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  • Writer's pictureMeghan Simonie

15 Ways to Gift An Experience

If your house is anything like mine shortly after the holidays, it looks like a toy bomb went off and left pieces and parts all over. Not to mention, if there's large toys that have graced your home's presence, you find yourself moving actual furniture to fit said toys.

So, if you're looking for gift ideas for other kids and parents and/or you want to come up with a unique gift list instead, here are fifteen ways to give the gift of an experience.

Inspire Their Inner Rock Star

Do you know someone that always wanted to learn an instrument and just never tried? What about a child that seems to have that natural talent for music? The perfect gift for a musician of any age is a gift certificate for lessons at School of Rock. With a variety of locations that employ instructors at all levels and an atmosphere to make anyone comfortable rocking out, this gift certification is bound to succeed.

Currently, the local Canton, MI School of Rock is running a couple holiday promotions. The first takes place this Black Friday (11/27), offering 30% off any week long summer camp purchase. An additional offer will run through the holidays, providing free 20% credit on any gift certificate purchase of $200 or more. Check your local School of Rock location for any other specific holiday promotions.

Warm Up During A Winter Swim

Another awesome way to gift an experience to a little one, and a life-saving one at that, is giving some swim lessons at Goldfish Swim School. The nicely heated indoor pool allows for children to experience year-round lessons in life-saving swim training.

Right now, Goldfish Swim School is running the perfect stocking stuffer limited time offer. For any e-gift purchase of $200 or more, you will receive a 20% bonus to that account. That's an additional 20% of free credit toward your purchase!

Travel Back In Time

A local goldmine for those who live in Michigan, The Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village offer a unique collection of historical items. It's hands-on atmosphere allows visitors to go back in time through an old train, classic diner, or even learn how to churn some butter.

The Henry Ford offers the option to either give a gift card valued at any designated amount or you can gift a membership, allowing the receiver unlimited experiences throughout the year.

Just Do As The Animals Do

During these crazy times, we aren't sure at any given moment if certain places with be open or if we will feel comfortable going even if they are open. What better way to stay active, learn, and have fun then heading to your local zoo.

Here in the Detroit area, our own Detroit Zoo has implemented great policies to keep crowds low while still enjoying outdoor animal fun! It's a great gift to give any animal lover.

Let Your City Come Alive

Do you have a local art institute or attraction that you've always wanted to visit but haven't had the chance? In Detroit, we have the beautiful Detroit Institute of Arts, which is now free to the public. However, it does require some advance reservation due to current health restrictions.

It's a great way to experience city culture for free! So, why not give a coupon or voucher to a loved one to spend time with yours truly! Head down to get in some culture and make a whole fun day by experiencing a local restaurant and taking in the city sights!

Monkey Your Way Through the Trees

Get your adventure on at Treerunner in metro Detroit! Whether with a group or just a few close family members and friends, you can strap on and climb up into the trees to experience fun and excitement.

Right now, Treerunner is offering some amazing deals for holiday gift coupons and certificates. It's a gift that keeps on giving!

Hit the Slopes

For the perfect family friendly weekend away or day trip, give the gift of a trip to Boyne to ski, play, and sip some hot chocolate in the snow!

Gift cards purchased online can be applied toward lodging, retail, activities, lift tickets, and even season passes!

Enrich the Mind

Many young children are stuck at home and missing school more than ever. Why not give the gift of a learning app that is fun and easy to use.

With the variety of available apps to chose from, there are many that children will love to use and want to jump on as soon as they can. Not to mention, this is a gift for the child and the parent!

Let Them Pick A Style

If you're never sure what kind of style your child, grandchild, or young one in your life would like, get them a gift certificate to the KidBox.

This subscription service allows the child/parent to personalize their style and a stylist will put together a box of clothing that they are sure to love!

Go For An Adventure Ride

Even though it may look a bit different, many outdoor adventure parks are providing safe options to continue to attend and partake in the fun of an amusement park.

Many of these parks are running amazing deals to get people in the door and experience the new safety protocols. It would be a fantastic option for a holiday gift certificate or season pass.

A Little Taste of the Best

Here in Michigan, we are lucky enough to have our own little gem of a town called Frankenmuth. It contains a world famous restaurant and a quaint downtown filled with local small shops.

In this town is a family fun indoor water park within a lodge and a close drive to Bronner's, where it is Christmas year-round. Check out some awesome holiday offers for this cute little town or in the small gem of a town nearest you.

Finding Some Self Discovery

Most people find their family history to be fascinating. So, why not give the gift of self discovery?!

Whether you think the person wants to know about where they are from or more details about their current health, you can find options and great holiday deals with companies like Let's Get Checked, 23andMe, or Ancestry.Com.

Self Care is Always a Winner

After dealing with the stresses that are almost inevitable during the holiday season, especially this unusual year, a gift of self-care will not go unappreciated by any recipient.

Paint Nail Bar, an amazing salon with a focus on healthy, fume-free, and non-toxic products, has many locations with the perfect self-care spa day offerings!

Hands-On Practical Learning

Many of our children are working through a new normal, learning how to attend virtual learning, celebrate birthdays via Zoom, or learn a new dance.

Now that they have become virtual pros, why not add a new class to their learning expanse? Over at Kids Table, you can give the gift of learning to cook at any age level. Check out holiday offers at Master Class if you know someone that has always wanted to learn something new from a highly-rated professional.

Stay Home, Stay Safe, Support Local

Last, but not least, give someone the comfort of staying home and staying safe while still supporting a local establishment. Because of the difficult times, many restaurants are offering great deals when purchasing gift cards.

Grab one for someone special and maybe one for yourself. No judgement!

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