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5 Experience Gifts During Covid-19 That Won’t Add to the Toy Clutter

Last updated on November 6th, 2022 at 01:58 pm

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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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!

Coleman 4-Person Dome Tent for Camping | Sundome Tent

oaskys Camping Sleeping Bag – 3 Season Warm & Cool Weather

FLY2SKY Tent Lamp Portable LED Tent Light 4 Packs Clip Hook

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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Venture Pal Ultralight Lightweight Packable Foldable Travel Camping

Scotamalone Kids Binoculars Shock Proof Toy Binoculars Set for Age 3-

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!

Sunflora Picnic Backpack for 4 Person with Blanket

Authentic Mexican Blanket – Picnic Blanket, Hand

BooTaa 4 Pack Airplane Toys, 17.5″ Large Throw

Listenman 2-Pack New Upgraded Smiley Large

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)

VENO 2 Pack Insulated Reusable Grocery Bag, Food Delivery Bags

The Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs: 100+ Recipes that You’ll

The Complete Baking Book for Young Chefs: 100+ Sweet and Savory

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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