45 Experience Gifts That Will Win You the Most Thoughtful Present Award in 2024

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Giving the important people in your life a memory they’ll truly cherish is priceless, which is exactly why experience gifts are our fave way of showing your giftee you care. And although the idea of celebrating every occasion—whether that be the birthday, a housewarming or an anniversary—with an experience gift may not sound like the most budget-friendly endeavor, fear not.

There are plenty of immersive options out there for all age ranges, price points and preferences, from popular online subscriptions for your parents or grandparents like MasterClass ($120)—a hub of thousands of classes for all skill levels taught by renowned professionals in their craft—and Rosetta Stone (starting at $14 per month) for the one who’s set on being conversational in Spanish by the end of 2024. Or you can gift full-on adventures with Tinggly or Getaway House to a friend or sibling who prefer experiences like camel riding in the red dunes of Dubai, walking tours of New York City or unplugged weekend stays in a cozy oasis.

How We Chose the Best Experience Gifts

To curate our list of the best experience gifts, we vetted hundreds of selections, considered customer reviews and sought out editor-approved favorites. Whether it be influential online classes or delicious monthly subscriptions, we made sure to include a range of hobbies, activities, services and adventures. We also considered many factors, from practical needs to entertainment, that provide a diverse picks for any age, gender and personal preference.

Without further ado, here are 45 of our favorite experience gifts you can give to anyone on your list (even at the last-minute), from your brother-in-law to your grandpa to your kiddos.

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Best for Creatives

1. Masterclass Membership


  • Why We Love It: top-level talent, new classes monthly
  • Cost: $120 annual membership

Does your recipient like to write? Maybe they’d enjoy some hints on how to get started from popular humorist David Sedaris. Or do they like photography? How about a lesson on how to use light from legendary celebrity chronicler Annie Leibovitz herself? Songwriting or performance? They’ll definitely want to hear from Grammy award-winning performer Nas. This popular membership will give them access to all of the above and more with online instruction from more than 180 of the world’s most accomplished practitioners in the realms of media, the arts and beyond! They can stream their videos anytime on their smartphone, computer, Apple TV, Roku and FireTV.

For the One Who Keeps a Journal

2. Welcome StoryWorth Book Subscription


  • Why We Love It: sentimental, weekly story prompts, includes hardcover book
  • Cost: from $99 for a one-year subscription

This is a sentimental gift for that someone in your life who loves to keep a record. The subscription includes a year’s worth of thought-provoking story prompts such as, What was one of the best dates you’ve been on? What are your favorite books? and Who has been the biggest influence on your life?, which they’ll answer via email.Their answers will be posted to their account (they can edit old entries whenever if they desire) and at the end of the year and all the prompts, they can print their book and relive their treasured memories. If your storyteller isn’t inspired by that week’s prompt, they can edit it, write their own or swap it out for one of their choosing from the StoryWorth library. They can also write their own questions. The luxurious 6x9 inch black and white hardcover has up to 480 pages, and there are options to order additional black and white or color books at the end of the subscription year.

Best for the Coffee Devotee

3. Atlas Coffee Co. Subscription

Atlas Coffee Co.

  • Why We Love It: customizable number of monthly bags, brewing instructions included
  • Cost: $60 for a three-month subscription; $120; 109 for a six-month gift or $199; $240 for a 12-month gift subscription

Perfect for the coffee addict in your life, Atlas Coffee Co. will mail fresh, gourmet coffee right to their doorstep every month. Pick between a three-, six- or 12-month subscription plan—each delivery comes complete with info on the bean's flavor profiles, postcards from their origin country and brewing recommendations so your recipient can start each morning with a perfectly made cup of joe.

Best for the Highly Anxious

4. Headspace


  • Why We Love It: guided meditations, simple graphics
  • Cost: $39 for three months or $70 annually

Is your giftee in need of some peace of mind? Give them the gift of meditation with the Headspace app, which provides guided audio cues to assist users in meditation and research-backed behavioral tips. There are recordings to listen to for better sleep, reduced stress, positive habit formation and more. “This app did an amazing job at helping me be more mindful throughout the day,” says one reviewer who gave it a five-star rating in the Apple App Store. “In the Headspace library, there were tabs for certain scenarios like navigating injustice, reframe stress and relax, mindful money, anger/sadness/growth, mindful eating, and guide to sleep. I enjoyed using this app because as a person who worries often, this tool allowed me to take time out of my day to clear my head and do something that betters my mental health. Overall, this app was a game-changer for me as freshman in college, and it is a great way to meditate and reflect, all while teaching me how to manage the constant worry, I feel throughout my day.”

Best for the Puzzle Solver

5. Escape The Crate Clue Puzzle

Escape The Crate

  • Why We Love It: can be played solo or in groups of up to six people, includes props as well as paper clues
  • Cost: $159 for six boxes sent over 12 months, $84 for three boxes sent over six months, $58 for two boxes sent over four months, $30 for one box every two months

Think of this as an escape room in a box. Packed with brain-busters and riddles, its contents will have them working through a mystery, searching for clues and solving puzzles to advance through the game. The box comes with all the goods needed to fully immerse themselves in the experience, including props, hint-filled papers, envelopes and illustrations—there are even clues hidden on the box itself! Oh, and did we mention that when you check off the coupon code box above the add to cart tab, you’ll receive 20 percent off your first box?

Best for the Special Kid in Your Life

6. KiwiCo Crate Subscription


  • Why We Love It: array of monthly plan options available, screen-free fun
  • Cost: one-, three-, six-, or 12-month plans, starting at $24 per month for most lines

If you've been searching for a gift to give a kid who loves learning, look no further than a KiwiCo subscription. The company delivers fun and engaging science and art projects for kids of all ages on the monthly. Your little one will have so much fun working on these STEM-based projects, like building an arcade game or creating a glowing stuffed animal, which are all vetted by child development experts and tested by kids. In addition to the fun activities, they’ll also receive illustrated step-by-step instructions and science add-ons like comics and other surprises. Some parents even use it as supplemental educational activities during homeschooling, like this mother: “I recommend to homeschooling friends as a science option because that’s how we used it this past year. It’s been amazing. We were able to follow up our Kiwi Crates with our own exploration, digging deeper on the subject.” So, whether you think they'll enjoy learning to cook or would rather get creative with exciting arts and crafts activities, there's a project waiting for them.

Best for the Budding Stylist

7. Italic Membership


  • Why We Love It: clothes made in the same factories as designers use, reasonably priced classics
  • Cost: $60 annual fee

There are dozens of fashion-based, personal shopper memberships out there, but Italic is one of our favorites. It has some of the best home, jewelry, beauty, clothing, accessories and footwear selections for both women and men made from the same manufacturer that produces premium brands like rag & bone, Kith, Maje, Sandro and more. Sign your little brother up for a membership, with which he can receive a stylist’s advice and curated boxes of apparel that have been hand-selected for his tastes. There’s Plus, being an Italic member offers other perks he’s def going to want to take advantage of, like $60 per year in store credit, early access to new drops and deals, free shipping, a gifting concierge and invites to member-only sales and events.

Best for the Oenophile

8. In Good Taste Wine Flights

In Good Taste

  • Why We Love It: single-serve bottles, selection of wines, fresh taste
  • Cost: cost varies based on flight choice and prices range from $49 to $140

Take it from PureWow social content lead Emily Brozyna who happens to be the only wine drinker in her household, the In Good Taste wine flights are a must-try. “I love that this lets me enjoy a glass with less waste and fresher wine,” she says. There are noteworthy options to choose from, like a Red Red Wine ($49) and a California Wine Mixer ($65) that comes with delicious bottles of Sauvignon Blanc, Rosé, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. It makes a great gift for the wine connoisseur in your life (we’re looking at you, mom) and sends eight mini, single-serve bottles straight to her door that she’ll enjoy in one glass without the worry of letting a full bottle spoil. Wine Wednesdays just got an upgrade.

Best for the Cooking Novice

9. Blue Apron Subscription

Blue Apron

  • Why We Love It: 80 percent of ingredients fresh from producers, 60-plus weekly meal options
  • Cost: option of $70, $140, $280 eGift card

They say the way to someone’s heart is through their stomach, so give them the gift of a home-cooked meal. This food service will send pre-selected meal plans directly to their door, each of which will come equipped with easy-to-follow instructions and all the fresh ingredients—80-percent of which are sourced directly from producers, per the brand—needed to help them level up their kitchen game. Whether you have a savory palate or are craving something sweet, there’s bound to be a recipe on Blue Apron that catches your eye and makes your stomach grumble, like a cheese crisp burger, flourless chocolate cake or quinoa and vegetable fried rice for the vegetarian.

Best for the Zodiac Lover

10. Astrology Chart Class

Uncommon Goods

  • Why We Love It: personalized attention, long-range forecast
  • Cost: $60 for the experience class and astrology yearly chart

Have someone on your list who's always looking five steps ahead? In this 75-minute class, astrologer Emily Klintworth will show your loved one a unique astrological forecast for the next 12 months. The class taps into the participant's astrological profile, so they'll need to come prepared with the date, place and exact time of birth in order to create their most accurate chart. Then Emily will ask them to focus on an intention for this birthday and the year ahead. After she has all the information needed, she helps build a forecast for their goals as guided by the stars. In the end, your loved one will be left with a detailed astrological guide to help them navigate the coming year.

Best for the Cook

11. YesChef Classes


  • Why We Love It: renowned chef teachers, international cuisines
  • Cost: $15 for basic membership, $20 for annual membership, $25 for plus membership

This series of chef-led cooking classes is accessible to the new cook but will be most appreciated by a person who understands the particular challenges of being a pro chef and the talent they possess. Each instructor provides 12 or more cooking classes that last around 25 minutes each, with dozens of techniques and tips being demonstrated and recipes shared. From James Beard award-winner Nancy Silverton’s pepper steak recipe to Israeli cuisine expert Erez Komarovsky’s explanations of everything from spice grinding to lamb kebab-making, these classes promise to be any foodie’s digital equivalent of a much-loved cookbook with pages spattered from repeated use.

For the Busy Friend

12. Glamsquad Blowout & Makeup Service


  • Why We Love It: easy-to-book, all pros are licensed and experienced
  • Cost: contingent on which service you choose/how many you add on at once, but costs generally start at $60 for a blowout and $90 for makeup

Known as one of the OG on-demand beauty services, Glamsquad has a team of vetted pros who can help you get ready for any occasion from the comforts of your home or office. Whether you need a fresh blowout, an intricate updo or want to try a new makeup look for a special event, Glamsquad has you covered. All you have to do is select the service you want done, along with your desired date, time and location, and a stylist will be sent right to your door. Psst, for a limited time only, Glamsquad is offering PureWow readers a special bundle to get both a blowout and makeup application done at a 20 percent discount.

Best for the Hard-to-Buy-For Friend

13. Virgin Experience Gifts

Virgin Experience Gifts

  • Why We Love It: thousands of local adventures to choose from, no expiration dates
  • Cost: $100, $250, $500 eGift card options available for purchase, and option to customize the amount to gift

If you aren’t totally sure where to start when it comes to experience gifts, Virgin Experience Gifts has you covered. With dozens of options across the country—we’re talking spa days, white water rafting, wine tastings and so, so much more—they're guaranteed to find something they'd be into with their gift card from yours truly to put towards their experience. And they can narrow their options down based on location.

Best for the Pop Culture Lover

14. Cameo Video Recording


  • Why We Love It: celebrity fun, digital flex
  • Cost: prices vary

If your bestie always has the latest goss on what’s going on with the Housewives and Ru Paul’s Drag Race, knows which celeb is dating who and fills you in on all the TikTok drama, gifting them a video, DM, or live video call from Cameo will make their day—if not their entire year. Scroll through the site’s hundreds of actors, musicians, athletes, internet personalities and politicians (everyone from Snoop Dog to Mandy Moore is on the site) and pick one you know will get them excited. Once you make your selection, you write a script and send it in, but keep in mind it has to be 250 characters or less, so keep it short and sweet.

Best for the At-Home Mixologist

15. Shaker and Spoon Subscription Box

Shaker and Spoon

  • Why We Love It: can send single boxes or choose a 3, 6 or 12-month series, small-batch ingredient made in Brooklyn
  • Cost: $59 month-to-month, pre-paid options available ($169 three-month plan, $319 six-month plan, $599 12-month plan)

Introduce your gal pal that never misses happy hour to this everything-but-the-booze box set. Each one comes with three cocktail recipes and all the necessities needed to make more than twelve drinks—like bitters, garnishes, syrups and the lot! She’ll even receive an email with online tutorials, a list of bar tools needed, alcohol suggestions and a playlist pairing to get the party started. All she’ll need to do is add her favorite alcohol and voilá—guzzle-worthy cocktails made within the comfort of her own home.

For Royal Laundry Treatment

16. Rinse Wash and Fold Laundry Service


  • Why We Love It: clean clothes, quick turnaround, saves time, handled with care
  • Cost: three subscriptions available with prices: $45 per bag, $54 per bag or $3 per pound

"I was recently gifted this service and truly cannot wait to try it,” says PureWow Executive Editor Alexia Dellner. Rinse is a wash and fold service that will pick up your laundry, clean it and fold it for you in less than 24-hours if requested. If it fits in the bag, they’ll clean it, and they’ll even care for your precious pieces with the upmost delicacy, making sure to pay close attention to your washing preferences. “With two kids who go through multiple outfits per day, my laundry situation is rapidly getting out of control. It feels incredibly indulgent to outsource this task but hey, it was a gift so who am I to say no?” As Dellner suggests, it’ll make a much-appreciated present for a host (you did use those sheets and towels, after all) or a new parent (see her earlier point about kids going through all the clothing), or heck, why not gift it to yourself?

Best for the Language Enthusiast

17. Rosetta Stone Classes

Rosetta Stone

  • Why We Love It: mobile app, begins with useful vocabulary and grammar
  • Cost: $168 for 12-month access for a single language, $299 for lifetime access for a single language, $299 lifetime access for unlimited languages

If your mom has been wanting to pick up Italian for years, Rosetta Stone is the one-stop shop to make her dreams become reality. With more than 25 languages to choose from, Rosetta Stone helps its students become fluent speakers through real-world scenarios, interactive lessons and audio clips from native speakers. Before you know it, she’ll be saying “Ciao” with the best of them.

Best for Anyone with a New York State of Mind

18. Tinggly Discover New York Packages


  • Why We Love It: good for one to two people, choose from more than 50 New York experiences, book any time
  • Cost: prices vary in cost with each excursion and range from $21-$3,400

First, the Tinggly experience service has a collection of more than 20 launching sites around the world and is always adding more locations. That brings us to this New York gifting opportunity, which takes one to two people on an adventure around the Big Apple. Your giftee will have the luxury of choosing from loads of New York experiences, from a helicopter ride to a photo tour, so they can make the most of their time in the city to a Gossip Girl tour that takes you around some of the most iconic spots Blair Waldorf and Serena van der Woodsen frequented. Oh, and they can book it themselves once they receive this gift from you via email or in a lovely box sent in the mail. What’s more, whether you’re in another state or another country like Canada or Europe, there are plenty of fun adventures to be had there, too.

Best for the Gym Buff

19. Obé Fitness Membership

Obé Fitness

  • Why We Love It: more than 20 class types, optional goal-setting programs
  • Cost: $25 monthly plan, $170 annual plan (or $14 per month in breakdown)

Obé Fitness sessions offer your best gym buddy the ability to take on 22 live classes daily, plus, they’ll have access to more than 10,000 on-demand workouts and training programs that last anywhere from five minutes to an hour in length and are conducted by world-class instructors. That means wherever they are, whether it be their home, a hotel or even the office after-hours, they can get their sweat on. It makes an ideal gift for that person in your life who always seems to be on a time crunch. So, what do you think they’ll choose: a quick upper body sculpt or a 30-minute Pilates sesh?

Best for the One Who Needs a Little TLC

20. Spafinder Gift Card


  • Why We Love It: control over amount gifted, no expiration date
  • Cost: fixed amounts available for purchase ($25, $100, $150, $200 and $500) or customizable price with a minimum value of $5 and maximum of $500

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a loved one who wouldn’t be thrilled at the prospect of a pampering spa day. With a SpaFinder gift card they can book massages, facials, manis and pedis—even full spa weekends—at any available locations near their home. If a physical gift card isn’t in the—well—cards, you can choose to send a fun eGift card directly to their email with a design from the brand’s many selections, which vary by celebration and holiday. Plus, there’s an option to write a personal note for the giftee and you’ll have full control over when you want the gift delivered, too. Facials and couples massages are right around the corner.

For the Foodie

21. Book a Private Chef with Cozymeal


  • Why We Love It: available in many large cities, local chefs come to your home, private dining experience and meals, the chefs take care of the cleaning
  • Cost: prices start at $49 per plate

If they hate having to wait for the first of the month to maybe get a reservation at that hot, brand-new restaurant everyone’s been raving about, then this Cozymeal gift will have them practically salivating. Cozymeal helps them find local chefs in over 120 participating cities, such as New York City, Miami and Los Angeles, that will come to their kitchen and whip up delectable creations made with some of the finest ingredients. Think: modern French cuisine, Michelin star dishes, rich Italian and so much more. It’s especially great if you’re looking to host an intimate dinner with some of your closest friends without the hassle of cooking and cleaning. Yeah, you heard that right, the chefs will take care of the cleaning, too. It has over 15,000 five-star reviews, so it’s safe to say it’s one of the best private dining experiences out there.

Best for the Mystic

22. How to Read Tarot Class

Uncommon Goods

  • Why We Love It: tarot cards are sent prior to the session, intuition-based learning
  • Cost: $50 class

In this 90-minute virtual class, tarot mentor Holly Buczek instructs participants on the two tarot deck "arcana" (meaning secrets or mysteries) and explains tarot as a way to tune into each individual's feelings, motivation and intuition, rather than being a strict fortune-telling exercise. Before class, a new tarot deck with foil and bright illustrations is delivered to your giftee's doorstep so they can follow along.

Best for the Plant Parent

23. The Sill Planting Workshop

The Sill

  • Why We Love It: all skill levels taught, meet in cheery plant shops, most classes are free with an rsvp
  • Cost: free

A plant is always a welcome gift, with or without a holiday at hand. But you can up the ante when you gift an online workshop that will teach the budding plant mom in your life how to keep their little green babies happy, healthy, and, most importantly, alive. The Sill offers a variety of online and in-person classes start for free and cover everything from potting 101 to succulent care, helping your giftee say goodbye to that wilted fiddle leaf in their living room corner and hello to their brand-new green thumb.

Best for the One Who Needs A Daycation

24. ResortPass


  • Why We Love It: over 900 resorts in 250 cities, no expiration date
  • Cost: prices vary depending upon location, hotel and activity

From California to New York (and everywhere else in-between), ResortPass will offer your giftee the opportunity to spend the day at dozens of chic hotels, utilizing any of the fun-filled amenities. Does your sister have a pool party for her kiddos coming up? Gift her ResortPass so that she can use the cabana at one of her local hotspots for the perfect party venue. Or is she starting to feel burnt out and is in need of some R&R? Well in that case, she can head over to the spa for an afternoon of pampering and relaxation.

Best for the Soon-to-Be Rockstar

25. Fender Play Membership


  • Why We Love It: bite-sized lessons, feedback and practice modes let you play along with music
  • Cost: $20 per month

You know that your niece has been wanting to take guitar lessons (or ukulele, bass or violin lessons) forever. No matter what instrument she feels the most compelled toward, you can help her get started by gifting her with a year of online music lessons through Fender Play. Once you do, she’ll have access to popular sheet music, advice for playing with the proper form, hands-on exercises and progress-tracking tools, so she can finally start rocking out.

Best for the DIY-er

26. The Crafter’s Box Digital Classes

The Crafter's Box

  • Why We Love It: all skill levels, can use their own supplies or they will send
  • Cost: cost varies per craft, starting at $15

Select from an array of artisan-led digital classes that can guide your crafty friend through courses that focus on knitting, pressed floral crafts, tapestry weaving, hand-dipped candles, handmade paper and so much more. Students will receive all the tools and materials needed to follow along and successfully create crafts they can proudly display throughout their house.

Best for the At-Home Workout Fiend

27. Alo Moves Membership

Alo Moves

  • Why We Love It: expert instructors, some series set among scenic locales
  • Cost: $13 monthly or $130 annually

Select between a starter or an unlimited package to give your friend that is obsessed with a sweaty at-home workout access to live-streamed workout seshes—from barre and yoga to boxing and strength training—provided by different coaches that are experts in the field. PureWow assistant commerce editor Natalie LaBarbera was so intrigued to try it, she decided to gift it to herself. “I'm so impressed with the wide variety of workouts available,” she raves. “Plus, I love that the times vary from as low as five- or 10-minutes up to over an hour so I can easily make it work with whatever I have going on that day.” And for those who fancy a bit more unwind, Alo Moves features a substantial amount of focus on mindfulness and self-care, too. With over hundreds of classes to select from, your giftee can reap the benefits of a breathwork class, unwind with a meditation dedicated to the phases of your menstrual cycle or learn about the benefits of a Gua Sha and dry brushing after they’ve broken a sweat.

Best for the Jet-Setter

28. Tablet Hotel Membership

Tablet Hotel

  • Why We Love It: includes perks like room upgrades and free valet, varied properties
  • Cost: $99 per year

You know your mom is a little picky when it comes to where she's staying for vacations. So why not sign her up to become a Tablet Hotel member so she can stay at a luxurious, boutique hotel for some much-needed time away from home? Tablet essentially pulls together only the highest of reviewed hotels and puts them in one spot. If a hotel gets poor reviews, it's removed. What you're left with is a list of hotels that have received nothing but gushing remarks by patrons who have stayed there previously. And mom will love receiving VIP treatment and unique member privileges. We’re talking daily breakfast, room upgrades, hotel transfers, hotel credit and late check-out, just to list a few. In short, it's the posh way to escape daily life.

Best for the Nature Appreciator

29. America the Beautiful National Parks & Federal Recreational Lands Annual Pass

National Park Service

  • Why We Love It: admits an entire carload of adults, works at six national agencies from National Park Service to US Forest Service
  • Cost: $80 annual pass, free for US military members, US military veterans and their dependents, free for fourth graders, $80 lifetime pass or $20 annual pass for seniors

If camping in Yosemite, exploring Joshua Tree or hiking through the Grand Canyon are all things that practically scream your nature-loving bestie’s name, gifting them an America the Beautiful park pass is a no-brainer. This annual pass covers entry costs to thousands of federal recreation sites across the country. That means your pal will be able to check off all their bucket list items—one at a time.

Best for Families

30. Disney On Ice (& Other Family-Friendly Live Shows)

Disney On Ice

  • Why We Love It: little kids-centric, creative staging
  • Cost: prices vary based on location, show and showtimes

If you're looking for ways to surprise the kids—and they already have enough toys—with tickets to an immersive and fun performance, check out Feld Entertainment's roster of live shows heading to your area and watch your kiddos’ face light up when they see Elsa and Mirabel glide onto the ice during the Frozen & Encanto show. The company's responsible for performances like Disney on Ice, Sesame Street Live and Monster Jam, so there's a safe bet you'll find something for the whole fam, no matter what everyone's into.

Best for the Commuter

31. Audible


  • Why We Love It: thousands of choices, latest titles
  • Cost: one-, three-, six- or 12-month gift memberships at the price of $15, $45, $90 or $150

There's a lot of nonsense out there in the wide world of audio, and a subscription to Audible helps the frequent listener break through the clutter by giving them access to the latest audiobooks. Your giftee can discover bestselling author Colleen Hoover, get the hot goss on Prince Harry straight from his own memoir, get all self-help with Jay Shetty's 8 Rules of Love and finally get their hands on the most-anticipated pop memoir of the decade—aka, The Woman in Me by Britney Spears—which can help the time pass in traffic.

Best for Date Night

32. Soothe Couples Massage


  • Why We Love It: therapists come to your home, optional music and candlelight
  • Cost: prices vary based on location, duration of treatment and number of people

Need a low-lift yet thrilling date idea for your partner? Gift them a couples massage (and reap the benefits together). Through Soothe, two licensed massage therapists will meet you where you want—whether that's in your home or a hotel room—anytime between 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. And as long as there’s enough space to set up two massage tables (about 10 x 12 feet), your couples massage can happen. Prices vary according to location, so all you need is the location, and the gift card will be emailed or printed ASAP. And there's no expiration date on it.

Best for the Nature Lover

33. California Eco-Glamping


  • Why We Love It: riverfront studio, solar powered
  • Cost: $471 per night

Nature lovers will appreciate how this mirrored box disappears into the surrounding rocks and trees, as well as how the floor-to-ceiling windows really make you feel like you're sleeping under the stars—only you've got a cushy double bed with plush sheets and pillows, a compostable stainless-steel toilet and a cedar hot tub to relax in. There's even Wi-Fi in the “off-the-grid” oasis, so it shouldn't be a problem staying the two-night minimum.

Best for Sexy Times

34. Adventure Challenge in Bed Book

The Adventure Challenge

  • Why We Love It: 50 affection-based challenges, place for jotting notes/placing instant photos
  • Cost: $50

In a sexy gift that's more tasteful than the usual giant dildo (no shade—we love those too), we submit this sex-therapist-approved book of 50 erotic challenges. Think of it as a playbook for increased bedroom play, with each challenge hidden behind a scratch-off panel that has hints on what duration, time of day and sometimes cost is involved. Note: This isn't a book about complicated copulation positions, but instead a series of prompts to get you both beyond the usual and into a place of greater connection—or at least more variety!

Best for the College Student

35. Uber Gift Card


  • Why We Love It: useful for transport and food, flexible amounts
  • Cost: $50, $100 and $250 gift cards available or option to add a custom amount between $15-500

When you're strapped for time or energy, there's nothing handier than having the option to order whatever food you're craving or a ride to wherever you need to go, which is what makes this a gift that anyone would appreciate. Sushi, thai food and that upcoming holiday event is just a ride away.

Best for the Digital Detoxer

36. Getaway House Tiny Cabin

Getaway House

  • Why We Love It: high design, nestled in nature
  • Cost: pre-fixed eGift card amounts available ($100, $200, $300, $400 and $500) or custom amount with a minimum of $50 and a maximum of $2,000

Gift a stay at a getaway cabin, a series of cozy wooden spaces that are fit for a design magazine, with this gift card. These cabins come with large windows to enjoy the woody view, a fire pit and the chance for blessed QT from the noise we live in. There's a lockbox that guests can choose to put their phones into in order to actually experience their surroundings without a screen. Best of all? You can email it directly to the recipient or to yourself so you can print it out and hand deliver it to them for an extra special surprise.

Best for Harry Potter Fans

37. 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' Tickets

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

  • Why We Love It: creative stagecraft, beloved characters, immersive
  • Cost: ticket prices vary from $59-$424 based on showtime and seat location

It's been 19 years since Harry, Ron and Hermoine saved the wizarding world and now they're back in a new intrigue, one in which Harry's son Albus teams up with the son of Harry's enemy Draco Malfoy and...lots of flying, pyrotechnics and spectacle ensues on stage. “As a big Harry Potter fan (and a Broadway stan), my best friend gifted me tickets to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child for the holidays. It's such an amazing show that even if you never read the books or seen the movies it's still a joy to watch. It's also very immersive, and dare I say, magical. It's a great show for the whole family—even the muggles,” says PureWow Associate Editor Chelsea Candelario. It's a must-see for any fans of the Harry Potter series and New York theater.

Best for Beer Drinkers

38. Mr. Beer Beer-Making Kit

Mr. Beer

  • Why We Love It: beginner-friendly, takes just 30 minutes to prep
  • Cost: $59 for a two-gallon kit

Does someone you know love their beer, either as a casual drinker or a full-on aficionado of microbrews from around the world? Either person will appreciate taking the next step in beer love, which is brewing their own. This kit, which received more than 3,000 five-star reviews on Amazon, comes with all the vessels they need, full instructions and the brand's own hopped malt extracts for fermentation. After mixing, it's done fermenting in ten to 14 days and ready to drink seven to 14 days after that. Take it from one of many satisfied reviewers, the “Mr. Beer is a fantastic kit for beginners and experienced brewers alike. With it's easy to follow instructions and high-quality ingredients, brewing your own beer has never been easier. The end result is a delicious, smooth tasting beer you'd be glad to share with family and friends alike.”

Best for the Film Lover

39. Fandango Gift Card


  • Why We Love It: customized images, check balance online
  • Cost: $15, $25, $35, $50, $75 or $100 available for purchase

Have someone you love talking about films with or going to the movies with? This card acknowledges their love of movies as art, entertainment and a fun weekend activity the whole family will enjoy, or you can leave the kids with a babysitter and enjoy a date night. Plus, your granddaughter will jump at the opportunity to go see the Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour film for the umpteenth time in one of her Swiftie-approved outfits with her friends. The Fandango gift card is available in $15 to $100 denominations.

Best for Parents of Littles

40. Bedtime Adventures Book

The Adventure Challenge

  • Why We Love It: scratch-off participation, nightly bonding ritual
  • Cost: was $30, now $20

This book is a bedtime story with a twist—each night, kids have to help protagonists Peter and Margo on their special adventure by scratching off a challenge then doing it. Since the challenges have to do with bedtime rituals, such as putting on a tiny night light, it helps kids enjoy getting ready for sleep rather than dread it.

Best for Animal Lovers

41. Rescue Dog Hiking


  • Why We Love It: hosted in English and Chinese, dogs are up for adoption
  • Cost: starts at $39 per person

Want your giftee to have a really uplifting experience? If they live in or are headed to the Los Angeles area, turn them on to host Ryan, co-founder of Free Animal Doctor, a non-profit animal welfare organization. He takes dogs available for adoption on a hike up Runyon Canyon and your giftee gets to help. He'll stop to take photos of you and the guys in front of the Hollywood sign and with other stunning city vistas, all the while exercising the dogs and letting locals know they are up for adoption. (Our heart expands just thinking about it.)

Best for the Wellness Enthusiast

42. Classpass Membership


  • Why We Love It: can be from $50 to any amount, no membership required
  • Cost: option of $50, $100 or add a custom amount to gift

ClassPass is an ideal option for fitness lovers looking to try out something new or experiment with different types of workouts. Members can enroll in a variety of classes, from hot yoga and pilates to boxing boot camps, without having to sign up for a month-to-month membership at any one gym. If your buddy is a beauty lover, ClassPass members also receive access to dozens of spas and salons in their city, so instead of trying out different gyms, they can hop around to test out different mani/pedi spots.

For the Movie Buff

43. MoviePass Subscription


  • Why We Love It: saves money on movie tickets for frequent movie buffs, over 4,000 participating movie theaters, credits rollover
  • Cost: $60 for a three-month subscription, $120; 109 for a six-month gift or $199; $240 for a 12-month gift subscription

If your brother is constantly spending money on movie tickets, it might be time to gift him a MoviePass subscription. It’ll grant him credits (aka, his MoviePass currency) each month that can be redeemed as tickets so he can get to watching those Blockbusters he won’t want to miss. Depending on which plan you gift (Basic, Standard or Premium), your sibling will receive 34, 72 or 113 credits monthly, which is the same as watching anywhere from one to up to 11 movies. Oh, and did we mention that there are over 4,000 theaters that accept MoviePass credits? It’s important to note that a movie’s credits will vary based on demand, time of day and day of the week. So, you can bet that seeing the Oppenheimer and Barbie movies on opening weekend required some heavy spending. The great news is that his credits rollover, so he won’t feel pressured to make it to the theater every weekend if he’s not up for it or there are no new movies out.

Best for the Art History Lover

44. Footsteps of Frida Kahlo Tour


  • Why We Love It: hour-long live tour, virtual guided walk
  • Cost: starts at $28 per person

Alex leads a walking tour of Coyoacan, the Mexico City neighborhood where artist Frida Kahlo's famed Casa Azul is located and features many stops of interest to fans of her work and to female artists in general. This walking tour is educational and immersive, allowing participants to interact with the locals, learn about their traditions and connect with their core values and culture.

Best Last-Minute Gift

  • Why We Love It: serious travel incentive, no expiration

No one's going to keep putting off that weekend away if they have Airbnb bucks burning a hole in their wallet. It's digital delivery, so even if you're standing outside a birthday party about to walk in, you can still nail the perfect gift. And sure, the higher $500 gift card may be a big ask, but it's going to really motivate your recipient to prioritize some travel-centric experience—perhaps with you as their companion!

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