Okay this gift guide could actually be for ME. When someone gives me a gift I am always really touched. But I have a lot of stuff and am pretty specific in my taste, so I don’t always wind up using a lot of the things I am given. Conversely, when someone gives me thoughtful experience gifts, I am REALLY excited. It just feels so much more personal and special and it’s also always really nice to have a fun experience to look forward to or a new goal to work toward.
Besides the fact that experience gifts often feel more thoughtful, they rather conveniently make fantastic last-minute gifts. With a few exceptions, you could buy most of these the day of if you found yourself in an emergency. It’s always good to have a few good ideas up your sleeve for last minute gifting / when you accidentally forget someone important!
I’d love to hear your favorite experience gift ideas. Leave them in the comments, if you have one!
A Membership to Headspace.
Headspace is my favorite meditation app. I’ve been using it for a couple years now and could gush about it for a while. First of all, I joke that Andy is my boyfriend. His voice is so soothing. Second, over the past year, they’ve unveiled all sorts of incredible sleep tools. My favorite are the sleepcasts… kind of like a bedtime story for adults. I am embarrassed to say how much I listen to the Cat Marina one. Almost every night! They recently changed it up and I noticed.
A membership to Headspace is thoughtful, out of the box, and perfect for that friend who wants to prioritize their happiness + health this year (also, me!)
(I recently just signed a 3 month partnership with Headspace so want to disclose that this mention is a part of my partnership with them!)
A gift certificate to Air BnB.
I was out to lunch with a friend and she was talking about how her and her husband were going to take a trip because they had a gift certificate to Air BnB and I just thought… what a BRILLIANT gift!? You can use it literally anywhere, it encourages the recipient to take an adventure or get away… I had never heard of anyone giving that as a gift and just thought it was so smart.
Along these lines (but probably more spendy) you could also treat someone to one night in a really luxurious hotel in your city. Sometimes a staycation is just the perfect way to reset!
A membership to the Whitney Museum.
Or really, to any museum – whatever your favorite one may be! The Whitney is my personal favorite museum in the city. I try to support them whenever I possibly can and actually have a discount code for you to use if you buy a membership between now and 12/31 (it’s GRACE10!)
But what I love so much about gifting a membership to a friend or family member is that you have an excuse to do something together for the rest of the year. Whether it’s checking out a new exhibit, attending a private tour, or doing something fun like Empty Met or Quiet Mornings at the MoMA. If it’s a museum you both love, you basically get a year’s worth of fun plans!
A class that you can take together.
I love the idea of getting a significant other or best friend a gift certificate to do something together. Whether it’s cooking classes, dance lessons, a craft or painting class, wine tasting classes, or something else, it’s something fun that you can look forward to doing together.
A Subscription to Book of the Month.
I hesitated to include Book of the Month on this list as technically this is a “thing,” but a) you can buy it last minute, and b) your recipient gets to pick. And it encourages reading, which of course is something very important to me! I am a huge fan. I’ve been a paying member for about two and a half years and I look forward to it every month… they pick the best books!
A painting kit from Let’s Make Art.
Okay this is a “thing,” but I really wanted to include it anyway! My mom got me a few of these kits for my birthday and I love how easy they make it to create beautiful art. Perfect for the creative who maybe needs a little extra guidance.
A membership to Aaptiv.
Aaptiv is another great gift that I love as I use it every single time I am traveling. It allows the recipient to work out wherever they are, with access to fun classes, anywhere! It’s one of my favorite things!
Cookies from Levain.
Also a “thing,” but a thing that won’t last very long! I’m sorry but these are possibly the best cookies in maybe the whole entire world. Why not send a box to a deserving friend!? I’m actually starting to drool just thinking about these cookies!
Created in partnership with Headspace!