Are you hoping your kids receive experience gifts for their birthdays or Christmas, but aren’t sure what is covid-friendly?
Do you prefer giving experience gifts instead of toys, but now during quarantine/lockdown you don’t know what to give?
The below list is a curation of Experience Gifts During Covid-19 that won’t add to the toy clutter, but will give your child a wonderful experience they won’t ever forget.
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What is an Experience Gift – And What Impact Has Quarantine Had On Them
Experience gifts are a great alternative to toys because they allow your child to build memories and learn some practical skills.
They can be memberships to zoos or aquariums, trips away from home or days out like a baseball game.
However, due to the ongoing pandemic these ‘typical’ experience type gifts might not be available due to closures and/or social distancing.
That’s why we have created the below list to inspire new ideas in these unique times.
Now more than ever, experience gifts can keep your child’s mind off of COVID-19 and onto happier things.
They can also help connect with family and friends from afar.
5 Experience Gifts During Covid-19 (Quarantine/Lockdown/Social Distancing)
1. Camping Trip Supplies
If you are able to get away for a night, a tent, sleeping bag and flashlight are a great gift.
If you can’t leave home, but have a backyard, a camp out night will also be an experience your child will remember for a long time.
It will break up the monotony whether you’re away for the night at a camping site or your home.
Note: If this is a Christmas Gift and you have snow, a living room camp out is just as fun!
2. Explorer Back Pack
Take your kids on a hike with all the bells and whistles.
Load up a backpack with binoculars, a compass, magnifying glass, water bottle and flashlight.
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3. Drive Thru events
Many cities are offering drive thru events. Check out your zoo and other nearby attractions to see if they offer this event.
Most require tickets in advance.
4. Picnic Basket
Prepare a picnic basket with your child’s favorite foods, a nice blanket and a kite or ball.
Head out to your favorite park or a conservation area and enjoy the outdoors.
Make sure to throw a few surprises in the basket!
5. Cooking Class
Pack up all the ingredients, print off the recipe and include a personalized apron (check out this one on Etsy).
If you are a family member or friend who is giving the gift, set up a Zoom or FaceTime call and make the recipe together or walk them through how to do it.
A family recipe you can pass down to the next generation will be extra special.
Things to include:
Insulated cooler bag for all the food
Cook book (if you aren’t using a recipe)
6. BONUS: Winter Experience Gift
If you’re stuck in snow for most of the winter, a tubing/sledding adventure is a perfect day out. A new sled, hot chocolate bombs and thermoses filled with hot milk are the perfect way to spend a day.
Check out these Christmas Hot Chocolate Bombs on Etsy – the new trend this year! Yum!
Check out these Unicorn snow tubs on Amazon.
Conclusion: Experience Gifts During Covid-19
Your kids can still build amazing memories during this time with a little imagination and planning.
If your child receives an experience package make sure to take lots of pictures for the gift-giver.
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