This year, we have decided to include many experience gifts to our holiday list. It allows the family to decide when to use the gift, and also reduces clutter in the house.  While it’s probably not practical to give 100% of your gifts in the form of experiences, even switching a few over will help spread the holiday cheer throughout the year. Here is our 2020 experience gift list:


  1. Gift card for local ice cream shops or a kid-friendly restaurant. Kids love the promise of ice cream.
  2. Passes to an area zoo. Memberships or day passes are available for advance purchase! Perfect for the animal-loving kid in your life. Some of our favorites are EcoTarium, Southwick’s Zoo, Davis Farmland and Roger Williams Park Zoo.
  3. A gift card to  Worcester Art Museum for youth art classes.
  4. State or National Park passes. State Park passes include parking for many area lakes.
  5. Have a child that loves to bake? Wrap up some fun sprinkles (we found unicorn sprinkles), some mixes, a fun spatula and/or bowl.
  6. A subscription box – pick your kid’s passion and gift it in a monthly box!
  7. Promises of the beach. It may not seem like it now, but beach weather will be here before we know it! A pail, a shovel, a new bathing suit and a promise of a day at your favorite beach when the weather warms up.
  8. Gymnastics or Dance classes – complete with a gifted new tutu or leotard. Sterling Gym has lots of variety in class offerings and age ranges to choose from.
  9. Seeds and seed boxes to get them started on their own little garden. Our preschooler loves this yearly gift!
  10. A gift card for mini golfing or a par three golf course depending on the kids’ age and skill
  11. A donation to a charity – you can even let the child choose! Donations to National Wild Life Federation have symbolic animal adoptions with a stuffed animal as a thank you gift.
  12. Indoor climbing excursion. Central Rock Gym is located in Worcester!
  13. Massachusetts Audubon memberships. At the time of writing, memberships were on sale.
  14. A musical instrument & the gift of lessons. Pakachoag Music School is offering a discount for remote or in person lessons if you sign up before 1/5/21 and begin lessons before 2/15/21.
  15. Plan a camping trip and gift the supplies needed for the trip – a new tent, lantern or camping chair are always big hits in our house. Local camp grounds here.

Additional Ideas

Sleigh ride at Cornerstone Ranch

Tour and visit the alpacas at Plain View Farm

A day of fun at Kimball Farm, Westford

A day pass or membership to Discovery Museum

Swim lessons. Worcester Fitness offers classes for ages 6 months +. Next session begins 1/3/2021.


What experiences do you like to gift?


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