7 Experiential Gift Ideas for Those you Love

Stuff is great, but most of us have plenty of it. When you’re giving a gift, how do you offer something new? Something that stands out and is remembered?

Experiential gifts are a way to offer something truly meaningful to those you love — whether it’s Valentine’s Day, birthdays, or Christmas and whether it’s for your significant other, your sibling, or your neighbor.

Here are 7 experiential gift ideas that we’d love to receive and are suitable for occasions of all kinds.

Cooking Class

Everyone loves to learn something new — and cooking is something that most people could use some lessons in.

Look up cooking classes near you and gift a specific program (sauces, bread baking, desserts, etc.), a single class pass, or a private session for just the two of you!

This is a gift that will keep on giving — well after the class. Sur La Table has a great variety of in-store classes to check out.

Concert Tickets

Experiential Gifts: Concert Tickets

Everyone likes music. Concert tickets are an easily personalized gift that you can share with someone you love. Choose their favorite band, look up tour dates, and get buying! Just be careful to clear their schedule first.

If you’re loved ones don’t love the concert scene, try an orchestra or a broadway show. There are plenty of show tickets that offer wonderful experiences and memories that will last.

Getaway Weekend

Experiential Weekend Getaway

The ultimate experiential gift: a getaway weekend! For the special people in your life, book a surprise Airbnb weekend or a single night at a hotel.

Go to the beach or to the closest big city. It doesn’t have to be a big destination to be exciting and memorable — just something for you and your loved one to do together.

Airbnb is a perfect way to book a last-minute vacation. Plus, it comes with experiences, stays, private rooms, and more!


If you’re looking for a gift that keeps on giving, a garden kit is definitely the answer. It’s perfect for all types of relationships: friend, neighbor, spouse, and for all types of events: housewarming, holiday, and Valentine’s.

A garden is the ultimate experience — from planting, to growing, to harvesting, to eating. It will bring benefits and excitement to your loved one for many months to come!

Try Gardenuity’s Container Garden Kits. They’re the perfect way to gift an entire garden — including everything you need to grow and Grow Pro support.

Another fun way to experience gardening is to attend a gardening event. Meet new friends, get a little dirty and walk away with a complete garden for the season. Gardenuity host a wide range of events in various markets or work with Gardenuity to put your own gardening event together.



There’s nothing dreamier than a day outside on the water. If it’s available to you, take your loved one kayaking!

You’d be surprised at how many places offer kayaking — oceans, lakes (including man-made ones), rivers — you just need a body of water nearby.

If not kayaking, then find another outdoor activity and spend the day creating memories that last.

Pottery Class

Getting your hands dirty is so satisfying — especially when it’s in the act of creating something beautiful.

Pottery classes are a great experiential gift for those you care about. Attend the class with them or not. It’s a way to encourage those you care about to do something new or hone an existing talent! Plus, they get to take home their own creation at the end of it.

Indoor Skydiving

Indoor Skydiving

Indoor skydiving is all the rage right now. It’s the perfect experiential gift for your adrenaline junkie friends. Plus, it’s a great family activity for a birthday gift!

Indoor skydiving creates memories that your loved ones will cherish forever — not to mention those videos!

iFly is a widely spread indoor skydiving organization. Check for your locations near you!

Give one of these 7 experiential gift ideas a try to create a long-lasting memory between you and the ones you love. Experiences are the best gift and knick-knacks are out of style

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