36 Gift Experiences Perfect for People With Adventure on the Mind

36 Gift Experiences Perfect for People With Adventure on the Mind

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Anyone else bored out of their minds? All the streaming services, food deliveries, and vacation dreams in the world, and still not a thing to do. That’s a peak “America in 2021” problem. And let us tell you: A great pair of sneakers or a new gadget, no matter how cool, will only slap a bandaid on the problem. So think bigger, bolder, for yourself and then pay it forward by gifting the people in your life who you love—your partner, your parents, your best friend—in the same way come the holidays. We’re talking about experiential gifts for folks who crave adventure. Sometimes that adventure can be found downtown, sometimes in the living room, and sometimes in a different hemisphere. But whether you’re thinking subscription boxes or globe-trotting getaways, you’ll definitely find the right gift experience here.

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An Adventure of Their Choosing

Order Now From $50, virginexperiencegifts.com

If you want to get them “an experience,” but haven’t got a clue what kind of “experience” they’d like best—a spa day? a white water rafting trip? a hot air balloon ride?—then just direct them to Virgin Experience Gifts, which offers tons of options across the country, from rugged to luxurious. And foot the bill with a gift card.

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A Personalized Celebrity Message

Order Now Prices vary, cameo.com

Cameo is ridiculous, and also genius. With it, you can pay one of its many D-list celebrities (along with a few B-listers!) to record a personalized message for your giftee. They got a thing for the Housewives? They’re on Cameo. A certain drag queen? Yep. A New York Yankee? Also there. The options get crazier the deeper you dig.

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An Uncommon Goods Virtual Experience

Order Now From $25, uncommongoods.com

There are so many things that can be learned and enjoyed online—astrology, mixology, magic, and beyond. Uncommon Goods curates a selection of such courses that you can gift to anyone with free time and a desire for a new hobby.

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A Hunt a Killer Box

Order Now Prices vary, huntakiller.com

Any true crime junkie—that’s quite a few of us, if Netflix’s slew of new true crime docs is any indication—will devour what Hunt a Killer has to offer: murder mystery board games with clues that come all at once or on a regular basis in the mail, depending on what you decide to gift.

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A Night in a Luxury Hotel

Book Now Prices vary, tablethotels.com

A luxurious stay spent being pampered in a gorgeous boutique hotel is a treat for everyone, even if the hotel is down the street from their home. Tablet scopes out worthy hotels in cities around the world to give them an escape from their everyday life.

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A Day at the Spa

Order Now From $50, spafinder.com

Can’t think of a single reason why anyone wouldn’t appreciate a day at the spa. A SpaFinder gift card will let them book a massage, facial, or full spa weekend near their home, any day they like.

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A Vinebox Shipment

Order Now From $65, getvinebox.com

Vinebox mimics the experience of a wine-tasting class, but in the privacy of their own home. Every mail-order box comes with nine different wines, packaged in single-serving vials. If they like one in particular, they can order more. If not, it’s onto the next glass.

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A Black Literature Book Subscription

Order Now From $22 a quarter, cratejoy.com

This library-inspired quarterly book box shines a light on Black literature and authors of the African diaspora, supplying your giftee with new reading material they’ll devour and cool themed items, too.

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Headspace 1-Month Subscription

Headspace is for every person who has said they want to get more into meditation, and all other forms of slowing down and disconnecting. Gift them a month (or more) so they can finally try it out. 

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A Molecular Gastronomy Kit

Order Now From $49, uncommongoods.com

The home cook will become a home chemist with this kit, which comes with instructions on how to be a mad scientist chef and sachets of food additives to make it happen.

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A MasterClass All Access Pass

Order Now $180 for 1 year, masterclass.com

MasterClass gives them the opportunity to learn skills from the best—the literal masters of their fields—through online videos and material. Gordon Ramsay teaches a course on cooking. Annie Leibovitz teaches photography. Steph Curry teaches basketball technique. The list goes on.

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Bourbon Nosing Expansion Pack

If they know their Beam from their Whistle Pig, then they’ll be interested in advancing their whiskey-drinking experience with this kit. Soon, they’ll be able to identify allspice from tobacco from honey in their favorite bottles. In fact, grab ’em a bottle while you’re at it.

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Fandango Movie Gift Card

Fandango

For the movie buff who has been missing those in-person nights to the theater, a Fandago gift card will get them back into the swing of it. Gift them one movie for an inexpensive gift, or a whole bunch. 

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A Blue Apron Subscription

Order Now From $60, blueapron.com

This food service, which mails packaged meals with precise ingredients and instructions included, will teach them important cooking skills and up their kitchen game.

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A ClassPass Gift Card

Order Now From $50, classpass.com

ClassPass is great for fitness freaks who dabble in all manner of guided workouts. With it, they can sign up for different classes at different studios around their city, trying their hand at everything from boxing to spinning to boot camp.

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Rosetta Stone Lifetime Membership

Order Now $179.99, amazon.com

Maybe they’ve got a big international trip coming up, or a life-long wish to become fluent in a foreign language. This unlimited Rosetta Stone subscription will get them speaking something other than English.

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An Interior Design Upgrade

Order Now From $79, havenly.com

Who isn’t sick to hell of their home after the past year? Havenly is a personalized interior design service that pairs your giftee with a designer who’ll help them revitalize their space with new concept, layout, and decor ideas, then makes ordering any new furniture or accents easy.

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An Exclusive Resy Event

Order Now Prices vary, resy.com

Resy caters to the person who craves a night (or morning, or afternoon) out on the town, drinking in the good life through exclusive restaurant, bar, and otherwise foodie-centric events. For instance, a sake tasting in Brooklyn, or a Wu-Tang and Wings night in D.C., or a Southern Smoke benefit dinner in Houston.

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A Personal Stylist

Order Now Prices vary, trunkclub.com

There are a lot of personal shopper services out there, but Trunk Club by Nordstrom is the most attentive (and stylish). Plus, it’s able to pull clothing from brands Nordstrom stocks, which is basically all of them: Rag & Bone, Adidas, Polo, Off-White, and many, many more. It’ll be a treat for anyone who puts time and effort into their wardrobe.

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A Plant + a Plant Workshop

Order Now Prices vary, thesill.com

A plant by itself is a great gift—cool home décor and a long-term project in one. But the Sill also offers free online workshops that’ll teach them how to keep that plant alive, which is a skill that’s definitely worth having. Send them a plant, then sign them up.

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An Airbnb Experience

Order Now Prices vary, airbnb.com

Airbnb is probably the best place to look for an unexpected experience. Depending on where your giftee lives—or where they’re traveling to—you can book them an adventurous experience, a cooking experience, a cultural experience, and more. Right now, you can browse through online-only experiences too, like a coffee masterclass or a virtual tour of Ireland. Dealer’s choice, here.

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Online Guitar Lessons from Fender

Order Now $90, fenderplay.com

Or ukulele lessons, or bass lessons. Whatever their musical inclination might be, Fender offers a year of online lessons, with tabs for popular songs, easy videos to learn good form, and the ability to track progress. And then they’re that much closer to living out their rock star dreams.

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A VIP Tour of Paramount Studios

Order Now $199 per person, paramountstudiotour.com

A movie buff’ll love a more exclusive look at the Paramount studios, where Hollywood magic literally happens, from props to sound stages to sets.

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National Parks Yearly Pass

Order Now $80, usgs.gov

A year-long pass to the Unites States National Parks and federal recreational lands is great for outdoors adventurers who are always looking for an excuse to pack up the hiking gear and spend a weekend among the trees.

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A Free Meal at Home

Order Now From $25, doordash.com

A gift card isn’t fancy. Far from it. But what this gift card can purchase is nothing to scoff at. With it, they’ll be able to order the meal of their dreams to the safety of their home, without having to stress about delivery fees, tipping, or whether or not they should splurge on that appetizer.

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A Saatchi Art Subscription

Order Now From $30,000, saatchiart.com

A pricey gift—very pricey—to be sure. But one that’ll set them up with a personal art curator to, well, curate art for their home. That means one new piece to hang up every month. Now that’s an experience.

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A Sports Stadium Tour

Order Now Prices vary, ticketmaster.com

Got a sports fan who needs a gift? Send them on a behind-the-scenes tour of their favorite team’s stadium, ballpark, or arena. That could mean any team from the New York Yankees to the New Orleans Saints to the Denver Broncos. Just search for it on Ticket Master.

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A City Scavenger Hunt

Order Now From $29, letsroam.com

Let’s Roam has a library of scavenger hunts set up in cities across the U.S. If you’re giving a gift to someone who loves a challenge—or who just moved to a new city—a pass lets them chose a date and time to go on the hunt for clues.

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A Vintage Car Rental

Order Now Prices vary, driveshare.com

Like Airbnb lets you rent homes in every city, Hagerty’s DriveShare lets you rent cool, classic cars. Hook them up with a day spent cruising the backroads in a vintage convertible—one with a manual transmission if they’re extra daring.

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A Shaker & Spoon Cocktail Kit

Order Now From $40, shakerandspoon.com

Every month, a box from Shaker & Spoon will arrive in the mail with instructions and ingredients so they can build three different craft cocktails (alcohol not included). If they’d rather learn outside the house, look for cocktail classes in their city.

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