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Experience gifts for kids: Discover 9 awesome gift ideas that will make kids happy and will offer them meaningful experiences!
When I look back to the most special gifts that I received in my life they all have one thing in common: They were much more than an object wrapped in a cute present paper! They were those type of presents that filled my heart with joy. That created precious memories. That offered me the chance to enjoy things that I truly like and spend time with people that I love!
One of the best birthday presents that I ever received was a surprise helicopter ride planned by my husband. In another year, I was the one who surprised him with a secret city break to Madrid (that he found out about only we arrived at the airport).
We kept this tradition after we became parents and we always try to give our child presents that can bring us closer and allow us to create wonderful memories together. This year, on his birthday, we prepared for him a surprise trip to San Diego. If I only mention Sea World and Legoland, you can certainly understand how much he enjoyed this short vacation!
But not all experience gifts need to be so elaborate (and expensive). Not at all!
Here are some other gifts that we loved and were a lot easier to prepare: surprise dinner at a nice restaurant, tickets to the premiere of a good movie, a membership at my son’s favorite zoo, a day trip to an amusement park.
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A special way to give joy to children
Everyone loves presents! And each of us wants to prepare wonderful gifts for the loved ones.
The reason why experience gifts are my favorites is that they offer much more than a material possession. Especially for children, I think that these gifts are a lot more precious. They can offer the chance to go to places that the child loves, to do things that they enjoy, and most of all the spend more lovely moments with mom and dad!
Here are some other benefits of choosing experience gifts:
– Most of them don’t add any additional clutter to your home (if your child already has many toys, adding new ones will only make things worse)
– They teach kids about the true value of things. They will get to appreciate the things that really matter (like spending time with the family or visiting a nice museum) instead of only focusing on expensive toys on their wish list.
– And my top favorite thing about experience gifts: They help us connect with our kids! When we buy movie tickets or a museum membership or an activity box to discover together, we offer much more than that present. We offer our commitment to spending time with the child and building wonderful family memories!
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Our favorite experience gifts for young kids
There are many experience gift ideas for children. And sometimes the child will be the one guiding you to the best present. If you observe the child’s interests and hobbies, you’ll certainly come up with great ideas!
In case you need some additional inspiration, I’ve gathered here our list of favorite experience gifts for kids and I hope that you’ll like them too!
1. Museum membership
If your child likes visiting museums, this is a gift that will give both of you the opportunity to go more often to the child’s favorite museum.
2. Zoo membership
My son loves the San Francisco Zoo so he was very happy when we decided to buy a membership and go there on a regular basis. If you have a nice zoo close to your home, a membership can be a great idea!
3. Educational subscription box
I must admit that at first, I wasn’t so enthusiastic about having a monthly subscription. I imagined that it will only bring new stuff in our home without too many benefits.
But I was wrong!
In December last year, we started an Early Explorers subscription (a monthly educational subscription box from Little Passports) and we love it!
It’s like receiving a gift in the mailbox every single month! My son loves the activities and we spend a nice time together discovering every box.
I store all the materials in the cute suitcase that we received in the first box so it doesn’t add any clutter to our home. I’m glad that we decided to try this idea and my son learned a lot of new things from Mia, Max, and Toby (the characters that are part of every activity box).
Recently we decided to try a new subscription box because after almost a year of Early Explorers boxes I felt that a new box would be a good idea!
Many moms recommended me to try the Kiwi Crate subscription and I’m glad that I took their advice.
The first box was great and my son liked the creative hands-on activities. We are looking forward to the next monthly boxes!
>>> If you want to try Kiwi Crate boxes for your child, here is a referral link that offers you $10 off your first order.
If you have older kids, here is another nice idea: the Spangler Science Club subscription.
My son is too young for this but I heard a lot of awesome feedback about this subscription from moms with older kids. It contains many science experiments for children to try every month.
4. Book subscription box
To be honest, I never thought about trying a book subscription because we go very often to the library so we get to read many books without buying them.
But a few months ago, when I bought the Parenting Super Bundle from Ultimate Bundles (an awesome collection of resources for moms), they offered a free box from Bookroo. I decided to give it a try and I was surprised how happy my son was when he saw the books.
He was glad because they looked very nice and most of all because he could keep them. 🙂
The second box brought him even more enthusiasm, especially because one of the books was about a rocket ship (and he is fascinated by them!).
So we decided that we will keep the monthly subscription for a few more months! I like to see Bogdan so happy to receive books and I hope that this will make him enjoy reading as he grows.
>>> If you want to try a Bookroo box, here is a referral link that offers you 15% off your first order.
If your child likes reading magazines, a magazine subscription is a great idea. The National Geographic Kids magazine can be a good choice because it’s both fun and interesting.photo credit: Africa Studio / shutterstock.com
5. Activity passes
Activity passes are another great way to offer experiences that the child enjoys. Depending on the child’s age and interests, there are a lot of options to choose from:
– bowling passes
– mini-golf passes
– ice skating passes
– art class membership
– gym membership.
And many more!
6. Event or movie tickets
This is another idea that I like a lot! If I found out about an event for kids that I know my son would enjoy, I am glad to buy a ticket and surprise him!
There are a lot of events to choose from! Here are some ideas:
– kids movie premieres
– Disney events
– special days at the children museum
– events for kids at the zoo
– celebrations at amusement parks.
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7. Educational kits
This idea is very similar to the educational subscription boxes but it’s a one-time purchase instead of a monthly subscription. And you can choose an educational kit that is focused on your child’s greatest hobby or interest.
Here are some of the ideas that we like:
– My First Super Science Kit – It’s a great science kit for young kids. The activities need adult supervision so they can be a nice way to have fun with your child!
– Big Bag of Science – This is an awesome science kit for older children with a lot of activities to try. You can watch the video on the product page to see what this kit is all about.
– Learning Resources Primary Science Lab Activity Set – We have this set and it was great for many activities. Besides the science activities, we used it for fine-motor activities.
Botany science kits
– Light-up Terrarium Kit for Kids – This kit looks great and it’s perfect for teaching kids about taking care of a little garden.
– Creativity for Kids Grow ‘n Glow Terrarium – This is another model of terrarium that glows in the dark.
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– Crayola The Paint Box – This set contains all a child needs for painting and creating little artworks.
– Creativity for Kids Create Your Own 3 Bitty Books – If your child likes the idea of creating their own books, this set is a perfect gift! The books can also be used as a mom-child journal.
– Stencils and Drawing Art Set for Kids – This set is awesome for creative kids. And it’s perfect for travel too!
8. Weekend getaway
This is my favorite idea because I love to travel and discover new places! This seems the most expensive idea on the list but it doesn’t necessarily mean spending a lot of money.
I usually use Booking.com to find affordable accommodation.
I’ve also recently discovered Groupon Getaways Deals, where there are many offers that can save you a lot of money. If you sign up to get offers from them, you’ll be informed anytime they have a good getaway deal in your area.
Also, if you like camping or exploring natural parks, you can get a National Parks Annual Pass at a very good price and use it for year-long getaways.
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Kids love surprises and they will certainly like the idea of a weekend getaway in a nice place! This gift requires a little more preparation but the effort is totally worthwhile!
A special bonus idea: Create a mini “Happy Dates with Mom and Dad” kit for your child
This idea is my favorite one because I think that the most precious gift that we can give to our kids is the time that we spend with them. Building happy moments together is the best way to make children feel loved!
So the last idea on my list is something that you can create at home and that can bring you a year-worth of date ideas to enjoy with your child.
You can find all the details here: A meaningful gift that will make kids feel loved: Easy DIY “Happy Dates with Mom” kit (including the printable date cards).
I hope that you enjoyed the ideas on this list and that they will inspire you to choose some awesome experience gifts for your kids!
If you have any other experience gift ideas for kids, I would be happy to find them out! It’s always great to have some additional inspiration!
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