Holiday Gift Guide 2021: Best Gift Experiences For Family

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by | Nov 29, 2021 | 0 comments

The holiday season is officially in full swing and so is holiday shopping.

Each year the stress of ordering gifts too close to Christmas and fearing they won’t arrive on time hits us hard. To avoid late deliveries and disappointments on Christmas morning, we’ve tweaked our holiday gift guide this year to account for last-minute gift givers or for those whose gifts have been hit by the disastrous supply chain.

Here are the top gift experiences for each person in your life because let’s be honest – indoor skydiving is way cooler than a candle.


Our mothers deserve the world and sometimes wrapping up another pair of socks just doesn’t seem like enough.

Schedule her an appointment or buy a certificate for a massage, spa day, or nail appointment.

Take her to a local winery for a wine tasting. This gift experience can even be accompanied by a bottle of her favorite wine to get her excited for the outing.

Book her a weekend at a local bed & breakfast with Air B&B. You may need to do some digging to see what her schedule is like first to make sure you don’t book an already booked weekend.

A hot air balloon ride is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Beware – this experience is pricey, but if you have siblings, you can always go in on this one together to lower the cost per person.


Our dads care so much, and another grilling cookbook is not the only way to show our appreciation for all they do.

What better way to relieve some stress than to go axe throwing? Get a group of his friends or your family to choose a date and surprise him with a thrilling weekend activity.

If your dad is a thrill seeker, there’s no other bucket list experience like skydiving. You can even book a video package for him to re-live that adrenaline jump over and over again.

Buy tickets to his favorite sports game. You can pair this gift with a team hat or rally towel to take with him to the game. If he’s not a sports fan, you can swap a concert to his favorite artist or a local museum trip.

Nothing says dad like golf. You can purchase a Go Play Golf gift card for a golf outing that can be used at over 6,000 golf courses across the nation.


Check to see if their town has a Murder mystery dinner that you can book tickets for in advance. There’s nothing like dinner and a show – and an interactive show is even better.

Or if they live near a national park, purchase them a membership pass so they can enjoy the beauty of nature all year long.

A weekend getaway to a resort, bed and breakfast or hotel or Air BNB at the beach lets them get out of the house and enjoy a change of scenery for a few days.

Younger Siblings

Our younger siblings need something high-energy and that will keep them occupied for hours.

Nothing says high-energy like a trip to a trampoline park. Here the kids can bounce away on trampolines and obstacle courses for hours.

Check Lets Roam or to see if your local city has a scavenger hunt tour that you can purchase tickets for.

Purchase tickets to an indoor waterpark, obstacle course, laser tag or rock-climbing gym. Any activity with plenty of fun, physical challenges is sure to get them excited.

Older Siblings

Our 20 or 30-something siblings sometimes just want to relax and have a beer. Tickets for a local brewery tour is perfect for older siblings of-age where they can try different local brews for a low-key Saturday afternoon.

If they’re not ready to commit to the real thing just yet, indoor skydiving is the ideal alternative. You can purchase tickets to a nearby indoor skydiving tunnel so they can feel like they’re flying with a little less risk.

Challenge your older siblings to an escape room by booking a time slot or buying a gift card. This experience is challenging and insanely fun as you work together to decipher clues and solve the mystery.

If you’re still feeling stuck, Virgin Experiences has dozens of exciting options across the country. You can filter your choices by location and see which experience fits their personality the best.

Sometimes, the perfect present isn’t a product that you can pick up off the shelf, but an experience that they will cherish for years to come. Try one of these gift experiences this holiday season and continue the excitement of Christmas morning even after the holidays are over.  

We get it – gifting experiences isn’t for everyone. There are still plenty of presents for friends and family of any age with our updated gift guide to ensure you pick the right gift. 

With so much online shopping this holiday season, you need these 8 online shopping hacks to guarantee huge holiday savings. 

What’s the best gift you ever received for Christmas? Let us know in the comments!


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