7 Unique Experience Gifts for Everyone on Your List

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"Experience gifts allow you to give friends and family a new skill, hobby, or activity. Here are some of our favorites."

Gift shopping can be tricky. We’ve all wandered the aisles of department stores in search of the perfect gifts for our loved ones—and sometimes, we come up short. Instead of settling on a present you’re not sure about, try giving the gift of experience. 

While the joy of unwrapping a present is hard to beat, experience gifts allow you to give your family members or friends a new skill, hobby, or activity to participate in. Plus, gifting an experience helps decrease waste, shipping costs, and returned items that don’t end up back on the shelves

Whether your loved ones are into cooking, gardening, or love a glass of homemade wine, there’s an experience gift for everyone. Here are some of our favorites.

The Best Experience Gifts for 2021

1. Brightly Sustainable Wine Gift Set

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Is someone on your list a fan of wine? Invite them to a tasting with you by gifting them this sustainable wine gift set. It includes a voucher for two bottles of wine from Nomen Wine, which come in unique recyclable PET plastic bottles that account for 77% less greenhouse gas emissions than glass. It also comes with handblown wine glasses and Brightly-exclusive coasters.

2. The Sill Plant-Parent Workshop

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The 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. Your recipient can attend DIY Epiphyte Mounting, Semi-Hydroponics 101, and more. New classes are added each week.

3. Airbnb Experiences

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Did you know you can gift someone with a fun Airbnb Experience? There’s so many one-of-a-kind activities to choose from—options that are both in-person and online. You’ll find animal encounters, hikes, cooking classes, and more.

4. Virtual Gardening Class

For someone who’s looking to up their gardening game, Ron Finley’s MasterClass is a fabulous gift option. Masterclass features comprehensive virtual classes taught by experts for those focusing on refining and mastering their skills.

5. Brightly Sustainable Chef Gift Set

🚨 Available starting November 1st in the Brightly Shop! 🚨

Allow your recipient to work on their chef skills with this kit. It includes an apron made by artisans in India, spices from Burlap & Barrel, and food huggers to help prevent food waste.

6. Groupon Experiences

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Like Airbnb, Groupon also offers unique experience gifts. You can buy your recipient a workout class, spa day, ticket to a concert, and more. Whatever they have an interest in, you’re sure to find it.

7. Uncommon Goods Macrame Class

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In this 90-minute class, your recipient can learn how to put together a cute tote for wine, fruit, farmers’ market veggies, and beyond. The purchase includes both the supplies and the class.


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Experience gifts allow you to give friends and family a new skill, hobby, or activity. Here are some of our favorites.

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