Presents are awesome! It’s always fun to rip ribbons off packages and tear through the wrapping paper. But sometimes you just don’t want anymore…stuff. That’s when giving and receiving experiences as gifts really becomes a great idea.
We are so fortunate that the greater Atlanta area has so much to offer. There is a multitude of great experiential gift options around town. Below are a few ideas that could be nice gifts for the whole family.
Zoo Atlanta: depending on the size of your family, Zoo Atlanta offers a range of memberships. For $139, you can get an annual membership for 2 adults and up to 4 kids under 18. If you have small children, there is a membership for 2 adults and unlimited children under 3 for $109. There are other options as well, so be sure to check out the Zoo Atlanta website for more details.
Georgia Aquarium: The Georgia Aquarium offers a family membership for up to 4 people (plus 2 one-time passes) for $285, but if you have a smaller family it may be financially better to buy individual memberships for those who would be attending ($85 per adult and $65 per child). As a tip, you can purchase an adult “guest” membership so an unnamed adult (like a visiting grandparent) can use it.
Fernbank: The Fernbank Museum is such a neat place to visit. We love that it has both indoor and outdoor exhibits. Annual family memberships for the museum are $130 for 2 adults and 4 kids. However, you get a slight discount if you purchase a 2-year membership instead of just one year.
Tellus Museum: The Tellus is another fun science museum with a planetarium. It offers a wide range of membership options. The family membership (2 adults and all children under 18 living in the same home) is $110.
Other places to consider annual family memberships to consider:
- Center for Puppetry Arts: $110 for 5 people to receive unlimited entry to the museum
- Children’s Museum of Atlanta: $139 for 2 adults and up to 4 children
- Atlanta Botanical Garden: $115 for up to 4 people
Classes or Lessons
If your child/grandchild/another child in your life is as active as mine, it may be helpful to assist in paying for extracurricular classes the child attends or might be interested in trying out. This might include dance, gymnastics, swimming, karate, art, music, swim, or cooking classes.
Monthly Gift Subscriptions
Monthly gift subscriptions can be a popular idea as well, as these are the gifts that continue to give throughout the year. There is a large variety of types of these, but some popular ones include:
Little Passports: described as a subscription that “ignites curiosity, explore new ideas and places, and celebrate cultures with globally inspired experiences, hands-on art and science activities, and stories for kids ages 3-10”, prices vary depending on age range and length of subscription (monthly, 6 months, or 12 months).
Raddish: this cooking subscription is a surefire way to get the kids interested in trying new foods and helping in the kitchen.
KiwiCo: these boxes provide STEAm-themed activities, starting at $18/month
Maybe you don’t want to spend as much like a membership or subscription costs, or don’t know exactly what the kids in your life would be interested in. Some experiences with smaller price tags could include gift cards specific to restaurants, movie theaters, mini-golf, go-carts, skating rinks, or pottery painting locations.
Physical Gifts to Add to Experiences
If you really want to give something physical instead of or alongside an experience, consider things that will help create or contain memories.
- Polaroid or another instant camera: there are lots of options available, but this one is an Amazon bestseller. You could also give small children a disposable camera.
- Photo albums or picture frames
- Scrapbooking materials
Have other recommendations for the gift of experiences? Let us know in the comments below.
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