7 Top Experience Gifts for Everyone in 2020

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written by:  Brightly Staff

editor's note:

Finding a gift that doesn't create a lot of waste can be difficult. Plus, if you're looking for something fully virtual (minimalist gift receivers love this!) it can be hard to find something that pleases everyone. We've rounded up some of our favorite options in 2020.

With all of us stuck inside this year, it’s safe to say that the holiday season is going to look a little different in 2020. While the joy of unwrapping a present is hard to beat, experience gifts allow you to give your favorite family member or friend a new skill, hobby, or activity. Plus, gifting an experience helps cut down on waste, shipping costs, and returns (spoiler: returned items don’t always end up where you think!)

Experience gifts can work for anyone on your list, whether they’re into cooking, gardening, or love a good glass of home-brewed beer. We’ve rounded up our favorites into one list that’s guaranteed to charm even the biggest physical gift-lover out there.


1. A Plant-Parent Workshop from the Sill

Price:

$10

Our Take:

New plant parents in your life will love this gift – The Sill offers virtual plant care workshops year round to discuss top tips on how to care for houseplants.


2. A Sustainable Investment with Betterment

Price:

As little as $1

Our Take:

Where you invest your money is an important decision—especially when it comes to how your money is managed. Give someone special in your life a socially-responsible “seed” investment (aka cash) and get them excited about impact investing!


3. A Virtual Gardening Class via Masterclass

Price:

$90

Our Take:

For someone who's looking to up their gardening (or interior design, singing voice) game, a Masterclass is a fabulous option. Masterclass features comprehensive virtual classes for those focusing on mastery, taught by experts.


4. A DIY Wine + Cider Kit from Brewsy

Price:

$44.99

Our Take:

With more time on our hands than ever before, many people have taken up hobbies that match their interests. Is someone on your list a fan of wine or cider? Get them involved in the process by gifting a DIY Wine + Cider Kit!


5. The Gift of No Leftovers, Ever

Price:

$12.50

Our Take:

If your gift recipient is always fighting mountains of food waste and leftovers, give them a subscription to a meal planning app. We love Ends and Stems and have also enjoyed Plan to Eat.


6. A Handmade Hot Sauce Kit

Price:

$40

Our Take:

For the one who always asks for extra salsa: show them that making your own potent blend of hot sauce isn't so hard with this creative kit.


7. A Values-Focused Donation

Price:

Varies

Our Take:

Pick a charitable donation to gift to based on your recipient's values. For animal lovers, various NGOs around the world support charitable animal gifting programs that provide various benefits around the world. Human rights activists would appreciate donations to places like Amnesty International and more. Check out Charity Navigator to understand the impact behind each dollar that you give.

1. A Plant-Parent Workshop from the Sill

Price:

$10

Our Take:

New plant parents in your life will love this gift – The Sill offers virtual plant care workshops year round to discuss top tips on how to care for houseplants.


2. A Sustainable Investment with Betterment

Price:

As little as $1

Our Take:

Where you invest your money is an important decision—especially when it comes to how your money is managed. Give someone special in your life a socially-responsible “seed” investment (aka cash) and get them excited about impact investing!


3. A Virtual Gardening Class via Masterclass

Price:

$90

Our Take:

For someone who's looking to up their gardening (or interior design, singing voice) game, a Masterclass is a fabulous option. Masterclass features comprehensive virtual classes for those focusing on mastery, taught by experts.


4. A DIY Wine + Cider Kit from Brewsy

Price:

$44.99

Our Take:

With more time on our hands than ever before, many people have taken up hobbies that match their interests. Is someone on your list a fan of wine or cider? Get them involved in the process by gifting a DIY Wine + Cider Kit!


5. The Gift of No Leftovers, Ever

Price:

$12.50

Our Take:

If your gift recipient is always fighting mountains of food waste and leftovers, give them a subscription to a meal planning app. We love Ends and Stems and have also enjoyed Plan to Eat.


6. A Handmade Hot Sauce Kit

Price:

$40

Our Take:

For the one who always asks for extra salsa: show them that making your own potent blend of hot sauce isn't so hard with this creative kit.


7. A Values-Focused Donation

Price:

Varies

Our Take:

Pick a charitable donation to gift to based on your recipient's values. For animal lovers, various NGOs around the world support charitable animal gifting programs that provide various benefits around the world. Human rights activists would appreciate donations to places like Amnesty International and more. Check out Charity Navigator to understand the impact behind each dollar that you give.




written by:  Brightly Staff

editor's note:

Finding a gift that doesn't create a lot of waste can be difficult. Plus, if you're looking for something fully virtual (minimalist gift receivers love this!) it can be hard to find something that pleases everyone. We've rounded up some of our favorite options in 2020.

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