The 21 Best Experience Gifts That Are More Memorable Than Another Vanilla Candle

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I don’t know about you, but experience gifts are my favorite kinds of presents to receive. They last longer than any candle, bottle of perfume, or pair of fuzzy socks ever could. And in my eyes, they’re oftentimes filled with much more intention and meaning. Whether you’re enjoying them alone or with loved ones, the best experience gifts create new, precious memories, and isn’t that all you can really ask for during the holidays?

Like I said, experience gifts typically require more thought than other presents. You have to consider how your recipient likes to spend their time, as well as which activities they told you they’ve always wanted to try. If they love sports, game tickets or an ESPN+ subscription make the most sense. If they like to seek out adventure, a hiking trip or winter cabin getaway is sure to please. And if they pride themselves on being a foodie, they’ll get a kick out of a baking or mixology class—or some sort of food gift like Goldbelly (a personal fave of mine).

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See, there are plenty of experience gift ideas for anyone and everyone on your list—from Mom and Dad to your sibling, bestie, or bae. So keep scrolling to find classes, concerts, subscriptions, and more to treat your giftee to a meaningful experience they’ll never forget.


Milk Bar Classes
Milk Bar.

In addition to online classes, Milk Bar hosts in-person experiences where you can build one of the bakery’s signature cookies or cakes. I’ve been given this exact experience gift and can confirm that it’s so fun and tasty.

Uncommon Goods Mixology Class
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For the spirit-sipping friend in your life, let them learn how to make their own cocktails with this 90-minute mixology class from Uncommon Goods.

Uncommon Goods Paint Your Pet Class
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If their pet is the center of their life and all they ever talk about, then they’ll definitely have a blast painting their furry friend.


MasterClass Classes

Your lucky recipient will get to learn from the best of the best when you gift them a Masterclass subscription. They’ll have access to over 180 classes—from Wolfgang Puck spilling all of his culinary tips and tricks to Coach K diving deep into what makes a great leader. Right now for Black Friday, you can secure two memberships for the price of one—that’s a gift for you and a gift for a loved one.

ESPN+ Subscription
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There are a lot of streaming services to keep track of, and the costs certainly add up. If they’re missing ESPN+ but love all things sports, gift them an ESPN+ subscription so they can watch their fave teams compete.

Rent the Runway Membership
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The fashionista on your shopping list will adore a Rent the Runway subscription. Why? Because they can handpick, borrow, and wear 5, 10, or 15 items a month to ensure their ‘fits are always on point. This subscription gift is the perfect choice for the sister who constantly says they have nothing in their closet or the social butterfly friend who’s always off to fancy events.


Taylor Swift
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Everyone knows a Swiftie that would sell their soul for Taylor Swift concert tickets. They’ll be forever grateful if you bless them with seats to The Eras Tour.

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Everyone’s talking about the Sphere in Las Vegas, so why not get them tickets to U2’s residency there? This experience gift will be unlike any concert they’ve ever been to.

Beyonce Renaissance World Tour 2023 - Kansas City
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From what I hear, the Renaissance World Tour is an out-of-body experience that your lucky recipient will hold close to their heart forever and ever.

Bad Bunny Most Wanted Tour 2024
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They’re sure to have the time of their life at Bad Bunny’s Most Wanted Tour, singing and dancing to all of his Latin trap bangers (mosquitos not included).


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For the recipient who has football on the TV every Sunday, help them get off of the couch and into a stadium by scoring them tickets to an NFL game.

How To Watch NBA Games
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If basketball is their preferred sport, scoop up tickets to an NBA game. Our top pick would be a Denver Nuggets game to see the reigning champs (and of course, Nikola Jokić).

Formula 1 Grand Prix of Brazil
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For the die-hard F1 enthusiast, their life will be made when they find out you bought them Formula 1 tickets. Watching the race (and handsome drivers) up close in person can’t be beaten.


Goldbelly Nancy Silverton's Favorite Gelato Gift Box
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Their mouth will water after they open their gift from Goldbelly, an online marketplace for regional and artisanal foods. Ship them a treat from a smaller local business or even from a world-renowned chef. My personal favorite is Nancy Silverton’s Favorite Gelato Gift Box. If you’re unsure what kinds of food they enjoy, a Goldbelly gift card is a great backup plan.

Omaha Steaks
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The meat lover on your list will be cooking up a storm once they open this box of delish goodies. Everything on the site is 50 percent off right now, so get to it!

Cometeer Mixed Box
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Hook your nearest and dearest up with their daily dose of caffeine. I’m a huge fan of Cometeer’s innovative frozen coffee capsules. They’re easy to use, taste so smooth, and cost way less than a $10 latte from Starbs. You can send a box as a one-time gift or sign them up for a subscription that keeps the coffee flowing. I suggest you choose the Mixed Roast Box so they can try a variety of light, medium, and dark roasts (pssst, 32 capsules = $2.62 per cup).


Park City Cabin Airbnb
Photo: Rocky and Gianni/Airbnb.

Sometimes all they really need is a vacation. If they’re the type of person who would never book themselves a getaway, now’s your chance to swoop in. Since it’s almost wintertime, we’re thinking this cozy cabin in Park City, Utah would be the perfect destination.

Live Virtual Wildlife Safari in South Africa Airbnb Experience
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Did you know Airbnb offers online experiences like this virtual safari in South Africa? If a flight and hotel are out of your budget, an online travel experience is a great alternative that they can enjoy within the comfort of their own home.

REI Moonlight Hike

ICYMI, REI offers classes and events for nature lovers near and far. From cycling and hiking to backcountry exploration and wilderness first aid certification, the options are endless for your high-stamina pal.


Cameo Personalized Video Message

Cameo lets you order a personalized video message starring your giftee’s favorite celeb. You’re bound to find an idea among all of the musicians, athletes, comedians, reality TV stars, and actors who are on this site.

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This might look like any old photo book, but trust us, it’s much more. Storyworth strings together stories by asking your giftee one question a week that they have to reply to over email. At the end of the year, you’re left with a collection of meaningful anecdotes that you can pair with photos and put into a Storyworth book. They’ll adore being able to revisit such special memories whenever they’re feeling sentimental.