Unique and Experiential Gift Ideas

November 14, 2020

Unique and Experiential Gift Ideas

In my family we’re big fans of experiential gifts these days. Often it feels like we all have enough “stuff” which is such a blessing but can also make shopping for one another tricky! Given the effects of COVID-19 on our social lives this year, experiential gifts are going to look a little different.

That being said, I actually had a ton of fun in the end putting this gift guide together as I dug around all across the web to find fun, unique gifts for those tough-to-shop-for people alongside some great virtual or at-home experiences to give those on your list this year. I hope my research and creative thinking helps you find a great gift this year! Do let me know what you think.

Unique and Experiential Gift Ideas:

1. Foil Recipe Print.

How very special to have a favorite family recipe framed and put on display to remember all the memories made eating it. 

2. Optoma Projector.

Family movie night just got a major upgrade.

3. LifePrint Mobile Printer.

I for one miss the days of printing favorite photos. This mobile printer makes printing favorites from your phone a snap.

4. Charging Keychain.

Have someone in your life who never has their phone charger or their phone is always dying? This may just be the perfect gift for them.

5. Skylight Digital Frame.

Last year my brother’s fiance got this for my parents and it was the biggest hit! You set up an email associated with the digital frame and anyone with the email can “add” photos to the frame that will scroll through in a slideshow. It’s truly the most unique photo frame ever. We love surprising my parents with new additions to it.

6. Indoor S’Mores Fire Pit.

When you can’t go to the great outdoors for s’mores – bring them to you! This would be such fun to do on a movie night. Here is a similar option.

7. “Edges Only” Brownie Pan.

We all know the person who loves the end of a loaf of bread of the corner brownie, am I right? Well this pan is the perfect gift for that person. I couldn’t believe how clever it was when I discovered it!

8. Brass & Wood Display Box.

Pop in a photo of a special moment from the past year and wrap it up! Better yet? Print 12 so your recipient can swap out a new one every month of the year!

9. Phone Stand Cutting Board.

For the Pinterest obsessed chef.

10. Wood & Marble Wine Chiller.

A thoughtful gift for any holiday hosts this year so together time isn’t interrupted by trips to the fridge.

11. Mexican Train Dominoes.

I was introduced to this game this summer (I’d never even heard of it before) and it is such fun! The perfect game to play with a small group.

12. Echo Show.

I got one of these last year and absolutely love having it in my kitchen. A great gift for grandparents as they can use it to make Facetime calls and pull up recipes, the weather and more.

13. Coursehorse Cocktail Class.

For the person on your list who loves mixology.

14. Neat Method Organization.

This year my friend’s husband gave her a professional organizer for their anniversary and she was over the moon. Given the amount of time we’re all spending in our homes this year, how amazing would the gift of neatness be? You can buy a Neat Method gift card the recipient can use in person or virtually. (I worked with them this year and they’re amazing!)

15. Murray’s Cheese of the Month.

Delicious cheese delivered every month? Yes, please! Murray’s is based in NYC and I can attest that their cheese are unreal.

16. Book of the Month.

For over two years now I’ve looked forward to selecting and getting my Book of the Month. It feels like a little treat at the onset of every month and definitely encourages me to read more. It’s a wonderful gift to give!

17. LibroFM.

Speaking of books, did you know you can support local bookstores when you subscribe to LibroFM as your audiobooks platform? I love that every audiobook I purchase gives to a bookstore a short walk from my home. It’s a great gift to someone who may have a long commute or spend a long time in the car or who loves to go on long walks. 

18. Larq Self Cleaning Water Bottle.

Upgrade their H20 intake.

19. Blue Apron Meal Kits.

I love to cook and yet 2020 has exhausted me of constantly meal planning and grocery shopping. I think this is such a thoughtful gift to give to anyone who could really use a break from some of the more tedious parts of meal prep.

20. Skillshare.

Skillshare is an amazing platform full of ways to improve skills or learn new ones. With all of us spending more time at home there’s never been a better time to encourage someone to take a class to learn something new or pursue a new hobby.

21. Airbnb Experiences.

With us all traveling less this year, Airbnb decided to expand their platform of experiences to bring travel inside our home. You can give the gift of an experience to do with a loved one – everything from learning to cook to virtual walking tours!

22. Proper Shoppe.

My friend Ann is the co-owner of Proper Shoppe alongside her business partner Leslie and together they can transform your home through styling and art curation. Want a custom piece of art? They can help with that! Not sure who to add finishing touches to your space? They can help with that, too! Both interior designers by trade they are a female small business you can support this holiday season for a project you’re itching to tackle in 2021!

23. Masterclass.

Masterclass is another great skills platform that harasses the wisdom of some of the world’s biggest names and talent. Perfect for the person who has exhausted Netflix and is a student of life.

24. The Sill.

A friend gave me a beautiful plant from The Sill several years back and it remains something that brings me joy to this day. It’s the loveliest way to warm someone’s space and truly a gift that keeps giving long after the holidays. And did you know The Sill does online workshops? A great experiential gift you could do with a friend!

25. Havenly Interior Design.

Know someone who just moved or is planning to? Give the gift of some interior design help with Havenly. Super affordable packages make this a thoughtful gift that goes a long way.

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p.s. what I want for Christmas and even more gift ideas for the hard to shop for.

4 comments on “Unique and Experiential Gift Ideas”

  1. Just wanted to thank you for recommending Libro.fm! I work in an indie bookstore and the pandemic has been tough. Audible is owned by Amazon., so I appreciate you highlighting Libro.fm and trying to keep your local bookstore in business. Love the blog – can’t wait to use Paris Perfected when it’s time to travel again!

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