These are super fun and so romantic! 
  • Paint night.
      • Paint nights are really popular. They’re little stores that are specifically for these painting nights, and everyone gets a canvas and paints the same basic thing. It’s fun to see how everyone’s turns out! 
  • Escape room.
      • These are so popular right now! You go inside a room with a group (go with a group or you get paired up with one!) and you have a limited amount of time to follow the clues and “escape” the room. They have all different themes, so find one that’s right for you and your spouse.
  • Couples massage
      • If you want to win all the spouse points, this is the gift for you. You can even find local places that will come to your home, set up massage tables, and give you a massage right at home. Maximum relaxation!
  • Dinner theater.
      • Find a local place that puts on dinner and a stage performance. These can be so fun.
  • Helicopter ride of your city
      • Such a fun idea!! This is pricey, but how romantic!
  • Weekend getaway.
      • Yes, please.  Especially if you’re a parent. Leave those kiddos at home with grandparents or friends and get out of town for a little one on one time.
  • Movie tickets for each month of the year
      • Don’t forget the candy!
  • Lessons together
      • Philip and I have talked about dancing lessons and tennis lessons. These would make great gifts if you’ve pre-paid for a few months of lessons. You could also do skiing lessons, shooting lessons, pottery making lessons…the possibilities are endless. 
  • An adrenalin rush adventure
      • If you and your spouse are adrenalin junkies, get a voucher to go bungee jumping, cliff diving, sky diving, ziplining, or another wild activity.
  • Simply on Purpose parenting class
      • These parenting classes are priceless, and would be a great thing to ask for from your husband.
  • Tour of your city
      • Look up the best restaurants, things to do, etc and make an itinerary for you to complete together on date night.
  • Give your wife a “momcation”
      • Book a hotel room for her and send her off for at least one night.
  • Rent out a skating rink, call your husband’s friends, and throw a hockey night!
      • This sounds like such a blast!
  • Car show tickets
  • Paintballing tickets or laser tag. 
      • Have you even been paintballing or played laser tag since high school? How fun would this be for date night??
  • Dinner train ride
      • Lots of cities have that apparently. Sounds romantic!
  • Hot air balloon ride
      • This is a bucket list item for me.
  • Jeep tour
      • This sounds like a blast.
  • Rent a sailboat 
      • Or take lessons and then go out on it for candlelit dinner on the water. I’d love to do this.



Experience Gift Ideas for friends or sisters

  • Online courses
      • There are so many incredible online courses out there for photography, decorating, calligraphy, and so many more. Skillshare and Masterclass are both great places to start, but there are also lots of individuals who sell classes. Keep your eyes open when you’re scrolling instagram – you might find a good one!
  • Cooking or baking classes
      • I’ve always wanted to do a cooking class — I’ve seen them set up inside Sur la Table in the mall and they look so fun! It would be such a fun girls night if you guys are foodies. But also this would make a great date night with your spouse. One reader said her in-laws gifted them a sushi making lesson. How fun is that??
  • Gift cards to favorite restaurants
      • This would be great for anyone, but a gift card with a note that promises a lunch date would be a good gift for a girlfriend.
  • Facial gift certificate
      • Give the gift of relaxation, rejuvenation, and beauty with a spa facial gift certificate. Such a great gift for any girl!
  • Yoga class or other exercise class
      • Going to a new kind of fitness class is way more fun with a friend. Get a voucher for both of you to go together to a spin class, hot yoga class, high fitness class, or whatever other fitness classes she’s into.
    • Trapeze class.
      • This sounds so fun to do with girlfriends! You literally learn how to do the flying trapeze up in the air above a trampoline. It looks so fun!
  • Voucher for a manicure or pedicure
      • Literally this is all I want in my life.



Experience Gift Ideas for Kids

  • Lessons
      • Horseback riding lessons, art lessons, cooking lessons, swimming, ballet, karate lessons, gymnastics, etc — figure out what they want to try and gift them lessons.
  • Tickets to a sporting event to see their favorite team play
      • Wrap up the tickets with a t-shirt or baseball cap from their team!
  • Disneyland or Disneyworld tickets 
      • This is a pricey one, so you could maybe ask grandparents to chip in rather than giving gifts that year.
  • Disney on Ice tickets
      • Your kids would love this!
  • Monster jam tickets
      • Who wouldn’t want to see giant monster trucks jump over parked cars and do back flips?? We took our kids to Monster Jam a few years ago and it was an absolute blast!
  • Museum, aquarium or zoo seasonal pass
      • This is a great gift the whole family can enjoy! Find a local museum, aquarium, or zoo, and get the whole family a pass. Just make sure it’s a place you’d like to go back many times!
  • Barnes and Noble gift card
      • Going to the bookstore is one of my favorite things. Make a special trip out of it with some cozy reading and picking out a new book at the end.
  • High tea experience.
      • Lots of places do these fun high tea experiences with moms, grandmas and little girls. 
  • Indoor rock climbing
      • This would be a fun one for a one on one date!
  • Summer camp
      • Give them something to look forward to in six months and gift them a trip to summer camp!
  • Voucher for a family staycation
      • Camp in the backyard, or build a fort inside!
  • Subscription boxes
  • Build a bear gift certificate
      • Go together and build the bear in the store.
    • Bubble soccer.
      • Have you seen these? They’re hilarious and so fun. Find a local place that does them and then buy a gift certificate!
  • Trip to the Great Wolf Lodge
      • This is a great gift for the winter because their water park is inside!
  • Giant jenga for backyard
      • So fun for when their friends are over!
  • A trip to the American Girls store
      • The first time I went, it was a dream come true for my little girl self. This is a memory that will live with your daughter the rest of her life.



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