Inside: Looking to give experience gifts to your kids? List of 19+ unforgettable experience gifts.
Looking to give an experience instead of gifts?
I love a good open-ended toy as much as the rest of us, but I also crave more family time.
Sometimes the best intentions of being all together can quickly get washed away by a conference call, due dates, or even worse – laundry.
I know you get it.
Wouldn’t it be easier to find a list with all the unforgettable experience gifts in ONE PLACE?
Guess what, friends? You’ve found the right corner of the web. Here, I have the experience solutions your kids need.
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What are good family gifts?
Think back to your childhood, and you’ll probably first remember an event.
Sure, the Cabbage Patch dolls will always have a place in my heart.
But the Horse Summer Camp I was gifted to by my great-grandmother? That’s the gift that changed my path and allowed me to test my independence. I am pretty sure that experience helped me stand a little taller as I walked into the Fourth Grade.
Or perhaps it was that swim team I belonged to, or family movie nights before we knew that an entire stick of butter might not be the best popcorn topping.
Each year, I craved this family experience to feel complete.
So this year, we will carry on the tradition of family experiences and put some new ideas on the calendar for 2020.
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What makes a good experience gift?
An experience gift creates a memory.
An experience gift will encourage creativity.
An experience gift can fulfill a wish.
An experience gift can pursue a passion.
An experience gift can invite a family to discoveries.
An experience gift can share gift-givers skills with the gifted.
An experience gift gives a sense of exploration.
Experience gifts do not have to be lavish! They simply have to create a new memory for the kids and family to enjoy together.
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19 Awe-Inspiring Experience Gifts for Kids
To make the gift-giving a little easier for you, I broke it down into two simple categories:
Gifts to Enjoy at Home
Gifts to Enjoy Away
11+ Experience Gifts to Enjoy at Home
Start a Family Tradition – Is there a family ritual you want to start before dinnertime? Spend some time thinking about a family tradition you would like to create for the new year and write it down to gift.
Charades is a classic game that always seems to get everyone laughing. Such a fun way to create a family game night, along with improving social and vocabulary skills.
Build a Time Capsule
Not sure how to start? This time capsule will begin to document those memories that have already been created and not written down. This gift set allows you to interview family and friends and imagine the future. This time capsule gift set is something our family will be using this holiday season!
Set up a Tent
Screens off for this experience and bring on family games and flashlights. Walkie-talkies are optional to upgrade the experience. Include favorite blankets and new books to read.
This experience gift is delivered once per month and a fun way for kids ages 4-7 to find hidden pictures. Highlights offer fun with a purpose!
Here is another experience that is gifted once per month for kids ages 3-5. The first package includes a fun orange suitcase, a wall-sized world map, souvenirs, activity booklets, stickers and tags to decorate your suitcase, and letters and photos from your new pen pals Max and Mia and their dog Toby! This is a great way to begin sharing other parts of the world with your toddler.
Have an older child? Little Passports also has a fun option for ages 6-10 HERE.
Is everyone staying in due to piles of laundry that need to be folded, or dishes in the sink? Hiring a housecleaner for an hour or two is a great way to set aside daily obstacles and head to that new park.
Receive highly-rated STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) Toys from leading brands handpicked by Amazon’s toy experts each month. This is for children ages 3-4. Older STEM Club Toy Subscriptions are available.
Each month you’ll receive up to 5 experiments and art projects that promote STEAM learning (science, technology, engineering, art, and math). Easy to follow instructions your young learner through every project to make the learning process exciting and fun.
Designed by the Green Kid Craft Team of scientists and parents and tested by kids, so you know it is safe and fun at the same time.
Non-toxic, recyclable, carbon-neutral, sustainable, and Made in the U.S.A.! In partnership with One Tree Planted, we plant one tree in your name for each order placed.
For ages 3-10, no two trails are ever the same! This is a fun way to get everyone together for a backyard adventure.
Make a Family Album
Have more photos on your computer than you do in your home? Us too.
Nothing beats someone taking the time to upload them all into a printed book for your family to smile over as they take a trip down memory lane.
Like this idea for yourself? Spend one-on-one time with each child picking their favorite ten photos from the year past. Family albums are a great way to generate conversation about what memories resonated.
Watch the transformation from caterpillars to butterflies in your own home! This butterfly kit includes 5 baby caterpillars, a pop-up, reusable mesh habitat, a Chrysalis station log, and a flower-shaped butterfly feeder. We have done this with our family, and it is a huge hit!
Have Ice Cream Delivered
We are a nut-free family that loves to be gifted ice cream from A-La-Mode. The ice cream is delicious, and it is so exciting to find on our doorstep!
9 Experiences to Enjoy Away from the Home
Find a Skatepark
Take the leg work away from the family and find a new place to point them in the right direction they can bring their bikes to a local pump track or skate park.
It can be the World of Coke or Hershey’s. Nothing beats seeing the ins and outs of how a product comes together. Google “factory tours in zip code” to see what adventures make fun, family day trips!
When was the last time you brought the family to the big screen? Grab a gift card to AMC and see what is playing. You can also include a list of new releases to help get this experience on the calendar!
Lend a Hand
Is there something you know how to do that will benefit the family? Maybe you are great at washing cars, or can build them a bookshelf? Gift this with a gift certificate to a favorite lunch spot as you lend a hand for a couple of hours.
Plan a Trip
The biggest obstacle families face is finding the time to pull the details together. Gifting a weekend away to a family can allow them to focus on being there, rather than getting there. This Road Trip with Kids post will help get your ideas flowing!
Include a travel guide for:
Local grocery stores
Have the kids document their story with this kid’s V-Tech camera. The camera is durable for drops, and images are able to be uploaded onto the computer. *note: This camera does come with games that can be turned off in the parent’s settings.
Head to the National Park Service website and find a trail for the family to explore. You can gift this with a new pair of hiking boots or binoculars.
Hike it Baby will develop hiking experiences for families to inspire outdoor adventure.
Swim lessons make a fantastic gift for all ages. It improves water safety, along with helping strengthen large muscles in the body.