The 35 Most Memorable Experience Gifts to Give This Year

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AnnaMarie Houlis4.87k
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April 23, 2024 at 4:51PM UTC
What to do you get the person in your life who has everything? Maybe they already have all the clothes they could ever want and any jewelry that catches their eye they end up buying for themselves.
But what about an experience you can share together? That's something unique that they haven't had yet. Here are 35 ideas to get you started.

1. Spend a night at the Metropolitan Museum on the EmptyMet Tour ($199)

Visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York with Viator's VIP tour. You can head inside before it opens to the general public to trace more than 5,000 years of human history... privately. Numbers are limited to just 25 people to ensure that you have an intimate experience.

2. Visit the national parks all year long ($80)

Valid for one full year from the month of purchase, you can visit every single national park in the country. This pass allows the pass owner and accompanying passengers in a single, private, non-commercial vehicle to enter federally operated recreation sites across the United States.

3. Go whiskey tasting (Prices Vary)

For the whiskey aficionado, take a whiskey tasting class with a resident whiskey expert.

4. Take online guitar lessons ($99)

Sign up for online guitar lessons. All subscriptions include 24/7 access to over 750 video lessons, including over 750 video guitar lessons and over 250 song lessons including lesson tabs via a wide range of lessons from beginner to intermediate and advanced, electric or acoustic, genre-specific lessons such as classical, blues, rock, country, bluegrass and much more.

5. Try out new workout classes with Class Pass ($79/month)

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Start with a two-week free trial, and then pay a monthly subscription fee. You'll have access to all sorts of workout classes in your area, from boxing to spin to yoga and more.

6. Take a cooking class (Prices Vary)

Interesting in learning how to cook or have a favorite cuisine you'd love to make at home? Sign up for a cooking class, and then enjoy the meal together.

7. Learn a new language with Rosetta Stone ($6-$12/month subscriptions)

Learn a new language like Spanish, French, Arabic and more with Rosetta Stone. Rosetta Stone promises interactive activities and contextual lessons that advance you far more quickly than memorizing a long list of vocabulary. 

8. Take a dance class (Prices Vary)

Want to learn how to dance or try out something fun? Take a dance lesson together and then practice outside of the classroom, too!

9. See a show on Broadway (Prices Vary)

Head to the Big Apple for Aladdin, Beetlejuice, Chicago, Frozen, Hamilton, The Lion King and other Broadway shows.

10. Take a plant-making class with Plant Nite (Prices Vary)

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Photo via golubovy/AdobeStock
Learn how to make a succulent terrarium in a plant-making class, and then watch them grow together.

11. Get a blowout at Dry Bar ($10+)

Get your hair done at Dry Bar, where you can get a blowout and style with a glass of champagne.

12. Go wine tasting (Prices Vary)

You can never go wrong with wine tasting, especially in a beautiful vineyard somewhere remote.

13. Take a cake-decorating class (Prices Vary)

Maybe you prefer baking over cooking. Skip the cooking class and take a cake-decorating class instead.

14. Take a candle-making class (Prices Vary)

Candles are a great gift. Why not learn how to make the candles yourselves and then take them home with you?

15. Go on a surprise getaway with Pack up & Go! ($100+)

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Photo via lubero/AdobeStock
Book a surprise trip with Pack up & Go!. The company will plan your whole weekend getaway for you, and it won't tell you where you're headed until, well, you're headed there.

16. Take a flower-arrangement workshop (Prices Vary)

Instead of just giving flowers, learn how to put flowers together like a professional florist together. Then you can take those, even more special flowers home.

17. Make mosaics (Prices Vary)

Learn how to make mosaics in a mosaic class.

18. Get a facial (Prices Vary)

Treat yourselves to a day at the spa where you can get a facial.

19. Spend the day at a bathhouse (Prices Vary)

Spend the day at a Russian or Turkish bathhouse spoiling yourselves.

20. Take a helicopter tour of New York City ($284)

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Photo via MexChriss/AdobeStock
Fly over Manhattan in a helicopter for about a 20-minute bird's-eye view of the city's attractions, like  the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, the Chrysler Building, the World Financial Center, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Central Park and the Brooklyn Bridge.

21. Go hang gliding (Prices Vary)

Find a nearby hang gliding tour to get your adrenaline pumping.

22. Skydive indoors ($90/two-flight voucher)

Learn how to skydive by practicing indoors in an iFly simulator. 

23. Drive a race car (Prices Vary)

Take a driving lesson in a race car of your choice.

24. Enjoy all of Nashville with a Music City Total-Access Pass ($99)

Make the most of the Music City with a total-access pass to Nashville. You'll get six attractions plus exclusive discounts.

25. Go whale and dolphin watching in San Diego ($85)

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Photo via Maridav/AdobeStock
Spend the day out on the water spotting whales and watching dolphins in San Diego.

26. Become a member at the Museum of Modern Art ($85+)

If you love art, why not become members of the MoMA? Membership will get you free admission to MoMA and MoMA PS1, discounted guest tickets, members-only hours and previews for major exhibitions, discounts at MoMA Design Stores and cafés and dedicated member entrance and coat check.

27. Explore New York with an Explorer Pass ($94+)

Do New York like a tourist with a New York City Explorer Pass, an attraction pass that gives you access to multiple New York attractions (choose from three, five, seven or 10) with savings of up to 45%. You'll be able to check out top museums, tours and activities. Read: Empire State Building tours, Big Bus Hop-on Hop-off tours, Top of the Rock tours, Statue of Liberty tours, the 9/11 Tribute Museum, Madame Tussauds, Cruises and more.

28. Take a mixology class (Prices Vary)

Love cocktails? Don't just go get a drink. Make your own and then sip them over good conversation (about how great of mixologists you now are).

29. Take a jewelry-making class (Prices Vary)

Jewelry can be a precious gift. But handmade jewelry is even better. Learn how to make jewelry together and then wear it as a reminder of that memory you made.

30. Fly an airplane (Prices Vary)

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Photo via Rik/AdobeStock
Learn how to fly an airplane with private, scenic flight lessons!

31. Take a BBQ tour in Austin ($100+)

Get a taste of arguably the best BBQ in the country with a BBQ tour in Austin. You'll sample BBQ and craft beers throughout the city, stopping at restaurants, favorite foodie hole-in-the-wall gems and breweries. This tour starts at $100 for seven to 10 people, but the final price depends on how many you have.

32. Ski or snowboard across the country with an Epic Pass ($969)

Spend the winter skiing or snowboarding the gnarliest mountains around the world with an unlimited, unrestricted, all-access pass. From Vermont to Utah and Colorado, all the way to France and Italy, you can ski and snowboard to your heart's desire.

33. Unwind with a massage (Prices Vary)

What better way to relax than with a deep tissue or aromatherapy massage? And you can even do one together.

34. Take a PADI Open Water Diving course (Prices Vary)

Learn the ins and outs of scuba diving with this PADI Open Water online eLearning course. You can even go ahead and find a dive shop in your area (or on your next vacation), and get certified together!

35. Get a manicure and pedicure (Prices Vary)

Get out for a spa day for a beautifying manicure and pedicure. Go all in and get the foot scrubs and massages while you're at it.

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AnnaMarie Houlis is a feminist, a freelance journalist and an adventure aficionado with an affinity for impulsive solo travel. She spends her days writing about women’s empowerment from around the world. You can follow her work on her blog,, and follow her journeys on Instagram @her_report, Twitter @herreportand Facebook.

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