Experience gift ideas are a great way to give the gift of memories to your friends and family. From dinners to events, find a unique experience for everyone on your list.
Experience Gift Ideas for the Whole Family
Theme Park Tickets and Museums
Last year we bought our family season passes to a local water park and it was one of the best gifts we’ve ever given. We spent time together as a family and enjoyed a water park all summer long. Watch for steep discounts on season passes during the end of the year, too, and get a bargain.
Legoland Discovery Centers: Buy tickets for a one day visit or, better yet, grab season passes for fun all year long. There are 18 different locations world wide so this would be great for any ex-pat friends, too.
SeaWorld and SeaWorld Parks: SeaWorld is one of our favorite theme parks! Plan a trip or get a season pass. SeaWorld parsk include Busch Gardens, Discovery Cove, Sesame Place (great for the pre-school crowd!), Aquatica; and Adventure Island.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museums and Aquariums: With 90 different locations, the family will have tons of fun exploring these crazy museums.
Smart Destinations Go Card!: My husband and I used a Go Card for our summer trip to Hawaii and loved it. Go Cards are purchased for one price and they allow entry to multiple
Restaurant Gift Cards
Who doesn’t love food as a gift? Restaurant gift cards are a great addition to any ticket purchase or on their own for a night. Throw in some baby-sitting for a Date Night for a special couple on your list.
Darden Restaurants: I LOVE these gift cards that can be used at any of Darden’s restaurant chains which which includes Seasons 52, Yard House, LongHorn Steakhouse, Olive Garden, and Red Lobster.
Restaurant.com: Most of the restaurants on Restaurant.com are local eateries so it’s fun to try out something new for a discount. You can get gift cards or just buy a Restaurant.com deal to give away.
I love going to live events like the ballet, a hockey game, or the theater. Tickets make awesome gifts that the whole family will remember.
To save on events in your area check out sites like ScoreBig and SeatGeek .
Ticketnetwork offers gift cards, which is great if you aren’t sure what your recipient would like to see.
FANDANGO Movie Gift Cards: Movie gift cards are one of my favorite gifts to receive especially as a family gift. We love going to the movies, but it can get expensive and gift card always help cut that cost.
LivingSocial offers tavel, tickets, dinners, show tickets and more at a discount. Just check your local city or find a deal for an upcoming trip.
Learning and Growth
Sometimes it’s just nice to learn a new skill or language. These gifts are online courses or websites that can be gifted.
LYNDA.COM offers a huge variety of self-paced online courses for everything from design to music to photography.
Rocket Languages is a great way to give the gift of a new language! This is great for anyone who is traveling in the upcoming year. They also have classes for American Sign Language.
ABCMouse.com is one of my kids favorite online game sites – and it’s educational! Giving a kid the gift of an online membership is a great way to give them a gift they will love that won’t add more clutter to your house.
Craftsy offers online crafting classes including classes in sewing, knitting, crochet, baking and more. Craftsy also offers gift cards so the recipient can choose a class or even a craft kit.
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