You’re giving the gift of an amazing experience – awesome! Here are some very creative tips on how to wrap an experience gift!
If you need a special gift and don’t know what to get, give the gift of long-lasting memories (not just more clutter) by choosing an experience gift! They are great for all kinds of people, including moms and kids.
However, most experience gifts cannot be easily wrapped or presented.
Still, you can come up with some really creative ways to “wrap” or give these gifts.
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How to Wrap an Experience Gift
Check out these simple, yet fun, ways you can “wrap” up an experience gift!
1. Just Wrap it Up!
If you are giving a gift certificate or coupon for an experience, then the easiest thing to do is just pop it in a box and wrap the box!
If you bought tickets to a show, concert, or for a trip, you can also put them in a box and wrap them up.
Or, you could take a picture of the experience or place (or find one online) and print it out and wrap that picture.
Or put the picture in a frame and wrap it.
If the tickets are to a special destination, get a photo album and put the tickets in the first page – then the recipient can fill the rest of the pages with photos from the experience!
3. Related Item(s) or Theme Wrapping
You can gift an item that is needed for or represents the experience.
- Ballet lessons? Wrap up some ballet shoes.
- A trip away? Give some luggage
- A cooking class? Find a new cooking utensil they could use, or bake a cake with a special note about the class on top.
- Gift certificate to eat out? Print out the menu or restaurant reviews and wrap them in the box with the gift card.
- Museum membership – give an item related to the museum theme (i.e. science museum – chemistry kit; airplane museum – model airplane)
- Day at the spa? New nail polish
- Swim lessons? New goggles
You could also choose several themed items related to the experience gift and put them in a gift basket:
- Tickets to an aquarium? Tickets, marine animal books, and a movie about sea animals
- Trip to science museum? Passes, chemistry set, related science book
- Concert tickets? Tickets, latest CD album, band poster
- Movie night? Popcorn, new PJs, snacks, cocoa, marshmallows
4. Wrap the First Item
If you are gifting a subscription or an experience gift with multiple parts, you can wrap the first part.
Box subscriptions are popular – you can wrap the first box with a note for how many more will come in the mail.
Magazine subscription – wrap the first edition.
Gifts of service are wonderful!
Try gifting housecleaning or a home renovation or repair gift.
If you can get the recipient out of the house, then put a big bow on the front door or the area of the home that will be repaired or renovated.
Use a video camera to capture the event or experience and send a video of yourself telling them about the gift.
If you are visiting someone (like grandma and grandpa), have them send a video surprise telling about the visit and any special events planned.
Take a short video tour of the place and send it as a preview of the gift.
7. Scavenger Hunt
Scavenger hunts are super fun for anyone!
You can hide clues around the house until the recipient finds the final one (which can be wrapped tickets or anything!).
Or, if the gift is a road-trip or vacation experience, then you can have a scavenger hunt using a map and each stop along the way will have a new clue to open or read.
8. Wrap a Map
You can wrap a map of the destination city with special spots highlighted or marked.
You can wrap a map of the theme park that you will be visiting and circle the best parts.
9. Travel Itinerary
Plan a trip for a gift experience and print out the travel itinerary!
Be creative and wrap it in a frame or print it on cardstock.
You can also put it in a scrapbook as the first page.
10. Gift a Kit
Let people create their own experiences by giving the experience gift in a “kit.”
For a movie night, get a basket and fill it with a new DVD, popcorn, PJs, cocoa.
Create a “craft box” – fill a basket with arts and crafts (paper, oil pastels, markers, googly eyes, etc.)
Or, create a themed craft box with items relating to a specific type of art form – like wool felting or rock painting.
There are so many different options for using photos for experience gifts.
Headed to a theme park? Photoshop the recipient into the experience (like riding the roller coaster at Disneyland).
Gifting ballet lessons? Take a photo of someone (yourself!) trying to do a ballet move.
Find a photo of someone doing the activity or experience and photoshop the head of the recipient onto this photo.
Put photos from the destination place into an album – one for each day of the trip or each activity/place that the recipient will encounter.
Create a photo collage poster of all the different parts of the experience gift.
Take a photo (like one of the ideas from #11) and create a puzzle out of it and wrap the puzzle.
You can make your own puzzle or have one made on Etsy.
How to Wrap An Experience Gift
Experience gifts are exciting! They offer the chance to try out new things or see new places. Make it extra special by wrapping it up in one of these unique ways!
How have you wrapped experience gifts? Which idea on this list is your favorite?