When your house is overflowing with stuff and Grandma and Grandpa have gone a little overboard with the gift-giving during the holidays, it may be time to consider giving the gift of experiences instead of things. Memories will last so much longer than toys – and they will have a much bigger impact, too.
The Tampa Bay area offers a ton of fun places that offer unique memory-making gifts. We’ve made it easy for you to find the perfect “experience” gift for the kids in your life! Below is a list of some “experience” gift ideas in the Tampa Bay area.
Annual Passes or Tickets for Local Theme Parks and Attractions
A ticket or an annual pass to a theme park is an exciting gift choice for adults and children alike. Package the gift in a silly fanny pack that includes sunglasses, sun block, and a waterproof disposable camera!
Annual Passes or Tickets to Local Museums
For those who like to discover and learn in an especially fun way, a pass or ticket to a local museum makes a great gift idea for the holidays. Pick up a shirt from the museum gift shop when you buy the tickets and tuck it in to the folded shirt to give the gift in a unique way!
Gift Certificates to DIY Canvas or Pottery Painting Classes
The little artist in your life will love having the opportunity to create beautiful pieces of art in classes that offer step-by-step instructions or make and paint clay creations with all the tools they need at their fingertips. Pair the gift certificate with a small canvas, brush, and acrylic paints!
Gift Certificates for Arcades and Activity Centers
Encourage physical activity and some fun family time with gift certificates to arcades and activity centers. Tuck the gift certificate in to a baggy full of quarters or tokens!
Tickets or Annual Passes to Zoos and Aquariums
Zoos and aquariums are fun and educational experiences for kids. Enclose the tickets or pass in an envelope and secure to a stuffed animal.
Gift Certificates for Bowling, Roller Skating, or Ice Skating
There are bowling alleys and skating rinks all over the Tampa Bay area. Choose one that is closest to your location and give the gift certificate with a new pair of skates, protective gear (like knee and elbow pads) or a bowling ball.
Tickets for Concerts, Shows, and Sporting Events
Check out Ticketmaster and local venues for favorite artists or performances for tickets to gift! Insert the tickets in an enveloped taped to the bottom of a large box and fill with balloons and tissue paper.
Gift Certificates for Unique Experiences
There are a surprising amount of fun and unique experiences to be had all around the Tampa Bay area. From haunted tours to Segway tours!
Don’t forget to check out Groupon for special offers on experiences to gift!
What are your favorite ‘experience’ gifts to give? Comment below!