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Experience Christmas Gift Ideas for Kids

Experience Christmas Gift Ideas for Kids

Experience Gifts

Are you tired of giving gifts that get played with on Christmas day and then never again? Surprise your twinnies this Christmas with one of these amazing experience gift ideas. Create lasting memories and make this holiday season truly special.

Looking for the perfect Christmas gift? Skip the material presents and opt for these experience gift ideas to create lasting memories for your loved ones.

The holiday season is a magical time filled with excitement and anticipation, especially for children. And if you’re dreading the overload of clutter and toys like I am, why not consider giving the gift of unforgettable experiences? Experience gifts for Christmas are an opportunity to spend quality time with your twinnies and to create lasting memories. Plus, there is no age limit when gifting an experience! No matter your budget (from $50 to $200, $200 to $500, and $500 or more per gift per child), there’s bound to be a perfect experience gift for your kids! Check out our list of experience gift ideas for Christmas this year.

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Tips for choosing an Experience gift

Picking out the perfect experience gift is like blending thoughtfulness, considering what the person likes, and throwing in a bit of creativity for good measure. An experience gift is about creating memories that will stick around longer than a physical gift ever could. So, if you want your chosen experience to hit the right notes and not break the bank, check out these user-friendly tips for finding that ideal experience gift.

Set a Budget

Determine a budget range that you’re comfortable with before starting your search. This will help narrow down your options and prevent overspending.

Consider Their Interests

Think about their hobbies, passions, and interests. Whether they love adventure, relaxation, food, or art, tailor the experience to match their preferences.

Gove the gift of experiences for Christmas.

Quality Over Quantity

Instead of focusing on the cost or extravagance of the experience, prioritize the quality of the activity. A meaningful and well-thought-out experience is often more appreciated than a lavish but generic one.

These tips can enhance the thoughtfulness of your gift and demonstrate that you have invested time and consideration into it, ultimately adding more meaning to the gift.

Gift Experience Ideas

$50 – $200 Gift Ideas

Specialized Lesson

Do your kids have a secret talent they want to pursue? Or an activity they have always wanted to try? Why not give them it for Christmas (odds are it will last longer than that Nerf gun they just had to have!)?  There are so many options to choose from: cooking classes, indoor skydiving, art workshops, horseback riding, surfing, musical instruments, Karate, glassblowing, etc. Whatever your kids love to do, you’re bound to find a specialized lesson, class, or workshop that is right up their alley.

A ski trip is a great Experience Christmas Gift Idea

Ski Passes

Do you live near a ski hill or in proximity to one? A skiing/snowboarding pass is an excellent way to introduce kids to winter sports. The feeling of gliding down the slopes, surrounded by snow-covered mountains, is both exhilarating and serene. It’s an adventure that promotes outdoor fun and physical fitness. Plus, most ski resorts offer classes for beginners. I’ve taken more than I can count and learn more every time, so it would be a great activity for the whole family!

Concert Tickets

Your first concert is something you never forget! Whether it’s Taylor Swift, Imagine Dragons, or the Trans- Siberian Orchestra, the excitement of attending a concert can be a cherished memory for years to come. Remember to keep your selections age-appropriate (this isn’t the 80s anymore)! They even have shows for the younger kiddos, like Disney on IceSesame Street Live, or Bluey’s Big Play.

Give an experience Christmas gift this year, like tickets to see Bluey's big play.
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$200-$500 Gift Ideas

Hot Air Balloon Ride

Hot air balloon rides make a great experience gift for Christmas! Imagine the look on your loved one’s face when they open their gift to find an adventure of a lifetime in store for them! Hot air balloon rides offer incredible views of the landscape below as you soar high above the ground. With hot air balloons, you can explore the skies and experience a sense of freedom that comes with being far up in the air. A hot air balloon ride is an experience that will leave a lasting impression.

Fishing Trip

Want to teach your twinnies patience, concentration, and appreciation for nature? A fishing trip might be just the catch! There are many options available: salmon fishing in Alaska, deep-sea fishing off the coast of Florida, or fly fishing in Montana. But fishing trips aren’t just about catching fish; they’re about the joy of reeling in a big one and spending quality time together. And let’s not forget the fish tales they’ll be sharing for years to come.

Overnight Adventure

Whether it’s a camping trip or a hotel stay, an overnight adventure is the perfect opportunity to spend time together and make some memories. Whatever venue you choose will come with its own activities and adventures. My husband’s family used to have “staycations” at nearby hotels so they could experience the hotel’s luxury and take advantage of the amenities (hello, pool!). 

$500+ Gift ideas

Helicopter Tour

Take to the skies on a private helicopter tour. Take in an aerial perspective of iconic landmarks, breathtaking landscapes, or cityscapes. The kids will love pointing out their house, their school, and all their favorite places from up above!

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Weekend at a Family-Friendly Resort

Spend a whole weekend together as a family and have a lot of fun doing it at a family-friendly resort. How grand you make this adventure is really up to you! You can take a destination trip or head to a resort within driving distance of you. The whole family will love either choice!

Choose a family cruise as an experience gift this Christmas

Family Cruise

A family cruise is a luxurious experience with a variety of activities and destinations. Many cruise lines offer family-friendly packages, complete with kids’ clubs, water parks, and entertainment options. My parents gave this gift to us one Christmas, and it was the best time!

From the thrill of skiing down snowy slopes to the magic of attending their first live concert, these experiences not only bring joy but also deepen the bonds between you and your twinnies. So, this holiday season, consider the gift of experiences. In giving your child a world of exploration, excitement, and new horizons, you’re offering a truly priceless treasure: the gift of lasting memories.

Kylee Burleigh

Kylee Burleigh lives in Washington State and effortlessly juggles multiple roles while embracing the chaos of a vibrant family life. With a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s a wizard at weaving compelling stories. When she’s not busy wrangling words, Kylee is a dedicated wife with fraternal twin girls expected August 2023, adding a delightful twist to her already bustling life. She tackles a full-time communications job, provides stellar marketing services to clients and is a contributing writer to Twiniversity. In her rare moments of respite, Kylee embraces holistic living and immerses herself in thrilling outdoor escapades like hiking, hunting and tearing through the wilderness in her trusty side-by-side.

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