Unwrap Memories: The Joy of Experience Gifts

Characterized as unforgettable, incredible, and enlightening, experiences enter the gifting realm in full force. One of the best aspects of experience gifts is their inclusivity. Unlike physical presents that may cater to specific age groups or interests, experiences have a universal appeal. Everyone finds joy in shared moments and new adventures, from toddlers to grandparents. Moreover, in today's interconnected world, experiences need not be confined to physical spaces, allowing further exploration of your hometown or a new city. With the rise of virtual experiences, individuals can freely connect and create memories regardless of geographical location. Prepare yourself to unwrap memories brimming with joy, appreciation, and excitement.

Three Immersive Virtual Experiences

  1. From Food and Drink to Sports to Wellness to Beauty and Style, MasterClass boasts an experience for anyone. Unleash your cooking skills with Gordon Ramsey, excel as a wine enthusiast with James Suckling, or perfect the art of bread-making with Apollonia Poilâne. Also, ease into music performing with Usher, master improv with Amy Poehler, and hear from Roxanne Gay on writing for social change. Memberships range from $6-20 and all include access to over 200 classes in 13 disciplines, there’s sure to be something tailored to the goals of your recipient. 
  2. Allow your favorite person to tap into their inner self with Balance, an online platform for endless sessions of meditation content. Ten structures of content guide beginners into the path of guided meditation to relieve stress, promote relaxation, improve clarity, and enhance emotional well-being and resilience. Whether you're a meditation newcomer or a returning expert, these guided meditations are a versatile and rewarding gift to inner peace and personal growth. 
  3. Looking to let loose a good laugh? Peruse Cameo, a ridiculously genius and personalized shoutout from a celebrity (or character) to your recipient. Well-loved celebrities and children’s characters are available online, just send the name, and celebratory message, and watch the magical moment unfold.

Four Fantastic In-Person Experiences

  1. In cities across the United States, Let’s Roam sends experts out and identifies the best sites and hidden places in a discovery-filled scavenger hunt experience. A unique app and online guided tour brings users around their own city, or a new one, a unique surprise to an upcoming trip. Ghost hunts, bar crawls, and art walks expand from the general scavenger hunts with special themed locations and clues.
  2. Are avid skiers in the family? Indulge them with the Epic Pass. Access to the Rockies, the West, Canada, the Northeast, and Europe, this inclusive ski membership brings pass holders to some of the best slopes. Divided by region and length of pass, the Epic Pass is sure to cater to the recipient with marvelous deals, ranging from geographical access, and remarkable skiing.
  3. For an introduction to the visual arts scene, Broadway shows offer experiences like no other. Headquartered in New York City, a range of shows also tour around US and Canadian cities for about a month per location. Aladdin, Funny Girl, Hadestown, and Wicked, among others, are performing currently. 
  4. As far as I can find, the Internet lacks a website to find writing events across the entirety of the US, but here are some suggestions. Ask a local bookstore about upcoming author events or beginner workshops to sharpen creative skills. Search “writing workshops'' on Meetup, a site devoted to connecting people to learn new things, find support, get out of their comfort zones, and pursue their passions. This last recommendation is regional, but GrubStreet in Boston removes barriers in the writing community, providing support to any writer with programs, classes, and events to perfect their craft. 


  1. Are you heading to Greece for the summer, road-tripping across the US, traveling for a destination wedding in Thailand, or yearning to explore your hometown? Peruse GetYourGuide, an online platform connecting travelers with unique experiences, like local cooking classes, dance shows, and specialized/private tours. With price and activity variety, the company is sure to gift a newfound experience. Personal favorites include a self-guided walking tour through Vienna and a Flamenco show in Madrid. 

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