Unique and Experiential Gift Ideas

November 20, 2021

Unique & Experiential Gift Ideas

In my family we are 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! 

This gift guide is always fun to put together because it requires a lot of digging. But those ideas included are fun, unique gifts that should be perfect for those tough-to-shop-for people on your list. 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. Dr. Dennis Gross At Home Facial Kit

A luxurious gift for the beauty lover this kit comes with a facial steamer for an at home spa night.

2. Mexican Train Dominoes

My family is hooked on this game. It’s so fun and great for a variety of ages.

3. Skylight Digital Frame

My sister in law got this for my parents two years ago and it remains 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. Leatherology Camera Bag

You can personalize this bag to make it unique to the recipient! I love that there are so many great color options, too.

7. Raclette Machine

My family loves our raclette machine! It melts raclette cheese into ooey-gooey goodness and we prep loads of things to dip into it – like sausage, bread and roasted potatoes. It’s a fun way to change up a family meal as it’s fun to all stand around and eat the raclette together.

8. 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! You can either gift a specific experience or you can get a gift card and let the recipient choose.

9. 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 have hired them twice and been IN LOVE with the results. Such a great gift.

10. Cocktail Maker

How cool is this! Craft classic cocktails (and mocktails) with the push of a button. Press the Mix button and the Bartesian cocktail maker reads the capsule’s barcode, suggests the proper glassware and mixes your drink to your desired strength. The set includes five glass bottles that hold your go-to spirits and cocktail capsules that contain all of the bitters, extracts, juice concentrates and mixers that go into your favorite mixed drinks. Amazing!

11. Rapid Beverage Chiller

For the person on your list who loves to host – this beverage chiller has the fastest cooling times on the market, from room temperature to “refrigerator cold” (43 degrees) to ice cold (34 degrees) — all at the touch of a button.

12. Pizza Oven

I got so into making homemade pizza during the pandemic. It’s so easy and delicious and my friends have this pizza oven and it made the most divine pizza.

13. Alamo Drafthouse Movie Theatre Gift Certificate

One of the best gifts I ever got was a gift certificate to Alamo Drafthouse which levels up the movie-going experience. You can order drinks and food while you watch the movie! A gift certificate can go towards both your movie ticket and food/beverage. This is also a great last minute gift as you can email it to the recipient if need be!

14. Cocktail Smoking Kit

For the person who loves cool cocktails, I think this smoking kit is such a fun experiential gift.

15. 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.

16. Blue Apron Gift Certificate

Blue Apron was one of the best things to happen to me this year. It has reignited my love of cooking and added some much needed variety into my meals. I think giving a few months subscription via  a gift certificate to a loved one would make for such a great and practical gift.


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  1. Ellen says:

    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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