5 Reasons to Give the Gift of Adventure

Looking for a gift that keeps on giving?

Why don’t you give someone the gift of adventure instead?

Here are a few reasons why you should consider giving an experience gift instead of a physical one.

1. Experience gifts don’t add clutter.

Nothing is more frustrating to me, than entering my kid’s room and discovering toys and clothing that were former gifts, discarded on the floor and not treated with value. Living more with less means enjoying life with less physical baggage. The only space that an experience gift takes up is a memory in your mind… unless you bring home a souvenir.

2. Experience gifts give you something to look forward to. 

In a culture of instant gratification, there is something about building the anticipation of an upcoming adventure.

3. The memories are priceless.

You can’t put a value on an experience. It goes beyond whatever monetary value was spent.

4. The recipient will always remember the gift and the giver.

I can tell you who gave me the adventure gift and the special occasion that it was for with all of my experience gifts that I’ve received. Adventure is better shared. You are giving the gift of an experience that will be memorable.  For example, we have chosen to give my kids season passes to a local amusement park for their birthdays for the past few years. We have shared countless memories together that are way better than a physical gift, that would have lost it’s newness over time.

5.  It’s all about presentation.

You can still give a physical gift if you want to. For example, if you are planning a surprise trip to Disney, you could wrap up a small toy, themed clothing to be worn on the trip, or maybe something that could be used on the way to the destination, like a special movie, etc. If you are going on a ski trip, maybe some gear, or a snorkel if you are going somewhere tropical. If you are giving tickets as a gift, you can still be creative in how you present your gift, whether it’s in a large wrapped box, or presented as a scavenger hunt.

Need some experience gift ideas?

I’ve got LOTS of them.

Annual Passes

Amusement Park

Water park



Children’s Museum

Nature Park

Fun for All Ages



Ice Skating

Roller Skating

Indoor Trampoline Arena

Rock Climbing Wall

Indoor Go Karts

Indoor Ropes Course

Indoor Ziplining


Lazer Tag


Miniature Golf

Entertainment Complex

Top Golf

Escape Room

Take a Tour

Food Tour

Wine Tour

History Tour

Bourbon Tour

Art Tour

Sports Themed

Train ride



Behind the Scenes

Ride the Ducks Tour

Museum Tour

Go Outside


Extreme Tree Climbing

Fishing Trip

Standup Paddleboarding

Surf Lessons

Snorkel tour

Kayak/canoe/ or rafting tour

Cable Wakeboarding

Archery Range

Shooting Range

Frisbee Golf

Foot Golf

Snow Tubing

Cross Country Skiing


Sail/Riverboat Cruise

Make Something

Create a Candle

Paint Pottery

Painting Class

Blow Glass Art

Cooking Class

Cocktail Class

Make Jewelry

Make Pottery



Hair Salon

Nail Salon


Theater Tickets

Comedy Show

Dinner Theater

Concert of a favorite Band

Sporting Event

Special Speaker or Conference


 Lessons/ Training

Horseback Riding




Personal training at a gym

Hula Hoop class

Aerial Silks





Extreme Adventure


Indoor Skydiving



Drive a Race Car

Race Car Ridealong

Hot Air Balloon Ride

Small Plane

White Water Rafting

Bungee Jump


Adventures with Animals

Penguin Encounter 

Overnight at an Aquarium

Wolf Encounter 

Bathe an Elephant

Pet a Kangaroo

Dog Sledding

Swim with Manatee

Horseback riding

Encounter with Falcons

Take a Trip

You can either make it a surprise or give little gifts that can be used for the trip.


Ski Trip


Beach Getaway

Once in a Lifetime

Getaway with Friends

Camping Trip


Indoor Waterpark

Unique Overnights

Sleep at the Aquarium

Sleep at a Museum

Sleep in a Treehouse

Sleep in a Submarine

Sleep in a Teepee



I hope that you’ve found lots of experience gift ideas to give the gift of adventure to someone you love.













  1. Tammilee says

    So many great holiday gift ideas! I love the idea of giving the gift of adventure. An experience that lasts a lifetime

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