Gifting Experiences for the Holidays

Now that the term ‘social distancing’ is part of our vernacular, it’s more important than ever to stay connected to others. And what better way to do so than through experiences?


This holiday season, instead of buying your loved one(s) something to wear, the latest gadget, or something they'll return, think about something you can do together, either virtually or in-person. For my gifts this year, I’m looking into purchasing experiences to enjoy with others.


Here are some ideas to get your mind going:

- Painting, woodworking or sign-making classes

- Local escape room or an escape ‘in a box’ challenge

- Registration to state or national parks

- IOU hike and picnic lunch

- Gift certificate to a ‘getaway’ destination

- Outdoor adventure experiences

- Cooking classes

- Fitness or group workout sessions

- Dinner after volunteering at a charity together

- Day trip to a museum

- Ice cream outing

- Tickets to a show or concert

- ‘Taste of the city’ with food samplings around town


If you’re looking for something more traditional (and less experience-based), check out last year’s post for health and wellness gifts for all budgets. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season filled with joy, peace, love and memorable experiences!