Experience Gift Ideas for Kids

Christmas is a time for giving and receiving. As parents, it can feel like the gifts we give our kids year after year become “more stuff” that sits idle in playrooms just a few months after Christmas is over. Our kids already have so many toys they love, so why not give them experience gifts this year? Experience gifts focus on the gift of time, which is one of the greatest things a parent can give a child. These are the gifts that create memories and last forever.

Believe it or not, experience gifts don’t have to be extravagant or expensive. Your children want to be with you, and a little fun goes a long way! Here are some of our favorite ideas of experience gifts for kids…that won’t break the bank. We recommend one-on-one experience gifts, so each gift is unique to the child receiving it.

  • Manicures or pedicures
  • Dinner and movie date
  • Trampoline park
  • Cooking class
  • Painting class
  • Museum day
  • Horseback riding
  • Dessert tour around town
  • Pottery class
  • Camping
  • Cookie decorating class
  • Jewelry making class
  • Sporting events
  • Concerts

Another way to give the gift of experience is by gifting your child with something for an activity or hobby. Some ideas for this are:

  • A pot for cooking
  • Sports equipment (helmet, ball, etc.)
  • Paint supplies
  • Knitting needles
  • Gardening kit
  • Candle-making kit

There are so many options for experience gifts. Whatever you choose to give your child, be present with them. Eliminate distractions, put your phone away, and make memories with them that they’ll never forget.