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12 Meaningful Gift Ideas For The Holidays

By gifting meaningful experiences to our loves ones, we can create joyful memories that deepen our relationships. Here are 12 experience gift ideas for the holidays that will bring you closer to the people you love.

With the holiday season in full swing, you’re probably already thinking (or panicking) about getting gifts for your loved ones.

There are often two types of gift givers: those who find great joy in selecting the perfect gift for their people and those who get overwhelmed by the mere thought of shopping at this time of year.

By gifting meaningful experiences to our loves ones, we can create joyful memories that deepen our relationships. Here are 12 experience gift ideas for the holidays that will bring you closer to the people you love.

I personally love finding the perfect gifts for the people on my list, but I also stress myself out in the process. I want my gifts to be useful and practical, not material items given for the sake of it.

Luckily there’s a present we all can give that reduces the pressure when it comes to gift giving: the gift of your time. It may sound cheesy, but memories last longer than any material possession will. By gifting meaningful experiences to our loves ones, we can create joyful memories together that deepen our relationships.

Since it’s important that we make time for those who matter, I’m sharing 12 meaningful gift ideas for the holidays that will bring you closer to the people you love. Happy holidays!

The Importance of Making Time


We know people are happiest when they make meaningful connections with one another, but there are so many distractions competing for our attention. That’s why Wente Vineyards is encouraging people to Make Time for each other in order to create some of the greatest moments that life can offer.

Together with Wente, I’m encourage you to Make Time for others so you can create memories that truly matter. By making time for people beyond the distractions that rule our everyday lives, we can change our relationships for the better.

12 Experience Gifts for Everyone On Your List


1. Self-Care Day

By gifting meaningful experiences to our loves ones, we can create joyful memories that deepen our relationships. Here are 12 experience gift ideas for the holidays that will bring you closer to the people you love.

We all need to relax a little more, and giving the gift of relaxation is always a good idea. Plan a self-care date for you and a friend with things like a spa treatment, manicure, blowout, and maybe even a meditation class.

2. Wine Tasting

By gifting meaningful experiences to our loves ones, we can create joyful memories that deepen our relationships. Here are 12 experience gift ideas for the holidays that will bring you closer to the people you love.

A wine tasting date could be the perfect gift for your wine-loving friend, mother, or sister-in-law. Rather than just gifting a bottle of wine, plan a day around wine tasting so you can spend some quality time together.

3. Weekend Getaway

By gifting meaningful experiences to our loves ones, we can create joyful memories that deepen our relationships. Here are 12 experience gift ideas for the holidays that will bring you closer to the people you love.

If you’ve been wanting to spend a little more quality time with your partner, take them on a weekend getaway. Book an airbnb, check out the local area, and give them the gift of a relaxing (or adventurous) weekend away from the daily grind.

4. Escape Room

By gifting meaningful experiences to our loves ones, we can create joyful memories that deepen our relationships. Here are 12 experience gift ideas for the holidays that will bring you closer to the people you love.

Escape rooms are all the rage right now, and they’re a fun way to tackle a challenge together. Usually you need four people to participate, so make it a group gift for you and your closest friends or family members.

5. Local Tour

By gifting meaningful experiences to our loves ones, we can create joyful memories that deepen our relationships. Here are 12 experience gift ideas for the holidays that will bring you closer to the people you love.

If there’s a vineyard, brewery, or chocolate factory in your area, a tour is a great gift for the friend who loves learning how things are made (or just loves free samples).

6. State Park Pass

By gifting meaningful experiences to our loves ones, we can create joyful memories that deepen our relationships. Here are 12 experience gift ideas for the holidays that will bring you closer to the people you love.

For the friend who loves nature, a State Park pass is a great gift so that you can have memorable adventures together. From hiking to camping to skiing, there are so many activities you can do in the great outdoors.

7. Cooking Class

By gifting meaningful experiences to our loves ones, we can create joyful memories that deepen our relationships. Here are 12 experience gift ideas for the holidays that will bring you closer to the people you love.

Food is a great way to bring people together, and the act of cooking with someone can be an adventure of its own. Sites like Groupon always have local cooking classes on offer, and it would make the perfect gift for a food-loving friend.

8. Boat Trip

By gifting meaningful experiences to our loves ones, we can create joyful memories that deepen our relationships. Here are 12 experience gift ideas for the holidays that will bring you closer to the people you love.

If you’re lucky enough to live near the water, a sightseeing tour on a boat is a great way to spend quality time with others. From yachts to gondolas, there are plenty of ways to give the gift of relaxation on the water.

9. Show Tickets

By gifting meaningful experiences to our loves ones, we can create joyful memories that deepen our relationships. Here are 12 experience gift ideas for the holidays that will bring you closer to the people you love.

Whether you and a friend bond over your taste in music, movie genres, or sense of humor, going to a show together is a good way to enjoy each other’s company. See if there are any concerts, comedy shows, or performances happening in your city that a friend or family member would appreciate.

10. Fitness Class

By gifting meaningful experiences to our loves ones, we can create joyful memories that deepen our relationships. Here are 12 experience gift ideas for the holidays that will bring you closer to the people you love.

For your fitness loving friend, gift them passes to a workout class you can take together. Whether it’s Pilates, SoulCycle, or something adventurous like aerial yoga, you can spend some quality time together working up a sweat.

11. Paint Night

By gifting meaningful experiences to our loves ones, we can create joyful memories that deepen our relationships. Here are 12 experience gift ideas for the holidays that will bring you closer to the people you love.

A paint and sip night would make a great gift for an art-loving (or wine-loving) friend. You can create your own masterpieces together, and you’ll both leave with your own painting to remember the night by.

12. Horseback Riding

By gifting meaningful experiences to our loves ones, we can create joyful memories that deepen our relationships. Here are 12 experience gift ideas for the holidays that will bring you closer to the people you love.

For the animal lover in your life, see if there are horseback riding lessons or horseback beach rides in your area. Spending quality time together in the company of animals will be an unforgettable experience for you both.

What’s The Best Experience Gift Someone Has Given You?


I hope this post has encouraged you to think about giving the gift of experiences this holiday season. Let me know how you plan to Make Time for your loved ones before the end of the year!

Thank you to Wente Vineyards for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.

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Catherine Beard
Hey, I'm Catherine! I'm a mindset & self-care coach, blogger, and the creator of The Blissful Mind. I’m here to help you enjoy less burnout and overwhelm in your life so you have the time, energy, and confidence to pursue what matters.

3 Comments

  1. Catherine,

    This is a wonderful post! I couldn’t agree with you more the “memories last longer than any material possession will.” My kids have never come to me and said “mom, that toy you gave me 3 years ago was awesome!” But the do say “I had a great time with you.” Building memories is what life is all about.

    ~Allison

  2. For about 10 years my parents gift a weekend getaway for the whole family. We all love it! Every year they ask if we want another family getaway or physical gifts / money. No one ever wanted gifts / money, we all enjoy this time together :)

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